Awake in the World Podcast show

Awake in the World Podcast

Summary: Awake in the World Podcast is a library of talks on a wide-range of topics, including bringing mindfulness and meditation practice into daily life; personal and community issues regarding mental health; and social change. The podcasts were recorded at live events so you might hear coughing, airplanes, cars, sirens, laughter, and peoples’ questions—all part of the intimate experience. Michael Stone (1974-2017) was a Buddhist teacher, author, and mental health advocate. His legacy is stewarded by Carina Stone. Podcast funded by Patreon (

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 Lotus Sutra, Part 17 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:09

Grant Hutchinson and Carina Stone give a talk on Chapter 15 and 16 of the Lotus Sutra based on a study group. Seeing what is actually in our lives not just what we want to see. If your kids won't take medicine how do you give it to them? Recorded on June 21, 2011.

 Lotus Sutra 16: The Empty Room | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:02:12

One day I can have such a killer exhale that I end as a puddle of bones on the floor and time passes instantly. A moving evening when Mike Holboom and Christine Koch give talks on Chapter 16 of the Lotus Sutra. Recorded on June 14, 2011.

 Lotus Sutra 15: There is No Such Thing as an Atom | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:50:24

Everyone continually breaks down infinitely. How fast can a young woman get enlightened, especially if she is underwater? Michael unpacks some parables to explore the story of an 8 year old girl who wakes up and touches every place in the Universe. Recorded on June 7, 2011

 Lotus Sutra 13: We Need Bodhisattvas | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:04:00

We need people who can rub our back and say "it's ok", and everything they do is jewelled. Recorded on May 24, 2011.

 Lotus Sutra, Part 11: A Jewel in Your Coat | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:44:43

A man falls asleep at a party and someone sews a jewel into his coat. Some have done this for you, too. Can you realize your treasures? Recorded on May 17, 2011.

 Introduction to Meditation: Sometimes Awake, Sometimes Asleep | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:58:24

Sometimes awake, sometimes asleep; sometimes sun, sometimes moon. Michael teaches during a one-day introduction to meditation workshop on how you can turn anything into a practice, even a bike lock. Recorded on May 14, 2011.

 Lotus Sutra 9: What Ideas Do We Have Lying Around? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:51:02

Michael talks about Milton Friedman, Emmanuel Levinas, and how when we don't see another's face, face to face, it's easy to kill. This talk happens after Osama Bin Laden's death and the Canadian election. It goes back and forth between internal practices and community life. Recorded on May 3, 2011.

 Guided Meditation ~20 Minutes | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:22:55

Michael Stone leads a guided meditation beginning with grounding the body, opening to sound, and feeling the breath as an anchor to present experience. Recorded on May 2, 2011.

 Lotus Sutra, Part 7: Time in the Lotus Sutra | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:47:44

How many kalpas, ages, eons, did the Buddha sit still before he could wake up? Why did it take so long? It takes a while for the light to shine into the darkest places. What is our relationship to time? Recorded on April 12, 2011.

 The Three Levels of Ethics: Literal, Compassionate, Koan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:45:55

One of the last days of the 6 month Precepts course. Following chanting the Heart Sutra, five students present on the five ethical values of the course, and then Michael discusses three ways of thinking about ethics. And how to look at a flower and smile. Recorded on April 7, 2011.

 Lotus Sutra, Part 6: The Parable of the Prodigal Son | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:58:13

A son leaves his father and 50 years later the father finds ways of healing the son's low self-esteem. You don't have to be good or walk on your knees for a hundred miles, just love what you love. Recorded at Centre of Gravity, Toronto, on April 5 2011.

 Lotus Sutra, Part 5: Upaya & The Parable of the Burning House | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:03:57

Michael begins by discussing death and Japan's earthquake. Using the image of the burning house and a father trying to save his children, he teaches how we need to leave our burning houses on our own steam, nobody can do it for us. The father in the parable, like the Buddha, uses skillful means to teach a path of freedom. And, is it ok to lie to uphold compassion? Recorded on March 29, 2011.

 Lotus Sutra, Part 4 (Q & A) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:17:30

Question and answer period with Michael after Lotus Sutra, Part 4 talk. None of the teachings are true! Even the ones about your own life. Part 2 of 2. Recorded on March 22, 2011

 Lotus Sutra, Part 4 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:16

Michael talks about Fukushima, Japan, and Libya, and how lucky we are to practice in a place that is safe. How Mahayana Buddhism developed after the death of the Buddha with an emphasis on serving others and putting off personal enlightenment to serve the world. The talk ends with a moving story about a high school student rubbing the back of an elderly man at an evacuation centre in Japan. Part 1 of 2. Recorded on March 22, 2011.

 In Praise of Copying by Marcus Boon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:46:42

Contemporary debates about intellectual property and the practices of meditation and yoga are both built around a questioning of ideas of property, ownership, self and other. In this talk, Marcus Boon, writer, journalist and Professor of English at York University in Toronto, explores the relationship between interdependence and imitation, on the yoga mat and off, along the way reflecting on recipes, hip-hop, file sharing, laughter, money, maternity, and practice. Recorded at Centre of Gravity, Toronto on March 18, 2011.


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