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 (patreon.com/michaelstone).
In this Awake in the World podcast Michael offers encouragement to follow the path of love and to find the faith and motivation to keep practicing, even in the face of restlessness, worry, and pain. Recorded December 20, 2009.
In this Awake in the World Podcast Michael talks about the Buddha’s enlightenment as described in the Ariyapariyesana Sutta, plus the importance of avoiding both active and passive nihilism, interconnection as action, and how to take care of anger. Recorded on December 16, 2008.
In this Awake in the World podcast episode Michael discusses commitment to practice, showing up, and Case 33 from the Mumonkan (What is Buddha?). Recorded on December 15, 2009.
In this Awake in the World podcast episode Michael talks about the similarities between mindfulness and homecoming. Recorded December 8, 2009.
In this Awake in the World podcast episode Michael asks “What are you committed to?” He discusses the relationship between restraint and samadhi, as well as ethics, karma and the importance of taking action. Recorded on December 8, 2007.
In this Awake in the World podcast episode Michael considers how we tease out the parts of practice that are evolving and changeable versus the parts that are non-negotiable if we want to decrease suffering for ourselves and others. Recorded December 7, 2007
This week we're revisiting a favourite Awake in the World podcast episode. Michael explores how mindfulness and meditation practice can heal shame and trauma and how these symptoms manifest in relationship. Recorded on November 20 2016. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
In this Awake in the World podcast episode Michael continues his discussion of The Five Powers of the Mind and offers some thoughts on tradition and yoga, the interpretation of the word faith, ethics, and self-care. Recorded August 14, 2009.
In this Awake in the World podcast episode Michael discusses Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras with an emphasis on The Five Powers of the Mind (outlined in the first pada, line 20). Recorded August 14, 2009.
In this Awake in the World podcast episode Michael explains the meaning of taking refuge in Prajna Paramita (your heart), and your capacity to embrace your aliveness without being sidetracked by your storyteller. Recorded April 28, 2009.
In this Awake in the World podcast episode Michael considers the question: “If the boundaries of your self are conditioned and changeable, how do you know if you’ve stretched too far?” How do we balance the importance of boundaries and self-care against the need to be open, responsive, and flexible. Michael argues that you can’t have fluidity without boundaries, and discusses Shunryu Suzuki’s assertion that the best way to control a cow is to give it a large pasture. Recorded on April 27, 2010.
This week we're revisiting a favorite Awake in the World podcast episode. In this talk, Michael describes the Buddha's death and discusses the Zen koan "Oak Tree in the Garden," meditation practice, and the politics of love. Recorded at True North Insight in Ontario on April 19, 2014.
This week we're revisiting a favorite Awake in the World podcast episode. In this talk, Michael uses the teachings on emptiness to work with the body. He calls sitting "physical practice" and he describes yoga as "psychological practice." Recorded at True North Insight in Ontario on April 18, 2014.
This week we're revisiting a favorite Awake in the World podcast episode. In this talk, Michael discusses the Avatamsaka Sutra (The Flower Garland Sutra) and seeing everything as medicine. Meditation teaches us how to practice intimacy, even with old wounds. Recorded on a silent retreat at True North Insight, Ontario on April 17, 2014.
This week we're revisiting a favourite Awake in the World podcast episode. In this dharma talk, Michael talks about a Zen Master called Bird's Nest Roshi who would go out on a limb and meditate in an abandoned bird's nest. Living in the world, ignoring death, trying to make impermanence permanent, avoiding loss and suffering... What we do with our deep grooves is more dangerous than going out on a limb and meditating. Recorded on February 5, 2013.