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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 Copenhagen 3: The Fire that Feeds Our Life | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:06:53

Michael comments on the Buddhist text The Dhammapada exploring projection on teachers, noticing rigidity, and understanding the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation. Copenhagen. 65 min. Photo credit: Andréa de Keijzer

 Copenhagen 2: Letting Go of Hostility & Resentment | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:32:42

Michael uses the Dhammapada to explore letting go of hostility, it’s effect on kids and families, and his separation. Copenhagen 30 min. Photo credit: Andréa de Keijzer

 Copenhagen 1: The Path Of Your Heart | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:06:39

Each moment is a new beginning. Michael talks on speech, actions and opens up about his struggle with depression. He also speaks of Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s overdose. Copenhagen. 1.2 hours.

 The Four Tasks | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:18

The Four Tasks: 1. Embrace Life, 2. Let go of Craving, 3. Stop & See, 4. Act. Drawing on the academic work of Richard Gombrich and Stephen Batchelor, Michael gives a focused talk on the core concepts/memes of Buddhism as a series of practices rather than a set of beliefs. 3rd talk in a series at Hollyhock, Cortes Island, 30mins. (This talk cuts off part way) Photo credit: Andréa de Keijzer

 How Do You Know If Your Practice Is Working? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:40:11

Michael offers a practical list of psychological changes that happen when you practice: 1. self transience, 2. body becomes sacred, 3. resilience, 4. reliable self-esteem, 5. insight. 4th talk in a series at Hollyhock, Cortes Island, 40 min.

 Questions And Response Session On Meditation Practice | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:46:40

Michael talks about working with the breath, mantras, language, yoga, feelings in the body, releasing the sense of “me,” and the importance of collaboration in political change. Hollyhock, Cortes Island, 50 min. Photo credit: Andréa de Keijzer

 Craving, Love & Reflections on Suicide | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:57:39

Drawing on the Buddha’s first teaching, Michael talks on craving to be someone, craving to fill something, craving to not-exist, and craving for stimulation. He ties this to greed and the ability to open to frustration. Hollyhock, Cortes Island, 1 hour.

 Summer Silent Retreat pt.4: A Block of Ice Makes A lot of Water | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:59:38

Michael explains Nirvana, the Deathless, Buddhist practice without religion, and a re-thinking of the core teachings of the Buddha. Michael draws on Stephen Batchelor’s idea of The Four Tasks that we can practice as the realization of Nirvana. Chapin Mill, Batavia New York. 1 hr.

 Summer Silent Retreat pt.3 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:58:23

When you’re feeling Stuck. Michael gives a talk on the “killing” energy of Mara, the power of being blocked and unfulfilled. He talks about how the Buddha worked with being attacked by the hell realms. Waking up is always followed by shutting down, so watch for it. Another focused talk from silent retreat. Chapin Mill, Batavia New York. 1 hr.

 Summer Silent Retreat pt.2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:44:28

Michael Stone gives a focused and detailed thought about meditation technique and using your body to develop concentration. He goes through meditations on sound, the nostrils, the belly and approaching the objects of meditation with sthira (steadiness) and sukkha (well-being). A fascinating retreat talk that gets precise about mediation skills.

 Summer Silent Retreat pt. 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:48:28

When you have imbalanced attention how can you live an intentional life? Michael talks about being on retreat, two categories of thought, introduces the Dvedhavitakkka Sutta and talks about how deeply wanting to wake up is a delicate thing in a technological age where we are always on google. 45 min. Chapin Mill, Batavia New York.

 Guided Meditation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:26:12

All your life, you’ve been searching, without knowing it, for exactly this moment. Michael Stone gives a guided meditation on the city, the body and the breath. 25 minutes. Ottawa.

 Hope Without Optimism | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:45:06

On Silent Retreat Michael Stone explores the Zen koan “Why Can’t the Tail Pass Through” along with thoughts on hope, optimism, and despair. He describes “mindfulness as a political tool” and how we don't need a revolution, we need “embodied, moment-to-moment rebellion.” True North Insight, 45 min.

 Waking The Political Body | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:53:30

Pascal Auclair co-teaches with Michael and explores the work of Joanna Macy and Aung San Suu Kyi and the work that reconnects. True North Insight. 1 hour.

 Transforming Pain | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:54:59

Michael begins teaching on the Two Darts and explains how physical and emotional pain are connected and how when we feel physical pain (first dart) it’s followed by a mental response (second dart). Then Michael teaches a guided meditation that people can do alone or as caregivers for people in pain. Workshop in Green Bay, Wisconsin. May 20, 2014


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