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).
What is meditation? How do you settle your attention on a moving field? Michael talks on the second line of the 3rd chapter of the Yoga Sutra and how most of the world is operating in the realm of non-thinking. How do we do that? Recorded on Sept 20, 2011.
Centre of Gravity re-opens after summer break with a talk on the Yoga Sutra and Michael talks on meditation and also how to practice without making the other shore separate from us. Recorded on Sept 12, 2011.
The Deepest Practice a Bodhisattva can ever do is to listen deeply. The deepest thing we can ever experience is having a change of heart. Last evening at Bellwoods location. Recorded on July 12, 2011.
Discussion about contemplating someone in your life who you have a hard time seeing as a Buddha. Buddha Nature is your imagination and the way you can re-see people who have wounded you. Recorded on June 28, 2011.
There is nowhere you can stand that is not a place the Buddha hasn't practiced. The Buddha was enlightened right where you are standing. If you can see others as a Buddha you are a Buddha - even animals and trees. Story of Never Disparaging Buddha and Mark Ragosian who lived in Woodstock, New York. Recorded on June 28, 2011.
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.
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.
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
We need people who can rub our back and say "it's ok", and everything they do is jewelled. Recorded on May 24, 2011.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.