Holy Island #4: The Topsy-Turvey Logic of Tonglen

In the final chunk from the 2017 Holy Island Compassion retreat Alistair introduces the mind-boggling practice of tonglen, one of the classic Buddhist techniques for rousing the compassionate heart. If you’d like to come to Holy Island this October for more compassion training, please look here. If you’re in London and wanted to experience tonglen […]

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Holy Island #3: The Heath Robinson Self

The third excerpt from Mindsprings’ 2017 Compassion Retreat on Holy Island. Here Alistair explains how we don’t need to judge ourselves for having grown up with faulty ways of dealing with the world. It was a jerry-rigged solution which worked but now causes us pain…

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Holy Island #2: The Pro-Social Roots of Compassion

This is the second excerpt from 2017 Holy Island course on Compassion, where Alistair explains that our bodies are actually perfectly tuned to be compassionate and that we are successful as a species because of it.

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Holy Island #1: the Evolutionary Roots of Compassion

This is part one of excerpts from the 2017 Compassion course on Holy Island in Scotland. Alistair talks here about the evolutionary roots of compassion and why human sensitivity is the key to our success as a species… To experience the Holy Island course 2018 please look here.

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Tales from Holy Island

What you’ll hear This is an excerpt from the 2017 “Being Earthed” Holy Island Retreat led by Fay Adams and Alistair Appleton. In it, Fay and Alistair share personal stories about the power of the island. And Fay reads the words of Tai Situpa about the geomancy of Holy Isle Experience the magic of the […]

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Greying Out the World – 2: Freud-Oedipus vs. Janet-Osiris

This is Part 2 of Alistair 2018 talk on dissociation from Scarborough. Here he starts to discuss the fascinating cover-up of the work of Pierre Janet in the “lineage of psychotherapy” and how the myths of Osiris and Oedipus cast further light on the power of dissociation…  

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Greying Out the World: 1: La-la-la-ing my life away…

This is part one of a talk Alistair gave in Scarborough on 23 March 2018 at the Samye Dzong at Londesborough Lodge. It’s a light-hearted exploration of the human defence of dissociation, a subject close to Alistair’s heart… <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>

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