An excerpt from Alistair Appleton’s 2018 Meditation retreat up on Holy Island. Do our precious thoughts actually add up to that much? Can you remember what you were thinking 5 minutes ago?
In this talk from the 2018 “Being Still Still Being” retreat on Holy Island, Alistair lays out the fundamental principles of “retreat”. What needs to happen for us to really sink into our experience? How do the constraints of the Container free us up?
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 […]
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…
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.
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.
This is part 2 of Alistair’s 2017 talk in Dublin on the intertwining of therapy and Buddhist meditation. This part is considering the long lineage of Buddhist teaching and touching on the ‘sidelined’ teachings of Vajrayana master Chögyam Trungpa.
This is the first of three sections from Alistair’s public talk in Dublin in October 2017 looking at the relationship between psychotherapy and Buddhism. This first part looks at the ‘lineage’ therapy and what is often dissociated from that history…
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 […]
In the final part of Alistair’s 2018 talk from Scarborough, he turns his attention to the way that Buddhism might understand dissociation. He probes the ways in which meditation can mimic this defence and finds ways to free ourselves from it…