Beatniks, Blake and the Body in Space

In a second excerpt from the 2018 Summer retreat on Holy Island, Alistair looks at the potent connection between Tibetan Buddhism and poetry. Touching on Trungpa and the Beatniks and Reggie’s strange love of Wordsworth.

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All Your Thoughts Are Garbage

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?

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The Container of Retreat

 

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?

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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 directly, then please look here!

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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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