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.
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.
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…
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This is the final part of Alistair’s talk on the cross-pollination of therapy and Buddhism in the contemporary world. Summing up his talk in Dublin on “Therapy vs Meditation”, he talks about the best practices when it comes to working in these two mighty “lineages of the mind”.
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…