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 Island yourself
If you’d like to visit the Island and experience a Mindsprings retreat yourself then why not take the leap and book on to one of our two retreats there this year.
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…
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…
Content of Guided Meditation Three Levels of Breath
Alistair leads you in a 25′ guided meditation exploring the somatic tool of the ‘three levels of breath’. The practice is done lying on your back, comfortably, with your hands on your belly and feet flat on the floor, knees together. [Excerpted from the Scarborough “Tender is the Heart” course in March 2018]
What you’ll hear
- intro and brief ‘polyvagal tuning’
- exploration of the physical breath (outer)
- experience of the energetic breath (inner)
- the subtle or secret breath of awareness
- the lower belly as a special area of awareness
- lower-belly breathing to purify and clear this space
If you want to experience more of this
Check out Alistair’s Introduction to Somatic Meditation at Spa Road in London May 2018.
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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…
An excerpt from the February 2018 “Time Terror” course at Spa Road in London.
Alistair is unpacking the second of the Four Reminders, Tibetan Buddhist texts to bring us back to life.
The 2nd Reminder runs: Remembering that death is real and comes without warning, / Recalling that this body will become a corpse,/ Knowing that my chance to practice dharma is brief,/ I undertake this practice.
This is a talk by Alistair Appleton given in Cardiff on 23rd February 2018 on the subject ‘Is Meditation Enough?’ – it’s a wide ranging and relaxed introduction to Alistair’s stance on the role of meditation in contemporary life… Sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy Alistair in full, off-the-cuff flow….
This is an excerpt from the talk Alistair and Ajahn Sudara gave at the British Museum in September 2017, looking at the path of Buddhist practice and how that impacts on contemporary practitioners.