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Cardiff Talk #1: Mistaking puritanism for purity

This is the first part of Alistair’s March 2020 Talk at the Cardiff Buddhist Centre on Cowbridge Road.
The talk was on the subject of ‘purification’ and in this first part Alistair explains why it’s interesting to him and how a false and correct understanding has played out in his life to date…

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The Laparoscopic Probe of the Ordinary Mind

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We can use the breath like a tiny, powerful spotlight into our inner experience. In this excerpt from the Spa Road weekend course on IFS in 2019, Alistair explains how somatic practice puts us in direct contact with the power of awareness, what Trungpa calls ‘ordinary mind’.

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The weekend is happening again in London, 11-12 January 2020

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Thinking is an addiction, awareness is the cure.

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From the October 2019 annual Mindsprings retreat for more advanced practitioners, this podcast is an exploration of why we end up spending so much time on the cushion thinking, thinking, thinking. Instead of demonising it – maybe there’s something to understand?

What you’ll hear

  • initial instructions to feel the whole body
  • postural and earthing instructions
  • guidance through the 16-point of posture
  • time to ‘rest in the soma’ and experience pure awareness

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Details of 2020’s advanced retreat on Holy Island in October are here.

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Maitri is loving all our shitty little parts

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Alistair gives a very clear and insightful definition of maitri or love to the self. In an excerpt from the Spa Road Weekend in September 2019, he points out how we habitually ignore the very things that actually need the love…

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The weekend is happening again in London, 11-12 January 2020.

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What’s the point of IFS?

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Excerpted from the October Holy Island Retreat in 2019, this is an inspired exploration of why we practice. What’s the point of maitri, of using internal family systems, of the whole path of meditation? This podcast gives a good answer…

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The IFS weekend is happening again in London, 11-12 January 2020.

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Why every meditator should know about Richard Schwartz

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This is a great excerpt from Alistair’s 2019 weekend course on the Buddhist practice of Maitri (love to self) and Richard Schwartz’ work on internal family systems. If you’re a meditator and you have problems with loving yourself – this talk is a must.

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  • a basic outline of how we live with different ‘parts’ of ourselves
  • working with these ‘parts’ from a different space
  • Schwartz’ bio
  • basic concepts in Internal Family Systems

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The full weekend is happening again in London 11-12 January 2020.

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Simple Somatic Sitting

This is a very direct and inspired guided meditation that Alistair gave at St. Mary’s Brighton in December 2019. It was a lovely group and somehow the practice seemed to land well with people. It’s a great introduction to the simple but also vast practice of ‘simple sitting’ with a strong somatic feel…

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