On being ill

How do you react when your body is ill? Teaching while recovering from illness, Alistair talks about a different way of being. He discusses the strange almost mystical intensity that comes when we really stay with our experience of illness. If you’d like to hear Alistair teach live: You can join Alistair in 3x weekly […]

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Cultural addiction to suffering

In this recorded teaching, following a question from Jane one of the Mindsprings students, Alistair speaks to the prevailing Abrahamic sense that we, as humans, are meant to suffer in this life. And contrasts it to the tantric belief that life is bliss. If you’d like to hear Alistair teach live: You can join Alistair […]

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Thoughts as Jelly

In this short Q&A Alistair answers a student who is worried that her thoughts are all messy, hazy and unfocused. He says he rarely thinks in fully-formed sentences usually his thoughts are smeary swishy and jelly-like. If you’d like to hear Alistair teach live: You can join Alistair in 3x weekly live sessions to practice […]

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Thoughts and thinking (Vitakka-Vicara)

In this recorded teaching, As part of our series on Thoughts and Thinking, Alistair explores the Buddhist teaching of the seed thought (vitakka) and proliferating thinking (vicara). If you’d like to hear Alistair teach live: You can join Alistair in 3x weekly live sessions to practice meditation. Interact with the Mindsprings community and join in […]

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