The karma of staying put

Introducing the mantra-shamata meditation, Alistair recaps the important use of this practice. It helps us stay present to the present moment assemblage of phenomena and gives us a precious window of intentional input that can lead to positive patterns (bright karma). If you’d like to hear Alistair teach live: You can join Alistair in 3x […]

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Alistair Answers: How can I slow down?

Alistair Answers: A series of videos answering your questions about meditating. Number four – I’m too restless. How can I slow down? We live in a world that drives us insane with its busyness; it can be exhausting. But everyone comes to meditating feeling something – grumpy, tired, happy, stressed. Alistair explains the point of […]

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Alistair Answers: How much time does meditation take?

Alistair Answers: A series of videos answering your questions about meditating. Question No3 – I’m busy, how much time does meditation take? Meditation is not an instant fix, Alistair explains. You do need to dedicate 20 or 30 minutes each day to practice. It can take a long time, months or years to feel the […]

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Alistair Answers: Am I doing it right?

Alistair Answers: A series of videos answering your questions about meditating. Question No2 – How do I know if I’m doing it right? Alistair explains why there is no right or wrong in meditating and he gives us an easy tip to feel if meditating is working. If you’d like to hear Alistair teach live: […]

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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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Mantra is Mental Air Freshener

In this short video, Alistair is teaching from his car while on location filming for Escape to the Country. He explains to a student that repeating a Mantra can be a useful tool of the mind, like a mental air freshener. Using a mantra to paper over legitimate emotions can be problematic. But filling your […]

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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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The truth about Worrying

In this recorded teaching, Alistair responds to a question about worrying. Is worrying positive for the person that you’re worried about? He suggests there’s a lot of ‘self’ in worrying but does that help? If you’d like to hear Alistair teach live: You can join Alistair in 3x weekly live sessions to practice meditation. Interact […]

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