What do we mean when we say ‘Mind’?

Jane spoke about the dialogue in her mind between a part that was trying something different and another part that was objecting to that change. Alistair picked this up and spoke about the confusion that reigns in meditation circles when people talk about the mind. Is the thinking-mind that is meant? or rather the Mind […]

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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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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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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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