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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.

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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.

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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).

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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?

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Freud

In this recorded teaching, in answer to Tamsyn’s frustration with Freud, Alistair launches into an exploration of why Freud was ahead of his time; the ego and superego, free energy principle and the flaw in attachment theory. He suggests Freud was right and current neuroscientific thinking would agree.

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Guided practice – Energy Workout

A ten-minute energy workout to start your day. With or without a dog!

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Guided practice: Complete 3 objects

In this recorded meditation Alistair guides us through the core practice of shamata-vipassana meditation. Using three objects of awareness to train ourselves to know our own mind’s working and open space inwards. 50′ lying and sitting.

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Where is the who?

A guided meditation to introduce the second Dharma Day workshop – The Formation of the Self. Dharma Days are free teaching days exploring Buddhist ideas and concepts.
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Yoga V Buddhism

In this recorded teaching, following Suzanne’s sharing, Alistair discusses Yoga V Buddhism. Exploring his understanding of the differences between yogic and Buddhist philosophy, especially around the idea of a soul / Self. He speculates that the emphasis in Yoga is on improving oneself. The Buddha would call this poisoned food because it is a self project. We should let go of self-importance and immerse ourselves in the otherness of the universe.

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Four fields practice

This guided meditation is a full 40′ session of practice exploring the four fields of phenomena that make up our self-experience or ‘object no. 1’. This is a core element of beingfulness.

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