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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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Introduction to The Four Noble Truths

This is the introduction to the first of four Dharma Days workshops. Alistair introduces students to Buddhism and discusses The Four Noble Truths.

Alistair was encouraged to wave the Buddhist flag by members of the Mindsprings Practice Space. Our online practice community meets every day online for meditation, yoga and community events.
Mindsprings tries to stay free from any specific religious jargon but because Alistair is Buddhist and Buddhist thinking informs much of what Mindsprings do, he set up a series of workshops to explore Buddhism.
The Four Noble Truths is the first of these.

This workshop was held online on Zoom on February 27th 2021, the other three are on Sat 27th March, Sat 24th April and Sat 29th May.

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No-Self, St Pauls & the orange

In this recorded teaching, Alistair discusses the fourfield practices and especially the fifth field takes us into the realm of self-insight. How solid is my sense of self? How do I relate to these phenomena?

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Feeling Selfy and Non-selfy

Answering Tamsyn’s question about the concept of no-self in therapy, I discuss the felt-sense of these experiences along a spectrum.

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The Observing Ghost

In response to Jane’s question about the observer, Alistair explores the hidden presence of a thinking-entity in our ‘awareness’ and how we can bring that into the light.

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The web of language

Following a long question from Jane, I set out some of my thoughts about the overlooked role of language and thinking in dharma and how we are missing half the project when we suppress them.

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Re- and discharging the Spine

This is a 35′ guided practice from the several weeks when we were exploring the spine as an orientation-point for our somatic work. It’s a great way of balancing the energy of the body using the spine. Suitable for beginners.

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I am 50!

On the day he turns 50, up on the Newhaven Cliffs, Alistair makes a decision: do not be bashful about your Buddha Nature.

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