We and They

12/03/11  New Delhi, India

From this talk: “Before being whatever religion, you’re just a human being. You have a body, you have a mind, you have this reality. We have a heart, and sometimes it’s painful. Let’s come back to this reality itself.”

Topics covered include interdependence, connections with traditions and teachers, problems with mindfulness, and the meaning of One Dharma. There is chanting in Hindi at the beginnning and a guided meditation during the second half of the podcast with Yamashita sensei’s One Dharma Method. Many of the ideas he outlines in the later part of this talk are tied to what has become known as Buddhism 3.0 in Japan.

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Meditation for Humanity

12/17/11  

From this talk: “Meditation’s not a personal thing anymore..as humanity itself, we should meditate to advance one step further. It means from the world of thinking mind. Now everywhere…we are already reaching the limit…[there are] so many environmental problems, so many psychological problems. So now humanity, as a race, we are already reaching some kind of dead end. But I think it’s very good. Extremely good. Why? Because if we reach a dead end, it means, a dead end of one stage. The dead end of thinking mind…Now we can say goodbye to all of these kinds of things. We can only say goodbye when things don’t work well. .”

Topics covered include the truth the Japanese discovered after the great 2011 earthquake and tsunami, attachment to thinking mind, and form and formlessness..

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(This episode’s photo was taken 3 June, 2015 at Soma in Fukushima, Japan. Yamashita-sensei and a group of retreat participants held a walking meditation ceremony on the coastline in memory of the tsunami victims of March 11, 2011.)

Living as Blue Sky

12/09/12   Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India

From this talk: “We are Blue Sky from the beginning, but with our thinking mind we couldn’t understand. Why? Because our thinking mind can understand only the world of form. Why? Because our thinking mind itself is form.”

Topics covered include remembering one’s original intention, the power of No and Yes, the pitfall of meditating with thinking mind, and Blue Sky, clouds, and identity. With a question and answer period at the end.

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Beyond Thinking Mind

12/07/12   Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India

From this talk: “Suffering is self-created. That’s it. You made it. You created the suffering…but I’m not blaming you. I’m giving you hope.”

Topics covered include the first noble truth, criticizing mind, identifying as thinking mind, and who watches the breath. With a question and answer period at the end, including discussion about morality and saying “yes,” and saying “yes” in the face of social problems.

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Contentment With the Present Moment

12/08/12   Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India

From this talk: “[Desire] means you are saying “no” to your present state. But now you said “yes.” You are content. That’s why your desire will disappear.”

Topics covered include subtle consciousness, the problem of dulling yourself down, desire, and leaving the world of thinking mind. With a question and answer period at the end.

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The Cessation of Hatred

12/06/12   Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India

He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me. In those who harbor such thoughts, hatred will never cease. He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me. In those who do not harbor such thoughts, hatred will cease. For hatred does not cease by hatred at any time. Hatred ceases by love. This is an old rule – from the Dhammapada

Topics covered include the freedom not to judge, the structure of negative emotions, the problem of “no” and “yes,” and an explication of the famous verses from the Dhammapada’s first chapter. With a question and answer period at the end.

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Beyond Traditions

12/28/12   Goa, India

From this talk: “You don’t have to become a so-called Buddhist. You don’t have to become the member of such and such an organization. You can always start from you.”

Topics covered include the similarity between Zen and early Buddhism, conflict between religious traditions, ancient methods and modern people, the unity of old  and new identity, and form and formlessness.

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Just Say Yes

12/28/12   Goa, India

From this talk: “Just saying yes to your present situation, finally your dissatisfaction has ended…that is the meaning of staying in the present moment.”

Topics covered include: habitual tendencies, freedom from external circumstances, contentment with the present moment, and the difference between “no” and “yes.”

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Body in the Body

12/27/12  pt.3 Goa, India

From this talk: “If you want to feel inside the body, you really have to let go of thinking mind.”

A brief talk followed by “inner body awareness meditation” instructions. This is the first part of Yamashita-sensei’s “One Dharma Method.”

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This will be the last podcast of 2014. Thank you for all your support and see you again in the new year.

 

 

 

 

 

Who is Mindful?

12/27/12  pt.2  Goa, India

From this talk: “If you can improve your relationship with family members, then you can be called a good practitioner.”

Topics covered include: Tich Nhat Hanh, the importance of practicing with others, the anapanasati sutta, and the four foundations of mindfulness

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Compassion and the Ego

12/27/12  Goa, India

From this talk: “The purpose of compassion meditation is how to have a relationship based on compassion with [everybody].”

Topics covered include: Real freedom, some benefits of meditation, mindful eating, mindfulness in everyday life, and compassion.

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