30 episodes

Sifting through the earliest records of the Buddha's talks, we find a simple, elegant, and powerful practice. When he died, his teaching became an “ism”, Buddhism. As it spread into other countries, cultures, and eras his teachings or “map” was copied and re-copied. Shortcuts and alternatives were added and deleted. Compared to the versions of his teachings most widely known, his original meditation emphasized: Tranquility: an open, receptive awareness favored over highly focused, one-pointed concentration; Simplicity: loving kindness, serenity and insight all integrated rather than treated as separate practices; Stages: the practice matures through stages, each of which builds upon and goes beyond earlier stages (or “jhana”); Ease: relaxing as more important than striving. These podcasts are dedicated to this approach to meditation and daily living. I call it “easing awake.”

Easing Awake with Doug Kraft Doug Kraft

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Sifting through the earliest records of the Buddha's talks, we find a simple, elegant, and powerful practice. When he died, his teaching became an “ism”, Buddhism. As it spread into other countries, cultures, and eras his teachings or “map” was copied and re-copied. Shortcuts and alternatives were added and deleted. Compared to the versions of his teachings most widely known, his original meditation emphasized: Tranquility: an open, receptive awareness favored over highly focused, one-pointed concentration; Simplicity: loving kindness, serenity and insight all integrated rather than treated as separate practices; Stages: the practice matures through stages, each of which builds upon and goes beyond earlier stages (or “jhana”); Ease: relaxing as more important than striving. These podcasts are dedicated to this approach to meditation and daily living. I call it “easing awake.”

    Buddha's Map: Jhanas

    Buddha's Map: Jhanas

    The jhanas are the Buddha’s map of how the mind-heart unfolds.

    • 1 hr 59 min
    Thriving in Difficult Times

    Thriving in Difficult Times

    To thrive during difficult times we have to turn our attention inward and learn how to be with the instinctual tightening in a relaxed and open way.

    • 38 min
    Inner Landscape, part 2

    Inner Landscape, part 2

    This three-part talk is a conversation between our direct experience, the Buddha’s comments on experience, and science.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Inner Landscape, part 1

    Inner Landscape, part 1

    This three-part talk is a conversation between our direct experience, the Buddha’s comments on experience, and science.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Hindrances as Friends

    Hindrances as Friends

    We will never fully overcome hindrances until we can view them as genuine friends rather than foes to be vanquished.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Ennobling Questions

    Ennobling Questions

    Four Noble Truths provide the basis for four ennobling questions.

    • 42 min

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