Awake in the World Podcast is a library of talks on a wide-range of topics, including bringing mindfulness and meditation practice into daily life; personal and community issues regarding mental health; and social change. The podcasts were recorded at live events so you might hear coughing, airplanes, cars, sirens, laughter, and peoples’ questions—all part of the intimate experience. Michael Stone (1974-2017) was a Buddhist teacher, author, and mental health advocate. His legacy is stewarded by Carina Stone. Podcast funded by Patreon (patreon.com/michaelstone).
Emptiness Is a Pair of Glasses
In this Awake in the World podcast Michael returns to the Heart Sutra, beginning with the line, “Here, Shariputra, form is none other than emptiness…” He argues that there is no such thing as emptiness, but the philosophy of emptiness gives us a lens that can show us how to see (time, our nature, impermanence and so on).
Recorded on December 30, 2008.
In this Awake in the World podcast episode Michael begins unpacking the first line of the Heart Sutra with an emphasis on what it means to live from the heart, some background on Avalokiteshvara, and the Buddha’s teaching to Bāhiya.
Recorded December 23, 2008.
The Moon In The River
In this Awake in the World podcast Michael offers encouragement to follow the path of love and to find the faith and motivation to keep practicing, even in the face of restlessness, worry, and pain.
Recorded December 20, 2009.
The Fish Really Need You
In this Awake in the World Podcast Michael talks about the Buddha’s enlightenment as described in the Ariyapariyesana Sutta, plus the importance of avoiding both active and passive nihilism, interconnection as action, and how to take care of anger.
Recorded on December 16, 2008.
Mild, Moderate or Intense?
In this Awake in the World podcast episode Michael discusses commitment to practice, showing up, and Case 33 from the Mumonkan (What is Buddha?).
Recorded on December 15, 2009.
You Can't Come Home Without Leaving First
In this Awake in the World podcast episode Michael talks about the similarities between mindfulness and homecoming.
Recorded December 8, 2009.
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Best podcast for me
I am so touched on Michael Stone’s ability to share his experience and learnings in common language on Buddhism. I feel like he is speaking to me, and guiding me on the path. His voice is soft and he is able to mix in small amounts of humor in his serious teaching. If you want to better understand the Buddhist teachings, I have not found any better source than this wonderful teacher.
He is my Teacher!
I love any of Michaels teachings... in whatever format! I highly recommend his podcasts as he is so dynamic, relatable, informative and inspiring by voice. His way of relating Buddhism and practice to modern day life has truly enriched by every day experience.
Michael is truly a gift
I feel so grateful to have discovered Michael. His teachings are deep, heartfelt and honest. I have never experienced anything like this before - that depth without any agenda for the “right” way we should live and think.