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).
Best of Awake in the World: From Fear to Sympathy
This week we're revisiting a favourite Awake in the World podcast episode. How to meet others who are in fear or anxiety, how to help anxious kids, how to validate the feelings of other people without exacerbating what’s going on for them, and how to develop concentration (jhana) practice. Wisconsin. Recorded March 26, 2017.
Best of Awake in the World: Patience is a Practice of Attunement
This week we're revisiting a favourite Awake in the World podcast episode. Long-term practice requires patience more than discipline. Practice frustrates our results oriented mind. You need patience to stay with life for the long haul. The paradoxes of karma. Recorded on April 2, 2013.
In this Remembrance Day talk Michael considers the relationship of stillness and action, bearing witness, non-violence and letting go of “why?”. Recorded on November 11, 2008.
Mindfulness & Situational Ethics
In this podcast episode, Michael discusses how mindfulness applies to situational ethics, exploring in practical detail the two wings of the practice: calming (samatha) and insight (vipassana). This lecture was part of an older version of Michael's online course, Embodying Ethics & Vows in Modern Life (recorded in 2015).
In November 10th, 2009 Michael hosted a poetry reading night and invited author, Sarah Selecky, and poet, Erin Robinsong, to choose and read poems that highlight the importance of art to spiritual practice. He opened the evening by talking about the profound ways that language can either keep us stuck in a false representation of the world or open us up to new possibilities. Recorded on November 10, 2009.
This Is the Way It Is
In this guided meditation practice Michael provides suggestions for cultivating equanimity and radical acceptance. The instructions last approximately fifteen minutes, followed by fifteen minutes of silence before the bell. Recorded on November 10, 2008.
A refuge for discovery
Michael’s talks continue to inspire me to consider, question, and affirm my true nature. They have prompted many talks with family and friends about the world we live in and how we can effectively love and care for each other better. This podcast offers itself as a refuge from the world of hyper-materialism, to explore and discover what matters most in life. I am grateful for Michael, his work, and for those who continue to share these talks.
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.