387 episodes

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).

Awake in the World Podcast Michael Stone

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 103 Ratings

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).

    Uncovering the Roots

    Uncovering the Roots

    In this deep dive into the first four lines of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra Michael talks about the nature of awareness and the goals of yoga. Recorded March 14, 2010.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Waiting for a Ride

    Waiting for a Ride

    Starting with a poem by Gary Snyder, Michael explores the Fourth Pada of the Yoga Sutra and argues that without the experience of a solid meditation practice it cannot be comprehended. Patanjali, he says, “is leaving you speechless.” But waiting at the airport watching everything come and go, isn’t a bad analogy. Recorded on March 9, 2007.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Best of Awake in the World: Forgiveness

    Best of Awake in the World: Forgiveness

    This week we're revisiting a favourite Awake in the World podcast episode from a New Year's retreat. A tender and personal talk Michael gives during silent retreat about his father, forgiveness, and how we need to practice forgiveness all the time. He talks about how, and why. He talks about the painter Hellen Frankenthaller’s death and practicing in good times and bad. Recorded on December 29, 2011.

    • 49 min
    Best of Awake in the World: Love - Sometimes We Can Really Show Up

    Best of Awake in the World: Love - Sometimes We Can Really Show Up

    This week we're revisiting a favourite Awake in the World podcast episode. An hour before New Year’s Michael gives a quiet talk on the Heart Sutra and Forgiveness. “When I hold someone’s hand as they are dying I chant the Heart Sutra. Or when I watch my son sleeping.” A tender and quiet talk on silent retreat.
    Recorded on Dec 31, 2011.

    • 32 min
    Best of Awake in the World: Being Independent in our Practice

    Best of Awake in the World: Being Independent in our Practice

    This week we're revisiting a favourite Awake in the World podcast episode from a New Year's retreat. Michael Stone talks on silent retreat about how meditation works over the long-haul, how to practice with a teacher that encourages independence, and how to live without gain. This is the second last talk of the year and the group was in deep silent practice, and it was snowing.
    Recorded at Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre in Midland, Ontario on Dec 30, 2013.

    • 54 min
    Best of Awake in the World: Save a Ghost!

    Best of Awake in the World: Save a Ghost!

    This week we're revisiting a favourite Awake in the World podcast episode from a New Year's retreat. Michael speaks about modern Buddhism as a “culture of awakening,” and then talks on the Zen koan “Save a Ghost.” We are broken. That’s why meditation is an ambulance service for love. Mindfulness is a practice of mourning. The dead live on in us as ghosts and as we mourn we make them into culture. Recorded during the Silent New Year’s Retreat in Chapin Mill, New York.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
103 Ratings

103 Ratings

at-peace-in-action ,

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.

recycledhay ,

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.

lali_light ,

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.

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