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.”
Senses of the Self
The senses of self involve a spectrum, from extreme distortion, through coping mechanisms, to freedom of non-identification with self.
How We Perceive the World
Subconscious phenomena in the brain influence how we perceive the world around us and our own sense of self.
Welcoming the Mind's Fluidity
"Welcoming the Mind's Fluidity" starts with an allegorical poem about a duck in the ocean waves and then ponders what it means to welcome the mind's fluidity.
Befriending the Demons
Hindrances distort consciousness but show us where there's imbalance that hides wisdom.
"The Conscious Perspective" Interview
Interview with Doug Kraft on the "Conscious Perspective Podcast" with Gary Haskins.
Introduction to Meditation
Meditation is remembering to see the movements of the mind's attention.
very pratical and useful
I really love this practice. It has totally changed all aspects of my life for the better.