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Dharma talks and guided meditations given six days per week during the Spring 2012 eight-week Shamatha retreat at the Thanyapura Mind Centre in Phuket, Thailand, with B. Alan Wallace. Podcasts will be posted daily during the retreat.

Spring 2012 Shamatha Retreat B. Alan Wallace

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Dharma talks and guided meditations given six days per week during the Spring 2012 eight-week Shamatha retreat at the Thanyapura Mind Centre in Phuket, Thailand, with B. Alan Wallace. Podcasts will be posted daily during the retreat.

    94 Loving-Kindness. Q&A

    94 Loving-Kindness. Q&A

    Aspiring for genuine happiness. Unguided meditation not included. Q&A What do i have to do to achieve stage 4 outside of retreat? What does full enlightenment mean?

    • 35 min
    93 Practice in the Spirit of Loving-Kindess, Q&A

    93 Practice in the Spirit of Loving-Kindess, Q&A

    We proceed directly into meditation with loving kindness for ourself, then spend the remaining time with Q&A. Q&A (at 24:51) * Subtlety of subjectivity in lucid dreams. * Achieving shamatha while dreaming. * Sleep paralysis and false awakenings. * What is deja vu? * Relevance of learning the Tibetan language today. * Unpacking the terms "reality-based" and "let reality rise up to meet you."

    • 1 hr 40 min
    92 Morning Q&A

    92 Morning Q&A

    We are encouraged to practice the four immeasurables in a spirit of looking back on our retreat and broader past. Then we receive advice around the question, "How do we prepare for death when we have months, days, hours, seconds?" (27:19)

    • 1 hr 4 min
    91 Practice in the Spirit of Loving-Kindness. Q&A

    91 Practice in the Spirit of Loving-Kindness. Q&A

    Enter your practice in the spirit of loving-kindness, particularly when the mind is prone to rumination. Consider the analogy of the horse saved from a burning barn, scared and frantic—never would you be hard on such a horse, it needs only gentle kindness. Only this brief but essential advice tonight, before we practice and open the floor to questions. Q&A * As an aid in settling the mind in its natural state, which types of mental events can be generated to find the space of the mind? * Recommended dzogchen reading. * When expanding awareness in the four directions, must it be returned to center? * Nyam, flashbacks, and the placebo effect.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    90 Morning Q&A

    90 Morning Q&A

    How to help people ? What aspects of dharma speak of developing these abilities and is there a first aid guide for specific ailments ?

    • 35 min
    89 A wellspring of good advice

    89 A wellspring of good advice

    Our shamatha practice can help keep us cognitively tuned while back in the big world, even if we can only practice briefly during the day. In times when we are fatigued from stress, full-body awareness in the shavasana pose is the most healing; on brimful days when the mind is agitated, mindfulness of breathing can bring the best benefit; when we're more relaxed and grounded, settling the mind in its natural state or awareness of awareness can be the tonic that enriches our lives. Alan gives us 'le grande tour' of the paths available in dharma; how buddhahood can be attained by various combinations of realizing emptiness and rigpa, cultivating bodhicitta, samadhi, and different options and complements of the practices. Silent meditation 45:38 Q&A 01:10:40 * Techniques to calm the pranas in preparation for meditation. * Distinction between attachment and commitment. * Drug use for spiritual gain.

    • 1 hr 43 min

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