Welcome to West Wight Sangha's audio section. Above you can see the Link Buttons which will take you to the other sections of our site, below are the Page Buttons which will take you to various "Special Interest" audio listings.

Friday, April 04, 2014

The Flame Of Now by Rodney Smith

This talk by Rodney Smith examines the simplicity of practice.

Our thoughts place us on the periphery of "Now", but a question ensues, "do we want what Now offers?"


Friday, March 28, 2014

What You Think is Not a Help for Realization by Ed Brown

The above talk was used at a retreat day held by the Newport Soto Zen group on Friday 28th of March.


Friday, March 07, 2014

What do I Really Want by Martin Aylward

Martin Aylward began practising Dharma at the age of 19, spending several years in Asian
Buddhist monasteries and with Himalayan hermits. Martin is Co-Founder and Resident Teacher of Moulin de Chaves Meditation Centre in South West France, and reflecting his interest in engaged Dharma practice, has a new website, and is beginning to offer retreats, called Work Sex Money Dharma. He has been teaching internationally since 1999.


Friday, February 28, 2014

Meditation, Mindfulness And Meditative Inquiry by Martine Batchelor

In this talk Martine examines the different aspects of practice.

She speeaks of her own experience in Korea where she was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1975. She studied Zen Buddhism under the guidance of the late Master Kusan at Songgwang Sa monastery until 1985.


Friday, January 10, 2014

Five Talks by John Peacock

JOHN PEACOCK is both an academic and a Buddhist practitioner of nearly forty years. He was initially trained in the Tibetan Gelugpa tradition in India and subsequently spent time in Sri Lanka studying Theravada. He has lectured in Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol, and at present he is Associate Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and teaches on the Master of Studies programme in MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) at Oxford University. He has been teaching meditation for over twenty five years and is a Gaia House guiding teacher.

A Radical Message For The World


Distortions of Perception


How Often Are You Human In A Day


The Brahma Viharas


The above talk was used at a retreat day held by the Newport Soto Zen group on Friday 31st of January. The following talk by Rev. Master Daishin was also used.



Reverend Master Daishin Morgan is a disciple of Jiyu-Kennett and has been a Zen monk for thirty-six years and abbot of Throssel Hole since 1982. (At Throssel Hole Abbey, all ranks and both sexes are addressed as 'Reverend' and are referred to as monks and priests.) The Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, of which Throssel Hole is a member, describe themselves as being in the Serene Reflection Meditation tradition (Ts'ao-Tung Ch'an in China and Sōtō Zen in Japan) and Buddha Recognizes Buddha is firmly in that tradition, drawing heavily on the teachings of Sōtō founder, Dōgen Zenji (1200 – 1253).

And this is the final talk in the series by John Peacock.................

What is meditation?


Monday, December 16, 2013

Loving The Enemy by Anushka Fernandopulle

Anushka Fernandopulle teaches Vipassana meditation in the San Francisco Bay Area and
around the US. Anushka has trained in the Theravada Buddhist tradition for over 20 years in monasteries in Sri Lanka & India as well as urban US settings, and is a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher's Council. Anushka has an MBA from Yale School of Management and works with organizations as a consultant and with individuals as an executive/leadership coach. More about her dharma teaching and work can be found at www.anushkaf.org


Friday, November 29, 2013

Contentment With Voidness by Shaila Catherine

Shaila Catherine has been practicing meditation since 1980, with more than eight years of accumulated silent retreat experience. She has taught since 1996 in the USA, and internationally. Shaila has dedicated several years to studying with masters in India, Nepal and Thailand, completed a one year intensive meditation retreat with the focus on concentration and jhana, and authored Focused and Fearless: A Meditator’s Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity. Shaila Catherine has been practicing under the guidance of Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadaw since 2006, and authored Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhana and Vipassana to help make this traditional approach to meditative training accessible to western practitioners. She is the founder of Insight Meditation South Bay, a Buddhist meditation centre in Silicon Valley (www.imsb.org).


Friday, November 08, 2013

Freeing Yourself From The Inner Critic by Mark Coleman

Here's a series of three talks by Mark Coleman on the subject of our "inner critic".

Mark Coleman has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1984. He is a Spirit Rock Meditation Teacher and has been teaching Insight Meditation retreats since 1997. He also leads wilderness meditation retreats from Alaska to Peru, integrating mindfulness meditation with nature. He is author of Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery. Mark is a psychotherapist, life-coach and mindfulness consultant to corporations. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast and passionate about combining the forces of meditation, silence and nature.

Talk One


Talk Two


Talk Three


Friday, October 11, 2013

The Buddha's World View by Bhante Bodhidhamma

This is another talk by Bhante Bodhidhamma who recently visited us here at the West Wight Sangha.

The talk discusses the process of Dependent Origination and how we perceive the "World". It is one of the best explainations of the complex subject of Dependent Origination that I have heard.


Friday, September 20, 2013

The Five Hindrances To Enlightenment by Ayya Anandabodhi

Ayya Anandabodhi first encountered the Buddha's teaching in her early teens, which ignited a
deep interest in the Buddha’s Path of Awakening. She has practiced meditation since 1989, and lived in Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries in the UK from 1992 for 18 years.

In 2009 she moved to the U.S. on invitation of the Saranaloka Foundation, to help establish Aloka Vihara, a training monastery for women, where she now resides. She took leave of the Ajahn Chah lineage in 2011, in order to take full bhikkhuni ordination. The teachings and example of Ajahn Chah continue to be an influence and inspiration in her practice and teaching.