Friday, 30 August 2013

The Promise Of Awakening by Howard Cohn

Howard Cohn, has led the Mission Dharma sitting group in San Francisco for over 25 years. He has practised meditation since 1972, has led vipassana retreats since 1985, and is a senior teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Centre.

In this talk he describes  the "fruits" of practise and how it engages us with the entirety of reality.


Friday, 9 August 2013

Freedom From Opposites by Martin Aylward

In this talk Martin Aylward examines the link between holding opinions and the tightening of the mind around the extreme ends of the spectrum of experience and how we can gain freedom from these opposites.


Friday, 2 August 2013

No Self by Anam Thubten

This talk is actual the one I took along for the monthly Friday retreat day held by the Newport

Soto Zen group. It is by Anam Thubten and is about how Nirvana is reached by the abandoning of identities.

Born in 1968 and raised in the remote Golok region of Amdo, in north­east­ern Tibet, Anam Thubten was rec­og­nized at an early age as the incar­na­tion of the great yogi Anam Lama Choying Phuntsok (also known as Anam Tsetsampa). The young tulku began his for­mal Buddhist stud­ies at the age of 10. In the course of his stud­ies, in the Nyingma tra­di­tion, he devel­oped a spe­cial affin­ity towards a very inspir­ing teacher and her­mit named Lama Tsurlo. Lama Tsurlo’s kind­ness and wis­dom gave him the firm base to advance in his Dharma prac­tice. In 1991, Anam Thubten Rinpoche escaped Tibet and fled to India.