The pursuit of freedom and happiness in the Buddha’s journey holds significant relevance to our own lives, particularly during challenging times. Embracing uncertainty, stepping out of our comfort zones, maintaining integrity, and risking it all for the love of the Dharma are just a few aspects of his path. What if we were to perceive our lives as a noble quest as well? How can we draw inspiration and learn from the Buddha’s journey to inform our own? Let us explore these questions together.
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Getting Real with Spiritual Bypass
November 14, 2021
Spiritual bypassing is a superficial way of glossing over problems in a way that might make us feel better in the short term, but ultimately solves nothing and just leaves the problem to linger on. This session is an opportunity to begin to understand the concept of Spiritual Bypass (as coined by John Welwood in his book “Toward a Psychology of Awakening”) and how to practice with it.
Luminous Darkness: A Path for Seeing Clearly from the Heart
October 2, 2022
One of the gifts of global uncertainty is that it requires us to recognize and release unconscious biases that have been passed down for generations. These include the perception that splits into opposites and values light over dark, speed over slowing down, productivity over attunement, and conclusion over not knowing. Awakening requires that we soften…
Daily Meditation Recordings, with Martin Aylward – Week of Nov 21 – 25, 2022
Daily meditations with Martin Aylward.
Love in the Time of Extinction: Dharma Practice and the Climate Emergency
March 31, 2019
This was a special Worldwide Insight session in which Martin Aylward and Yanai Postelnik were in conversation about the climate emergency and how to engage with it from a Dharma perspective. Prior to the session, Yanai wrote: “I know there are many in our worldwide sangha, who like myself have engaged with, or are considering…
How to be an Earthling
March 14, 2021
During this session we will use mindfulness meditation to explore our nature as nature, helping us to become more at ease and accepting of our lives and our place in the scheme of things.
Daily Meditation Recordings, with Nathan Glyde – Week of March 8, 2021
This week’s topic is The Freedom of an Unassuming Mind.
The Buddha used the image of a tangled and knotted thread to represent the complex roots of human suffering and distress. It takes sensitivity, persistence, and care to disentangle the tangle of ‘dukkha’. A tricky part of this is that our assumptions about the world radically shape the way the world appears, while remaining quite hidden to us. Fortunately, wisdom teachings and practices bring assumptions into view and support the untying of these unseen knots, opening us into a wide and free existence.
The nature of experience. Part 2: Emptiness.
January 22, 2017
Today’s session is the second in a special run of three consecutive sessions with Martin, where he looks deeply at the nature of experience through Buddha’s profound descriptions of reality – Impermanence, Emptiness, Non self-existence. The classes point directly to how these themes can come alive in our practice and understanding, looking at the personal,…
Moving Beyond the Myth of Loneliness
June 23, 2019
What changes as we consciously turn toward our suffering, rather than away? We are conditioned to experience ourselves as separate from life, but in that outward gaze, we often overlook an experience of belonging that is inherent. How does our habit of seeking shift when we recognize that what we long for can never actually…