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011 Contemporary Spiritual Life – Philosophy, Buddhism and Meditation: Tensions and Harmonies. Part II

7/15/2018
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In this episode two Buddhist philosophers - Martin Kovan and Toby Mendelson - continue their formal dialogue around the relationship (and tensions) between philosophy, Buddhism and meditation practice. Topics covered in part II include: karma and rebirth, pitfalls and possibilities in 'western' Buddhism, anatman/atman, comparative philosophy east & west, and Buddhist politics. Please Donate—It takes [...] The post 011 Contemporary Spiritual Life – Philosophy, Buddhism and Meditation:...

Duration:01:03:21

010 Contemporary Spiritual Life – Philosophy, Buddhism and Meditation: Tensions and Harmonies. Part I

7/8/2018
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In this episode two Buddhist philosophers - Martin Kovan and Toby Mendelson - conduct a formal dialogue around the relationship (and tensions) between philosophy, Buddhism and meditation practice. Topics covered in part I include: the role and task of philosophy, idealist experiences, modernist/secularist vs traditionalist approaches to Buddhist practice and the epistemological status of meditation [...] The post 010 Contemporary Spiritual Life – Philosophy, Buddhism and Meditation:...

Duration:00:56:25

009 Contemporary Spiritual Life – Martin Kovan: Buddhism and Late Capitalism

5/21/2018
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In this episode we're joined by Buddhist philosopher and writer Martin Kovan to explore the muddy waters which arise through the relationship between Buddhism and the dominant political economy of the 21st century - capitalism. Some of Martin's published and unpublished works can be found here: https://whisperedlineage.com/ Please Donate—It takes less than 2 minutes and [...] The post 009 Contemporary Spiritual Life – Martin Kovan: Buddhism and Late Capitalism appeared first on Arete House.

Duration:00:57:20

008 Contemporary Spiritual Life – Freeman Treblicock on Tibetan Buddhism, Myth & Film Making

4/8/2018
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In this episode we are joined by young film maker and lifelong Tibetan Buddhist practitioner, Freeman Treblicock. With beautiful candor and openness, Freeman talks about the profound influence of his spiritual teachers, the relationship between myth and psychology, and his transition from child monk to mature film maker. Please Donate—It takes less than 2 [...] The post 008 Contemporary Spiritual Life – Freeman Treblicock on Tibetan Buddhism, Myth & Film Making appeared first on Arete House.

Duration:00:55:30

020 The Yogic Way—Understanding as the Root of the Path

3/22/2018
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Prejudice and fear alone prevent the person entering into foreign domains of knowledge. The cocoon of the familiar is a prison of contempt. Wisdom is born from understanding; understanding is born from knowledge; knowledge is born from entering into the unfamiliar in a spirit of openness and with a willingness to learn. This is an [...] The post 020 The Yogic Way—Understanding as the Root of the Path appeared first on Arete House.

Duration:00:08:08

007 Contemporary Spiritual Life – What Does it Mean to Be Spiritual?

2/27/2018
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In this episode we ask two questions which are highly elusive: what does ‘spiritual’ mean and what does it mean to live a spiritual life? Although we do not arrive at a clear and concise answer to these questions, we do uncover some fascinating connections (and disconnections) between spiritual life and freedom, work, religion and [...] The post 007 Contemporary Spiritual Life – What Does it Mean to Be Spiritual? appeared first on Arete House.

Duration:01:04:59

019 The Yogic Way—Anchoring in Bodhicitta

2/6/2018
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Being anchored in bodhicitta is the only true insurance. It is the only uncorrupted thing you can hold. It is at once the path and the telos, the reality of causation and the freedom of its cessation. It is at once emptiness and phenomena, morality and transcendence, compassion and wisdom. Parting from it ensures being [...] The post 019 The Yogic Way—Anchoring in Bodhicitta appeared first on Arete House.

Duration:00:09:14

006 Contemporary Spiritual Life – Carl Asuruf on Embodiment, Awareness, Feldenkrais and Chinese Medicine

1/28/2018
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In this episode we speak with Carl Asuruf about the discoveries he has made about techniques of embodiment and how they coalesce indivisibly with emotional, psychic and intellectual habits. We explore this particularly through the lens of Feldenkrais and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and discover that both are less about treating specific ailments and more about [...] The post 006 Contemporary Spiritual Life – Carl Asuruf on Embodiment, Awareness, Feldenkrais and Chinese Medicine appeared...

Duration:01:03:57

018 The Yogic Way—The Balance of Emptiness

1/18/2018
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When imbalance is experienced, the common error is to attempt to create or construct balance. And these attempts of control are endless and fruitless. The art of balance is ruthlessly simple: hold nothing. The mind that abandons holding itself dissolves the cause of imbalance. It co-emerges into the emptiness of appearance and so everything is [...] The post 018 The Yogic Way—The Balance of Emptiness appeared first on Arete House.

Duration:00:09:45

017 The Yogic Way—Relinquishing

1/7/2018
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To recognise the reality of emptiness, one has to find the thing to be relinquished. It cannot be found in any text, philosophy or teaching. It is the grip itself, the part of you that holds the mind and holds the body. Do not look for an ego, a self, an essence, a false consciousness. [...] The post 017 The Yogic Way—Relinquishing appeared first on Arete House.

Duration:00:11:20

005 Contemporary Spiritual Life – Matthew Sharpe on Stoic Contemplation and Philosophy as a Way of Life

12/19/2017
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In this episode we are joined by Matthew Sharpe - Associate Professor of Philosophy at Deakin University - in order to explore the tremendous richness of ancient western contemplative techniques and practices. In particular, we explore the views and practices of the Stoics and rescue the ancient meaning of the philosopher as he or she [...] The post 005 Contemporary Spiritual Life – Matthew Sharpe on Stoic Contemplation and Philosophy as a Way of Life appeared first on Arete House.

Duration:01:08:14

016 The Yogic Way—Perseverance and Patience

12/10/2017
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The loftiest goals are actualised on the wings of perseverance and patience. With those two attributes any goal – worldly or spiritual – can be attained. Patience is the sky and space around the jumbo jet, perseverance is the engine power. Without the sky there is no possibility of moving forward, without the power there [...] The post 016 The Yogic Way—Perseverance and Patience appeared first on Arete House.

Duration:00:08:45

015 The Yogic Way—Truth

11/30/2017
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Being true is a verb not a logical statement. Truth is living, porous, manifest. The search for truth is the search for refreshing water in a desert. A necessity which is nonetheless hard to find. Truth is distinct from inclination, instinct, habit, language. It is hard enough to encounter that few persist. Those that do [...] The post 015 The Yogic Way—Truth appeared first on Arete House.

Duration:00:10:08

004 Contemporary Spiritual Life – Peter Ujvari on Yoga in the 21st Century

11/26/2017
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Everyone knows about yoga, and many people participate in it. But as we mentioned in the earlier episodes, there seems to be a rather large abyss between the Indian tradition of yoga - which has its roots in the early Upanishads (perhaps even earlier) and flowered especially under the hand of Patanjali in the 8th [...] The post 004 Contemporary Spiritual Life – Peter Ujvari on Yoga in the 21st Century appeared first on Arete House.

Duration:01:04:13

1 Flickers of Insight—The Art of Loving

11/21/2017
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This podcast explores a classic text The Art of Loving (1956) by Eric Fromm a renowned psychoanalyist, social theorist and Marxist of the 20th century. Fromm regards love, not as something that simply happens, or that we fall into, but the crowning achievement of a mature individual, demanding of us the greatest of human qualities and [...] The post 1 Flickers of Insight—The Art of Loving appeared first on Arete House.

Duration:01:00:45

014 The Yogic Way—The Jewel of Simplicity

11/20/2017
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Simplicity is synonymous with clarity, elegance and precision. A tamed, concentrated mind always expresses itself in this way. Complexity is never ignored or covered up. It is seen clearly, directly, precisely. But nothing much is done with it – it is not grasped by the mind and turned into a complex conceptual-symbolic order. It is [...] The post 014 The Yogic Way—The Jewel of Simplicity appeared first on Arete House.

Duration:00:09:22

013 The Yogic Way—Mere Belief

11/16/2017
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There is nothing quite so dangerous on the spiritual path as abiding in mere belief. Such a danger lurks in every tradition and on every path. Abiding in mere belief is always a choice. One does not know, so one chooses to cross the gap with mere belief - usually built out of the currents [...] The post 013 The Yogic Way—Mere Belief appeared first on Arete House.

Duration:00:10:27

012 The Yogic Way—Compassion

11/12/2017
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True compassion arises out of the mirror-wisdom, the seat of Truth. Those who act compassionately before such an attainment are indeed acting. They are mistaking their sentiments and affections for compassion, disguising their attachments and aversions as altruism. The world is filled with compassion actors, but is almost entirely bereft of the genuinely compassionate...... Please [...] The post 012 The Yogic Way—Compassion appeared first on Arete House.

Duration:00:09:24

011 The Yogic Way—Will

11/9/2017
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Such a truth [that yogic life entails immense will] goes deeply against common opinion, which associates spiritual life with passivity, and meekness, and the surrender of ambition. It mistakes the silence of the heart and the serenity of samadhi for the dissolution of will. But in truth, the will becomes devastating, potent and intoxicatingly intense [...] The post 011 The Yogic Way—Will appeared first on Arete House.

Duration:00:09:18

010 The Yogic Way—Transcendence

11/5/2017
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The mind’s eye is used to gazing ahead. It looks horizontally, through the immanent tides of the day. It knows the conditions and tries to discover the causes. It sees the unfolding of time and intuits the final decay. Always, it looks ahead, like the driver of a car. What happens when the driver stops, [...] The post 010 The Yogic Way—Transcendence appeared first on Arete House.

Duration:00:09:19