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Against the Stream Nashville's podcast offers an assortment of talks given on topics as they relate to Buddhist practice. Andrew Chapman and other group facilitators share their experience with Buddhist practice, specifically offering practical teachings and instructions for our everyday, ordinary, lives.

Against the Stream Nashville's podcast offers an assortment of talks given on topics as they relate to Buddhist practice. Andrew Chapman and other group facilitators share their experience with Buddhist practice, specifically offering practical teachings and instructions for our everyday, ordinary, lives.
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Against the Stream Nashville's podcast offers an assortment of talks given on topics as they relate to Buddhist practice. Andrew Chapman and other group facilitators share their experience with Buddhist practice, specifically offering practical teachings and instructions for our everyday, ordinary, lives.

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English


Episodes

Self Compassion - Turning Towards Suffering

10/18/2019
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“People have suffered in one place, so they go somewhere else. When they have suffered there, they run off again. They think they are running away from suffering, but they are not. It goes with them. They carry suffering around without knowing it. If we don’t know suffering, then we can’t know the cause of suffering. If we don’t know the cause of suffering, then we can’t know its release.” – Ajahn Chah

Duration:00:49:32

Guided Meditation - Compassion Towards Self

10/12/2019
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Mikey offers a guided meditation on compassion towards self.

Duration:00:20:08

Angulimala

10/7/2019
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In this episode Mikey Noechel discusses the story of Angulimala, the serial killer who became a follower of the Buddha.

Duration:00:32:16

The 5 Daily Reflections

10/7/2019
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In this episode, Andrew discusses the traditional Buddhist practice of the "Five Reflections". This practice helps us to remember the preciousness of this human life, to not sweat the small stuff, to approach our spiritual practices with urgency, and to live with more acceptance of the natural laws of aging, sickness, death & separation.

Duration:00:47:33

Wise Communication

9/27/2019
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In this episode, Andrew discusses the 3rd factor of the Buddha's eightfold path (wise communication). He discusses the importance of mindful listening, as well as some guidelines for how to bring wisdom into our speech.

Duration:00:45:19

The Faith to "Let Go"

9/19/2019
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Why do we keep doing things that cause suffering in our lives? Usually, it's because those destructive habits temporarily provide us with comfort, even though they don't serve our long-term wellbeing. When we practice letting go of destructive habits or thoughts, there is often a fear of losing the temporary relief that those thoughts and behaviors provide. In letting go, it requires that we practice resting in the faith of our spiritual practice- the faith to persevere through the...

Duration:00:41:29

What is Insight?

9/16/2019
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Mikey Noechel explores the question “What is insight?”. He specifically covers the three characteristics of impermanence, suffering, and selflessness as they relate to insight meditation practice.

Duration:00:42:53

Guided Meditation - Mindfulness of Breathing (20 Mins)

9/15/2019
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Andrew offers a guided mindfulness of breath meditation.

Duration:00:20:26

Guided Meditation - LovingKindness Towards Self (20 Mins)

9/15/2019
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Andrew offers a guided meditation on Metta, lovingkindness towards self.

Duration:00:20:28

Mindfulness of Mind - Working with Reactivity

9/5/2019
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Andrew discusses the 3rd Foundation of Mindfulness (Mindfulness of Mind). He talks about developing "inner space" through mindfulness, and how we can begin to understand our mind states so that we don't have to enact our emotion's demands.

Duration:00:46:41

The Backwards Law

8/25/2019
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In this episode Andrew discusses a term coined by Alan Watts as "The Backwards Law". The backwards law states, "the desire for more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience”.

Duration:00:39:49

Guest Speaker - Dave Cuomo - From Angel City Zen Center

8/22/2019
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Recorded live in Nashville, TN! Asked to introduce Zen and share his own personal journey Dave goes bare bones honest with a talk about giving up and giving in to disillusionment and the liberation that comes when the bottom drops out on life and reality turns out to be nothing like what you asked for. Dave drops some history with Zen's beginnings amid the chaos of 9th century China and the worst disaster in human history and how Zen gave the only honest answer to that moment with its great...

Duration:00:47:32

Wise Concentration

8/21/2019
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In this talk, Andrew discusses some common hang-ups around the topic of "concentration" in mindfulness practice & some practical tips for steadying the mind in meditation practice.

Duration:00:54:12

Stepping Back & Stepping Up: Awareness & Responsiveness (included meditation)

7/4/2019
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Andrew offers an overview of two fundamental aspects of the Buddha's teachings on meditation - non-reactive awareness (clear seeing) & skillfulness (wise responding). Meditation practice entails both the ability to step back from automatic perceptions and impulses & the ability to respond wisely to meet life on life's terms. In this talk, Andrew details both of these aspects of mindfulness, focusing specifically on an overview of the heart practices. This episode includes a guided meditation...

Duration:01:02:14

The Five Hindrances

6/28/2019
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In this talk, Andrew discusses "The Five Hindrances". These are 5 frequently occurring mind states that obstruct clarity & often lead to reactivity in our lives. Andrew talks about how to view the hindrances as a pathway into practice rather than an obstacle to practice, as well as discussing some skillful ways to work with these commonly occurring states of mind.

Duration:00:51:54

The 4 Noble Truths & R.A.I.N Meditation

6/24/2019
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Mikey Noechel & Andrew Chapman tag team a talk on "The 4 Noble Truths & R.A.I.N Meditation".

Duration:01:01:41

Faith, Inspiration, & Conviction

6/12/2019
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Andrew shares his life experience with faith, inspiration & conviction. He discusses how spirituality (opening to mystery) is a key aspect of his own practice.

Duration:00:47:54

The Ask-It Basket - Participant Topics & Questions

5/27/2019
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In this episode, Andrew draws questions from participants, discussing "Spiritual Bypass", "Dukkha & My Mom", "Staying Positive in the Face of Adversity", and "Our Relationship to Money".

Duration:00:38:09

Equanimity - Coming to Terms with Life's Ups and Downs

5/5/2019
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In this episode, Andrew provides and overview of the Buddhist View and Practice of Equanimity. How can we learn to come to terms with things the way that they are, rather than how we want them to be? Mindfulness help us to make space for the dis-ease of our lives by resting in compassionate awareness and helps us to make space for the joy in our lives by resting in non-attached appreciation. Enjoy!

Duration:00:40:51

Mudita- The Heart's Response to Joy

4/27/2019
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Mikey Noechel offers personal stories and practices around Mudita, or appreciative joy, as a way to work with isolation and incline the mind towards seeing the pleasant aspects of life.

Duration:00:38:32