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Awake in the World Podcast is a library of talks on a wide-range of topics, including bringing mindfulness and meditation practice into daily life; personal and community issues regarding mental health; and social change. The podcasts are recorded at live events so you might hear coughing, airplanes, cars, sirens, laughter, and peoples’ questions—all part of the intimate experience. Michael Stone was an internationally-recognized Buddhist teacher, author, host of the Awake in the World podcast, and mental health advocate.

Awake in the World Podcast is a library of talks on a wide-range of topics, including bringing mindfulness and meditation practice into daily life; personal and community issues regarding mental health; and social change. The podcasts are recorded at live events so you might hear coughing, airplanes, cars, sirens, laughter, and peoples’ questions—all part of the intimate experience. Michael Stone was an internationally-recognized Buddhist teacher, author, host of the Awake in the World podcast, and mental health advocate.
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Awake in the World Podcast is a library of talks on a wide-range of topics, including bringing mindfulness and meditation practice into daily life; personal and community issues regarding mental health; and social change. The podcasts are recorded at live events so you might hear coughing, airplanes, cars, sirens, laughter, and peoples’ questions—all part of the intimate experience. Michael Stone was an internationally-recognized Buddhist teacher, author, host of the Awake in the World podcast, and mental health advocate.

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Episodes

I Always Wanted You: A Talk by Poet & Zen Teacher Peter Levitt

10/13/2019
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A talk about Zen and Intimacy with Poet and Zen teacher Peter Levitt. Peter visits Centre of Gravity in Toronto to talk about Dogen, Allen Ginsberg, and how we need to return to ourselves. Recorded on April 3, 2013.

Duration:01:16:07

Patience is a Practice of Attunement

10/6/2019
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Long-term practice requires patience more than discipline. Practice frustrates our results oriented mind. You need patience to stay with life for the long haul. The paradoxes of karma. Recorded on April 2, 2013.

Duration:00:59:25

The Ivory Tower of Love

9/30/2019
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It's harder to practice conditional love than unconditional love. Try loving one person for a very long time. In this podcast episode, Michael gives a talk on Shantideva. As kids, our parents are attuned to our needs. As adults, lovers can never meet us in the same attuned way. How do we deal with this? Recorded March 19, 2013.

Duration:00:51:44

Intensifying Relationships and the Politics of Love

9/23/2019
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Michael talks about the difference between mindfulness and being self-conscious, Shantideva's practices for exchanging your self with others, and suggestions for long-term practice. Recorded on March 12, 2013.

Duration:00:57:23

Your Crushing Elephant Mind

9/15/2019
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What should we do with our anger? Venting anger is one of the worst ways to cool down. Outbursts of rage typically pump up the emotional brain's arousal, leaving people feeling more angry, not less angry. Recorded on March 5, 2013.

Duration:01:08:24

How to Work with Strong Moods

9/8/2019
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Michael discusses Chapter 5 of the Shantideva and the way negative emotional mood swings cannot hold together for very long without thoughts. How we have to inject stories into our moods to keep them afloat; and the practices for transforming anger. Recorded on February 26, 2013.

Duration:01:12:40

Powerful Emotions and S.A.I.N.

9/1/2019
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Michael talks about the birth of his son Olin Winter a few days ago and then gives a series of simple and practical practices for working with strong emotions. Based on Chpt. 4 of Shantideva, A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life. Recorded Feb 19, 2013.

Duration:01:13:22

Conscientiousness and the Practice of Attentiveness

8/25/2019
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A dharma "pep-talk" by Michael Stone. Has the powerful but ineffable energy of strong emotions, attachment and aversion reduced us to servitude? A gruff old man takes up yoga and experiences momentary freedom from painful thoughts. Has anyone else been gripped by sorcery lately? Recorded on February 12, 2013.

Duration:00:59:48

The Whole World is Upside Down

8/18/2019
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We get a gleaming new husband or wife and then they don't turn out how we think they will! What we think is stable and reliable turns out to be unreliable. Michael talks about Birds' Nest Roshi who goes out on a limb to meditate, which is safer than trying to make impermanence permanent. Recorded on February 5, 2013.

Duration:00:57:56

Peter Levitt "Going All The Way"

8/11/2019
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Peter Levitt, Zen teacher and award-winning poet and translator, discusses the Zen spirit of practice. Not letting anything push you off your path, of engaging whatever you encounter with the spirit of meeting it all the way. Recorded January 28, 2013.

Duration:00:20:02

You Are A Long Distance Train

8/4/2019
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Michael's powerful final talk of 2012, during silent retreat. There is a true person who is constantly coming and going from the portals of your face. Who is that true person? Recorded on December 31, 2012. Midland, Ontario.

Duration:00:47:55

Show Me Something That Isn't Medicine

7/28/2019
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Guns are horrifying, a temple in an urban world, seeing everything we encounter as medicine. Michael Stone gives the last talk at Centre of Gravity before moving to a new location. Medicine and disease cure each other, everything is medicine, so what is the self? Recorded December 18, 2012.

Duration:01:03:30

Threads of Yoga, by Matthew Remski

7/21/2019
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Matthew Remski talks about his book, Threads of Yoga, a remix of Patanjali's sutras. He reads excerpts from his own book, and also speaks about Patanjali's ideas which make up one of the most popular texts in modern Yoga culture. Recorded on December 11, 2012.

Duration:01:03:03

Ashtanga Yoga Invocation: Steps and Counter-Steps

7/14/2019
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Listen to the sangha chant the Ashtanga invocation in detail. Michael explains how to look at the nature of thoughts and see how they change but also the way they have no power except for what we invest in them. He also talks on letting the mind rest, the jungle of habits, and seeing our habit patterns as physicians that want to heal us. Thoughts are only a little more than a cloud. Recorded on November 20, 2012.

Duration:00:50:52

Strain in the Heart

7/7/2019
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Do you have a mind that can meet what's unpleasant? Michael Stone talks about meditation, Carl Jung, what it means to be bored, and his Bar Mitzvah. One becomes a dharma student when they see that there's a strain inside themselves that they need to learn how to work with. Recorded on October 30, 2012.

Duration:01:05:43

Bring Me the Rhino, Bring Me What's Broken

6/30/2019
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Can you bring your broken self into your life? Michael shares the personal and nervous story of asking his partner to marry him in France. Recorded on Oct 23, 2012.

Duration:01:00:01

The Middle Path & The Basics of Buddhism

6/23/2019
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Michael's talk on the core teachings of the Buddha and how they relate to being a self, letting go, repeating the past, investing too much in the future, and being stuck. Recorded on September 28, 2012. Please note, the end of the talk and discussion is cut-off.

Duration:00:43:31

Yippie! Sit Buddha! (Heart Sutra 6)

6/16/2019
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Michael Stone continues discussing The Heart Sutra. Our practice helps others' practice. Emptiness is everything, just as it is right now. Dukkha is restlessness — we want more or we don't want. The Heart Sutra as magic, incantation, voodoo. Advice from an 88 year old quantum physicist. Mel Weitsman on life as mantra. Recorded at Centre of Gravity on July 19, 2012, day 11 of a 12-day intensive.

Duration:01:05:42

Radical Open-ness

6/9/2019
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A riveting talk on animals and non-violence by guest speaker, Dr. Lauren Corman, given during a 12-day intensive at Centre of Gravity. Dr. Lauren Corman taught classes in the area of Critical Animal Studies, which engages an intersectional approach to, "the question of the animal." As such, Dr. Corman's interdisciplinary scholarship draws on animal rights/liberation, posthumanist, feminist, critical race, labour and environmental theories and practices. Much of her graduate work focused on...

Duration:01:08:49

Feel the Fear (Heart Sutra 5)

6/2/2019
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Michael Stone discusses The Heart Sutra, nirvana, worry and fear. The Buddha lists five fears. Fear is a trance state. Some of the worst things in my life never happened. During sitting meditation, feel the stable knowing behind fear and bliss. Nirvana is fearlessness. We’re all practicing in nirvana right now. Day 9 of a 12-day intensive. Recorded on July 17, 2012.

Duration:00:54:18