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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

So, What Really Matters?

12/9/2018
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Michael Stone begins talking about the death of his mentor, maverick psychologist James Hillman. When death comes the only thing that's important is your heart, not your accomplishments. So what really matters? Recorded on November 1, 2011.

Duration:01:00:08

Yoga Sutra, Chapter 3: Samskara and Neuroplasticity

12/2/2018
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Drawing on research with people who have healed from stroke, Michael Stone compares the Sanskrit term "samskara" with modern neuroscience and ties this into the genetic level of meditation practice. "Meditation turns genes on and off in each moment restructuring genetic code." Recorded on October 18, 2011.

Duration:00:56:18

Yoga Sutra, Chapter 3: The Flow of Attention, Waking from the Dream

11/25/2018
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The mind in concentration is like a flame in a windless space. Michael describes what happens in the mind when concentration is so focused that hindrances and distraction don't arise. Michael parallels this process with the Occupy movement. Recorded on October 11, 2011.

Duration:01:00:27

Sandokai, Part 3: Remember One-ness in Everything You Do

11/18/2018
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Michael gives a talk on the Sandokai during the 2011 autumn intensive. Michael talks about taking the meditation group to sit in court and bear witness, remembering one-ness in everything you do, and not taking things so personally. Recorded on Sept 26, 2011.

Duration:01:12:31

Sandokai, Part 2: Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness

11/11/2018
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The most esoteric practice is being a human. Michael talks on the relation between the absolute and relative, religious life and the everyday mess we're in. What does it mean to have Buddha mind? Do you have it? Do you place it somewhere else? Recorded on Sept 25, 2011.

Duration:01:13:11

Sandokai, Part 1: Practice is Transmitted Through Intimate Relations

11/4/2018
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Michael talks in detail on the Chinese poem "Sandokai" during a 5-day Intensive at Centre of Gravity. Can you remain human? Can you see the way "one-ness" and "difference" support one another? Can you go beyond transcendence and drop deeply into this world? Recorded on September 24, 2011.

Duration:01:11:09

Yoga Sutra, Chapter 3: Making the Unwanted Wanted

10/28/2018
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What is meditation? How do you settle your attention on a moving field? Michael talks on the second line of the 3rd chapter of the Yoga Sutra and how most of the world is operating in the realm of non-thinking. How do we do that? Recorded on Sept 20, 2011.

Duration:00:43:02

Yoga Sutra, Chapter 3: The Other Shore will Come To You

10/21/2018
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Centre of Gravity re-opens after summer break with a talk on the Yoga Sutra and Michael talks on meditation and also how to practice without making the other shore separate from us. Recorded on Sept 12, 2011.

Duration:00:48:14

Lotus Sutra, Part 20: Forgiveness as the Heart of Practice

10/19/2018
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The Deepest Practice a Bodhisattva can ever do is to listen deeply. The deepest thing we can ever experience is having a change of heart. Last evening at Bellwoods location. Recorded on July 12, 2011.

Duration:01:06:43

Lotus Sutra, Part 19 (2)

10/7/2018
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Discussion about contemplating someone in your life who you have a hard time seeing as a Buddha. Buddha Nature is your imagination and the way you can re-see people who have wounded you. Recorded on June 28, 2011.

Duration:00:16:33

Lotus Sutra, Part 19 (1)

9/30/2018
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There is nowhere you can stand that is not a place the Buddha hasn't practiced. The Buddha was enlightened right where you are standing. If you can see others as a Buddha you are a Buddha - even animals and trees. Story of Never Disparaging Buddha and Mark Ragosian who lived in Woodstock, New York. Recorded on June 28, 2011.

Duration:00:38:59

Lotus Sutra, Part 17

9/23/2018
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Grant Hutchinson and Carina Stone give a talk on Chapter 15 and 16 of the Lotus Sutra based on a study group. Seeing what is actually in our lives not just what we want to see. If your kids won't take medicine how do you give it to them? Recorded on June 21, 2011.

Duration:01:01:08

Lotus Sutra 16: The Empty Room

9/16/2018
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One day I can have such a killer exhale that I end as a puddle of bones on the floor and time passes instantly. A moving evening when Mike Holboom and Christine Koch give talks on Chapter 16 of the Lotus Sutra. Recorded on June 14, 2011.

Duration:01:02:11

Lotus Sutra 15: There is No Such Thing as an Atom

9/9/2018
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Everyone continually breaks down infinitely. How fast can a young woman get enlightened, especially if she is underwater? Michael unpacks some parables to explore the story of an 8 year old girl who wakes up and touches every place in the Universe. Recorded on June 7, 2011

Duration:00:50:24

Lotus Sutra 13: We Need Bodhisattvas

9/2/2018
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We need people who can rub our back and say "it's ok", and everything they do is jewelled. Recorded on May 24, 2011.

Duration:01:04:00

Lotus Sutra, Part 11: A Jewel in Your Coat

8/27/2018
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A man falls asleep at a party and someone sews a jewel into his coat. Some have done this for you, too. Can you realize your treasures? Recorded on May 17, 2011.

Duration:00:44:42

Introduction to Meditation: Sometimes Awake, Sometimes Asleep

8/19/2018
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Sometimes awake, sometimes asleep; sometimes sun, sometimes moon. Michael teaches during a one-day introduction to meditation workshop on how you can turn anything into a practice, even a bike lock. Recorded on May 14, 2011.

Duration:00:58:23

Lotus Sutra 9: What Ideas Do We Have Lying Around?

8/12/2018
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Michael talks about Milton Friedman, Emmanuel Levinas, and how when we don't see another's face, face to face, it's easy to kill. This talk happens after Osama Bin Laden's death and the Canadian election. It goes back and forth between internal practices and community life. Recorded on May 3, 2011.

Duration:00:51:01

Guided Meditation ~20 Minutes

8/5/2018
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Michael Stone leads a guided meditation beginning with grounding the body, opening to sound, and feeling the breath as an anchor to present experience. Recorded on May 2, 2011.

Duration:00:22:54

Lotus Sutra, Part 7: Time in the Lotus Sutra

7/29/2018
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How many kalpas, ages, eons, did the Buddha sit still before he could wake up? Why did it take so long? It takes a while for the light to shine into the darkest places. What is our relationship to time? Recorded on April 12, 2011.

Duration:00:47:44