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Compassion 4 - Topsy Turvey Logic Of Tonglen

6/17/2018
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In the final chunk from the 2017 Holy Island Compassion retreat Alistair introduces the mind-boggling practice of tonglen, one of the classic Buddhist techniques for rousing the compassionate heart.

Duration:00:17:00

Compassion 3 - The Heath Robinson Self

6/10/2018
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This is the second excerpt from Mindsprings' 2017 Compassion Course on Holy Island. Alistair explains how the strategies we come up with as children to survive might not be ideal as adults - but they did their job. We shouldn't feel bad about them not working now...

Duration:00:16:26

Compassion 2 - The Prosocial Roots Of Compassion

6/5/2018
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This is the second excerpt from 2017 Holy Island course on Compassion, where Alistair explains that our bodies are actually perfectly tuned to be compassionate and that we are successful as a species because of it.

Duration:00:10:27

Compassion 1 The Evolutionary Roots Of Compassion

5/30/2018
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This is part one of excerpts from the 2017 Compassion course on Holy Island in Scotland. Alistair talks here about the evolutionary roots of compassion and why human sensitivity is the key to our success as a species... To experience the Holy Island course 2018 please look here: https://mind-springs.org/courses/beating-heart-compassion/

Duration:00:14:12

Therapy Vs Meditation - 3 - Interpollination Of The Two And Best Practice

5/27/2018
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This is the final part of Alistair's talk on the cross-pollination of therapy and Buddhism in the contemporary world. Summing up his talk in Dublin, he talks about the best practices when it comes to working in these two mighty "lineages of the mind".

Duration:00:18:14

Therapy Vs Meditation - 2 - Lineage Of Buddhism And The Trungpa Outlier

5/20/2018
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This is part 2 of Alistair's 2017 talk in Dublin on the intertwining of therapy and Buddhist meditation. This part is considering the long lineage of Buddhist teaching and touching on the 'sidelined' teachings of Vajrayana master Chögyam Trungpa.

Duration:00:17:21

Therapy Vs Meditation - 1 - Lineage Of Therapy And Its Outliers

5/14/2018
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This is the first of three sections from Alistair's public talk in Dublin in October 2017 looking at the relationship between psychotherapy and Buddhism. This first part looks at the 'lineage' therapy and what is often dissociated from that history...

Duration:00:14:36

Tales From The Island

5/6/2018
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This is an excerpt from the 2017 "Being Earthed" Holy Island Retreat led by Fay Adams and Alistair Appleton. Fay and Alistair share personal stories about the power of the island and Fay reads the words of Tai Situpa about the geomancy of Holy Isle

Duration:00:12:27

Greying Out The World -3: You think you're meditating, but you're just dissociating

4/29/2018
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In the final part of Alistair's 2018 talk from Scarborough, he turns his attention to the way that Buddhism might understand dissociation. He probes the ways in which meditation can mimic this defence and finds ways to free ourselves from it...

Duration:00:15:09

Guided Meditation - Levels Of The Breath

4/20/2018
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Alistair guides you in a 25' meditation exploring the somatic tool of the 'three levels of the breath'. The practice is done lying on your back, comfortably, with your hands on your belly and feet flat on the floor, knees together. [Excerpted from the Scarborough "Tender is the Heart" course in March 2018]

Duration:00:27:45

Greying Out The World - 1: La-la-la-ing my life away...

4/16/2018
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This is part one of a talk Alistair gave in Scarborough on 23 March 2018 at the Samye Dzong at Londesborough Lodge. It's a light-hearted exploration of the human defence of dissociation, a subject close to Alistair's heart...

Duration:00:15:27

We'll All Go Together When We Go

4/8/2018
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An excerpt from the February 2018 "Time Terror" course at Spa Road in London. Alistair is unpacking the second of the Four Reminders, Tibetan Buddhist texts to bring us back to life. The 2nd Reminder runs: Remembering that death is real and comes without warning, / Recalling that this body will become a corpse,/ Knowing that my chance to practice dharma is brief,/ I undertake this practice.

Duration:00:12:30

Cardiff Talk 2018 - Is Meditation Enough?

4/5/2018
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This is a talk by Alistair Appleton given in Cardiff on 23rd February 2018 on the subject 'Is Meditation Enough?' - it's a wide ranging and relaxed introduction to Alistair's stance on the role of meditation in contemporary life: where are its limits? what can and can't it do? and what might we need to make it 'enough'?

Duration:00:36:48

British Museum Talk - The Pain Of Ego Constriction

10/12/2017
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This is an excerpt from the talk that Alistair and Ajahn Sundara gave at the British Museum in September 2017, looking at aspects of Buddhist practice and how they impact the contemporary mind.

Duration:00:07:20

Ego Is An Lethal Addiction To Painkillers

9/14/2017
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Taken from the September 2017 weekend retreat on "I see you, Mara", Alistair talks about how this problematic notion of the "ego" can be understood as an excess of thinking, a slipknot round your own throat or as Reggie Ray describes it, an lethal addiction to painkillers...

Duration:00:11:34

Definitions Of Mindfulness

8/28/2017
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Recorded at the August 2017 Gayles "Drawing on Mindfulness" retreat, Alistair gives a fundamental overview of the different streams of meditation coming out of the Indian Tradition and notes how mindfulness is unique and distinct from other forms.

Duration:00:15:40

The Neurochemical Net And Why Twitter May Be Eating Your Being

6/12/2017
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This is Part 1 of a series of podcasts on the effect of Internet use on the brain. It's excerpted from a talk I gave in Scarborough back in 2015. This part looks at how the Web fires up potent areas of the brain...

Duration:00:17:54

"The Scrunch"

5/29/2017
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This is an excerpt from the 6 week course in Mindfulness taught in 2016 at St Mary's Church in Brighton. Alistair uses the image of the scrunched up scarf (which he, in turn learned from the Dharma Ocean teacher, Neil McKinlay)to illustrate how awareness becomes claustrophobic in direct relationship to the number of I-me-mine thoughts

Duration:00:09:24

The Seven Mammalian Emotions That Drive Us All

5/26/2017
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In memory of the great affective neuroscientist Jak Panksepp who died 2 weeks ago, I've extracted a short explanation of his brilliant work on human emotions and how we can understand them so much better by seeing their mammalian roots.

Duration:00:16:11

Sex Is Not About Making Babies, It's About Making Friends

5/15/2017
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This is Part 2 of 2 from a talk I gave in Norwich back in 2012, looking at the alternative spiritual view on sexuality and sex. The Tibetan shamanic traditions and the Tantric deities give a different take on how to be sexual and spiritual.

Duration:00:18:58