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The Ordinary Mind Meditation Course Podcast is a guided course on Buddhist Meditation, combining teachings on Buddhist philosophy and psychology with guided meditations which allow the listener to learn how to embody these lessons in everyday life. Bodhi & Bass is a virtual Chan (Zen) hermitage, a space to discuss the arts, spirituality and specifically, where they intersect. The question which brought Bodhi&Bass into existence was: “How do we fully and authentically embody the truths that we’ve learnt on the spiritual path in everyday life?” Mark ShenJing Gilenson has been practicing Buddhadharma since about 2008. Starting out in a Theravada context and learning from outstandingly inspiring teachers, he then practiced Zen in both Korean and Vietnamese traditions, and now studies and practices Vajrayana (Kagyu) and Chan Buddhism (Linji Lineage of HsuYun). Mark's highest aspiration and greatest inspiration is the actual pursuit of happiness - that means his own happiness coupled with that of all others.

The Ordinary Mind Meditation Course Podcast is a guided course on Buddhist Meditation, combining teachings on Buddhist philosophy and psychology with guided meditations which allow the listener to learn how to embody these lessons in everyday life. Bodhi & Bass is a virtual Chan (Zen) hermitage, a space to discuss the arts, spirituality and specifically, where they intersect. The question which brought Bodhi&Bass into existence was: “How do we fully and authentically embody the truths that we’ve learnt on the spiritual path in everyday life?” Mark ShenJing Gilenson has been practicing Buddhadharma since about 2008. Starting out in a Theravada context and learning from outstandingly inspiring teachers, he then practiced Zen in both Korean and Vietnamese traditions, and now studies and practices Vajrayana (Kagyu) and Chan Buddhism (Linji Lineage of HsuYun). Mark's highest aspiration and greatest inspiration is the actual pursuit of happiness - that means his own happiness coupled with that of all others.
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The Ordinary Mind Meditation Course Podcast is a guided course on Buddhist Meditation, combining teachings on Buddhist philosophy and psychology with guided meditations which allow the listener to learn how to embody these lessons in everyday life. Bodhi & Bass is a virtual Chan (Zen) hermitage, a space to discuss the arts, spirituality and specifically, where they intersect. The question which brought Bodhi&Bass into existence was: “How do we fully and authentically embody the truths that we’ve learnt on the spiritual path in everyday life?” Mark ShenJing Gilenson has been practicing Buddhadharma since about 2008. Starting out in a Theravada context and learning from outstandingly inspiring teachers, he then practiced Zen in both Korean and Vietnamese traditions, and now studies and practices Vajrayana (Kagyu) and Chan Buddhism (Linji Lineage of HsuYun). Mark's highest aspiration and greatest inspiration is the actual pursuit of happiness - that means his own happiness coupled with that of all others.

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Episodes

Face2Face With Bodhi&Bass - Daniel Scharpenburg

1/30/2019
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Daniel Scharpenburg has said about himself, "Most Buddhist Teachers probably look at me the same way as Vampires look at Count Chokula." I find this very telling, as his humility and lightness of spirit are evident in his approach. In this conversation you'll hear me getting to know Daniel, and we discuss such topics as Studying Buddhism online and the day to day practice of a modern-day Buddhist teacher. To learn more about Daniel, go to https://danielscharpenburg.com, or listen to his...

Duration:00:36:53

BBPBB#9 Real Compassion

1/19/2019
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Short but sweet, Buddhist Bits is presented to you by Bodhi&Bass. Bite sized tips for applying mindfulness in everyday life. This time: Compassion. Although this saccharine sounding word has by now been reduced to a stereotype of weakness and naivety, in fact it is quite the opposite. True compassion is simply the understanding that, save for pathology, people act for one reason only: happiness. And yet, all too often we take the wrong route on the way there, and end up causing suffering...

Duration:00:02:47

Listening Meditation

1/12/2019
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In this episode I share a lesson and guided meditation I did on the Meditation and Mindfulness Discord Server (https://discord.gg/Fpz9Wu) on the practice of Listening Meditation. The practice of Mindful Listening has infinite depths and layers, but to start with, one must simply learn to rest the attention on the faculty of hearing, without entertaining perceptions and building conceptions on top of them, getting carried away in thought as we usually do. Chan Master Sheng Yen put it this...

Duration:00:22:51

BBPBB#8 Blame

1/5/2019
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Short but sweet, Buddhist Bits is presented to you by Bodhi&Bass. Bite sized tips for applying mindfulness in everyday life. This time: Blame. We can easily find ourselves feeling indignant, righteous or even angry when we see any type of wrong being committed. We usually transfer the blame onto someone and feel they should pay a price, This is the pervading sentiment behind what our society calls "justice". But what if what's actually going on is us justifying our emotional reactions? In...

Duration:00:03:19

BBPBB#7 Boredom

12/29/2018
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Short but sweet, Buddhist Bits is presented to you by Bodhi&Bass. Bite-sized tips for applying mindfulness in everyday life. This time we answer the question, "how should we deal with boredom?" In today's world we dread feeling boredom. In fact, most of our entertainment is designed to feed this fear of boredom. But if we get down to it, what exactly is boredom? Why do we experience it, and how can we transform the dissatisfaction and aversion we feel as a result of it? In the Ahara Sutra,...

Duration:00:02:59

Face2Face With Bodhi&Bass - Avshalom Ariel

12/17/2018
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Avshalom Ariel is a composer, producer, guitarist and all-around creative force. Most importantly he's a dear friend of mine of many years. Most recently he's been known as the producer of Netta Barzilai, the 2018 Eurovision Contest Winner. He's truly and magnificently weird, and if you try to understand what genre he fits into, you'll at best end up wasting your time completely, and at worst may end up in a strait jacket. We talked about his hatred of meditation, his discovery that he's...

Duration:00:54:54

Not-Self

12/8/2018
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In this episode I share a lesson I gave on the Meditation and Mindfulness Discord Server (https://discord.gg/Fpz9Wu) on the topic of Not Self. It's quite usual to hear Buddhist teachers speak of "No Self", but as I describe in detail, this is nothing but teaching nihilism disguised as Buddhism. Nowhere did the Buddha say that there is No self. He simply stated very clearly that what we usually take to be the self, our "egoic" self, is nowhere to be found, and is unfit to be considered a...

Duration:00:44:49

BBPBB#6 Buddha Beads

12/1/2018
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I'm often asked about the beads that I wear around my wrist or neck, and so I thought I'd share this as a Buddhist Bit. They have many functions, but most basically, this is the original "fidget spinner". Actually, they can be oh-so much more than that. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting us at this link: https://bodhibass.com/support. Don’t forget to subscribe and rate us on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts! Join our community on FB:...

Duration:00:03:19

Amitabha: The Wonderful Door of Buddha Recollection

11/24/2018
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The practice of Mindfulness of the Buddha (Chinese - Nianfo), which is most commonly practiced by reciting the name of Amitabha Buddha, is by far the most popular form of Buddhist practice in the world, although not quite yet in the west. Of this easy and direct Dharma Door, Master Hsuan Hua said: "With Zen and Pure Land, one is like a tiger with horns, A teacher of humans in this life, a Patriarch or Buddha in the next. With Zen but not Pure Land, nine out of ten go astray. With Pure Land...

Duration:00:28:02

BBPBB#5 Three Antidotes

11/17/2018
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The Three Poisons (or Roots) that form the basis for all that is unwholesome, that which propels us through life with suffering, are rendered in English as Attachment, Aversion and Ignorance, or as Greed, Hatred and Delusion. In this Buddhist Bit, I offer three antidotes for dealing with the poisons. These little reminders can be brought to mind with three deep breaths, wherever you might be, and can aid greatly in relieving the grasping, clenched feeling that plagues us so often. In The...

Duration:00:05:39

BBPBB#4 Dealing With Restlessness

11/10/2018
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Restlessness is one of the most difficult hindrances to deal with in meditation as in daily life. Here are two short tips for dealing with it, the first from Chan Master HsuYun and the second from Vajrayana Master Thrangu Rinpoche. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting us at this link: https://bodhibass.com/support. Don’t forget to subscribe and rate us on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts! Join our community on FB: https://www.facebook.com/BodhiBass...

Duration:00:08:06

BBPBB#3 The Three Renunciations

11/3/2018
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Short but sweet, Buddhist Bits is presented to you by Bodhi&Bass. Bite sized tips for applying mindfulness in everyday life. This time, The Three Renunciations: a method for applying the practice of renunciation into our everyday lives and thereby transforming anger, greed and ignorance into the qualities of an awakened life. This practice was thought up by the Buddhist teacher Phillip Moffitt. Visit his website @http://dharmawisdom.org/ If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting...

Duration:00:03:24

Session VII: What Is Enlightenment?

10/27/2018
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In the final session of our Birdseye View series, we get down to the question of Enlightenment. We explore the different ideas that exist about it, and look at different aspects of Enlightenment and awakening experiences. We practice a version of Silent Illumination, a technique through which we provide the space for an insight into the nature of Mind to take place. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting us at this link: https://bodhibass.com/support. Don’t forget to subscribe...

Duration:00:24:37

BBPBB#2 The Six 'R's

10/15/2018
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Short but sweet, Buddhist Bits is presented to you by Bodhi&Bass. Bite sized tips for applying mindfulness in everyday life. This time, The Six 'R's, a technique for reestablishing mindfulness when the attention wanders off. This technique is an innovation of Bhante U Vimalarami. Visit his website @https://www.dhammasukha.org/ If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting us at this link: https://bodhibass.com/support. Don’t forget to subscribe and rate us on iTunes, Stitcher, or...

Duration:00:02:00

Meditation VII

10/15/2018
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If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting us at this link: https://bodhibass.com/support. Don’t forget to subscribe and rate us on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts! Join our community on FB: https://www.facebook.com/BodhiBass Subscribe and review on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ordinary-mind-meditation-podcast/id1433677569?mt=2 Subscribe and review on Stitcher:...

Duration:00:15:17

BBPBB#1 Doorway Zen

10/6/2018
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Short but sweet, Buddhist Bits is presented to you by Bodhi&Bass. Bite sized tips for applying mindfulness in everyday life. This time, Doorway Zen: a simple technique to bring ourselves back throughout the day and reinforce the habit of mindfulness. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting us at this link: https://bodhibass.com/support. Don’t forget to subscribe and rate us on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts! Join our community on FB:...

Duration:00:01:56

Meditation VI

10/2/2018
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This is the guided meditation from session VI of the OMMP. If you haven't listened to the full session, check that out now, and then once you're familiar with the subject, you can use this meditation-only file. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting us at this link: https://bodhibass.com/support. Don’t forget to subscribe and rate us on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts! Join our community on FB: https://www.facebook.com/BodhiBass Subscribe and review on...

Duration:00:11:40

Session VI: Emptiness - The Interconnected Edition

10/2/2018
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In Session VI of the Ordinary Mind Meditation Podcast, we dive into the often murky waters of emptiness. We explore how this often misinterpreted concept is actually the stepping stone to understanding and balancing the Absolute and the Relative in our lives. We practice a general self-enquiry technique, a first step in the direction of discovering the most basic existential truth: Who Am I? If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting us at this link: https://bodhibass.com/support....

Duration:00:21:34

Meditation V

9/8/2018
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This is the guided meditation from Session V of the Ordinary Mind Meditation Podcast. If you haven't checked that out yet, go ahead and do that. Once you're familiar with the subject matter, feel free to use this guided meditation whenever you feel like it. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider supporting us at this link: https://bodhibass.com/support. Don’t forget to subscribe and rate us on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts! Join our community on FB:...

Duration:00:12:45

Session V: Karma, the Myth of Fate and Free Will

9/8/2018
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Episode five of the Ordinary Mind Meditation Podcast demystifies and brings clarity to the topic of Karma in Buddhist thought. Don't worry, you're probably not about to turn into a bug because of that mosquito you swatted yesterday. After understanding what Karma is, we practice looking into causes and effects on the level of the body and mind in every moment. We learn to let go of conditioning and to plant positive seeds in the garden of the mind for peace and contentment in every moment....

Duration:00:19:52