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The Orlando Insight Meditation Group is a non-profit organization formed to support the practice of insight (vipassana) meditation in the Orlando area. Peter Carlson has practiced Theravadin Mindfulness meditation since his first retreat at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachussetts in 1982. He has sat over 30 retreats since then, lasting from 3 days to 3 months in duration. He has attended retreats led by many different teachers, including Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Larry Rosenberg, Carol Wilson, Marcia Rose, Arinna Weisman, Bhante Gunaratana, S. N. Goenka, and, most recently, Matt Flickstein. After many requests, we've arranged to post the Wednesday night Buddhist meditation group into podcast format. We hope you find them beneficial.

The Orlando Insight Meditation Group is a non-profit organization formed to support the practice of insight (vipassana) meditation in the Orlando area. Peter Carlson has practiced Theravadin Mindfulness meditation since his first retreat at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachussetts in 1982. He has sat over 30 retreats since then, lasting from 3 days to 3 months in duration. He has attended retreats led by many different teachers, including Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Larry Rosenberg, Carol Wilson, Marcia Rose, Arinna Weisman, Bhante Gunaratana, S. N. Goenka, and, most recently, Matt Flickstein. After many requests, we've arranged to post the Wednesday night Buddhist meditation group into podcast format. We hope you find them beneficial.
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The Orlando Insight Meditation Group is a non-profit organization formed to support the practice of insight (vipassana) meditation in the Orlando area. Peter Carlson has practiced Theravadin Mindfulness meditation since his first retreat at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachussetts in 1982. He has sat over 30 retreats since then, lasting from 3 days to 3 months in duration. He has attended retreats led by many different teachers, including Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Larry Rosenberg, Carol Wilson, Marcia Rose, Arinna Weisman, Bhante Gunaratana, S. N. Goenka, and, most recently, Matt Flickstein. After many requests, we've arranged to post the Wednesday night Buddhist meditation group into podcast format. We hope you find them beneficial.

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The Dharma And Political Conflict October 9 2019

10/10/2019
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The theme of previous talks has been reviewing how Buddhist principles and practices can be beneficially applied to the extraordinary stresses of contemporary life. The current political conflict in the U.S. warrants a review of how mindfulness can bring clear awareness and equanimity to our social interactions which seem to be conflicted by the larger […]

Duration:01:00:56

Wholesome Speech In Trying Times October 2 2019

10/3/2019
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The essence of social cohesion is manifested through interpersonal communication. The impact of the ever-present media of this era causes distress and confusion among individuals as cultural leaders and those who comment on them exaggerate and distort what is occurring–this is commonly termed “fake news”. This phenomenon is not just expressed by populist political leaders; […]

Duration:01:03:00

The Dharma Of Commitment September 25 2019

9/26/2019
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The real benefits of mindfulness meditation are only realized through commitment; first to daily, diligent mindfulness of breathing (or lovingkindness) meditation, and then to the commitment to integrate the training results of such disciplined practice into daily life routines. During this talk Peter recalled the development of his “Right Livelihood” practice during his 37 years […]

Duration:01:02:38

Buddhism And Voluntary Simplicity September 18 2019

9/19/2019
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During this talk, Peter described how his 1970’s “flower child” interests in environmental health matured through the practice of Buddhist mindfulness meditation. A central focus of attention for the talk was “Voluntary Simplicity”, a book he read by Duane Elgin in the early ’80’s that was a strong inspiration for his current “low carbon footprint” […]

Duration:01:05:39

Dukkha And Consumerism September 11 2019

9/12/2019
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This talk continues the ongoing exploration of the distress and confusion prevalent in current American society, with a focus on consumerism. Peter described how exposure to commercial advertising even before we learn to read negatively influences our self-identity and values in life. Contemporary research conducted by commercial and political interests is very sophisticated in cultivating […]

Duration:01:02:18

Clear Comprehension For Stress Management September 4 2019

9/5/2019
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Sati Sampajanna (Mindful Clear Comprehension) is a core concept and practice regarding mindfulness of the body in the Satipatthana Sutta, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness Discourse. It may not be clearly understood that in the Buddhist commentaries on Sati Sampajanna describe the “four clear comprehensions” as a way of living using this formula for setting […]

Duration:01:02:54

Dukkha And Addiction August 28 2019

8/29/2019
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This discussion combines Peter’s 33 year history as a mental health professional, certified as an addictions counselor, combined with 37 years practicing mindfulness meditation. Addiction is described as a behavioral disorder that may or may not include substance dependency, laying out five criteria for a behavior to qualify as addictive, referring to the work of […]

Duration:00:59:59

Dukkha As Depression August 21 2019

8/22/2019
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This talk describes how craving and clinging generate and sustain depressive thought processes. Peter has used Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy as part of his psychotherapy practice for over 30 years and uses a combination of classical Buddhist concepts and contemporary research on cognition to explain how mindfulness of breathing and lovingkindness practices can be beneficial […]

Duration:01:05:18

Dukkha As Anxiety August 14 2019

8/15/2019
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This talk focuses on the arguably epidemic levels of anxiety Americans experience in these stressful times and what mindfulness of breathing meditation can offer as a way to manage the increasingly complex and uncertain aspects of contemporary life. Peter has implemented mindfulness strategies as a mental health professional to help clients cope with various anxiety […]

Duration:00:59:43

Dukkha As A Confused Mind August 7 2019

8/8/2019
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This talk is focused on the second of the two causes of dukkha which is clinging, upadana in Pali; last week’s posting of July 31 was focused on the other cause of dukkha, craving, tanha in Pali. Peter described ego as a dynamic process of the brain during which sorting through and prioritizing various sensory […]

Duration:01:00:58

Stress And The Dharma July 31 2019

8/1/2019
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This talk is the first of two addressing the problem of dukkha in current life. The first talk addresses craving, using the term distress to relate to subjective experience in this media-saturated consumer culture. Stress has two forms emotionally: distress refers to unpleasant experience and eustress refers to the stress associated with pleasant experience; Peter […]

Duration:01:00:06

Awakening Through Contemporary Stress July 24 2019

7/25/2019
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This talk is the first in a series that focuses on representing contemporary cultural distress as dukkha, the fundamental dissatisfaction we all experience. Peter reviewed the three forms of dukkha described by the Buddha: dukkha due to physical discomfort, dukkha due to mental fabrication and dukkha due to the impermanent fluctuations of life circumstances. During […]

Duration:01:00:56

Anapanasati Review July 10 2019

7/11/2019
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This talk is a final review of the series of discussions begun on January 10 of this year that focuses on the Anapanasati Sutta, the Mindfulness of Breathing Discourse. The discussion used quotes from the Sutta to clarify points regarding the concepts and practices of anapanasati. Peter emphasized the emphasis the Buddha placed on cultivating […]

Duration:01:02:31

The Equanimity Awakening Factor July 3 2019

7/4/2019
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This topic reviews the fulfillment of the Seven Awakening Factors in the seventh of them, Upekkha Bojjhanga, the Equanimity Awakening Factor. Upekkha doesn’t represent uncaring indifference but rather the ability to be aware of emotional responses to situations without being identified with them as a “self” and without being impulsively reactive. The term upekkha is […]

Duration:01:07:14

The Concentration Awakening Factor June 26 2019

6/27/2019
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The topic for this talk is Samadhi Bojjhanga, the Concentration Awakening Factor. During the talk, the progressive stages of developing mindfulness of breathing to high levels of concentration were reviewed. Peter described current debates about the difference between “Sutta Jhanas” and “Visuddhimagga Jhanas”, suggesting that the goal in cultivating jhana states is to heighten the […]

Duration:01:03:17

The Tranquility Awakening Factor June 19 2019

6/20/2019
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During this discussion, emphasis was placed on how the Seven Awakening Factors are developed through the practice of mindfulness of breathing meditation. Starting with the Awakening Factor of Mindfulness, Peter linked the other factors into the process of overcoming the Five Hindrances, eventually maturing into the cultivation of the Awakening Factors to maximize the benefits […]

Duration:00:50:08

The Joy Awakening Factor June 12 2019

6/13/2019
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Piti Bojjhanga is the Pali term usually translated as the Joy Awakening Factor, the fourth of the Seven Awakening Factors. During this talk, Peter described the traditional rendering of joy as rapture, an exquisitely potent physical/mental experience, referring to his prior practice of what Culadasa calls “pleasure jhana” in his book “The Mind Illuminated”. Peter […]

Duration:01:04:35

The Energy Awakening Factor June 5 2019

6/6/2019
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This talk reviews one of the most important of the Seven Awakening Factors, Viriya (veer-yah). It is also found in several of the many categories of Buddhist psychology: as Right Effort, as one of the Five Powers (overcoming the Hindrances) and of the Five Faculties (empowering the other Awakening Factors). Peter used the term Energy/Effort […]

Duration:00:59:33

May 2019 Retreat Report May 29 2019

5/30/2019
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Retreats are expected to be tranquil, contemplative experiences, and, to a great extent, this is true. Peter has been on nearly 100 retreats of one week or more since 1982, and some of them were bound to be challenging. This retreat was one of them. The intention was to use a two weeks self-retreat to […]

Duration:01:02:41

The Investigation Of Mental Phenomena May 8 2019

5/9/2019
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Dhamma Vicaya, the Investigation of Mental Phenomena, is the second of the 7 Factors of Awakening. Peter described the progressive development of vitakka (aiming attention at the sensations of breathing) and vicara (sustaining focused attention on these sensations), combined with sati (mindfulness) and viriya (energy/persistent effort) into the capacity to maintain diligent awareness of the […]

Duration:00:59:03