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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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A Different View Of Rebirth Part 2 December 12 2018

12/13/2018
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This is the second of two consecutive talks exploring how the Buddhist concept of rebirth can be applied to the necessity for individuals and cultures to “reinvent” personal and societal identities while adapting to the radically transformative and stressful conditions of the current era. Peter reviewed the various interlocking conditions of the environment, politics/governance, workplace […]

Duration:00:56:15

A Different View Of Rebirth Part 1 December 5 2018

12/6/2018
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This is the first of a two-part exploration of how cultural stress might have been a contributing instigation for the spiritual masters Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, and Martin Luther, followed next week with the potential for a rebirth of spirituality as a result of the stressful times we live in. Peter described the cultural stresses of […]

Duration:00:59:28

The Value Of Generosity November 28 2018

11/29/2018
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During this talk, Peter described two applications of generosity: material and relational. Different ascending levels of generosity were also explored: miserly, giving-to-get and selfless, along with how the development of mindfulness and lovingkindness naturally advances the level of generosity. The following discussion used a worksheet to list valued possessions and then to investigate how contemplating […]

Duration:00:58:33

Awakening Through Gratitude Meditation

11/22/2018
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This guided meditation recording emphasizes the importance of cultivating an embodied experience of gratitude, using a variety of suggested topics for contemplation. It is intended to accompany the previously posted “Awakening With Gratitude November 21 2018” recording, which elaborates and clarifies the various spiritual and psychological benefits of contemplating gratitude on a daily basis, as […]

Duration:00:45:00

Awakening With Gratitude November 21 2018

11/22/2018
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It is customary for the Orlando Insight Meditation Group meeting that occurs on Thanksgiving Eve to focus on gratitude. This talk follows the recorded “Awakening Through Gratitude Meditation”, which is posted after this one. During this discussion, Peter elaborated and clarified comments provided during the guided meditation, along with “Positive Psychology” research suggesting the benefits […]

Duration:00:52:33

Dissolving The Hook Meditation

11/15/2018
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This is a recording of a guided meditation for overcoming impulsive identification with and acting out from a stimulating situation. It is derived from the teaching of Pema Chodron, a well respected teacher in the Tibetan tradition; she call this the hook. During the meditation, Peter invites students to persistently direct attention to the first […]

Duration:00:45:00

Dissolving The Hook November 14 2018

11/15/2018
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This talk elaborates a concept proposed by Pema Chodron, the well respected Tibetan teacher and author. Shenpa is a Tibetan term which literally means attachment. Pema Chodron has found a useful adaptation of this term, the hook–the impulsive identification with and reaction to an initial stimulus. Peter provides a useful explanation of this term in […]

Duration:01:05:30

Bodhisattva Vow And The Environment November 7 2018

11/8/2018
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This talk explores how our approaches to nutrition can have a negative impact on the environment, using the Bodhisattva Vow and the Four Noble Truths as ways to approach environmental responsibility. Regarding the Four Noble Truths, Dukkha awareness comes from contemplating the environmental and personal suffering that arises as a result of craving and clinging […]

Duration:01:02:55

The Four Noble Truths And Addiction October 31 2018

11/1/2018
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This talk explored the addictive aspects of contemporary consumer culture and what the principles and practices of the Four Noble Truths has to offer in addressing these problems, personally and socially. As a Certified Addictions Professional, Peter discussed addictive processes as manifestations of craving and clinging, the essential characteristic of the First and Second Noble […]

Duration:01:07:25

The Four Noble Truths And The Media October 24 2018

10/25/2018
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The internet has had a revolutionary impact on contemporary culture, including the study and practice of Buddhism. During this talk, Peter described the benefits and deficits of the internet and all that is available through the system: social media, streaming from websites, emails, twitter, etc. We all benefit from the ready access available to new […]

Duration:01:03:51

The Four Noble Truths And The Environment October 17 2018

10/18/2018
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This talk extends previous discussions regarding the application of the Four Noble Truths doctrine to the complex environmental degradation experienced by this and future generations. This talk considered both the “cultural karma” of the industrial and consumer eras and the individual responsibility we all are faced with in deciding how to live in the world. […]

Duration:01:01:53

Four Noble Truths And Political Conflict October 10 2018

10/11/2018
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A significant area of stress in contemporary civic life is political conflict. This is not an easy topic to deal with, and has no “solution” as political matters are complex and are continuously evolving. The intention of this discussion is to foster ways of transforming the conflicts of political differences into “grist for the mill” […]

Duration:01:06:40

The Eightfold Path And Cultural Stress October 3 2018

10/4/2018
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This is the second of a series of talks that explore how to apply the principles and practices of the Four Noble Truths to the extraordinary cultural stresses we experience these days. The specific focus of this talk is a review of the Noble Eightfold Path. Here are the notes prepared for this talk: The […]

Duration:00:54:26

Mindful Adaptation To Stressful Times September 26 2018

9/27/2018
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This talk begins several weeks of discussion regarding how the understanding and application of the Four Noble Truths can be of great benefit as we cope with these stressful times. Peter begins by suggesting significant differences between the relative simplicity of pre-industrial culture and the increasingly complex challenges of contemporary life. At the core of […]

Duration:01:07:52

Awakening The Four Noble Truths September 19 2018

9/20/2018
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This post represents the summation of the Satipatthana Sutta, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, in reviewing the stanzas relating to the fulfillment of the Four Noble Truths. Each of the Truths is reviewed through three stages: conceptual understanding, experiential knowledge and integration into one’s life. Through the maturing development of the Four Foundations competencies, the […]

Duration:01:01:12

Awakening With Equanimity September 12 2018

9/13/2018
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This talk reviews the Equanimity Awakening Factor and includes a summary regarding how the Seven Awakening Factors integrate and cooperate to further the process of liberating the mind from the distress and confusion that is the result of craving and clinging. The review was followed by general discussion regarding the benefits of cultivating samadhi/passadhi (concentration/tranquility) […]

Duration:00:57:19

The Concentration Awakening Factor September 5 2018

9/6/2018
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The Concentration Awakening Factor is also known as Right Concentration, a key element of the Noble Eightfold Path. Peter described how this Awakening Factor coordinates with the Mindfulness, Investigation Of Mental Phenomena and Effort (Right Effort) Awakening Factors, making the emergence of the Awakening Factors of Joy and Tranquility develop to maturity. Concentration manifests as […]

Duration:00:50:42

Awakening With Tranquility August 29 2018

8/30/2018
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During this talk, the Tranquility Awakening Factor was described as the result of the application of Mindfulness, Investigation of Mental Phenomena, Concentration and Energy/Right Effort Awakening Factors. The Pali term for this Factor is Passadhi Bojjhanga, and it so closely aligns with the Concentration Awakening Factor, Samadhi Bojjhanga, that Peter frequently refers to samadhi/passadhi as […]

Duration:00:59:16

Cultivating Joyful Interest In Awakening August 22 2018

8/23/2018
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This talked emphasized Piti Bojjhanga, typically translated as the Rapture Awakening Factor. After describing the role that piti traditionally plays in the cultivation of jhana, (an exalted state of exclusive awareness), Peter suggested a more workable translation might be enthusiastic interest, a quality of attention that is actively engaged with investigating the emerging characteristics of […]

Duration:00:56:38

Transforming Energy Into Awakening August 15 2018

8/16/2018
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This talk explores Viriya Bojjhanga, translated as the Energy Awakening Factor. Peter quoted Daniel Siegel’s suggestion that “the mind… regulates the flow of energy and information”, that is, we are energy transforming organisms. In Buddhist psychology, energy is related to Right Effort of the Eightfold Path, among other beneficial categories. He suggested that the practice […]

Duration:00:56:08