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Attachment and Enlightenment

6/28/2018
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When most teachers discuss "attachment" in relation to meditation, they're talking about the Buddhist sense of the word. However, there's also many links between psychological attachment and meditation practice. George goes a step further and discusses how this all relates back to the classical non-goal of enlightenment (or liberation) through meditation. If you would like to engage in the practice of dāna (generosity), you are invited to help support us by purchasing an item from our shop,...

Duration:01:09:19

Getting Started with The Meaningful Life

4/19/2018
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Captured during the first class of The Meaningful Life Six-Month Intensive, this brief talk gives an overview of George Haas's signature teaching. Drawing connections between meditation and Attachment Theory, he explains how these tools can have a profound effect on your life. It's the perfect primer for our upcoming weekly drop-in class that starts April 28th in Los Angeles. If you would like to engage in the practice of dāna (generosity), you are invited to help support us by purchasing...

Duration:00:34:50

Meditation Interventions for Addiction

3/2/2018
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This special episode of the podcast offers a highly informative introduction to George’s signature course Meditation Interventions for the Addiction Process (MIAP). Drawing on the same attachment-based healing that’s the cornerstone of all of Mettagroup’s teachings, this podcast - and course - are specifically designed to address addiction and addiction-related issues. Interested in the upcoming six month MIAP class? Read more at mettagroup.org/intensives. If you would like to engage in the...

Duration:01:47:08

Mind States and Spiritual Development

2/20/2018
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Recorded on day three of this past Winter Retreat in Central California, George explains how as your practice develops you can learn how to recognize and regulate your mind states, and how that is an essential aspect of spiritual development. If you would like to engage in the practice of dāna (generosity), you are invited to help support us by purchasing an item from our shop, where all proceeds go to the Mettagroup Scholarship Fund, or making a direct contribution. Subscribe on iTunes.

Duration:00:54:11

Metta-Vipassana Meditation and Psychological Attachment

2/6/2018
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Welcome to The Meaningful Life with George Haas Podcast (formerly the Deepening Your Practice Podcast). Our new format will explore the connections between ancient Buddhist meditation techniques and modern psychological attachment theory. This first episode was captured on The Meaningful Life Retreat in Central California just over a month ago, and explains the basics of George's hybrid Metta-Vipassana meditation techniques and how they connect to psychological attachment theory. Welcome and...

Duration:00:40:04

Entering Metta Jhana

1/30/2018
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Marking the end of our journey exploring Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight, this podcast is from the final Deepening Your Practice class in Echo Park. This dharma talk explores metta jhana, going back to the Pali term “piti” and how it relates to its English translation as “rapture” and how mind-states affect the sense of self. Stay tuned for our new class - and podcast - format which will start with some archival talks from George over the next few weeks while he is away in retreat in...

Duration:01:11:29

Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

1/19/2018
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George takes a break from Mahasi Sayadaw’s Manual of Insight to acknowledge the role of New Year’s resolutions and how they affect practice. Jumping off from there, he gets into Dr. Dan Siegel’s “windows of tolerance” and how to eliminate negative mind states. If you would like to engage in the practice of dāna (generosity), you are invited to help support us by purchasing an item from our shop, where all proceeds go to the Mettagroup Scholarship Fund, or making a direct...

Duration:00:52:47

The Ten Fetters

12/26/2017
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Branching out from the traditional Theravada Buddhist view, George explains how his teacher, Shinzen Young, takes a more distinctly American view of the ten fetters. This continues the Contemplation of Mental Objects section of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight. If you would like to engage directly in the practice of dāna (generosity), you are invited to help support us with a contribution to the Mettagroup Scholarship Fund. Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher.

Duration:01:07:59

The Six Senses

12/12/2017
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George explains how the arising and passing (appearance and disappearance) of physical phenomena occurs with the five senses: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching, and thinking. If you would like to engage directly in the practice of dāna (generosity), you are invited to help support us with a contribution to the Mettagroup Scholarship Fund. Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher.

Duration:00:40:59

The Five Aggregates

12/6/2017
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Starting with a brief discussion of Burma's influence on Western meditation styles, George then delves into the text of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight, drawing connections between the experience of senses, Western Attachment Theory and the big questions around self. If you would like to engage directly in the practice of dāna (generosity), you are invited to help support us with a contribution to the Mettagroup Scholarship Fund. Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher.

The Five Hindrances

11/22/2017
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George explains the five hindrances in Buddhism: sensual desire, aversion, restlessness, regret, and doubt, and delves into the context of how they unfold. This marks the beginning of the Contemplation of Mental Objects section of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight. If you would like to engage directly in the practice of dāna (generosity), you are invited to help support us with a contribution to the Mettagroup Scholarship Fund. Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher.

Duration:00:41:35

Worldly and Unworldly Pleasure/Displeasure

11/17/2017
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Vedna, the Pali word for feeling tones, describes the capacity to sense, which can be pleasant, unpleasant or neutral. The experience breaks down further into worldly and worldly. George explains it all, from the Contemplation of Feeling section of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight. If you would like to engage directly in the practice of dāna (generosity), you are invited to help support us with a contribution to the Mettagroup Scholarship Fund. Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher.

Duration:00:49:45

Wise and Unwise Attention

10/25/2017
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Delving deeper into the concept of awareness of awareness, George unpacks how the experience of the self is dependent on the conditions of the moment. He also tells the story of the Buddha and the mustard seed. From "Contemplation of Mental Objects" in Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight. If you would like to engage directly in the practice of dāna (generosity), you are invited to help support us with a contribution to the Mettagroup Scholarship Fund. Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher.

Duration:00:36:58

Realizing Mind

10/20/2017
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George discusses the concept of realizing mind, or in more Western terms awareness of awareness, and describes the differences between sensing and awareness. From the"Contemplation of Mind" section in Chapter 4 of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight. If you would like to engage directly in the practice of dāna (generosity), you are invited to help support us with a contribution to the Mettagroup Scholarship Fund. Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher.

Duration:00:39:05

Mind States

10/13/2017
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Moving on to the "Contemplation of Mind" section of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight, George discusses the eight mind states ranging from the ordinary to the esoteric and explains how meditation leads to the conclusion that most experiences are neutral rather than pleasant or unpleasant. If you would like to engage directly in the practice of dāna (generosity), you are invited to help support us with a contribution to the Mettagroup Scholarship Fund. Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher.

Duration:00:38:07

Pleasure and Displeasure

9/20/2017
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George breaks down how the first milestone of spiritual maturity is the ability to recognize that you have a mind-state and that it can distort how you perceive your own sensing experience, and gives a close reading on Pleasure and Displeasure, in both its Worldly and Unworldly forms. From Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight. If you would like to engage directly in the practice of dāna (generosity), you are invited to help support us with a contribution to the Mettagroup Scholarship...

Duration:00:59:43

Contemplation of Feeling

9/12/2017
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Embarking on a new section of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight, George explains why "mind" is considered the sixth sense in Buddhism and unpacks how feelings can be pleasant, unpleasant or neutral. If you would like to engage directly in the practice of dāna (generosity), you are invited to help support us with a contribution to the Mettagroup Scholarship Fund. Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher.

Duration:00:44:35

Clear Comprehension

8/29/2017
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After a close reading of the text explaining how the sensing experience unfolds based on past experiences, George gets into how childhood experiences influence future mind states and reviews the first foundation of mindfulness. This episode wraps up the Contemplation of the Body section of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight. If you would like to engage directly in the practice of dāna (generosity), you are invited to help support us with a contribution to the Mettagroup Scholarship...

Duration:00:29:13

How to Note General Activities

8/22/2017
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Continuing his discussion of the Contemplation of the Body section of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight, George gets into the sense of self vs. no-self and how the mind interprets the sense experiences. If you would like to engage directly in the practice of dāna (generosity), you are invited to help support us with a contribution to the Mettagroup Scholarship Fund. Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher.

Duration:00:46:52