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1 Flickers of Insight—The Art of Loving

11/21/2017
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This podcast explores a classic text The Art of Loving (1956) by Eric Fromm a renowned psychoanalyist, social theorist and Marxist of the 20th century. Fromm regards love, not as something that simply happens, or that we fall into, but the crowning achievement of a mature individual, demanding of us the greatest of human qualities and [...] The post 1 Flickers of Insight—The Art of Loving appeared first on Arete House.

Duration: 01:00:45


014 The Yogic Way—The Jewel of Simplicity

11/20/2017
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Simplicity is synonymous with clarity, elegance and precision. A tamed, concentrated mind always expresses itself in this way. Complexity is never ignored or covered up. It is seen clearly, directly, precisely. But nothing much is done with it – it is not grasped by the mind and turned into a complex conceptual-symbolic order. It is [...] The post 014 The Yogic Way—The Jewel of Simplicity appeared first on Arete House.

Duration: 00:09:22


013 The Yogic Way—Mere Belief

11/16/2017
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There is nothing quite so dangerous on the spiritual path as abiding in mere belief. Such a danger lurks in every tradition and on every path. Abiding in mere belief is always a choice. One does not know, so one chooses to cross the gap with mere belief - usually built out of the currents [...] The post 013 The Yogic Way—Mere Belief appeared first on Arete House.

Duration: 00:10:27


1 Flickers of Insight—Activity, Love & Meditation

11/14/2017
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This is a small clip from a longer podcast exploring Erich Fromm's masterpiece The Art of Loving (1956). This small segment explores a trinity of ideas not usually associated with each other — Activity, Love & Meditation — which are far more deeply integrated than most imagine. Please Donate—It takes less than 2 minutes and means we [...] The post 1 Flickers of Insight—Activity, Love & Meditation appeared first on Arete House.

Duration: 00:09:24


011 The Yogic Way—Will

11/9/2017
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Such a truth [that yogic life entails immense will] goes deeply against common opinion, which associates spiritual life with passivity, and meekness, and the surrender of ambition. It mistakes the silence of the heart and the serenity of samadhi for the dissolution of will. But in truth, the will becomes devastating, potent and intoxicatingly intense [...] The post 011 The Yogic Way—Will appeared first on Arete House.

Duration: 00:09:18


010 The Yogic Way—Transcendence

11/5/2017
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The mind’s eye is used to gazing ahead. It looks horizontally, through the immanent tides of the day. It knows the conditions and tries to discover the causes. It sees the unfolding of time and intuits the final decay. Always, it looks ahead, like the driver of a car. What happens when the driver stops, [...] The post 010 The Yogic Way—Transcendence appeared first on Arete House.

Duration: 00:09:19


009 The Yogic Way—Subtle Luminosity

11/2/2017
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Imagining or conceiving of subtle luminosity is radically distinct from perceiving it, from basking in its delightful actuality. The act of imagining or conceiving is the very thing in the way of perceiving it. For subtle luminosity dawns precisely in the same way as the sun rising – one does not need to do anything [...] The post 009 The Yogic Way—Subtle Luminosity appeared first on Arete House.

Duration: 00:11:09


008 The Yogic Way—Cause and Causeless Co-emerge

10/29/2017
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The world of causation is immutable. The successful and accomplished know only one truth, and it is thus. Paying heed to causation, they are precise and meticulous. Being precise and meticulous, they undertake good actions and accumulate a manifold of virtues and success. Because they understand the nature of the process, they always master the [...] The post 008 The Yogic Way—Cause and Causeless Co-emerge appeared first on Arete House.

Duration: 00:11:26


003 Contemporary Spiritual Life – Social Engagement, Sexism & Dharma

10/25/2017
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Please Donate—It takes less than 2 minutes and means we can keep producing Free content for you! Want to go deeper? We offer these related courses: The post 003 Contemporary Spiritual Life – Social Engagement, Sexism & Dharma appeared first on Arete House.

Duration: 00:55:15


007 The Yogic Way—Finding the Mind

10/22/2017
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The lost mind is untamed, unruly, uncontrollable – these are effects of the cause. The cause is that the mind is lost. The mind that is lost apprehends objects, but not itself apprehending. This is like seeing an orange and forgetting that it is the eyes which look. Most of us look this way, we [...]

Duration: 00:10:30


005 The Yogic Way—Avidyā

10/19/2017
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Avidyā (basic ignorance) is the ontological space of ordinary mind. It is not an absence of knowledge or a lack of intelligence. It is the background, ever-present, all-encompassing lived experience of reality. Its character is heaviness and dullness – a comforting shade which always blocks the radiant sun...... Please Donate—It takes less than 2 minutes [...]

Duration: 00:09:32


005 The Yogic Way—The Knot of the Heart

10/16/2017
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The knot of the heart is the root cause of constraint. So long as it is there, freedom cannot be. The knot of the heart is made of an unwillingness to serve others. It is tied by the ropes of self concern. Where there is concern with the self, the knot tightens. Where there is [...]

Duration: 00:09:01


004 The Yogic Way—Desire as the Thing in the Way

10/12/2017
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Relinquishing desire is not a giving up of pleasure for the morality of temperance and moderation. Nor is it an asceticism for its own sake. It is analogous to giving up gambling for a fruitful investment. The pay off is immense. When nothing is needed, the mind is freed from chasing empty phantoms and in [...]

Duration: 00:10:04


Meditation Streams – Tranquility Meditation

10/11/2017
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Tranquility Meditation for turning inward This practice aims to cultivate tranquillity and concentration by drawing one’s attention inward to a single object of meditation. Potentially effective in helping for people experiencing mental distraction, hyper-activity and insomnia. The guidance provided here is deeply indebted to and drawn from Tibetan Meditation master and scholar Tsongkhapa’s incomparable guide: [...]

Duration: 00:12:08


003 Meditation beyond the cushion

9/20/2017
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Meditation beyond the cushion Keeping your meditation alive throughout the day One of the greatest frustrations regarding meditation, beyond what actually happens on the cushion, is rapidly loosing one's presence of mind after leaving the cushion. This episode presents a very simple and effective way to keep elements of your meditation practice and awareness alive [...] The post 003 Meditation beyond the cushion appeared first on Arete House.

Duration: 00:24:05


002 Mindfulness Meditation

9/20/2017
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Mindfulness Meditation For slowing down (—racing mind, racing body, anxiety—), For integrating mind and body and generating greater presence of mind. Please Donate—It takes less than 2 minutes and means we can keep producing Free content for you! Want to go deeper? We offer these related courses: The post 002 Mindfulness Meditation appeared first on Arete House.

Duration: 00:13:02


001 East-West Spiritual Encounters—Historical Reflections

9/20/2017
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East-West Spiritual Encounters—Historical Reflections Contemporary spiritual life is unimaginable without yoga mats, buddha statues and mindfulness practices. In order to unmask this, we undertake a brief recent history of east-west dialogue or transmission. Beginning in the 19th century, we examine the way Indian and East Asian spiritual traditions shifted from being objects of colonialist denigration, [...] The post 001 East-West Spiritual Encounters—Historical Reflections appeared...

Duration: 00:48:57


002 Where Are We Now?

9/18/2017
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East-West Spiritual Encounters Part 2 Where Are We Now? In this episode we (mostly) leave aside the history of east-west spiritual transmission, and ask 'where has it actually led us to?' We examine the relationship between Buddhism and science, Yoga and the body and the New Age connection to 'wellness.' In doing so, we uncover [...] The post 002 Where Are We Now? appeared first on Arete House.

Duration: 00:47:35


010 Conclusion: Do I Contradict Myself? Very Well, I Contradict Myself

7/21/2017
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Conclusion: Do I Contradict Myself? Very Well, I Contradict Myself In this final episode, I formally admit that the nine thinkers in this series – all who have deeply influenced and shaped my understanding – do not fit together with very much coherence or consistency. And I make the claim that this is a good [...] The post 010 Conclusion: Do I Contradict Myself? Very Well, I Contradict Myself appeared first on Arete House.

Duration: 00:38:46


009 Aristotle: Areté

6/21/2017
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Aristotle: Areté Aristotle (300’s BC) was the most prolific philosopher of Ancient Greece, and arguably the most influential. His contributions crossed virtually every domain of human knowledge which existed then, and endured as the benchmark for great periods of time in many of them. In this episode I pay homage to this immense historical legacy [...] The post 009 Aristotle: Areté appeared first on Arete House.

Duration: 00:45:54

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