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Mindfulness of the Body

Ralph Steele
Mindfulness of the Body

It seems obvious: we would not be able to practice without our body. And yet we often take the body for granted, viewing it as little more than a source of suffering rather than the precious opportunity for cultivation that it is. In this series, meditation teacher Ralph Steele renews our appreciation for the body by delving into embodied mindfulness, concentration, and insight practices from the Theravada Buddhist tradition.

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Freeing the Mind When the Body Hurts

Vidyamala Burch
Freeing the Mind When the Body Hurts

The human body is fragile; in our lives, pain and illness are inevitable. This month, join mindfulness teacher Vidyamala Burch who has lived with severe chronic spinal pain for 40 years following injuries resulting in partial paraplegia in her teens. Drawing on central Buddhist texts, Vidyamala will uncover the key to the Buddha’s mental freedom and provide pointers for living with ease.

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The Emptiness of Selfie Existence

Christopher Titmuss
The Emptiness of Selfie Existence

The self has a lot of clout in contemporary culture. From self-help to selfies, it can be easy to forget that the self is a mutable condition: an unsteady and malleable phenomenon that arises from a set of causes. In this series with former Theravadin monk Christopher Titmuss, he unpacks the Buddhist doctrine of non-self to show how our tendency to attach to our ego’s patterns leads to problems.

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The Power of Connection: Cultivating a Generous Heart

Vinny Ferraro
The Power of Connection: Cultivating a Generous Heart

Who among us has not felt the weight of loneliness? Out of thousands of skillful methods the Buddha taught, the brahmaviharas, or “sublime attitudes,” may be the most direct antidote to feelings of isolation and separation. In this series, Vinny Ferraro, an ex-convict and senior teacher at Against the Stream, will explore the first two of the brahmaviharas, lovingkindness and compassion, the cultivation of which increases our capacity to meet a range of conditions with a generous heart. In addition to providing tools to allay loneliness, Ferraro will pay special attention to the process of meeting our shortcomings with care.

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One Mind

Imagine devoting eight hours every day, 365 days a year, to silent contemplation in every task you do. One Mind offers a window onto life at one of China’s most austere and revered Chan monasteries, Zhenru Chan Monastery, whose cloistered monks continue to uphold a strict code established over 1,200 years ago by the founding patriarchs of Chan.

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