The greatest gift is the
gift of the teachings
 
Dharma Talks given at Australian Insight Meditation Network
2012-03-13 Awakening 54:52
  Martine Batchelor
Australian Insight Meditation Network (Sine Cera Retreat Center) An Introduction to Secular Buddhism

2012-03-13 06 Dukkha and Tanha 60:27
  Stephen Batchelor
Definition of dukkha; dukkha and pleasure; "fully understanding" dukkha; the Buddha and Nagarjuna's understanding of the five bundles as not self; definition of tanha (craving); clinging and narcissism.
Australian Insight Meditation Network (Sine Cera Retreat Center) An Introduction to Secular Buddhism

2012-03-12 Ethics, Compassion and Wisdom 44:56
  Martine Batchelor
Australian Insight Meditation Network (Sine Cera Retreat Center) An Introduction to Secular Buddhism

2012-03-12 05 Namarupa and Consciousness 61:57
  Stephen Batchelor
Meaning of the term "namarupa" in Upanishads and early Buddhism; the Buddha's critique of an unconditioned consciousness; the interdependence of namarupa and consciousness like two sheaves of reeds.
Australian Insight Meditation Network (Sine Cera Retreat Center) An Introduction to Secular Buddhism

2012-03-11 Practice 49:12
  Martine Batchelor
Australian Insight Meditation Network (Sine Cera Retreat Center) An Introduction to Secular Buddhism

2012-03-11 04 Experience 57:02
  Stephen Batchelor
The Buddha's criteria for regarding a statement as valid; a pragmatic view of the dharma; the "all" is equivalent to "experience" or "life" -- no need of metaphysical realities; supportive quote by Lucretius; awakening to the delight, tragedy and emancipation of life.
Australian Insight Meditation Network (Sine Cera Retreat Center) An Introduction to Secular Buddhism

2010-10-20 Self and Others 60:51
  Stephen Batchelor
Concluding remarks: recap. on namarupa/consciousness, and reiteration that, as a way of embracing dukkha, this account of experience is prescriptive NOT descriptive; example from literature that illustrates the poignancy of this view of life; reflection on Dhammapada v. 80 to illustrate how the self is a project to be realised, a middle way approach that avoids both eternalism and nihilism; reflection on three suttas that provide a foundation for ethics and one's relation with others; how to tend to the Buddha entails tending to those who suffer.
Teachers' retreat at Springbrook, Queensland, Australia

2010-10-19 Nameform / Consciousness 67:43
  Stephen Batchelor
Recapitulation on the principle of conditioned arising; the 6, 10, and 12 "links"; an analysis of the passage where the Buddha declares that consciousness is conditioned by nameform [namarupa] and nameform by consciousness; the meaning of term namarupa in Brahmanic thought; a phenomenological account of each of the nama factors (contact, feeling, perception, intention and attention) and their role in consciousness.
Teachers' retreat at Springbrook, Queensland, Australia

2010-10-18 Entering the Stream 61:33
  Stephen Batchelor
The parable of the ancient city as a template for a secular Buddhism, i.e. how the four truths and conditioned arising provide a framework for a new culture or civilisation; further reflection on "fully knowing dukkha" in terms of its cognitive, affective and aesthetic implications; how stream entry entails autonomy, as well as confirmed confidence in Buddha, dharma and sangha; the humanised Buddha as the appropriate model for one's practice of the dharma not the arahant.
Teachers' retreat at Springbrook, Queensland, Australia

2010-10-17 Embracing Dukkha 60:55
  Stephen Batchelor
Reflections on the Buddha's first sermon: how the four noble truths are a translation of the principle of conditioned arising into a way of life; the middle way as avoiding the two dead ends of worldliness and religiosity; the four truths as prescriptions rather than descriptions, as a sequence of tasks to perform rather than a set of doctrines to believe; the first truth as fully knowing dukkha both in depth and breadth.
Teachers' retreat at Springbrook, Queensland, Australia

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