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Dharma Talks given at Australian Insight Meditation Network
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2010-10-16 From Place to Ground 59:57
  Stephen Batchelor
An analysis of the Buddha's account of his awakening in the Discourse on the Noble Quest (M. 26) as an existential shift from attachment to a 'place' to the seeing of the twofold 'ground' of conditioned arising and nibbana, followed by a psychological interpretation the subsequent passage which describes how, inspired by the god Brahma, he set off to teach his first sermon in Isipatana (Sarnath).
Teachers' retreat at Springbrook, Queensland, Australia

2010-10-15 How to Hold a Snake 58:22
  Stephen Batchelor
Further reflections on the meaning of the term "secular"; the Buddha's comparison of his teaching to a snake; an enquiry into what is distinctive and original in the Buddha's teaching: the principle of conditioned arising, the process of the four noble truths, the practice of mindful awareness, the power of self reliance; reflections on citations from the Pali canon concerning the principle of conditioned arising.
Teachers' retreat at Springbrook, Queensland, Australia

2010-10-14 Unlearning Buddhism 64:31
  Stephen Batchelor
A reflection on the difficulties involved in and the methodology of a secular approach to Buddhism, followed by a reading of and comments on the Kalama Sutta, considered as a primary source text for secular Buddhism.
Teachers' retreat at Springbrook, Queensland, Australia

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