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Dharma Talks given at Australian Insight Meditation Network
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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

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

2005-07-24 Everything is Teaching Me 59:23
Ayya Medhanandi
Set out on a personal journey to turn greed, anger, and delusion into teachers and learn how to establish Right View in your meditation practice. A talk given at the Buddhist Society of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia in 2005.
Australian Insight Meditation Network (Buddhist Society of Victoria)

2005-07-23 Until Death Do Us Part: The Power of Determination 54:55
Ayya Medhanandi
Are you interested in becoming fully awakened? The development of determination (aditthana) is one of the Ten Perfections that will allow you to persevere with your practice in spite of difficulties and distractions. A talk given at the Melbourne Buddhist Society of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia in 2005.
Australian Insight Meditation Network (Buddhist Society of Victoria)

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