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Mindfulness as Sadhana

by Viveka

In this talk, Viveka explores the many, diverse faces of mindfulness practice - breaking down the ideological barriers that can so often divide when we try to figure out what, exactly, does constitute mindfulness meditation... With good humour and an emphasis on kindness in the present moment, she encourages us to broaden and deepen our ideas of awareness and of loving kindness. Rich with references - from Satipatthana to Milarepa - this is an excellent and encouraging contemporary take on meditation and what it is to make mindfulness part of your everyday life.

Talk given at the Western Buddhist Order Convention 2005

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1. Integration; personal experience of mindfulness; what is happening right now; Viveka's history of meditation; Lama Surya Das; San Francisco & the Dharma (6:52) 
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2. 3 images for integration; silted stream, iceberg, vast boundless ocean; Viveka as electrical engineer; reason, emotion & faith in the Dharma (6:20) 
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3. Ordination; recollection - quote by Sangharakshita; samprajana - mindfulness of purpose; in western China, eastern Tibet - reminders of compassion; beware of stagnation (4:55) 
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4. A shared circle of engagement; exploring common values; Sangharakshita on the 'self'; a richness of selves (5:47) 
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5. Being in the world with your practice; working with diversity; cultural pluralism; appreciating difference; not forcing a Buddhist self (6:35) 
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6. Quote from Analayo on Satipatthana; the dried-up river of practice; dhyana in meditation - balancing views (4:16) 
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7. Nothing is itself non-Buddhist - awareness not content; metta and mindfulness; not making an enemy of yourself; Dilgo Khyentse on everyday practice and self; the flowing river (3:27) 
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8. The tip of the iceberg; investment in the superficial; Sangharakshita on the non-rational; fear, the mind and the European colonial worldview (4:43) 
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9. Mindfulness and breaking through; subtle fear - staying in the known; Pema Chodron on fear; plunging below the surface (3:33) 
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10. Nothing to be afraid of - the vast ocean; fear of our mind; Suzuki Roshi on water and waves - Big Mind; Milarepa's Song of a Yogi's Joy; letting the mind go; conditioning (5:07) 
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11. Many mindfulness practices; two routes to samatha; four foundations of mindfulness; Pureland on body & mind; making connections (7:25) 
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12. Allan Wallace - two modes of training in intention; mastering and release; development and immanence - their near and far enemies (5:19) 
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13. Summary on mindfulness; why mindfulness as sadhana? (2:57) 


Total running time: 1:07:16