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Dharma Talks given at Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre
2015-09-22 On dukkha & dukkha nana 1:25:19
Patrick Kearney
We explore how the ordinary experience of dukkha becomes dukkha ñāṇa, understanding of the universal characteristic (samañña lakkhaṇa) of dukkha. We look at the how the perception of impermanence (anicca-saññā) creates anxiety when the heart intuits the groundless of experience, and how the unfolding of this anxiety is mapped by the dukkha ñāṇas of classical Theravāda Buddhism. Finally, we see how the experience of dukkha gives way to that of not-self (anattā), when the heart stabilises through the maturity of mindfulness (sati) and equanimity (upekkhā).
Month Long Retreat led by Patrick Kearney

2015-09-21 The sweet essence - Part 1 56:11
Patrick Kearney
We examine the first part of Madhupiṇḍika Sutta, The sweet essence (MN 18), where Mahā Kaccāna unpacks a brief teaching by the Buddha on how we construct our dukkha. We begin with the six sense fields and the vedanā that arises from them, and then construct a world though obsessive thinking (papañca), to the point where we find ourselves living in a world of concepts about our experience, rather than the experience itself.
Month Long Retreat led by Patrick Kearney

2015-09-18 Burning 59:50
Patrick Kearney
We look at Āditta Sutta (SN 35:28), where the Buddha teaches 1,000 former dreadlocks ascetics that “everything is burning.” This teaching focuses on the six sense fields and the ways in which we become entangled with them. The practice the Buddha teaches is direct, intimate, physical, and it focuses on our relationship with vedanā, the realm of affect.
Month Long Retreat led by Patrick Kearney

2015-09-17 Preparing the fire 66:12
Patrick Kearney
Tonight we follow the Buddha from Isipatana, just north of Bārāṇasī, to Uruvelā, on the near side to the Nerañjarā river. At Bārāṇasī he converts some of the commercial elite of the city, and when he has 60 arahant students sends them off on missionary journeys. The Buddha himself goes on a targeted mission to convert a community of dreadlocks-wearing (jaṭila) ascetics to his teaching. He does so by “shirt-fronting” Uruvelā-Kassapa, the senior leader of this community, with his shamanic powers, in order to prepare the way for his third teaching.
Month Long Retreat led by Patrick Kearney

2015-09-16 Anatta & the problem of life-after-life 1:22:53
Patrick Kearney
Here we look at one aspect of the teaching of anattā, that of life-after-life, or rebirth. We see that this teaching does not say that any being or thing transfers from one life to the next, and yet because we are caught up in identity we can’t help but think in such terms. We also look at some characteristics of our culture that make it particularly difficult for us to come to terms with this teaching.
Month Long Retreat led by Patrick Kearney

2015-09-15 The not-self characteristic - Part 2 58:57
Patrick Kearney
We continue with Anattalakkhaṇa Sutta, here focusing on the turning point represented by disenchantment (nibbidā). This creates a process of the fading of obsession, liberation and the exhaustion of birth. The Buddha expresses as a state of intimacy, conveyed by the statement, “There is no more of this!”
Month Long Retreat led by Patrick Kearney

2015-09-14 The not-self characteristic - Part 1 1:11:45
Patrick Kearney
After teaching the first Buddhist meditation retreat to the five ascetics, the Buddha introduces the topic of not-self (anattā) with Anattalakkhaṇa Sutta. Tonight we look at the Buddha’s perspective on how we create a self by clinging to five categories or “bundles” (khandha) of experience. The key moves are: “This is mine;” “I am this;” and “This is my self.”
Month Long Retreat led by Patrick Kearney

2015-09-12 The four truths 1:16:26
Patrick Kearney
Having opened the hearts of his five companions with his teaching of the middle way, the Buddha now teaches the four truths of the noble ones (cattāro ariya-saccāni). These are: dukkha; its arising; its cessation; and the path leading to its cessation. This discourse centres on dukkha and craving (taṇhā), because the Buddha is concerned here with what coloured his own practice before his awakening – his sense of drivenness, of trying to get in the future something missing now.
Month Long Retreat led by Patrick Kearney

2015-09-11 The middle way 63:58
Patrick Kearney
After his awakening at Bodh Gayā, the Buddha walks to Isipatana, north of Bārāṇasī, where he finds his five former companions and delivers his first teaching, Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta (Turning the dharma wheel), on the full moon of Āsāḷha (July). Here he introduces the principle of the middle way (majjhima paṭipadā), the dynamic centre between extremes, or the place of no fixed position.
Month Long Retreat led by Patrick Kearney

2015-09-09 Mindfulness immersed in body - Kāyagatā sati 1:27:48
Patrick Kearney
We explore the role of the body in our meditation practice, using the Buddha’s practice of kāyagatā sati (mindfulness immersed in body) as our guide. We forget we are bodies, fooled by our mind’s ability to create realities that are separate from the bodies we are. We explore the practice of mindfulness immersed in body using the Buddha’s instructions to Mahā Kassapa as our guide: “You should train yourself in this way: “I will not abandon mindfulness immersed in body associated with joy.”
Month Long Retreat led by Patrick Kearney

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