Podcast | Studying And Practicing With “The Iddhipāda-Vibhaṅga Sutta — An Analysis Of The Bases Of Power”: 32 Parts Of The Body (4 of 7)

This fourth in a seven part series on Studying And Practicing With “The Iddhipāda-Vibhaṅga Sutta — An Analysis Of The Bases Of Power” addresses the 32 parts of the body mentioned within the sutta. In the first (two) portion(s) of the podcast I speak without notes and then reference notes included in this blog post in the last portion.

Podcast | Healing Journeys & Self-Awareness With Bo Bissett

On May 17th, healing guide Bo Bissett joined me virtually from Taiwan to talk about primarily about healing, including: Bo’s story of multiple car accidents and addiction; the importance of love in healing and how to heal. Other topics include: why more people don’t realize they’re on a healing journey; self-sabotage; subconscious programs; self-confidence vsContinue reading “Podcast | Healing Journeys & Self-Awareness With Bo Bissett”

An Integrating Presence Meditation: Investigating The Challenge Of Breath Curiosity — May 15, 2022 At Fat Cat Longevity (And Insight Timer Live)

This recorded and now edited meditation — from Sunday, May 15th at Fat Cat Longevity [https://facebook.com/freyflow] downstairs next to Peace Love Coffee at Mary’s House of Healing on Main St in St Charles, MO and on Insight Timer Live — explores how and why it’s so challenging to find the breath interesting then maintain such an interest to be with theContinue reading “An Integrating Presence Meditation: Investigating The Challenge Of Breath Curiosity — May 15, 2022 At Fat Cat Longevity (And Insight Timer Live)”

Podcast | Death Contemplation And Meditation

The description for the April 14th “Death Contemplation & Meditation” Insight Timer live event: Unwise, unskillful choices can come from an unconscious fear of death. The most profound contemplations and meditations on death protect us and help us appreciate every moment Some revised notes: it’s springtime, why death? disclaimer: loss of loved ones, graphic detailContinue reading “Podcast | Death Contemplation And Meditation”

Podcast | Feeling Feelings With Ann Hince

Professional speaker, author & spiritual teacher Ann Hince and I chat about various topics surrounding feelings, awareness, healing and the body: Ann’s story and bio being introduced to Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) When I was 19, I woke one morning to find my mother dead face down in our bathroom. Twenty years later the tearsContinue reading “Podcast | Feeling Feelings With Ann Hince”

Podcast | What are thoughts? Are dreams like thoughts?

The recent Insight Timer live event description explaining the title questions: Let’s powwow for 30 minutes or so on these two questions from my “Distortions and Dreams” event to address any parallels between thoughts and dreams. We may even do some mindfulness of thinking meditation To save time, the short answer is I don’t know.Continue reading “Podcast | What are thoughts? Are dreams like thoughts?”

Dharma Questions: Miscellany — Part 6

For the (early) non-personal Buddhist symbol of a lotus, why is it said a blue one can’t be used? Are there any trickster(s) (archetypes) in Buddhism? Perhaps Mara or Devadatta? Why or why not? Can techniques leading to a non-dual state also provide a condition for susceptibility to unwholesome mind control especially if and whenContinue reading “Dharma Questions: Miscellany — Part 6”

An Integrating Presence Meditation: Deeply Sensing Body Areas — Wednesday July 28, 2021 At Fat Cat Longevity

This meditation (recorded live) aims to strengthen and deepen the 32 Parts of the Body portion of Body Contemplation in the Four Foundations of Mindfulness — not meant as regular practice or substitute. Partial inspiration comes from this Four Foundations of Mindfulness visual:

“Just as if there were a double-mouthed provision bag full of various kinds of grain such as hill paddy, paddy, green gram, cow-peas, sesamum, and husked rice, and a man with sound eyes, having opened that bag, were to take stock of the contents thus: “This is hill paddy, this is paddy, this is green gram, this is cow-pea, this is sesamum, this is husked rice.” Just so, monks, a monk reflects on this very body enveloped by the skin and full of manifold impurity, from the soles up, and from the top of the head-hairs down, thinking thus: “There are in this body hair of the head, hair of the body, nails, teeth, skin, flesh, sinews, bones, marrow, kidney, heart, liver, midriff, spleen, lungs, intestines, mesentery, gorge, feces, bile, phlegm, pus, blood, sweat, fat, tears, grease, saliva, nasal mucus, synovial fluid, urine.” ~The Foundations of Mindfulness — Satipatthana Sutta

Dharma Questions: Miscellany — Part 3

This irregular “Dharma Questions” series deals with “dharma” meaning both the truth of the nature of reality and some Buddhist teachings. Amongst other things these questions can be:
• thought experiments
• borderline musings not meant to be answered
• from laziness of not contemplating or researching them yet

There’s 19 (groups of) questions. Here’s a sampling of two:

How do sankhārā [formations/mental formations/volitional formations] come from ignorance? What is the process?

How does effort for vitakka wax and wane? How does vitakka turn into, or allow, or go along with vicāra?