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Andrew continues the series on the Buddha's core teachings, the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, speaking on the topic of the Second Noble Truth: Craving & Clinging. Although life is unpredictable and largely outside of the realm of our control, we can learn to meet these ups and downs with less reactivity, with less craving and clinging. …
 
In this episode Mikey Noechel discusses the refrain from the Satipatthana Sutta, "contemplating with a mind free from desire and discontent in regard to the world". Mikey further expands on this topic by introducing the five hindrances. The five hindrances are: greed, hatred, sloth, restlessness, and doubt.…
 
Andrew kicks off a series of talks on the 4 noble truths and the eightfold path, speaking on the first noble truth: dukkha! The first truth has often been misinterpreted as the Buddha making a claim that "life is suffering", but rather than a claim to be believed, the Buddha is offering a task to be put into practice centered around embracing the d…
 
In this episode, Andrew finishes off a series of talks on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, speaking on the Fourth Foundation: Mindfulness of Dhammas. He highlights the aspect of this teaching called the "Seven Awakening Factors". What do we need to cultivate in our search for more freedom in our lives? The Buddha says these seven qualities are …
 
Andrew continues a series of talks on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. This is a 2600 year old teaching from the Satipatthana Sutta, which includes a comprehensive set of instructions on how to establish mindfulness in order to cultivate the liberating insights set out in the Buddha's teachings. This episode covers Mindfulness of the Mind, whic…
 
The second talk in a series on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. In this episode, Andrew discusses the Second Foundation of Mindfulness - Mindfulness of Feeling Tone. The Buddha instructs us to notice the reactivity that often arises around pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral feelings as a method of unhooking from the impulses of reactivity that o…
 
In this episode, Mikey Noechel offers a talk on practicing kindness and acceptance to the thoughts, feelings, and emotions which may be viewed as wrong, bad, or evil. Mikey offering a loving kindness meditation with the phrases: May you be at ease May you be at peace May you be kind and gentle with yourself May you be filled with loving kindness…
 
Andrew kicks off a series of talks given on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, beginning with mindfulness of body. Establishing mindfulness of the body serves as the foundation for stilling the mind and assisting in the development of mental clarity that brings about transformative insight into the three characteristics: the impersonal, impermane…
 
Andrew concludes a series of talks on the 10 Paramis (only 5 are listed on the podcast), which are the spiritual principles that serve as the foundation for the Buddha's teaching. In this talk, Andrew speaks on the topic of "equanimity", which means even-mindedness, balance, and non-reactivity. Equanimity is all about finding peace amidst the world…
 
In this episode Mikey Noechel offers a talk on the first foundation of mindfulness, mindfulness of the body. He presents specifically what is outlined in the Satipatthana Sutta. First foundation of mindfulness: Thus have I heard. At one time the Blessed One was living in the Kurus, at Kammasadamma, a market-town of the Kuru people. Then the Blessed…
 
In this episode, Andrew continues the series of talks on the 10 Paramis, discussing the topic of "Effort & Energy". It's said that the Buddha taught about effort more than any other topic in his Noble Eightfold Path, which is likely because of how essential it is for the development of wisdom and compassion, as well as the nuance of how to cultivat…
 
In this episode Mikey Noechel offers a guided meditation on compassion for all beings. We begin with wishing compassionate phrases to a friend, then towards ourselves, then towards a neutral person, then a difficult person and finally to all beings everywhere. Compassion meditation phrases we use are: May you be open with the pain and difficulties …
 
From the recent, Wild Heart Spring Retreat, at Heartwood Refuge in North Carolina, Mikey offers a talk on "Happiness in the Here & Now" on the first night of the retreat. He speaks to the difference between "Hedonic Happiness" and "Genuine Happiness" and the importance of finding a type of contentment that comes from relating to the world with wisd…
 
In this episode Mikey Noechel offers a talk and meditation on loving kindness for addiction recovery. Mikey explores how loving kindness can be used as a method to approach addiction as well as how to develop a recovery support community. Loving Kindness phrases: May you be filled with loving kindness May you be well May you be peaceful and at ease…
 
There is the happiness of temporary satisfaction that comes from worldly pursuit - sensory pleasure, material gain, praise, validation, and acknowledgment - and then there is the happiness that comes from the removal of craving and clinging to the world - being at peace within oneself. The Buddhist path aims towards the highest happiness. Andrew di…
 
In the episode Mikey Noechel offers a guided meditation of the five remembrances which are: I am subject to aging, have not gone beyond aging. I am subject to illness, have not gone beyond illness. I am subject to death, have not gone beyond death. I will grow separate from all that is dear to me. I am the owner of my actions, heir to my actions, b…
 
In this episode, Andrew discusses the essential Buddhist teachings of the Five Aggregates and Anatta ("not-self"). Rather than a philosophical or intellectual undertaking, the Buddha encourages meditators to contemplate the impermanent and impersonal nature of the mind-body process. Through our investigation of the causes and conditions that make u…
 
In this episode Mikey Noechel offers a reflection on the Metta Sutta, the Buddha's discourse on loving kindness. Metta Sutta: This is what should be done By one who is skilled in goodness, And who knows the path of peace: Let them be able and upright, Straightforward and gentle in speech, Humble and not conceited, Contented and easily satisfied, Un…
 
In this minisode, Andrew breaks down Alan Watts teaching on the "Backwards Law: the desire for a more positive experience is a negative experience, and the acceptance of a negative experience is a positive experience." He talks about the cultivation of "equanimity", and how this is developed in a practical way through meditation.…
 
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