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Perception and Unconscious Bias | Michael Schwammberger

Talk by Michael for Heart of London Sangha. Saturday 11 July 2020.

Begins with guided meditation — The Four Elements.

Talk from 30:40

Only audio was recorded for this talk.


There is a related article about Kier Starmer's unconscious bias training plus three videos:


3 kinds of bias that shape your worldview | J. Marshall Shepherd


Unpacking the biases that shape our beliefs | Mike Hartmann | TEDxStJohns


How to Outsmart Your Own Unconscious Bias | Valerie Alexander | TEDxPasadena




Bringing Stability: Coming Back to Yourself | Michael Schwammberger

Talk by Michael for Heart of London Sangha. Saturday 27 June 2020.

Begins with meditation.

Talk from 29:30

Two talks recommended by Michael:



Dropping into Stillness | Michael Schwammberger

Talk by Michael for Heart of London Sangha. Saturday 13 June 2020.

First part - Dropping into Stillness, with meditation 09:30 to 37:00

Second part - The Purpose of Practising: Search for Truth, from 47:00



Taking Refuge | Michael Schwammberger

UK Dharma Teacher Michael Schwammberger's meditation and talk for the Heart of London Sangha Thursday 4 June 2020.

Begins with meditation, then talk from 24:12.

Thay's related video is Taking Refuge in the Island Within.



Volition | Michael Schwammberger

UK Dharma Teacher Michael Schwammberger's talk for the Heart of London Sangha 30 May 2020.

Accompanying text can be found on the Dharma Talk Notes page.



True Peace and Happiness | Dene Donalds

UK Dharma Teacher Dene Donalds' talk for the Heart of London Sangha 23 May 2020.

With the "Discourse on Happiness" from the book "Chanting From the Heart" by Thich Nhat Hanh.



Contact, Attention, Feeling, Perception | Michael Schwammberger

UK Dharma Teacher Michael Schwammberger's talk for the Heart of London Sangha 16 May 2020.

Accompanying text can be found on the Dharma Talk Notes page.



Seeing The Bigger Picture | Michael Schwammberger

UK Dharma Teacher Michael Schwammberger's talk for the Heart of London Sangha Thursday 7 May 2020.



Model of Mind, Mental Formations | Michael Schwammberger

UK Dharma Teacher Michael Schwammberger's talk for the Heart of London Sangha 18 April 2020.

Accompanying text can be found on the Dharma Talk Notes page.



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Taking Refuge in the Island Within | Dharma Talk by Thich Nhat Hanh, 2014-03-20

Listening to the Bell

Everytime we hear the bell, we practice together listening to the bell. We don’t say we hit the bell or ring the bell, we say we invite the bell to sound. Before we invite the bell to sound, we breathe in and out three times. We have to calm our body and mind. The quality of the sound depends very much on the peace inside. So the bell master should practice breathing in and out three times before he or she invites the bell to sound.

If you want to be a bell master, you have to learn by heart this verse. The verse has four lines. You breathe in with the first line and you breathe out with the second line. Then you breathe in with the third line and you breathe out with the fourth line. After that you are calm enough. You are qualified to be a bell master. The verse is like this:

Body, speech and mind in perfect oneness
I send my heart along with the sound of this bell
May all of you who listen to me awaken from your forgetfulness
And transcend the path of anxiety and sorrow

Breathing in and out like that, you calm your body, your feelings. The sound of the bell will have a higher quality.

And then you will make a half sound. After about 8 – 10 seconds, we invite a full sound of the bell. Everyone practice mindful breathing 3 times. You may recite the gatha for listening to the bell:

I listen, I listen
This wonderful sound of the bell brings me back to my true home

My true home is here and now. In a practice centre, we consider the sound of the bell as the voice of the Buddha calling us home. The Buddha in our heart is calling us back to our home to ourselves.

We come back to the island within ourselves. We all have an island within us. Before the Buddha died, he said, “Dear friends, don’t rely on anyone. Don't rely on anything. Rely on the island within.” That was the Buddha’s last recommendation.

So everyime we hear the bell, we practice mindful breathing and go home to the island within and take refuge. We don’t risk to be drown in the ocean of worries and suffering. In that island we are protected by our spiritual and blood ancestors.

There is the practice of deep listening. You don’t practice just to listen with your ears and your mind. You have to listen with your whole body. It is possible to invite all the cells in your body to join you in listening to the bell. All our ancestors, blood and spiritual, are still alive in every cell of our body. They are still alive. They have not died. You can get in touch with them in every cell in your body.

That is why when you listen to the bell, you invite all your ancestors to join you to listen to the bell. Every cell in your body is breathing together with you. When you breathe like that, peace will penertrate into every cell. And transformation and healing can take place. So when I said “I listen, I listen”, that is not very correct. We have to say “We listen, we listen” because all our ancestors are listening to the bell together with us.

 


Compassion is Non-Local | Dharma Talk by Sr. Annabel Chân Đức

Even if you don’t call yourself an environmentalist but you take good care of your body, then you are taking good care of Mother Earth. Some people say that they lose trust in their body when they become sick, but I gain trust in my body when I become sick. It is a chance for me to come back and look deeply into my body.

Now we are going through a pandemic, which certainly has something to do with how we are living on the Earth. Will we change the way we live on the Earth?”

Sr. Chân Đức speaks about accepting unpleasant feelings as part of life, how everything is always in a wondrous state of change, and how we can practice in moments of uncertainty to see that we already have more than enough conditions to be happy.

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A Time of Collective Turning | Thay Phap Ho, 2020-3-22, Deer Park Monastery

This talk was given to a monastic audience on a day of mindfulness closed due to coronavirus. Guided meditation from Joanna Macy's "World as Lover, World as Self"

 


How To Grieve | Dharma talk by Sr. Dang Nghiem, 2020 05 31, Deer Park Monastery