Wild Heart Meditation Center

Wild Heart Meditation Center

PREVIOUSLY CALLED “AGAINST THE STREAM NASHVILLE” Wild Heart Meditation Center's podcast offers an assortment of talks given on topics as they relate to Buddhist practice. Wild Heart's guiding teacher, Andrew Chapman, along with other group facilitators share their experience with Buddhist practice, specifically offering practical teachings and instructions for our everyday, ordinary, lives.

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    Wise Communication

    Andrew offers some perspectives on approaching relationships with mindfulness, highlighting the eight-fold path factor of "wise speech".

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    Kindness as a Path to Freedom

    Andrew discusses the Buddha's teachings on "Metta" (loving-kindness). The Buddha taught kindness as a path to having a liberated heart and mind; the following talk discusses some of the ways of approaching this practice in daily life. Enjoy!

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    The Self: Breaking it Down (Part Two)

    Andrew continues a discussion on the Buddha's liberating teaching of "not-self". He describes how our sense of self arises through what the Buddha refers to as the "5 bundles" - form, feeling, perception, sankhara (inclinations / impulses), and consciousness.

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    The Self: Building it up & Breaking it down

    Andrew discusses one of the Buddha's most foundational teachings, Anatta, or "not-self". Not-self is a practice of understanding that by clinging on to and seeking lasting security in temporary roles and identities causes suffering in our lives. Somewhat paradoxically, the Buddha also taught the importance of creating a healthy sense of self by forming relationships with wise people, practicing service, and practicing skillful habits in our lives. In this talk, Andrew riffs on some of the themes of "building up and breaking down" the self.

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    The Psychological Benefits of Gratitude

    Andrew discusses the key role of gratitude in developing inner and outer wellbeing. He talks about the neuroscience and psychological research surrounding cultivating gratitude in one's life.

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    The Power of Intention

    In this episode, Andrew discusses the role of intention in spiritual practice. He discusses three functions of intention: moment-to-moment decision-making, determination, and living with integrity & wisdom.

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    The Real F-Word: Faith...

    In this episode, Andrew discusses the key role of "faith" on the spiritual path. Although faith can be a hard sell for many of us, especially for those who have appreciation for the Dharma's largely non-theistic approach to practice and whom are largely skeptics of dogmatism. Faith is essential for the development of motivation, direction, and perseverance on the spiritual path. Enjoy!

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