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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.
Andrew discusses one of the most essential of the Buddha's teachings: the reflection into the nature of dukkha -- dis-ease, stress, & dissatisfaction. How do we learn to cope with the inherent fragility and unpredictability of living in a world that is ruled by ever-changing conditions? Learning to embrace the vulnerability of the human condition is the heart of the Buddhist quest for awakening. Seeing clearly into the nature of reactivity in the mind and learning to embrace what is, instead of what is wanted or not wanted.
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!
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.
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.
Andrew continues a two part series of talks on Gratitude. This time, he talk at length about the practice of sympathetic joy (pali sanskrit - "Mudita). Sympathetic joy is the practice of taking active delight in the joy of others.
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.
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!