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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 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!
In this episode, Andrew discusses "The Seven Factors of Awakening": Mindfulness, Investigation, Energy, Piti, Tranquility, Concentration, & Equanimity. Although we may not explicitly develop these qualities, these 7 factors are fundamental in the the development of a meditation practice. Enjoy!
Andrew finishes a two part series on the topic of "engaging with difficult people during difficult times". In this episode, he discusses how we can use Buddhist practices and principles to engage with those difficult people in our lives -- both the "close" difficult people, as well as the "far away" difficult people.
Andrew starts a two-part series on the topic of "Engaging with difficult people during difficult times". In this episode, he talks about what it means to practice "engaged Buddhism" and how to bring one's mindfulness practice to the greater social, political, and economic issues facing our world.