Understanding How The Mind Works

This talk continues to explore practical suggestions from the book “The Mind Illuminated”.  The current focus is on the concepts of “Focused Attention”, “Peripheral Awareness”, “Strong Distraction”, “Strong Dullness”, “Subtle Distraction” and “Subtle Dullness”.  Following on the post of January 18, Peter emphasized the importance to cultivate these wholesome mental qualities: “Ardent, alert and mindful”, […]

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Stages Of Breath Awareness

The evening’s activities included a guided meditation posted below: “Looking Closer Meditation.mp3”, during which Peter provided suggestions supporting a more persistent and intimate awareness regarding the sensations of breathing. During the talk following the guided meditation, Peter drew on a book entitled “Right Mindfulness” by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (available as a free .pdf download from: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/rightmindfulness.pdf […]

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Book Review of “The Mind Illuminated”

By Peter Carlson I’ve been studying and practicing Buddhist mindfulness meditation for 35 years, with an emphasis on how modern scientific research supports the concepts and practices of traditional Buddhism.  Because of this interest, I bought “The Mind Illuminated-A Completed Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom And Brain Science”.   It was written collaboratively by Culadasa (John […]

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Why We Meditate

During this talk, Peter provided the participants with a worksheet:  MOTIVATIONS FOR MEDITATION.  On this sheet, folks were invited to note three considerations: the benefits of meditation, ways to reinforce commitments to daily meditation practice, and ways to integrate those benefits into daily life routines.  Peter then talked of his experience in regards to these […]

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Peter’s 2016 Year End Retreat Review

We provide an opportunity for those in the Orlando Insight meditation community who have recently completed a residential meditation retreat a chance to “think out loud” about their experience.  Research suggests that much of what happens on retreats impacts the mind’s function outside conscious awareness; talking about the retreat integrates the learned experience into conscious […]

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Deerhaven 2016 Seventh Night Talk

This talk, during the last night of the retreat, focuses on how to continue to cultivate the process of awakening at home.  The results of a one week retreat endure, but the ongoing influence of persistent mindfulness practice is subtle.  Factors that contribute to retaining the benefits include regular sitting practice, reading about concepts relevant […]

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Deerhaven 2016 Sixth Night Talk

As the process of vipassana matures, the Seven Awakening Factors are developed to their fullest potential: Mindfulness, Investigation of Mental Phenomena, Energy/Effort, Joy/Enthusiastic Interest, Tranquility, Concentration and Equanimity/Internal Balance.  This talk describes the progressive, liberating insights that emerge from optimal functioning of these factors. Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  STAGES OF AWAKENING […]

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