PRACTICE LISTENING OUTWARDLY

Here are some of my go-to places to listen to teachings, whether it be from teachers I resonate with or conversations between people who are engaged in questions of meaning and purpose

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www.dharmaseed.org

A vast collection of talks from teachers in the Insight Meditation community from centers in the US and Europe. Talks are freely available and there is an opportunity to make a Dana donation (the practice of gratitude/generosity) if you wish. This site is a great support, connecting practitioners to wisdom and community across time and space. 


www.appropriateresponse.com

This is the home of one of my most beloved dharma teachers, Pam Weiss. I cannot emphasize how much her talks and her generosity of spirit in making them freely available has deepened my practice. Pam infuses her teaching with a mixture of clarity, unflinching truth and genuine tenderness that is uncommon.  Listen here or sit with her at her regular sittings in SF or on retreat. You can check her schedule at this website also.

www.yogaworkshop.com

This is the home of Richard Freeman. I have never studied in person with Richard, but my primary yoga teacher Katchie Ananda studied deeply with him, and I have listened to his talks so often that I feel he is my primary yoga philosophy teacher. Unfortunately, this site does not have a lot of talks (only seven), it's a way to get a taste of his teaching, and truthfully, the talks are so rich that you'll probably need to listen to each one a number of times before you really digest it. If you like them, then you may wish to purchase his talks on CD (available for download also) The Yoga Matrix. Talk about rich, these talks will have you musing for years to come. I have been listening to them for years now and still find freshness on each encounter. He came out with a book The Mirror of Yoga a few years ago, which is also wonderful. Many of the same ideas and perspectives are found in both, but they each have their benefits. Some people take things in more easily through the eyes, some through the ears. If you love Richard like me, you may want to experience both :)

Here's a link to a talk Richard gave at Upaya Zen Center in New Mexico in 2013

YOGA IN THE MIRROR OF BUDDHISM

www.onbeing.org

On Being is a Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation and podcast, a Webby Award-winning website and online exploration, a publisher and public event convener. On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? 

It's a treasure trove of conversation between it's creator and producer Krista Tippett and a wide variety of people, including a diverse range of spiritual traditions, agnostics and atheists, from the fields of science, politics and activism, poetry, music and the visual arts. Rather than a presentation of facts and figures and an articulation of strongly held opinions and positions, these conversations are a beautiful unfolding of intelligence through thoughtful inquiry and an recognition of the value of feeling into what we don't already know. Not only do I find myself educated and edified every time I listen to these conversations, but I also never cease to be amazed and inspired by the the richness revealed though a willingness to honestly encounter the mystery of being

AVALOKITESHVARA the one who listens to the cries of the world    

AVALOKITESHVARA the one who listens to the cries of the world