Saturday, July 07, 2012

Upaya Dharma Podcasts - Tsoknyi Rinpoche: Using Difficult Emotions to Wake Up


Here are three podcasts from Upaya Zen Center - the first two feature Tsoknyi Rinpoche on using difficult emotions to wake up. The third one Tias Little on the subtle body, expanding on an idea touched on by Rinpoche in the earlier talks.

Tsoknyi Rinpoche: 06-29-2012: Using Difficult Emotions to Wake Up (Part 1 of 2)

Speaker: Tsoknyi Rinpoche
Recorded: Friday Jun 29, 2012

Series Description: In a lighthearted, yet illuminating style that appeals to both beginners and seasoned practitioners Rinpoche explores ways to recognize, make friends with and transform habitual patterns, including those stubbornly recurrent emotions and difficult feelings that we regularly encounter. He explains how the energy and power of our stronger moods and feelings can be skillfully used to wake up rather than be numbed, denied, or acted out. The whole point of this practice is to uncover and re-discover essence love, starting where we are.

Bio: Tsoknyi Rinpoche has been teaching students worldwide about the innermost nature of mind in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for over 20 years. Rinpoche is one of those rare teachers whose lighthearted, yet illuminating style appeals to both beginners and advanced practitioners alike. He is truly a bridge between ancient wisdom and the modern mind. His fresh insights into the western psyche have enabled him to teach and write in a way that touches our most profound awareness, using metaphors, stories and images that point directly to our everyday experience. He is widely recognized as a brilliant meditation teacher, is the author of two books, Carefree Dignity and Fearless Simplicity, and has a keen interest in the ongoing dialogue between western research, especially in neuroscience, and Buddhist practitioners and scholars.

Click here for Part 2 of this series.

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Tsoknyi Rinpoche: 06-29-2012: Using Difficult Emotions to Wake Up (Part 2 of 2)

Speaker: Tsoknyi Rinpoche
Recorded: Friday Jun 29, 2012

Series Description: In a lighthearted, yet illuminating style that appeals to both beginners and seasoned practitioners Rinpoche explores ways to recognize, make friends with and transform habitual patterns, including those stubbornly recurrent emotions and difficult feelings that we regularly encounter. He explains how the energy and power of our stronger moods and feelings can be skillfully used to wake up rather than be numbed, denied, or acted out. The whole point of this practice is to uncover and re-discover essence love, starting where we are.

Bio: Tsoknyi Rinpoche has been teaching students worldwide about the innermost nature of mind in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for over 20 years. Rinpoche is one of those rare teachers whose lighthearted, yet illuminating style appeals to both beginners and advanced practitioners alike. He is truly a bridge between ancient wisdom and the modern mind. His fresh insights into the western psyche have enabled him to teach and write in a way that touches our most profound awareness, using metaphors, stories and images that point directly to our everyday experience. He is widely recognized as a brilliant meditation teacher, is the author of two books, Carefree Dignity and Fearless Simplicity, and has a keen interest in the ongoing dialogue between western research, especially in neuroscience, and Buddhist practitioners and scholars.

Click here for Part 1 of this series.

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Tias Little: 06-30-2012: The Subtle Body

Speaker: Tias Little
Recorded: Saturday Jun 30, 2012

In this talk, which complements Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s talk, Tias deepens the listeners understanding of the “subtle body”, a concept that Rinpoche referred to in his talk, earlier in the day.

Tias Little’s background is steeped in both academic study and physical discipline. He began his yoga training in 1984 in the Iyengar system under the guidance of his mother, Susan Little. He learned the first two series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with K. Pattabhi Jois. After practicing Ashtanga Yoga for 10 years, Tias immersed himself in the study of the healing arts, including massage, cranial-sacral therapy and bodywork.

He teaches yoga with a sensitivity and subtlety informed by his anatomical knowledge and keen sense of touch. His teaching is grounded in the structure and precision of alignment from the Iyengar system, while sharing the spaciousness and compassionate wisdom that stems from the Buddhist tradition.

Tias earned an MA in Eastern Philosophy from St. John’s College in 1998. His dharma training has been further informed by teachings from the Zen and Vipassana communities. Tias is currently a student of Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s in the Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

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