Monday, August 30, 2010

Buddhist Geeks #185 & #186: Unlearning Meditation (Jason Siff)

I'm a week behind in listening to Buddhist Geeks, so here is a two-fer - last week's episode and this week's in the same post. Enjoy.

Buddhist Geeks #185: Unlearning Meditation

BG 185: Unlearning Meditation

23. Aug, 2010 by Jason Siff

Episode Description:

“Meditation instructions that disallow thinking, reflection, or being open to the full range of experience usually imply a distrust of the mind.” – Jason Siff

We’re joined by meditation teacher and author Jason Siff, to explore what happens when meditation instructions and techniques get in the way. Jason explains that meditation instructions and rules contain within them certain limitations, that can lead to impasses in our practice. We explore Jason’s approach, Recollective Awareness, as well as discussing the role that both trust and intention play in untangling these unhelpful meditation habits.

This is part 1 of a two-part series.

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And now Part Two:

BG 186: A Different Way of Approaching Meditation

30. Aug, 2010 by Jason Siff

Episode Description:

We’re joined again by meditation teacher Jason Siff to conclude our exploration of the fundamental ideas and practices behind his unique approach of Unlearning Meditation, or what he calls Recollective Awareness.

We begin with exploring what recollection, or mindfulness, is and how it can be harnessed through a practice of meditative journaling. Jason continues his deconstruction of the type of prescribed practices which suggest doing something “all of the time” and suggests instead that we find out for ourself what meditation is about and where it is leading. We wrap up the discussion by exploring a different way of developing samadhi, a method that Jason describes as “drifting off in meditation.”

This is part 2 of a two-part series. Listen to part 1, Unlearning Meditation.

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