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Pariyatti Podcasts


Various Talks

A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 47 excerpt)

October 23, 2022

Story 47 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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We used to drive to Toronto every Christmas vacation to spend the holidays with my grandmother. It was about 250 miles away, two-lane blacktop all the way. Our means of conveyance was at first a Prefect and later a Vanguard, both inexpensive, four-cylinder British imports with all the fire power of a lawn mower with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome....

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
3 minutes 34 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 46 excerpt)

October 19, 2022

Story 46 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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For many years I faithfully sat two hours a day. This was my formal meditation practice. Two hours a day is a lot of meditation, I thought. I was wrong. Two hours a day is a lot of practice, but it is not a lot of meditation. Meditation cannot be measured....

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
4 minutes 58 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 45 excerpt)

October 16, 2022

Story 45 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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Without the ability to silently sit alone in a darkened room, we are destined to be a slave to our conditioned mind, reacting to self-imposed habitual preconditions, convinced that everything out there is awesome and everyone else is as happy as kings. So why, you wonder, am I so miserable? I have lost count of the number of times in a given day I start a sentence with...

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
4 minutes 03 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 44 excerpt)

October 12, 2022

Story 44 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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Happiness is not something to pursue. Like the truth, happiness too is not out there somewhere. Chasing it is like a dog trying to catch its tail. Happiness has been hijacked by old habit patterns which have convinced us to look for it under the bright lights. We are so busy frantically...

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
4 minutes 37 seconds

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'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' as a book and eBook can be found at https://store.pariyatti.org/a-lifetime-doing-nothing.

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 43 excerpt)

October 09, 2022

Story 43 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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The question remains, however, why is practice so difficult? To begin with, doing non-doing is by and of itself difficult because to be still and just watch goes against our very nature. This is especially true when...

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
5 minutes 01 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 42 excerpt)

October 05, 2022

Story 42 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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In large stores in Korea there is a greeter at the front door. He or she bows and wishes you well and a good shopping experience. Koreans are used to this formal welcome. They walk by without...

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
2 minutes 00 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 41 excerpt)

October 02, 2022

Story 41 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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You need to walk before you run. This much is certain. There is an old joke of a tourist lost in New York City who asked a passerby how to get to Carnegie Hall. He was told, “Practice, my boy, practice.” This process can appear to be slow going. This is quite normal, as the progress is incremental. (And meditation practice redefines incremental.) It can seem at times...

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
3 minutes 27 seconds

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'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' as a book and eBook can be found at https://store.pariyatti.org/a-lifetime-doing-nothing.

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 40 excerpt)

September 30, 2022

Story 40 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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“You’ve got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.” This was the great jazz saxophonist, Charlie Parker’s, musical lesson. But it...

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
3 minutes 15 seconds

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Debra Barrett - Realizing Change Video Series

March 22, 2022

This series is inspired by a book we first published over a decade ago, entitled Realizing Change: Vipassana Meditation in Action (by Ian Hetherington). In Realizing Change we are given access to voices from around the world, who share in-depth accounts of their apprehensions before undertaking a ten-day course in Vipassana, their experiences during the course, and the subtle, yet profound, experience of change activated by the practice of Vipassana. People from every walk of life, country, culture, and age have found Vipassana a steady anchor in the gale-force winds of change that buffet us. By facing reality head-on through direct observation—rather than reacting—impermanence itself becomes the very medium of transformation.

Along the same lines, in this new series of Pariyatti Presents… events, Vipassana meditators come and share their personal stories.


In this recording, fellow meditator Debra Barrett talks about the positive impact Vipassana Meditation has had on her life. Debra does not shy away from serious topics such as substance addiction and the difficulties Indigenous people face, and we are positive you will find her story captivating, educational, inspiring.

Interview with Debra Barrett
interviewer: Sheldon Klein
2022
50 minutes

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Find more information about Vipassana meditation visit www.dhamma.org or visit the Vipassana meditation section at Pariyatti.

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Deepening Insight: An Interview with Bhikkhu Anālayo

December 17, 2021

A discussion with Bhikkhu Anālayo about his book "Deepening Insight: Teachings on vedanā in the Early Buddhist Discourses."

Deepening Insight presents a selection of passages from the early Buddhist discourses that provide perspectives on the cultivation of liberating insight into vedanā, sensation, feeling, or feeling tone. For meditators, such passages can be of considerable help as a reference point for deepening insight.

A metaphor that can offer considerable help when facing vedanās describes bubbles arising on the surface of a pond during rain...they arise and soon enough burst and disappear. Contemplation of the changing nature of vedanā provides a firm foundation for the growth of insight into not self. Such insight proceeds through successive layers of the mind's ingrained habit of self-referentiality. Based on relinquishing the explicit view of affirming the existence of a permanent self, increasingly subtler traces of conceit and possessiveness need to be successively overcome until with full awakening all selfing in any form will be removed for good.

Interview and Q&A with Bhikkhu Anālayo
interviewer: Marta Van Patten
2021
90 minutes

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video copyright, 2021 Pariyatti

Find more information about Vipassana meditation visit www.dhamma.org or visit the Vipassana meditation section at Pariyatti.

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