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The Shakers: The Benefits and Limits of Selectivity (from Cultivating Inner Peace)

August 25, 2020

Chapter 8 - The Shakers: The Benefits and Limits of Selectivity
from Cultivating Inner Peace by Paul R. Fleischman, M.D.

"The Shakers are an example. Paragons of selectivity, they produced one of the great outpourings of spiritual peace in American history, yet their heritage is masked by an intensely ambivalent reception that speaks to the essential tension which selectivity addresses. The Shakers deserve our attention as exemplars of both the strengths and pitfalls involved in selectivity. Their example highlights how you can intensify your relationship to peace every day via rigorous selectivity, but also how selectivity can be overdone and become paradoxically un-selective. The Shakers command our attention around the question: Just how much selectivity is peace-bearing, and how much is stifling?"

Dr. Paul Fleischman
Massachusetts, USA
2020
27 minutes

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Copyright, 2020 Paul R. Fleischman

There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore.


Selectivity in Contemporary Lives (from Cultivating Inner Peace)

August 18, 2020

Chapter 7 - Selectivity in Contemporary Lives
from Cultivating Inner Peace by Paul R. Fleischman, M.D.

"In a complex society, a certain level of intricacy must be added into the life of each citizen in order to be able to functionally mesh with multiple social and economic gears. Simplicity in a farmer doesn’t consist in planting a monoculture. Selectivity doesn’t mean constricted, impoverished, or inviable living. Selectivity means conscious choice of what is important, necessary, and salubrious, with conscious relinquishment of what is diluting, distracting, and obfuscating. The choice is personal: live well, plant your crops, be prosperous but not festooned."

Dr. Paul Fleischman
Massachusetts, USA
2020
30 minutes

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Copyright, 2020 Paul R. Fleischman

There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore.


Selectivity and the American Family (from Cultivating Inner Peace)

August 10, 2020

Chapter 6 - Selectivity and the American Family
from Cultivating Inner Peace by Paul R. Fleischman, M.D.

"Our children have lost permission to dwell in their spacious reverie of newness. They no longer inhabit the structureless domes of uninterrupted afternoons. In order for us to function efficiently, we need them to be busy. We also—out of well-intended concern—want to prepare them to deal competently with our gadget-dense sphere, so that, almost from the start, children are propelled into a high rhythmic froth. This could be a sprightly animation if it were balanced by an equal but opposite emphasis on inward serenity and outward harmony, which would provide an orchestrating principle, a focus to the swirl, not precluding skillful assertion, but orienting it. The receptive neurology of a child can catch and hold real experiences in contemplative stillness and inner joy."

Dr. Paul Fleischman
Massachusetts, USA
2020
20 minutes

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Copyright, 2020 Paul R. Fleischman

There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore.


Peace Is Selective (from Cultivating Inner Peace)

August 03, 2020

Chapter 5 - Peace Is Selective
from Cultivating Inner Peace by Paul R. Fleischman, M.D.

"In Part II, I discussed the dynamic quality of peace, the action of returning, like a compass needle to the north. Selecting peace is different, more like writing a song. You quell the sounds of the traffic around you, and a halting tune emerges. If you let it rise and expand, but at the same time contain it, you may happen upon the invisible coherence of melody, which then flows like a stream, bounded and directional. Melody isn’t merely pretty sound, but an organized, integrated channel. You have to push aside distraction—not just noise, but even tangential charm—in order to hear a melody ripple downhill within you."

Dr. Paul Fleischman
Massachusetts, USA
2020
7.5 minutes

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Copyright, 2020 Paul R. Fleischman

There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore.


Scott and Helen Nearing (from Cultivating Inner Peace)

July 27, 2020

Chapter 4 - Scott and Helen Nearing
from Cultivating Inner Peace by Paul R. Fleischman, M.D.

"In this section of the book, I am focusing your attention on the need for a dynamic relationship to your mood and your idea of peace. Lifetimes of peace derive from flexible, problem-solving commitments that reassert peace as the core goal in the solution of your current problem, whether that problem be inner or outer, hunger or war.

One intriguing example of this dynamic process is the life of Scott and Helen Nearing, organic gardeners who inspired thousands of people to live lives honed by simplicity and peacefulness...."

Dr. Paul Fleischman
Massachusetts, USA
2020
26 minutes

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Copyright, 2020 Paul R. Fleischman

There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore.


Peace Is Dynamic (from Cultivating Inner Peace)

July 21, 2020

Chapter 3 - Peace Is Dynamic
from Cultivating Inner Peace by Paul R. Fleischman, M.D.

Cultivating inner peace doesn’t eliminate problems, but it facilitates overcoming them with a particular flavor. You can’t strive for uniform bliss in the name of peace. The pursuit of inner peace is a self-regenerating way of life. As long as we live, we will be spun with demand and action, but we can design an orienting axis of stability within the swirl.

Dr. Paul Fleischman
Massachusetts, USA
2020
19 minutes

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Copyright, 2020 Paul R. Fleischman

There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore.


Peace Is a Personal Encounter: Juan and Kathleen Mascaró (from Cultivating Inner Peace)

July 13, 2020

Chapter 2 - Peace Is a Personal Encounter: Juan and Kathleen Mascaró
from Cultivating Inner Peace by Paul R. Fleischman, M.D.

"The possibility of a life devoted to personal peacefulness that then atomizes outward to others is conveyed from one person to another. For a sustaining image of such a life, I am indebted to Juan and Kathleen Mascaró. They drew me like a magnet into their world. This is how I met them."

Dr. Paul Fleischman
Massachusetts, USA
2020
23 minutes

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Copyright, 2020 Paul R. Fleischman

There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore.


The Quest for Inner Peace (from Cultivating Inner Peace)

July 06, 2020

Chapter 1 - The Quest for Inner Peace
from Cultivating Inner Peace by Paul R. Fleischman, M.D.

The cultivation of inner peace is as rational and orderly as any other aspect of the human condition, and pertains equally to all of us despite our differing starting gates, nervous systems, and life experiences. Out of my own life, and the lives of teachers and friends and those I have been privileged to know professionally, and out of the lives of great souls who left their footprints for us to follow, I would like to provide pragmatic, concrete guidance toward inner peace and radiant harmony. My examples will be drawn from real people, whole lives filled with the dynamic of human suffering and relief. I will tell the stories of people I know (often disguised or over lapped with other people to preserve privacy), or people whose lives are richly documented in historical record.

Paul R. Fleischman, M.D.
Massachusetts, USA
2020
37 minutes

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Copyright, 2020 Paul R. Fleischman

There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore.


Deeper Aspects of Sīla

June 12, 2020

An ethical life is composed of purity of action, purity of speech and purity of livelihood. Upholding it requires not only determination but proper comprehension as well. From the perspective of abstaining (vārittaṃ) to the perspective of performing (cārittaṃ), this talk aims to support the understanding of the deeper aspects of Sīla. Integrating selected quotes from the direct words of the Buddha and the commentaries, it highlights the different aspects of Sīla, proceeding in the order of the precepts. It addresses the detailed definition of each precept, the underlying volition of the act to be performed, its manifestation and its results.

Deeper Aspects of Sīla by Klaus Nothnagel
Tel Aviv, Israel
February 28, 2020
83 minutes

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Copyright, 2020 Klaus Nothnagel

There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore.

May all beings be happy!


Science, Objectivity and Vipassana by Peter Kerr, Ph.D.

May 29, 2020

Addresses by S.N. Goenka and four others from the second "Insights from an Ancient Tradition" conference, held at the Vipassana Meditation Center (Dhamma Dhara) in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, USA, September 3 - 4, 2000. The MP3s include questions and answers at the end of each talk. The conference followed a ten-day Vipassana retreat. It was designed so that participants could explore at the intellectual level what they had experienced while meditating.

The four presenters at the conference were all Vipassana meditators who live engaged professional lives and who serve as assistants or teachers of Vipassana, appointed by Mr. Goenka. The revered Teacher of Vipassana, who was visiting America for the first time in nine years, had just completed his participation in the Millenium Peace Summit at the United Nations.

Science, Objectivity and Vipassana by Peter Kerr, Ph.D.
Shelbourne, MA
September 2000
80 minutes

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Copyright, 2000 Vipassana Research Institute

There is more information about vipassana meditation at Dhamma.org, and books and audio resources available for purchase in the Pariyatti bookstore.

May all beings be happy!


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