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2012 visit of Stephen and Martine Batchelor, Sine Cera study retreat talks

1. Experience - Stephen Batchelor, 11th March 2012, 57 minutes. The Buddha's criteria for regarding a statement as valid; a pragmatic view of the dharma; the "all" is equivalent to "experience" or "life" -- no need of metaphysical realities; supportive quote by Lucretius; awakening to the delight, tragedy and emancipation of life. Stream

2. Practice - Martine Batchelor, 11th March 2012, 49 minutes. Stream

3. Namarupa and Consciousness - Stephen Batchelor, 12th March 2012, 62 minutes. Meaning of the term "namarupa" in Upanishads and early Buddhism; the Buddha's critique of an unconditioned consciousness; the interdependence of namarupa and consciousness like two sheaves of reeds. Stream

4. Ethics, Compassion and Wisdom - Martine Batchelor, 12th March 2012, 45 minutes. Stream

5. Dukkha and Tanha - Stephen Batchelor, 13th March 2012, 60 minutes. Definition of dukkha; dukkha and pleasure; "fully understanding" dukkha; the Buddha and Nagarjuna's understanding of the five bundles as not self; definition of tanha (craving); clinging and narcissism. Stream

6. Awakening - Martine Batchelor, 13th March 2012, 55 minutes.Stream

7. Conditionality and the Four - Stephen Batchelor, 14th March 2012, 59 minutes. Insight into conditionality as the core of the Buddha's awakening; reading of and reflection on the first discourse; the process of the four: embracing dukkha, letting go of craving, experiencing the stopping of craving, cultivating the path. Stream

8. Feeling tone - Martine Batchelor, 14th March 2012, 55 minutes. Stream

9. Mara - Stephen Batcheor, 15th March, 2012, 57 minutes. Reflections on the demonic: what rises up and limits us on the path; Mara and Namuci; the parable of the crow and the piece of rock as an alternative metaphor of freedom; the Buddha's response to Mara who appears as a farmer. Stream

10. Zen Quotes - Martine Batchelor, 15th March 2012, 55 minutes. Stream

11. Stream Entry - Stephen Batchelor, 16th March, 2012, 63 minutes. Negative capability; the ambiguous nature of self; self as process; foundations of ethics; Buddha and the sick monk; definitions of stream entry: as lucid confidence, as freedom from perplexity, as abandoning three fetters; the lay sangha. Stream

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