The Illusory nature of experience [13]. Macclesfield, 2012

Transcribed by Sue Scott and Barbara Littler Edited by Wendy Chozom Click to read or download the PDF This teaching retreat can also be listened to on Audio. “…The body is a dynamic site of participation in the environment which is, itself, a dynamic unfolding.” “Time is not a possession that we own but we ourselves are always in the very […]

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Buddhism and creativity [17]. Macclesfield, 2016

“Meditation can give a fresh outlook which promotes creativity. We will explore the dzogchen view that everything we experience is, in fact, the creativity of the mind.

Buddhism would say that ethics is the basis for our experience and that due to causes and conditions we inhabit a particular vision, a mental construct created from a configuration of many factors. Meditation brings the spaciousness and flexibility needed to respond easily in interaction with the world.”

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Staying open to life as it is [16], Macclesfield, 2015

Macclesfield, 21-22 Feb 2015 James Low “The world impacts us and influences us as it flows into us through our sense organs and we influence the world by being part of it, like a stream within a bigger river. We will explore how observing yourself as you are, being kind to yourself and letting yourself reveal yourself is the way to […]

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Wisdom and compassion [14]. Macclesfield, 2013

James Low Macclesfield, 22-24 February 2013 Transcribed by Lois Hague Edited by Barbara Terris Download PDF Excerpts …Compassion is hospitality to everything… …The Sanskrit term Dharmadhatu – here ‘dharma’ means phenomena and ‘dhatu’ means ‘space’, so it’s the space within which phenomena arise. I have recently started translating it as ‘infinite hospitality’ because the space of the mind can be […]

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Balancing relaxation and effort in Buddhism [15]. Macclesfield, 2014

Macclesfield, 1-2 Feb 2014 James Low “We can observe how using effort to try to stabilise that which is inherently unstable is exhausting and ineffective. So, giving up on that, how do we make the appropriate shifts between agency – the assertion of energy, and plasticity – and allowing ourselves to be moulded by circumstances?  By relaxing into our potential it […]

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Integrating openness and presence [14]. Macclesfield, 2013

Macclesfield, 27th Feb 2013 James Low “How can wisdom and compassion be activated in our own existence? The compassion which arises through understanding the illusory nature of phenomena is not artificial and the openness, the radiance, the arising gesture, are integrated.”   The Macclesfield UK Talks [14] Audio edited by Wendy Chozom Download

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Anxiety and doubt [03]. Macclesfield, 2005

Macclesfield, UK. February 26th, 2005 Most of us have a lot of worries and anxiety in our lives. I will  explain the traditional Nyingmapa understanding of the nature of anxiety, the structures underpinning its development, and show how meditation can help us cut through the root of that development. Transcribed by Kevin Lawrence Edited by Wendy Chozom Excerpts Anxiety is not […]

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