Welcome to Deepening Your Practice, the podcast version of Mettagroup founder George Haas's long-running class for intermediate to advanced meditators in Los Angeles. Each episode offers a unique and wide-ranging exploration on topics related to vipassana (insight) meditation based on the most comprehensive text on the subject, Manual of Insight by Mahasi Sayadaw. We hope you enjoy it! 

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The Five Aggregates

Starting with a brief discussion of Burma's influence on Western meditation styles, George then delves into the text of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight, drawing connections between the experience of senses, Western Attachment Theory and the big questions around self. 

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The Five Hindrances

George explains the five hindrances in Buddhism: sensual desire, aversion, restlessness, regret, and doubt, and delves into the context of how they unfold. This marks the beginning of the Contemplation of Mental Objects section of  Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight

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Worldly and Unworldly Pleasure/Displeasure

Vedna, the Pali word for feeling tones, describes the capacity to sense, which can be pleasant, unpleasant or neutral. The experience breaks down further into worldly and worldly. George explains it all, from the Contemplation of Feeling section of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight. 

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Wise and Unwise Attention

Delving deeper into the concept of awareness of awareness, George unpacks how the experience of the self is dependent on the conditions of the moment. He also tells the story of the Buddha and the mustard seed. From "Contemplation of Mental Objects" in  Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight.

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Realizing Mind

George discusses the concept of realizing mind, or in more Western terms awareness of awareness, and describes the differences between sensing and awareness. From the"Contemplation of Mind" section in Chapter 4 of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight.

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Mind States

Moving on to the "Contemplation of Mind" section of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight, George discusses the eight mind states ranging from the ordinary to the esoteric and explains how meditation leads to the conclusion that most experiences are neutral rather than pleasant or unpleasant.

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Pleasure and Displeasure

George breaks down how the first milestone of spiritual maturity is the ability to recognize that you have a mind-state and that it can distort how you perceive your own sensing experience, and gives a close reading on Pleasure and Displeasure, in both its Worldly and Unworldly forms. From Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight.

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Contemplation of Feeling

Embarking on a new section of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight, George explains why "mind" is considered the sixth sense in Buddhism and unpacks how feelings can be pleasant, unpleasant or neutral. 

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Clear Comprehension

After a close reading of the text explaining how the sensing experience unfolds based on past experiences, George gets into how childhood experiences influence future mind states and reviews the first foundation of mindfulness. This episode wraps up the Contemplation of the Body section of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight.

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How to Note General Activities

Continuing his discussion of the Contemplation of the Body section of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight, George gets into the sense of self vs. no-self and how the mind interprets the sense experiences.  

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