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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How to Observe Thought

George narrows in on what the "mind door" is and discusses how thought is related to the typical physical senses. This discussion continues Chapter Four of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight.

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The Four Primary Material Elements

Based on the traditional categorizations of earth, fire, water and air, this episode examines the somewhat pre-scientific point of view on the four energies in the body. Of course, there's some enlightening tangents, including mortality and aging, and the purpose of your personal practice. From Chapter Four of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight.

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Contemplation of the Body

This episode wraps up the section of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight that deals with the physical aspect of sensing as it relates to practice. Along with a succinct review of the chapter, George gets into codependency and how early childhood affects attachment in adult life.   

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Sixfold Equanimity

George reviews the paths to classical enlightenment and explains how it is indeed possible for ordinary householders to achieve insight, before getting into some specific techniques forfinding equanimity within each strand of the six sense gates: eye/seeing, ear/sound, nose/odor, tongue/taste, body/touch and mind/mental objects. The basis of this discussion is Chapter Four (section: The Case of Seeing) from Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight

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Sense Experience Without Implosion

With poignant contemporary observations, and a dose of humor of course, George explains how developing mindfulness leads to equanimity even in the face of defilements that arise during practice. From Chapter Four of  Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight

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The Arising and Nonarising of Mental Defilements

Defilements, or impurities, naturally arise during practice. George describes how this relates to vipassana practice, breaking down how the meaning of the word "vipassana" ("divide' and "see") connects to the different aspects of the sensing experience, and how triple noting can be an effective way to process these defilements. This continues Chapter Four ofMahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight

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Learning and Logical Thought

A conversational look into the body-mind connection and how it relates the first five states of the 16 stages of insight. This continues George's exploration of khanika samadhi (momentary concentration) from the Development of Mindfulness chapter of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight

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The Case of Seeing

George continues on Chapter Four of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight, delving into the physical nature of seeing and how it connects to consciousness. A spirited Q&A with the students ensues, covering the concept of khanika samadhi (momentary concentration) and why George supports a hybrid metta-vipassana meditation technique. 

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Five Kinds of Phenomena

George discusses the five kinds of phenomena that arise during practice, describing how to explore them and how they relate to neuroscience. Along the way he gets into his own path and how it serendipitously ended up following the 16 stages of insight laid out in the Theravada Maps. This talk is from Chapter Four of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight.

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The Development of Mindfulness

George unpacks the five kinds of phenomena that occur during meditation, describing how different mind states relate to metta (loving-kindness) and vipassana (insight) practice. This marks the beginning of Chapter 4 of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight.

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