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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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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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

If you would like to engage directly in the practice of dāna (generosity), you are invited to help support us with a contribution to the Mettagroup Scholarship Fund.

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