Dharma Talks with Michael Stone

Dharma Talks with Michael Stone


The Dharma Talks podcast is the heart of the Community Library. Talks are on a wide-range of topics, including bringing mindfulness and meditation practice into daily life; personal and community issues regarding mental health; and social change. The podcasts are recorded at live events so you might hear coughing, airplanes, cars, sirens, laughter, and peoples’ questions—all part of the intimate experience. Michael Stone is often described as a cross between a spiritual teacher and public intellectual. His ability to integrate traditional contemplative teachings from his studies in yoga, Zen and Vipassana, with the insights of Western psychology, gives him a unique voice for a new generation of students integrating mindfulness with the demands of their busy lives. He is the author of numerous books, he teaches internationally and lives in Canada.


How Does a Buddha Stand, Walk & Control Thoughts? (Diamond Sutra 2 of 6)  

What does being alive feel like? Michael tells the story of Subhuti and the questions he asks the Buddha about how to practice. Haven’t we been blessed with greatest of trusts? Aren’t we all blessed? Isn't meditation learning how to trust? Spirit Loft, Toronto, 28 min.

The Diamond of Practice (Diamond Sutra 1 of 6)  

Michael speaks on 3 aspects of the ourselves we can let go of through practice: Possessiveness (This is mine); Conceit (This me); and Beliefs about what the self is (This is what I am). He connects this to both meditation practice, daily life, and the teachings of the Diamond Sutra.  Mental states are not inherently fixed, and you can hold them much lighter than you are now. Spirit Loft, Toronto, 1 hour.

Can You Return to the Breath?  

As the breath becomes smooth and slow, the mind settles and we become less interested in wanting “an experience.” Be kind to yourself, cultivate an un-agitated heart, and live a life that connects. London, 50 min.

Anxiety & Meditation  

Michael explains how we can cultivate a field in which anxiety can arise and change, surrounded by spaciousness. We have forces of good inside us, we aren't fated to live out our history, and we are loveable just as we are. London, 55min.

The World Is Its Own Magic  

Michael talks about the magic mantra that ends the Heart Sutra. Transforming fear, cultivating compassion, not-knowing, how mantras work. London, 1 hour.

Labeling & Noting Thoughts  

How to meditate when your are thinking a lot. Michael also explores language and emotions in children and how this gets internalized in adults. A very clear talk on mindfulness practices for transforming overthinking and identification with thoughts. Vancouver, 55 min.

The Ego, The Self, and the Existential Dimensions of Settling the Mind  

Drawing on Freud, Jung, and the Buddha, and various ways of understanding what the ego is, how it develops, and why working with settling thoughts becomes a spiritual practice over time. Vancouver, 30 min.

Not Identifying With Your Moods  

How to become interested in how the mind functions rather than being caught in the content of our stories. Meditation is a physical practice and we use breathing to settle the mind and heart. 40 min. Vancouver.

25 min. Guided Meditation  

Shift away from the content of the mind to the process of thinking. Mindfulness of thinking while sitting like a mountain. Vancouver, 25 min.

Guided Corpse Pose for Safety  

If you feel unsafe or unstable, this is a gentle 10 minute guided meditation in corpse pose, for taking care of yourself. Vancouver, 20 min.

Safety, Flight, Flight, and Freeze: Trauma & the Brain  

Molly Boeder-Harris co-teaching w/Michael on trauma sensitivity for meditation facilitation. Vancouver, 53 min.

Your Body is Trying to Support You: Self Soothing & Trauma Awareness  

Molly Boeder-Harris co-teaching with Michael on trauma sensitivity during the Meditation Facilitation Training. Recorded in Vancouver, 59 min.

The Environment in Trauma Awareness  

Molly Boeder-Harris co-teaching w/Michael on trauma sensitivity for meditation facilitation. Vancouver, 25 min.

Trauma Sensitivity in Meditation, Mindfulness & Yoga  

Molly Boeder-Harris co-teaching w/Michael on trauma sensitivity for meditation facilitation. Vancouver, 46 min.

Mindfulness of Mental States  

In Meditation Facilitation Program Michael explores how: mind states are not inherently fixed; you can hold mind states lightly; moods are phenomena, not who you are, and; you can sculpt your attitude. Vancouver, 1hr.


15 Minute Guided Meditation on Breathing  

Let the exhale relax your body; Let the inhale still you. Vancouver, 15 min.

Training Your Heart (Lojong Teachings #7): Practice the Basics  

A bodhisattva is someone who doesn’t get used to violence. How to train our hearts to be awake so our hearts don't build plaque. Comox, B.C. 1 hour.

Training Your Heart (Lojong Teachings #6): Trusting Yourself, Getting Out of Your Own Way, and Investigating  

1.) What was your first experience of solitude, and 2.) What were your first experiences of being with others? The best thing we can leave our kids is to show how we loved. Madison, WI.


Training Your Heart (Lojong Teachings #5): Do Good, Avoid  Evil, Know How to Protect Yourself, and Pray  

Michael talks about how to protect yourself, how to cultivate a caring heart, and ways of praying without necessarily needing God. Madison, WI.


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