PREVIOUS TALKS AND EVENTS

Navigating the Kundalini Experience

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In this talk, we will discuss the different states of consciousness that can arise with Kundalini experiences and how they are situated Buddhist and Tantric paths to awakening.  Through the lens of phenomenological research, manuals written by advanced meditation teachers and ancient Buddhist and Tantric texts, we will put into context some of the more challenging altered states and how one might navigate these experiences towards greater freedom.  For more context, we will touch on the subtle body and biological mechanisms at play during a Kundalini awakening.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

10:30 am Pacific Standard Time

5:30 pm Greenwich Mean Time ​

The Emerging Sciences Foundation

Annual Symposium

https://www.emergingsciences.org/esf-symposium-2021

Kuṇḍalinī: The Lived Experience, Psychology and Eastern Metaphysics

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This talk will explore the physical and metaphysical experience of Kuṇḍalinī that can arise spontaneously or as a result of spiritual practice. These experiences will be framed within the Tantric and Yogic worldview to understand how Universal forces play an intrinsic part in human design. Viewed through the lens of Sāṅkhya Philosophy; the metaphysics which underpins most of India’s traditions in Yoga and Tantra, Ann will examine how these forces are the modus operandi of our psychology and the means to transcend mundane existence. To unpack the Kuṇḍalinī phenomena further, she will investigate yogic texts which describe the subtle body model of the sun and moon and how this amṛita inducing phenomenon occurs. She will also point at theories in current science that mirror these ancient insights.

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Talks and Guided Practice at YOGA CAMP SUSSEX

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YOGA SUTRAS and MEDITATION

 

In this talk, we will explore the meaning of yoga according to the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali and Sāṅkhya philosophy.  We will discuss the nature of consciousness and the manifestation of our perceived reality according to Patañjali.  We will look at how our reality is comprised of the 3 gunas (subtle and gross matter) and how the practice of the eight limbs of yoga has a direct effect on our perception of reality.  We will unpack how and why certain practices provide us with a clear path towards different stages of samadhi or deep absorption resulting in our final liberation or kaivalya.

 

We will look at examples of how one might apply certain aspect of the yoga sutras in a skilful and personalised way to benefit from this precious teaching.  At the end of the talk, we will practice meditation techniques described in the Bhysa or early commentaries on the Yoga Sutras.  These practices are designed to cultivate the right attitudes, poise and intentions which allow deeper absorption and happier states of mind as well as alleviate mental and physical hindrances which obstruct clear seeing. 

Sunday 13th June 

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM GMT

@ YOGAYURT

https://www.yoga-camp.co.uk/

Talks and Guided Practice at YOGA CAMP SUSSEX

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BUDDHISM AND MEDITATION

 

In this talk, we will discuss what the Buddha discovered under the Bodhi tree which led to his radical freedom from suffering.  We will explore the different types of deep absorption or Jhanic states and how these phenomena are experienced in the mind-body, based on the direct experience of long-term meditators and Buddhist monks. We will look at how these Jhanic states lead to insight and the workings of this mind matrix.  We will detail the fruits of this practice and how one can begin to develop this profound state of deep absorption.  We will look at practices from the ‘Four Foundations of Mindfulness' from the Satipatthana Sutta as well as preparatory practices from early Buddhist literature which support a more wholesome and steadier mind for deeper states of absorption.

 

There will be a practice a guided meditation starting with loving-kindness and then move into the concentration of breath, weaving in the ‘seven factors of awakening’, inspired by the teachings from the Pali Suttas and the early Buddhist text, the Visuddhimagga. This meditation is to prepare the mind for ‘access concentration’ or deep absorption to enable insight into the nature of reality.

Saturdays 12th June 

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM GMT

@ YOGAYURT

https://www.yoga-camp.co.uk/

Meditation, Our Human Potential and the Mind-Body Connection

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 In this talk, I will discuss my phenomenological research with advanced meditators and monks.  We will also look at scientific studies which provide evidence of a greater potential for the human mind and body.  We will look at some of the meditation techniques in the Buddhist path and discuss how these techniques transform the human psyche and to what end.  There will be an open discussion at the end of the talk to further explore any of the topics touched on during the talk.

MEDITATION AND OUR HUMAN POTENTIAL 

@BRIGHTON CHIROPRACTIC

03/06/21

Navigating the Kundalini Experience

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This is a series of two talks that explore the physical, emotional and metaphysical experience of Kuṇḍalinī that can arise spontaneously or as a result of spiritual practice/devotion. The first talk will frame this experience within the Tantric and Yogic worldview to understand the mechanism of Kuṇḍalinī and its purpose. We will look at the scriptural evolution of ideas from the Indian continent which points at this divine occurrence. 

The second talk will explore the lived experience of this phenomenon and how it can manifest in the body and mind.  We will look at how this mysterious occurrence can be viewed by modern psychiatry as mania, schizophrenia or psychosis. We will explore some ideas which differentiate transcendence from psychosis and how we have a growing need to re-examine older psychiatric models of a healthy mind. 

KUNDALINI Kundalini Yoga Global Conference 2021- US/CDT

SATURDAY MAY 1st 2021https://upfna.org/kygc2021/conference-schedule-us-cdt/

Kuṇḍalinī: The Lived Experience, Psychology and Eastern Metaphysics

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This is a series of two talks that explore the physical, emotional and metaphysical experience of Kuṇḍalinī that can arise spontaneously or as a result of spiritual practice/devotion. The first talk will frame this experience within the Tantric and Yogic worldview to understand the mechanism of Kuṇḍalinī and its purpose. We will look at the scriptural evolution of ideas from the Indian continent which points at this divine occurrence. 

The second talk will explore the lived experience of this phenomenon and how it can manifest in the body and mind.  We will look at how this mysterious occurrence can be viewed by modern psychiatry as mania, schizophrenia or psychosis. We will explore some ideas which differentiate transcendence from psychosis and how we have a growing need to re-examine older psychiatric models of a healthy mind. 

KUNDALINI Kundalini Yoga Global Conference 2021- US/CDT

SATURDAY MAY 1st 2021https://upfna.org/kygc2021/conference-schedule-us-cdt/

Loving Kindness and Compassion in Buddhism Talk and Workshop

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This talk is about the practice of Metta Bhavana and how it is situated in Buddhist meditation traditions.  We will discuss the importance of cultivating a loving heart before accessing deeper states of meditation as a means of protection and as a way to remove mental hindrances.  We will reference Buddhist texts such as the Nikaya Suttas and the Visudhimagga.

Online @

About Balance 

The Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali

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This workshop is a look at the metaphysical framework of the mind according to Sāṅkhya philosophy.  We will discuss the nature of the mind and matter and how this relates to the yoga sutras and the eight limbs of yoga.  After the talk, will work through a series of Asana or yoga postures to relax the muscles and soothe the nervous system followed by pranayama to awaken more subtle awareness as described in the Vyasabhasya (early commentary on the yoga sutras).  We will then explore a series of guided meditations.

YOGA SUTRAS OF PATANJALI

@ ABOUT BALANCE

02/02/20

The Buddist Matrix

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Is this reality we live in an illusion? If so, is there a way out of this mind matrix?

In this talk, we will be looking at what the Buddha discovered under the Bodhi tree which lead to his radical freedom from suffering. We will be exploring the different types of deep absorption or Jhanic states and how these states are experienced in the mind-body. 

THE BUDDHIST MATRIX

@ EXPLORERS CLUB

6/11/19

The Subtle Body

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That which could not be seen with the physical eye was declared ever-present by the Ṛshis, Munis and wandering ascetics who devoted themselves to awakening. To understand the relationship between mind and matter, one had to transcend the self. Only then could one 'see’ the true nature of reality.  The vehicle through which this is made possible is the yogic body; a subtle body that vibrates beyond our normal sense perception yet governs every aspect of our being.  This talk explores the mechanics behind consciousness and how this manifest as a subtle body.  

SUBTLE BODY

@ ABOUT BALANCE

30/6/18

Buddhism and Meditation

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This talk is about the practices within early Buddhism.  We will explore the path to enlightenment that was presented by the Gotama Buddha as described in the Pali Canon.  We will discuss the importance of developing deep penetrating concentration (samatha) before accessing insight into the nature of reality.  We will also explore the nature of dependent origination - the very essence of mind

BUDDHISM AND MEDITATION

@ ABOUT BALANCE

BRIGHTON

2/6/19