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    Asceticism: Skill in Experiencing Discomfort

    Duration: 31 minutes

    This recording gives an interesting history of asceticism (discomfort) as defined in some spiritual traditions and the possible value of using discomfort to initiate a process of purification of consciousness. Whether as a spiritual practice or in our daily living, the question is how to do so skillfully or as paraphrased from Thomas Merton, “…not to suffer more than other people, but…to suffer more effectively.”

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    Learning from the Marathon Monks

    Duration: 58 minutes

    Referring to the extreme example of commitment of the Marathon Monks, Shinzen talks of how fatigue and physical pain can be the easiest flavors through which to get deep purification.  Sleepy tired sensations and our subjective reactions to them can lead to increased energy and focus as well as deeper purification and insight.

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    Meditating Through Fatigue

    Duration: 40 minutes

    When you get tired and sleepy it digs down into old material which takes you back to an early period associated with the initial formation of ego. There is an objective need (what the body actually requires) and a subjective need (the desire to avoid or have relief from certain unpleasant sensations). The subjective need can be transcended. Discusses a meditative approach for achieving this.

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    Posture, Sleepiness and Discomfort

    Duration: 75 minutes

    The role of posture in practice; Working with sleepiness; Paying attention to transitions; Meditation as a vaccination against future larger pain; Dealing with discomforts while sitting; Very detailed description of working with pain and physical discomfort; Subjective body sensations/flavors of feeling; Discriminating internally generated feeling states associated with urge, desire and will.

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