Santikaro has been fortunate to visit with Sanghas and old friends in St. Louis, MO, and Wheaton, IL this month. Some of his talks were recorded.
Cultivating the Middle Way through Illness
Shinzo Zen Center, St Louis, Thursday, October 17th, 2013
Based on Santikaro’s experience with an aggressive form of Lymphoma and correspondingly aggressive chemotherapy, he shared practices that supported him then and lessons that continue to bear fruit today. These insights can apply to other forms of severe illness as well as aspects of our daily lives.
Sati: Mindfulness & Its Applications
Theosophical Society, Wheaton, Saturday, October 26th, 2013
Sati is central to all meditative and contemplative practices. It functions somewhat differently depending upon the form of practice. Examining this variety, leads to a broader understanding of its meaning and training. This talk looks at the idea of “being attentive to the present moment” as emphasized in the secular mindfulness movement and the ancient sense of “recalling to mind.”
Conceit & Its Dissolution
Theosophical Society, Wheaton, Sunday, October 27th, 2013
An important aspect of “selfing” is to conceive of something as “I am such-and-such” and then compare that with how we perceive others to be in relation to it: better than, inferior to, or equal. Skilful practice can loosen this deeply entrenched habit. Insight into how things actually are can cut through it.