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An Inquiry. Why a Yoga Teacher Resists Saying “May All Beings Be Free” at the end of a Yoga Session

A retreatant participates in an Inquiry. She or he sits besides myself in the front of the Dharma hall. A retreatant can speak about any issue that she or he wishes. The participant or myself can say ‘thank you’ to bring the Inquiry to a close at any time. The Inquiry offers mindful/meditative listening for all of us. This Inquiry took place on the retreat in the Thai Monastery in Sarnath, India in February 2020. A few spots of editing to make clear when reading. Different initials used for person.
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How to Give a Public Talk

How to Give a Public Talk

 

A few years ago, a social survey in the UK asked people: “What is your biggest fear?”

The majority answered “Public Speaking.”

Their second biggest fear was “Death.”

In other words, the British public regard public speaking as a fate worse than death. Continue reading 



How to Prepare a Public Talk

How to Prepare a Public Talk

 

I remember listening to a senior Buddhist monk giving a  talk.  He spoke for about an hour. His talk seemed to lack focus and appeared disjointed. I gently told him later he could consider preparing his talk by writing notes to establish a theme. He said his tradition did not use notes. Continue reading 



Free Speech? Civilisation? Delusion.

Free Speech? Civilisation?

There are no limits to delusion.

We have seen countless numbers of Western citizens in the last week or so proudly hold up a “Je Suis Charlie” sign to express their identity with Charlie Hebdo, the Parisian magazine whose cartoonists and others were mercilessly gunned down this month. Continue reading 




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