Joseph Goldstein – Insight Hour – Ep. 202 – The Subtlety of Practice

Explaining the subtleties of practice and the energy between mind and body, Joseph Goldstein offers both insight and humor to his students.

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This time on Insight Hour, Joseph Goldstein discusses:
This 1990 recording was originally published by Dharmaseed
  • The variety of practice ways to strengthen concentration
  • Animals and questions on karma in the natural world
  • Free our minds from fear when nearing the end of our lives
  • Watching the mystery of life unfolding
  • The wholesome and unwholesome actions that determine our rebirth
  • Habitual karma and having a place of refuge from repeated practice
  • Humility and the understanding of selflessness
  • Cultivating relationships of equanimity
  • The ongoing discovery of the mind-body energy system
  • Sexual desire and the refinement of our sensations
  • Why neutrality is better than pleasure
  • The unhelpful ways that we relate to pain
  • How practice helps with boredom and restlessness
  • Keeping an effort to pay close attention
  • Using our precious lives very well

“One of the interesting discoveries for me in practice has been the ongoing discovery and opening to this mind-body as being an energy system. In the beginning of practice we’re really working with a heavy feeling of solidity of the body. But, as practice goes on and as the concentration deepens, our experience of the solidity disappears. We really begin to feel and experience this as an energy flow.” – Joseph Goldstein

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Listen to more from Joseph:
In the search for liberation, we must explore the nature of our existence. Joseph investigates the wisdom of impermanence in Insight Hour Ep. 2.
There are deeper levels of truth about reality. Joseph explores different ways of freeing the mind by understanding the habits of preference and the emptiness of thoughts in Insight Hour Ep. 41.
It’s possible to smile at the antics of one’s own mind. Joseph offers responses to questions about selflessness, shame, cravings, and more in Insight Hour Ep. 111.
Metta practice can penetrate deeply. Joseph explores how love, kindness, gratitude, and friendship can revolutionize our lives in Insight Hour Ep. 117.