Episode 10: Meditation practice from a Buddhist perspective

In this 10th episode I´m joined by Gil Fronsdal, a Norwegian-American teacher in the Insight Meditation Tradition. First we lay out some themes in regards to meditation practice in general, before we delve into the particular nuances of the Buddhist tradition itself. This includes the practice of loving-kindness (metta-bhavana), training in concentration (shamata), acquiring insight (vipassana) and finally the practice of mindfulness. Gil Fronsdal goes on to explain some of the differences between the more secular approach to mindfulness, and how it´s perceived and applied in the Buddhist tradition. Towards the end I ask if it´s necessary to actually become a Buddhist if you want to practice Buddhist meditation.

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Episode links:

Gil Fronsdal
Loving-Kindness
Concentration
Insight
Mindfulness

James Alexander Arnfinsen (redaktør)
James Alexander Arnfinsen (33) er lærer og arbeider ved Åsvang Skole i Trondheim. Han har i tillegg en variert opplæring innenfor dialogbasert prosessledelse, nærværstrening og konflikthåndtering. I fritiden trener og instruerer han aikido. Han er oppvokst i Oslo, men har studert og arbeidet i Trondheim siden 2005. Ta kontakt med James på følgende adresse: james.arnfinsen @ gmail.com
James Alexander Arnfinsen (redaktør)
James Alexander Arnfinsen (33) is a teacher, his subjects being geography, religious studies and sports science. He is currently working as a teacher in primary school. In his free time he practices Aikido, a Japanese martial art that in it´s essence is about creating a healing relationship towards oneself and others. James lives in Trondheim, Norway.