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Meditation x Attachment with George Haas

Meditation x Attachment with George Haas

By George Haas
Welcome to the Meditation x Attachment with George Haas Podcast. Each episode will explore the connections between ancient Buddhist meditation techniques and modern psychological attachment theory. Learn more at mettagroup.org
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Path of Enlightenment: Stages Eleven through Sixteen
Today we conclude our series on the Path of Enlightenment by discussing the final six stages. These stages are beyond where most people's practices are, but are still useful in building a theoretical understanding of the process of enlightenment.  Recorded 7/29/2021 Join our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup to help commit to your practice!
49:47
August 3, 2021
Path of Enlightenment - Stage 9 and Stage 10
We continue our series on the progress of insight and analyze stage 9 and 10, respectively the desire to be delivered from suffering and reobservation.  Recorded 7/22/2021 Sign up now for our Meditation X Attachment Level Two course six-month intensive beginning September 16th! Level Two is open to students who have completed Level One as well as students have taken any previous iterations of our intensive courses or extended retreats. The course includes one-on-one mentoring and offers a more in-depth exploration of the connections between attachment and regular meditation practice to shift your existing relationships into secure functioning ones, drawing deeply on Dr. Daniel P. Brown’s Idealized Parent Figure (IPF) protocol. Classes are live-streamed on Zoom, and are recorded and archived with video and/or audio files available for students who miss any sessions or wish to review the material again. Register now: https://www.mettagroup.org/mxa-level-2-sept-2021-registration 
53:33
July 26, 2021
Path of Enlightenment - Stage Six, Seven, Eight - The Miseries
Today we discuss the Buddhist concept of the Miseries (in a fun way!). This is a stage on the path of enlightenment in which you understand the impermanence of life, the inevitability of aging and death, and that the sense of self is a sensing experience that is based on life conditions.    Recorded 7/15/2021 Registration is available for the last two sessions of our signature Meditation x Attachment course! Open to all students, this intensive offers instruction in Buddhist theory, Attachment Theory, and in-depth meditation techniques. It focuses on developing secure relationships, uprooting past attachment conditioning and working through conflict resolution strategies to learn how to be completely yourself in your relationships with others and with your work. In other words, this course helps you learn how to live a meaningful life. Sign up now at https://www.mettagroup.org/mxa-level-one-july-21-register.
59:25
July 19, 2021
Path of Enlightenment - Stage Five - Dissolution
Today we center our conversation on Dissolution, the fifth stage on the Path of Enlightenment, which is the breakdown of the experience of the barrier between inside and outside and the beginning of a profound flow state.  Recorded 7/8/2021 Join our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup to help commit to your daily practice!
47:20
July 12, 2021
Path of Enlightenment - Stage Four - Arising and Passing
On this episode of Deepening Your Practice, we talk about the fourth stage of the progress of insight, the knowledge of arising and passing. Discussed as a "point of no return" this knowledge changes your perception of the fluidity and continuity and marks a before and after moment in your experience of the self and the world.  Recorded 7/1/2021 Registration for our signature Meditation x Attachment course is now open! Recommended for all students, this intensive offers instruction in Buddhist theory, Attachment Theory, and in-depth meditation techniques. It focuses on developing secure relationships, uprooting past attachment conditioning and working through conflict resolution strategies to learn how to be completely yourself in your relationships with others and with your work. In other words, this course helps you learn how to live a meaningful life. Sign up now at https://www.mettagroup.org/mxa-level-one-july-21-register.
55:06
July 4, 2021
Path of Enlightenment - Stage Three - Part 1
In this episode, we continue our discussion on the Path of Enlightenment and, in particular, focus on the third stage, which is development of the knowledge of impermanence and the comprehension of satisfaction.     Recorded 6/24/2021 We have opened registration for our signature Meditation x Attachment course. Open to all students, this intensive offers instruction in Buddhist theory, Attachment Theory, and in-depth meditation techniques. It focuses on developing secure relationships, uprooting past attachment conditioning and working through conflict resolution strategies to learn how to be completely yourself in your relationships with others and with your work. In other words, this course helps you learn how to live a meaningful life. Sign up now at https://www.mettagroup.org/mxa-level-one-july-21-register.
01:02:51
June 28, 2021
The Path of Enlightenment - Stage Two - Part Two
On today’s episode we discuss the sensory world and its basis in conditionality, which allows us to infer that patterns of arising and passing rooted in karma will be repeated and therefore allows the world to be recognized.   Recorded 6/10/2021 Join our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup to help commit to your daily practice!
01:01:45
June 14, 2021
The Path of Enlightenment - Stage Two - Part One
Today we discuss enlightenment as a goal, the desire to end the experience of suffering from both Buddhist and secular perspectives, and the usefulness of different spiritual contexts on meditation and practice.    Recorded 6/3/2021 Registration is now available for our Virtual Summer Retreat! Sign up now here. Join our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup to help commit to your daily practice!
48:55
June 4, 2021
The Path of Enlightenment - Stage One
We dive into the difference between mental and physical phenomena and breakdown the raw sensing experience and the ways the mind acts to bring those senses into a comprehendible experience.    Recorded 5/27/2021 Registration is now available for our Virtual Summer Retreat! Sign up now here. Join our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup to help commit to your daily practice!
46:24
May 30, 2021
The Path to Enlightenment
Today we cover parts of the history of Buddhism and discuss different paths to enlightenment including the old, the new, and the hybrid.   Captured live on 5/20/21. Join our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup to help commit to your daily practice!
59:20
May 25, 2021
Attachment Conditioning
In today’s episode we discuss the process of stabilizing your mind-state and how to identify when your experience of the world is being warped by a filter of self. Captured live on 5/13/21. Join our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup to help commit to your daily practice!
44:01
May 16, 2021
Emotional Regulation as Preliminary Practice
Continuing our conversation from the previous episode, we discuss how an honest inside practice can create emotional disruption and the practical ways to manage that disruption Captured live on 5/6/21. Join our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup to help commit to your daily practice!
41:57
May 7, 2021
The End Goal of Practice
In this episode, we discuss the purpose of practice, what can get in the way of your practice, and strategies to avoid being pulled out of the present moment.   Captured live on 4/29/21. Join our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup to help commit to your daily practice!
42:23
May 2, 2021
Organizing Your Practice
Continuing our DYP series, we discuss the Mindfulness movement in the West and weigh its benefits and deficiencies in relation to Attachment Theory.   Captured live on 4/22/21. Join our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup to help commit to your daily practice!
42:25
April 23, 2021
Compassion for All Sentient Beings
In this episode, we discuss climate change, population growth and density, immigration, and the ways our different global cultures engage with understandings of karma and the cycle of reincarnation.   Captured live on 4/15/21. Join our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup to help commit to your daily practice!
49:30
April 16, 2021
Compassion for Difficult People
We discuss inequality, systemic racism, and genocide and how to both express compassion and properly protect yourself in relation to the difficult people that are perpetrators and exacerbators of harm. Captured live on 4/8/21. Join our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup to help commit to your daily practice!
46:27
April 10, 2021
Compassion for Neutral Person
Today, we speak about holding space with the Neutral People that we encounter in our lives and what the appropriate amount of energy required is for these peripheral relations. Captured live on 4/1/21. Join our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup to help commit to your daily practice!
41:49
April 2, 2021
Compassion for Friends and Family
In this episode we go in depth into Compassion practice and how to build a working model for your relationships with Friends and Family. Captured live on 3/25/21. Join our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup to help commit to your daily practice!
48:08
March 26, 2021
Compassion for All Sentient Beings
We conclude our Compassion cycle with a discussion about expanding compassion outward towards all sentient beings and how to counteract the tendency to exclude individuals. Captured live on 3/18/21. Join our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup to help commit to your daily practice!
50:13
March 19, 2021
Compassion Practice for Difficult People
Continuing our series on Compassion practice, we discuss what it is that can make an individual difficult to interact with and how to assess the macro-values of yourself and others to identify conflict. Captured live on 3/11/21. Join our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup to help commit to your daily practice!
53:09
March 15, 2021
Compassion Practice for Neutral Person
Continuing our series on Compassion practice, we discuss the varied levels of empathy that different types of people might exhibit, and how to build the compassion skills to understand and navigate them. Captured live on 3/4/21. Join our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup to help commit to your daily practice!
59:59
March 5, 2021
Compassion Practice for Friends and Family
We continue our discussion of Compassion practice, focusing on the different forms of relationships that we participate in and how to better recognize their characteristics. Captured live on 2/25/21. Join our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup to help commit to your daily practice!
48:44
March 1, 2021
Compassion Practice for a Close Person
Our deep dive into Compassion Practice continues with developing compassion for a person who is close to you in your life.  Captured live on 2/18/21. Joining our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup to help commit to your daily practice!
56:51
February 22, 2021
Compassion Practice for Self
George expands upon the Compassion Practice skill set he began last week to focus on how to develop compassion for yourself - which is often one of the hardest things to do. Captured live on 2/11/21. Joining our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup to help commit to your daily practice!
53:37
February 16, 2021
Compassion Practice
Embark on a new cycle for the weekly Dharma talk with an exploration of Compassion practice, which is an empathetic practice. Different from classic Metta practice, George explains the why and how. Captured live on 2/4/21. Joining our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup to help commit to your daily practice!
50:20
February 8, 2021
Checking Your Reality (Tajjapannatti) - Part 2
George continues his exploration of Tajjapannatti, which translates to "constantly going back" (tajji) and "conceptual reality" (pannatti). Captured live on 1/28/20. Joining our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup to help commit to your daily practice!
52:33
February 1, 2021
Checking Your Reality (Tajjapannatti)
The Pali word Tajjapannatti translates to "constantly going back" (tajji) and "conceptual reality" (pannatti). George traces how this concept helps explain how the conceptual reality you create is accurate and true. Captured live on 1/21/20. Joining our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup to help commit to your daily practice!
55:21
January 22, 2021
Organizing Your Practice
The new year is always a great time to set intentions and organize and commit to your practice. George offers some practical advice drawing from his own experience meditating. Captured live on 1/4/20. Joining our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup to help commit to your daily practice! 
55:10
January 18, 2021
Home for the Holidays
George shares some of his experiences growing up in regards to religion and the holidays, and offers some perspective for this particularly challenging holiday season for many. Captured live on 12/17/20. Learn more about Mettagroup's upcoming virtual Winter Retreat here. And consider joining our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup.
58:59
December 19, 2020
Metta Vipassana Retreat Practice
George explores the value of retreat practice and how it can be the cornerstone of developing a consistent meditation practice. Captured live on 12/10/20. Learn more about Mettagroup's upcoming virtual Winter Retreat here. And consider joining our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup.
51:45
December 12, 2020
The History of Addiction Part 2
George continues his discussion the history of addiction in the USA, and how it connects to meditation practice and attachment styles . Captured live on 12/4/20. Looking for help with addiction, or know somebody who is? Check out our retreat this weekend presented with Recovery Dharma PDX here.  Learn more about our offerings at mettagroup.org. If you would like to develop or support your practice, consider joining our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup.
57:10
December 7, 2020
The History of Addiction
George takes a detour from the Vipassana exploration to discuss the history of addiction in the USA, and how it connects to meditation practice. Captured live on 11/19/20. Learn more about our offerings at mettagroup.org. If you would like to develop or support your practice, consider joining our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup.
56:04
November 21, 2020
Special Reading: "The Lower Manhattan Dormitory Effect"
George reads from his new book "The Lower Manhattan Dormitory Effect" - a recollection of downtown life in New York City in the late 70s and early 1980s reflected on from here in LA: 2020. Order this beautiful book featuring photos and writings from George Haas at mettagroup.org/lowermanhattan.
01:03:54
November 14, 2020
Examining the Self and the World
George continues his deep dive into Vipassana meditation exploring what it means to examine the self and the world in practice. Captured live on 11/12/20. Learn more about our offerings at mettagroup.org. If you would like to develop or support your practice, consider joining our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup.
47:53
November 14, 2020
The Three Marks of Existence
George continues his exploration of Vipassana meditation with a deep dive into the three marks of existence: impermanence (aniccā), non-self (anattā) and unsatisfactoriness or suffering (duḥkha). Captured live on 11/5/20. Learn more about our offerings at mettagroup.org. If you would like to develop or support your practice, consider joining our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup.
46:14
November 9, 2020
Vipassana Meditation - Focus In/Focus Out
George explains the technique of Vipassana meditation using see, hear, feel practice applying focus in and focus out. Captured live on 10/29/20. Learn more about our offerings at mettagroup.org. If you would like to develop or support your practice, consider joining our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup.
39:43
October 30, 2020
Vipassana Meditation & The Sensory Experience
This talk explores Vipassana meditation techniques and how touching into the sensory experience can tap into the nature of how we form self and world. Captured live on 10/22/20. Learn more about our offerings at mettagroup.org. If you would like to develop or support your practice, consider joining our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup.
47:58
October 27, 2020
Compassion for All Sentient Beings
In this recording, George explores compassion practice for all sentient beings. Captured live on 10/15/20. Learn more about our offerings at mettagroup.org. If you would like to develop or support your practice, consider joining our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup.
57:10
October 16, 2020
Compassion for Difficult People
George breaks down compassion practice for "difficult people" and shares a story about how a teacher in Myanmar was more blunt and explained how Americans are reluctant to describe people as "enemies."  Captured live on 10/8/20 Learn more about our offerings at mettagroup.org. If you would like to develop or support your practice, consider joining our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup.
56:04
October 12, 2020
Compassion fro Friends and Family
Compassion practice, in the Buddhist sense, means turning toward the suffering experience of someone else and being willing to hold that experience. George breaks down the different models for empathy and how it relates to Buddhist vs. Western thinking. Captured live on 9/24/20. Learn more about our offerings at mettagroup.org. If you would like to develop or support your practice, consider joining our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup.
47:25
October 12, 2020
The Dhammas
George returns to the original text of the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta to explain the dhammas,  the original elements of the Buddhist teachings. Captured live on 8/27/20 Learn more about our offerings at mettagroup.org. If you would like to develop or support your practice, consider joining our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup.
54:33
August 31, 2020
The Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness
Continuing the exploration of the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta, George delves into the fourth foundation of mind­fulness: mindfulness of mental objects. Captured live on 8/20/20. Learn more about our offerings at mettagroup.org. If you would like to develop or support your practice, consider joining our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup.
57:17
August 31, 2020
Mind: The Sixth Sense
George continues exploring the Satipatthana Sutta delving into the Buddhist concept of the mind as a sixth sense and how it relates to the more traditional Western concepts of the senses. Captured live on 8/13/20. Learn more about our offerings at mettagroup.org. If you would like to develop or support your practice, consider joining our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup.
54:58
August 21, 2020
Deeper Meditation for Householders
While in some traditions enlightenment was really only the goal for monastics, Mahasi Sayadaw’s revolutionary teachings brought the notion to householders as well. George delves the topic in this talk which was captured live on 7/30/20. Learn more about our offerings at mettagroup.org. If you would like to develop or support your practice, consider joining our daily Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup.
59:43
August 4, 2020
The Ideal Parent Figure (IPF) Protocol
The Ideal Parent Figure (IPF) Protocol was developed by Daniel P. Brown and is a technique to help repair attachment disturbances by guiding practitioners to imagine their ideal parent. George explores the topic in this talk which was captured live on 7/23/20. If you would like to engage in the practice of dāna (generosity), you are invited to help support us by purchasing an item from our shop, where all proceeds go to the Mettagroup Scholarship Fund, or making a direct contribution.
48:05
August 4, 2020
Feeling Tones Part 2
Continuing his deep dive into fe Satipatthana Sutta, George continues his deep dive into how feeling tones, or the sensing experiences, influence practice, and how they relate to the path to enlightenment (or the Satipatthana Sutta). Captured live on 7/16/20. If you would like to engage in the practice of dāna (generosity), you are invited to help support us by making a contribution here. Subscribe on iTunes. Join us for our daily, guided Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup.
44:41
July 20, 2020
Feeling Tones
Continuing his deep dive into the Satipatthana Sutta, George explains how feeling tones, or the sensing experiences influence practice, and how they relate to the path to enlightenment. If you would like to engage in the practice of dāna (generosity), you are invited to help support us by making a contribution here. Subscribe on iTunes. Sign up for our upcoming virtual summer retreat at mettagroup.org/retreats.
59:26
July 12, 2020
The Satipatthana Sutta - Part 2
George continues his exploration into Mahasi Sayadaw’s Satipatthana Sutta via his own teacher Shinzen Young. This is the Pali foundation of the practice of mindfulness, and it is traditionally focused on enlightenment. Captured live on 6/25/20. If you would like to engage in the practice of dāna (generosity), you are invited to help support us by making a contribution here. Subscribe on iTunes. Join us for our daily, guided Morning Meditation at patreon.com/mettagroup.
53:34
July 6, 2020
The Satipatthana Sutta
George shares his interpretation of Mahasi Sayadaw’s Satipatthana Sutta via his own teacher Shinzen Young. This is the Pali foundation of the practice of mindfulness, and it is traditionally focused on enlightenment.
54:29
June 28, 2020
Metta Practice for Difficult People
Metta practice in general is intended to be for all beings. This particular practice for difficult people can be used an antidote to anger, which can be helpful during this time of upheaval and uncertainty with the pandemic. Captured live on June 18, 2020.
48:42
June 23, 2020
Sitting Into Sadness (Metta for Friends and Family)
After reflecting on the recent violence and racism afflicting the United States, George gets into some apt and timely metta practice for friends and family.
50:07
June 16, 2020
Dissolution (The 5th Stage of Insight)
George dives deep into the 5th Stage of Insight from Mahasi Sayadaw’s “Manual of Insight” with an exploration of the concept of dissolution. Captured live on 6/4/20.
44:01
June 11, 2020
Racism in America: A Buddhist Response
Recorded before our nation erupted in protest in nearly every city, George explored a Buddhist perspective on the murder of George Floyd and racism in America. Captured live on 5/28/20.
50:25
June 4, 2020
Knowledge of Arising and Passing
There are many Dharma maps that help organize one’s practice. George explores this concept, while talking about his own journey with Mahasi Sayadaw’s Manual of Insight. Captured live on 5/21/20.
59:06
May 27, 2020
Metta For Close People
After two weeks of Vipassana practice, we explore some Metta (loving-kindness) practice this week, focusing on close people in our lives. Captured live on 5/14/20.
51:24
May 18, 2020
Can You See the Forest for the Trees?
George breaks down how the experience of self emerges when you look within and gets into the Vipassana practice of knowledge by comprehension. Captured live on 5/7/20.
01:15:11
May 13, 2020
Three Marks of Existence
George explains the Buddhist concept of the three marks of existence: anicca (impermanence), dukkha (unsatisfactoriness) and anatta (non-self). Captured live during our weekly Thursday night virtual dharma talk and extended sit.
58:15
May 11, 2020
Discerning Conditionality
George continues the exploration into Vipassana meditation with a deep dive into the second stage of insight focusing on the concept of discerning conditionality.
59:07
May 5, 2020
The Second Stage of Insight
Captured live during Mettagroup’s new weekly online Dharma talk, George Haas discusses the second stage of Insight from Mahasi Sayadaw’s Manual of Insight. The definitely text on Vipassana meditation, the text - and in turn George - explains how you can sensitize yourself to the experience of the sensing experience itself.
55:45
April 21, 2020
Metta Practice for Self
A deep dive into loving-kindness practice for yourself - captured live during our new weekly virtual Dharma talk and sit. Read more about it at https://www.mettagroup.org/classes#drop-in-classes
01:26:35
April 14, 2020
What Are We Looking For When We Meditate
George breaks down the basic nature of meditation and why it is a valuable pursuit, focusing in on the three characteristics of existence.
01:28:25
April 7, 2020
Collaborative Relationships
George breaks down how collaborative relationships work and how early childhood attachment style can affect primary relationships later in life.
20:60
March 10, 2020
Early Care and Attachment Conditioning
George outlines how early care during infancy and early childhood has a profound effect on the attachment style that will emerge later in life for an adult. An equally informative listen for anybody exploring their own attachment style, or for those providing care to children themselves.
21:56
December 2, 2019
Cultivating Authentic Connections
In the modern world, it’s often more difficult than we think to cultivate meaningful, authentic personal relationships. This episode explores why that’s the case, why it’s important to make those connections, and how there’s actually a lot of scientific study that illustrates all of this.
40:25
November 1, 2019
Metta Practice
Captured live on retreat, George breaks down what metta (loving-kindness) meditation practice is, how to do it, and why it’s valuable. Along the way we find out about the differences between “wet” and “dry” practice, and how the Theravada approach to metta differs from the Tibetan.
50:20
October 15, 2019
Developing Automatic Compassion
Relationships are about balance - but it’s not always equal. When a partner cannot properly mentalize to self-regulate, responding with compassion and attending to their needs in the moment can be mutually beneficial. George breaks down the how and why in this excerpt from his Meditation x Attachment for Relationships daylong “Coupling for Couples.”
31:42
September 24, 2019
Mentalizing
The ability to mentalize - being aware of your own mind state as well as that of another person - is one of the key components in being able to make meaningful connections and maintain healthy relationships. It also has deep spiritual underpinnings in Buddhism. George breaks down how this works and what it means.
37:21
August 27, 2019
Navigating Attachment Style and Primary Relationships
George breaks down the common behaviors associated with each attachment style and how they can affect relationships.
01:11:54
August 12, 2019
Coupling for Single People
Captured live in Los Angeles as a part of Mettagroup’s brand new Meditation x Attachment for Relationships series, this is an excerpt from a daylong exploring how and why attachment style affects our primary relationships. This daylong specifically focuses on how single people of all orientations can navigate their own existing style to find a primary relationship that is satisfying and healthy.
43:07
July 30, 2019
Early Childhood Attachment and the Buddhist Path
George draws connections between the psychological attachment style established during early childhood and the components that make up the traditional Buddhist path.
34:55
July 15, 2019
Understanding Attachment Conditioning
Finding true happiness can often seem insurmountable. The reason, in large part, is the attachment conditioning that happens during early life. George breaks down why this is the case, and how real change is possible.
01:15:28
March 28, 2019
The Ideal Parent Figure Protocol Part Two
George delves deeper into The Ideal Parent Figure (IPF) protocol with a discussion about the five stages of developing secure relationships followed by a guided meditation that offers a hands-on way to explore the concept further. Developed by Daniel P. Brown, the IPF protocol is one of the cornerstones of Mettagroup’s current teachings and this is a great way to get a taste of how it works.
57:03
March 4, 2019
The Ideal Parent Figure Protocol
Captured on retreat, George Haas discusses the Ideal Parent Figure (IPF) Protocol. Through a guided meditation, this technique, developed by Daniel P. Brown, allows you to imagine the ideal parent to help repair attachment disturbances. Please note this is not a competition or correction for your actual parents, it’s an attempt to create a pristine imagined experience.
59:07
February 9, 2019
Exploration! Meditation x Entrepreneurship
George is joined by long-time entrepreneur and meditation student Ben Smith for an in-depth discussion about the connections between meditation and finding meaning in work. In this insightful episode, George and Ben touch on having a supportive community, what healthy attachment looks like, and how it all connects back to being an entrepreneur.
01:15:35
December 13, 2018
Attachment and Enlightenment
When most teachers discuss "attachment" in relation to meditation, they're talking about the Buddhist sense of the word. However, there's also many links between psychological attachment and meditation practice. George goes a step further and discusses how this all relates back to the classical non-goal of enlightenment (or liberation) through meditation.
01:12:29
June 28, 2018
The Mind-Body Connection
George discusses the body-mind and how attachment strategies are connected to our physiological experiences. Recorded live at our new weekly drop-in class on the Mettagroup terrace in Los Angeles. If you would like to engage in the practice of dāna (generosity), you are invited to help support us by purchasing an item from our shop at mettagroup.org/shop, where all proceeds go to the Mettagroup Scholarship Fund.
01:24:43
May 10, 2018
Getting Started with The Meaningful Life
Captured during the first class of The Meaningful Life Six-Month Intensive (now called Meditation x Attachment), this brief talk gives an  overview of George Haas's signature teaching. Drawing connections between meditation and Attachment Theory, he explains how these tools can have a profound effect on your life.
36:39
April 19, 2018
Meditation Interventions for Addiction
This special episode of the podcast offers a highly informative introduction to George’s signature course Meditation Interventions for the Addiction Process (MIAP). Drawing on the same attachment-based healing that’s the cornerstone of all of Mettagroup’s teachings, this podcast - and course - are specifically designed to address addiction and addiction-related issues. Interested in the upcoming six month MIAP class? Read more at mettagroup.org/addiction-treatment.
01:14:58
March 2, 2018
Mind States and Spiritual Development
Recorded on day three of this past Winter Retreat in Central California, George explains how as your practice develops you can learn how to recognize and regulate your mind states, and how that is an essential aspect of spiritual development.
54:11
February 20, 2018
Metta-Vipassana Meditation and Psychological Attachment
Welcome to the Meditation x Attachment with George Haas Podcast. Our new format will explore the connections between ancient Buddhist meditation techniques and modern psychological attachment theory. This first episode was captured on The Meaningful Life Retreat in Central California just over a month ago, and explains the basics of George's hybrid Metta-Vipassana meditation techniques and how they connect to psychological attachment theory. Welcome and enjoy!
40:04
February 7, 2018
Entering Metta Jhana
Marking the end of our journey exploring Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight, this podcast is from the final Deepening Your Practice class in Echo Park. This dharma talk explores metta jhana, going back to the Pali term “piti” and how it relates to its English translation as “rapture” and how mind-states affect the sense of self. Stay tuned for our new class - and podcast - format which will start with some archival talks from George over the next few weeks while he is away in retreat in Burma.
01:16:54
January 30, 2018
Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions
George takes a break from Mahasi Sayadaw’s Manual of Insight to acknowledge the role of New Year’s resolutions and how they affect practice. Jumping off from there, he gets into Dr. Dan Siegel’s “windows of tolerance” and how to eliminate negative mind states.
52:47
January 20, 2018
The Ten Fetters
Branching out from the traditional Theravada Buddhist view, George explains how his teacher, Shinzen Young, takes a more distinctly American view of the ten fetters. This continues the Contemplation of Mental Objects section of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight.
01:07:59
December 26, 2017
The Six Senses
George explains how the arising and passing (appearance and disappearance) of physical phenomena occurs with the five senses: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching, and thinking.
40:59
December 13, 2017
The Five Aggregates
Starting with a brief discussion of Burma's influence on Western meditation styles, George then delves into the text of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight, drawing connections between the experience of senses, Western Attachment Theory and the big questions around self.
57:02
December 6, 2017
The Five Hindrances
regret, and doubt, and delves into the context of how they unfold. This marks the beginning of the Contemplation of Mental Objects section of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight.
41:35
November 22, 2017
Worldly and Unworldly Pleasure/Displeasure
Vedna, the Pali word for feeling tones, describes the capacity to sense, which can be pleasant, unpleasant or neutral. The experience breaks down further into worldly and worldly. George explains it all, from the Contemplation of Feeling section of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight.
49:45
November 17, 2017
Wise and Unwise Attention
Delving deeper into the concept of awareness of awareness, George unpacks how the experience of the self is dependent on the conditions of the moment. He also tells the story of the Buddha and the mustard seed.
36:58
October 25, 2017
Realizing Mind
George discusses the concept of realizing mind, or in more Western terms awareness of awareness, and describes the differences between sensing and awareness. From the"Contemplation of Mind" section in Chapter 4 of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight.
39:05
October 20, 2017
Mind States
Moving on to the "Contemplation of Mind" section of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight, George discusses the eight mind states ranging from the ordinary to the esoteric and explains how meditation leads to the conclusion that most experiences are neutral rather than pleasant or unpleasant.
38:07
October 13, 2017
Pleasure and Displeasure
George breaks down how the first milestone of spiritual maturity is the ability to recognize that you have a mind-state and that it can distort how you perceive your own sensing experience, and gives a close reading on Pleasure and Displeasure, in both its Worldly and Unworldly forms. From Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight.
59:43
September 20, 2017
Contemplation of Feeling
Embarking on a new section of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight, George explains why "mind" is considered the sixth sense in Buddhism and unpacks how feelings can be pleasant, unpleasant or neutral.
44:35
September 12, 2017
Clear Comprehension
After a close reading of the text explaining how the sensing experience unfolds based on past experiences, George gets into how childhood experiences influence future mind states and reviews the first foundation of mindfulness. This episode wraps up the Contemplation of the Body section of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight. If you would like to engage directly in the practice of dāna (generosity), you are invited to help support us with a contribution to the Mettagroup Scholarship Fund. Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher.
29:13
August 30, 2017
How to Note General Activities
Continuing his discussion of the Contemplation of the Body section of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight, George gets into the sense of self vs. no-self and how the mind interprets the sense experiences.
46:52
August 22, 2017
How to Observe Thought
George narrows in on what the "mind door" is and discusses how thought is related to the typical physical senses. This discussion continues Chapter Four of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight.
25:37
August 21, 2017
The Four Primary Material Elements
Based on the traditional categorizations of earth, fire, water and air, this episode examines the somewhat pre-scientific point of view on the four energies in the body. Of course, there's some enlightening tangents, including mortality and aging, and the purpose of your personal practice. From Chapter Four of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight.
38:36
August 8, 2017
Contemplation of the Body
This episode wraps up the section of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight that deals with the physical aspect of sensing as it relates to practice. Along with a succinct review of the chapter, George gets into codependency and how early childhood affects attachment in adult life.
44:49
July 30, 2017
Sixfold Equanimity
George reviews the paths to classical enlightenment and explains how it is indeed possible for ordinary householders to achieve insight, before getting into some specific techniques for finding equanimity within each strand of the six sense gates: eye/seeing, ear/sound, nose/odor, tongue/taste, body/touch and mind/mental objects. The basis of this discussion is Chapter Four (section: The Case of Seeing) from Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight.
01:05:03
July 19, 2017
Sense Experience Without Implosion
With poignant contemporary observations, and a dose of humor of course, George explains how developing mindfulness leads to equanimity even in the face of defilements that arise during practice. From Chapter Four of  Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight.
54:43
July 17, 2017
The Arising and Nonarising of Mental Defilements
Defilements, or impurities, naturally arise during practice. George describes how this relates to vipassana practice, breaking down how the meaning of the word "vipassana" ("divide' and "see") connects to the different aspects of the sensing experience, and how triple noting can be an effective way to process these defilements. This continues Chapter Four of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight.
01:02:32
June 27, 2017
Learning and Logical Thought
A conversational look into the body-mind connection and how it relates the first five states of the 16 stages of insight. This continues George's exploration of khanika samadhi (momentary concentration) from the Development of Mindfulness chapter of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight.
56:04
June 21, 2017
The Case of Seeing
George continues on Chapter Four of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight, delving into the physical nature of seeing and how it connects to consciousness. A spirited Q&A with the students ensues, covering the concept of khanika samadhi (momentary concentration) and why George supports a hybrid metta-vipassana meditation technique.
01:00:44
June 13, 2017
Five Kinds of Phenomena
George discusses the five kinds of phenomena that arise during practice, describing how to explore them and how they relate to neuroscience. Along the way he gets into his own path and how it serendipitously ended up following the 16 stages of insight laid out in the Theravada Maps. This talk is from Chapter Four of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight.
36:02
May 24, 2017
The Development of Mindfulness
George unpacks the five kinds of phenomena that occur during meditation, describing how different mind states relate to metta (loving-kindness) and vipassana (insight) practice. This marks the beginning of Chapter 4 of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight.
39:27
May 17, 2017
Lessons to Learn from Those Who Take the Vehicle of Tranquility to Enlightenment
Delving into the techniques that are used to reach jhana, George and his students also discuss the challenge of moving from concentration to insight practice. This marks the last section of Chapter Three from Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight.
52:26
May 11, 2017
Inferential Insight: Knowledge by Comprehension
Nearing the end of "Absolute and Conventional Realities," chapter three of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight, George explains how inference relates to insight practice and how memory relates to direct experience.
01:09:51
May 3, 2017
Should One Meditate on Past, Present or Future?
Expanding upon the technique of focusing on internal vs. external phenomena, George explains how contemplation of the past, present and future relates to meditation. From Chapter Three of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight.
01:09:51
April 26, 2017
Appropriate Objects for Meditation
Drawing on some of the foundations of his Meaningful Life curriculum, George forges onward into the Two Kinds of Insight section of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight. After exploring the text directly, student questions prompt a fascinating talk about the pursuit of true happiness, the quest for limitless compassion, and what it means to grow old. In conclusion, George offers practical advice about how to focus on "mundane objects" to support khanika samadhi (access concentration) meditation.
50:58
April 11, 2017
The Two Meanings of Activity
George gets back to Chapter Three of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight to explore the difference between absolute and conventional reality, honing in on how insight meditation affects that perception, and how the mind state can filter your view of the world.
29:36
March 28, 2017
Metta Jhana and Attachment
Recorded during The Meaningful Life Winter Retreat at La Casa de Maria in Santa Barbara, this episode connects the dots between the psychology and physiology of childhood attachment with the specific steps that lead to achieving the jhana state through metta practice.
31:04
March 14, 2017
Hearsay and Such
In this decidedly meta (and also metta) episode, explore one of the basic challenges of learning about Buddhism: how does anybody - including the teacher - explain something that can only be experienced directly. Delving deeper into Chapter Three of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight, George also adds a dash of whimsy and humor to the proceedings as usual.
44:32
February 28, 2017
What Is Reality?
George breaks down the difference between ultimate reality vs. relative reality, connecting the dots between the original Pali terms and their modern interpretation. Drawing on the original text from Chapter Three of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight, he offers his own unique take on how perception is affected by the physiology of eye sight, habituation and how we process sound.
50:19
February 13, 2017
States of One-Pointedness
Sex! Drugs! Veganism! George discusses how one-pointed meditation leads to the ethical undertaking of the five precepts of Buddhism. Delving into how concentration practice on generosity opens the possibility of achieving jhana, the pain of not engaging and the experience of cessation, this episode concludes the deep exploration of Chapter Two of Manual of Insight by Mahasi Sayadaw.
01:18:55
January 30, 2017
The Practice of Generosity (Special Episode)
Taking a break from his ongoing exploration of Manual of Insight, George discusses the practice of generosity in Buddhism. This special episode of the DYP podcast delves into the basic ethics of the practice, the three levels of generosity, and how it all relates to the modern world. All with George's inimitable sense of humor and practical examples from his own life.
58:36
January 17, 2017
The Dangers of the Lower Realms (and more!)
A fascinating look at karma, reincarnation and the traditional Buddhist vision of hell. The visceral, Dantean descriptions are paired with George's own unique secular Buddhist analysis. This continues the close reading of Manual of Insight Chapter Two, and also covers Burmese vs. Western practices, and practical approaches to noting.
01:10:10
January 3, 2017
Overcoming the Hindrances (Talk & Meditation)
A short dharma talk is followed by a guided meditation focused on overcoming the hindrances by going from concentration to insight. If you've never been to a class in person with George, this is a great chance to have that experience. For students following along in Mahasi Sayadaw's  Manual of Insight, "Purification of Mind," this episode continues the exploration of Chapter Two.
01:05:56
December 19, 2016
Hindrances of Enlightenment
Covering the five major hindrances to enlightenment, the conversation gets into how noting can be an effective way to deal with them, and the visual and physical aspects of meditation.
01:06:12
December 7, 2016
Enlightenment for Householders
Continuing the rich discussion of Chapter Two of Mahasi Sayadaw's Manual of Insight, George explains why the tome was nothing short of revolutionary for householders. Along the way, he touches on consciousness, the science behind pleasure vs. pain and how it all relates to the cycle of suffering and liberation.
01:09:38
November 22, 2016
Tranquility to Enlightenment
In a wide-ranging and fascinating talk, George gets into the history of the Burmese style of Buddhist practice, his own path to teacher Shinzen Young, and what liberation from suffering really means in this day and age. This episode marks part four of George's continued exploration of Chapter Two of Manual of Insight by Mahasi Sayadaw.
49:01
November 7, 2016
Insight to Enlightenment
An enthusiastic exploration of the revolutionary change in meditation practice developed by Mahasi Sayadaw when he declared that momentary insight was the equivalent of jhana in Chapter Two of Manual of Insight. Focusing on how this applies to householders, George describes the value of liberation from attachment and how it relates to suffering.
51:08
October 24, 2016
Purification of Mind Part 2
George continues his in-depth exploration of "Purification of Mind" from Chapter Two of Manual of Insight by Mahasi Sayadaw. Delving further into the value of practicing both concentration and insight meditation, this is a wide-ranging discussion that covers some of the practical aspects to beginning a regular practice, jhanas (altered states of consciousness), the concept of dukkha (pain or suffering), and how aging and health relate to meditation.
44:57
October 11, 2016
Purification of Mind Part 1
Using Chapter Two of Manual of Insight by Mahasi Sayadaw ("Purification of Mind") as a jumping off point, George discusses moving between concentration and insight practice, the difference between wet and dry meditation, sentimentality vs. actual loving-kindness and the value of going on retreat. This episode marks another lively session with students that covers a lot of interesting ground.
59:51
October 3, 2016
Purifying Conduct with Meditation
Engaging in the Socratic method that George most enjoys, this is a spirited discussion of Purifying Conduct with Meditation from Chapter One of Manual of Insight by Mahasi Sayadaw. Touching on reincarnation, the different selfs we all express, and what it means to be a Buddhist, this episode captures a lively and engaging interactive session at Against the Stream Hollywood.
58:25
September 1, 2016
Purification of Conduct for Laity Part 2
George continues his discussion of Purification of Conduct for Laity, from Chapter One of Manual of Insight by Mahasi Sayadaw, including an amusing anecdote about the monastic who couldn't resist going out dancing, as well as further exploration of the connection between metta (loving-kindness) and vipassana (insight) meditation practices.
54:04
August 11, 2016
Purification of Conduct for Laity Part 1
In this episode, George discusses Purification of Conduct for Laity, from Chapter One of Manual of Insight by Mahasi Sayadaw, as well as the process of moving from metta to vipassana practice.
41:08
August 4, 2016
Purification of Conduct for Monks
Drawing on his own experiences on retreat in Burma and explaining how the instruction also relates to householders, George discusses Purification of Conduct for Monks from Chapter 1 of Manual of Insight by Mahasi Sayadaw, the definitive text on vipassana (insight) meditation.
01:07:28
July 14, 2016
Manual of Insight: Introduction
Over the next several months this podcast will offer a deep exploration of vipassana (insight) meditation using the most comprehensive text on the subject, Manual of Insight by Mahasi Sayadaw. In this episode, George discusses the introduction.
01:07:53
June 24, 2016
Introduction
Welcome to the podcast version of Deepening Your Practice, a long-running meditation class held at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society in Los Angeles with teacher George Haas. It is intended as an ongoing course for intermediate to advanced meditators that explores topics in depth over a number a months.
01:39
May 5, 2016