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At Home Guided Meditations by Michael Taft

Most of these meditations occurred during the Covid lockdown. We were forced to close SFDC, and so I began guiding meditations directly on Youtube. Not all of these are “from home” in a literal sense, but you get the idea.

nondual sun Giving and Receiving (Nondual Sun Visualization)Presented: May 28, 2021 - https://youtu.be/_7DnaC3HzXA This guided meditation is a westernized and adapted version of tonglen meditation from the Vajrayana tradition of Tibet and India. Tonglen means giving and receiving, and in this sit we're giving the compassion the healing the strength the joy the wisdom to the world, we’re and taking on all… Read More »Giving and Receiving (Nondual Sun Visualization)
Effortless Sunrise Exploring Effort vs. Non-Effort in MeditationPresented: May 14, 2021 - https://youtu.be/ytV3jsSYOaM People often talk about effortlessness in meditation, but would you even know what effortless meditation would even like? Let’s try an experiment right now. Hold your dominant hand out where you can see it. Now clench it into a fist and squeeze. Squeeze it hard. Really do it. Really,… Read More »Exploring Effort vs. Non-Effort in Meditation
Buddha Love Radiating Buddha Love in All DirectionsPresented: May 7, 2021 - https://youtu.be/nNqqbhCLHO4 Nondual Guided Meditation by Michael Taft Emotions are incredibly odd things. So often we take them as given. We see them not only as “the way it is,’ but even as “the way it’s going to be for a long time.” It’s odd, because emotions are incredibly ephemeral and… Read More »Radiating Buddha Love in All Directions
emptiness Emptiness of All ArisingsPresented: April 30, 2021 - https://youtu.be/gXLMfoaLhO4 Nondual guided meditation with Michael Taft Emptiness does not mean something doesn't exist. Even the Buddha refused to say that emptiness means non-existence. Rather, emptiness is the recognition that an apparent phenomenon is present as an experience, but that experience is simply arising in awareness. Something happening in awareness… Read More »Emptiness of All Arisings
shamatha and vipashyana Shamatha and Vipashyana Support Each OtherPresented: April 16, 2021 - https://youtu.be/7A9F_-Srot4 Nondual guided meditation by Michael Taft Shamatha (i.e. calming and focusing) and Vipashyana (special insight) are two different practices that can be used in combination to increase the effectiveness of both. In shamatha practice we are staying with a calm and focused mind. However, this is often interrupted by… Read More »Shamatha and Vipashyana Support Each Other
nondual vipashyana How to Do Nondual VipashyanaPresented: April 2, 2021 - https://youtu.be/1TkVzzgT868 Nondual Guided Meditation by Michael Taft Lots of you have been highly trained in vipassana meditation. Vipassana is a word in Pali (a dead language used only in ancient Buddhist scriptures) which means "investigation" or "special insight." The cognate word in Sanskrit (used in Vajrayana as well as Hindu… Read More »How to Do Nondual Vipashyana
Mandala Learning the Mandala VisualizationPresented: March 19, 2021 - https://youtu.be/2u3a91NW8Wc The mandala (the word is Sanskrit for "circle") is an ancient symbol of wholeness. Virtually every culture worldwide has at some point used a mandala to illustrate some aspect of completeness or unity. The Vajrayana tradition, in particular, has many thousands of different practices that involve mandala visualization. In… Read More »Learning the Mandala Visualization
spacious timeless Spacious Timeless Stillness Outside Thought and EgoPresented: March 12, 2021 - https://youtu.be/cwaMof75Zd8 Nondual Guided Meditation by Michael Taft The average person spends almost their entire waking adult life trapped inside the constructs of thoughts and the personality. We believe that we are our thoughts; we believe that we are our ego. This belief, however, is entirely untrue. Our pristine awareness exists… Read More »Spacious Timeless Stillness Outside Thought and Ego
vast spacious awareness Vast Spacious Awareness Centered in the BellyPresented: January 22, 2021 - https://youtu.be/A5pgHqntWKc Nondual Guided Meditation with Michael Taft The title is a bit of a misnomer. In the final analysis, awareness is not centered anywhere in particular. It is either "centered" everywhere at once or nowhere at all. The normal place where we consider awareness to originate—the head or the heart,… Read More »Vast Spacious Awareness Centered in the Belly
emptiness of mental imagery Emptiness of Mental ImageryPresented: January 15, 2021 - https://youtu.be/LxgKY3Jo5Gk Nondual Guided Meditation with Michael Taft Mental imagery is a major component of thinking for a human being. However, How much of this mental imagery is available to conscious introspection varies widely between individuals. Some people see a lot of mental images all the time, some (consciously) experience almost… Read More »Emptiness of Mental Imagery