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Listen to Godwin giving Talks and Instruction on Meditation

 

Preface

I am very happy that we are now able to include live recordings of Godwin's talks given in various countries, and in various contexts. Those who knew him will be reminded of his presence amongst us; and for those who didn't have the chance to meet him, listening to him is the next best thing.

Anyone listening to these talks will soon become aware of Godwin's great compassion and wisdom, as he provides meditators with the tools they need to lessen their suffering, increase their joy, and cultivate the path that leads to final peace.

The talks have many of Godwin's favourite stories, which he used so effectively to illustrate the points he was trying to get across, and also provide many examples of his wit and humour.

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All of these talks have been converted from cassette recordings that were made at Godwin's talks. The quality is therefore variable, as the tapes have suffered some decay over time. Some of the tapes when they reached me had already been edited, possibily on the cassette recorder, and sometimes very poorly, so I have had to edit them again so that they flow more easily, but this has resulted in small sections having been lost in the process.

In nearly all cases it has been necessary to edit the talks to take out irrelevancies, dead-ends, and so on, which naturally enough occur in dialogue situations, which most of the files contain. It has also been necessary to cut out sections of the questions, because the fact is that in many cases what is said in the audience is inaudible on the tapes. I have therefore shortened most of the questions, while leaving in Godwin's response to them.

As will be seen from the listings many of these talks were made in Singapore and we are very grateful to Bhante. S. Dhammika and all at the Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society who first of all had the foresight to make these recordings, and secondly the generosity to make them available to us.

Recently Peter van Leeuwen has made available to us talks that were recorded in the Netherlands in 1998. Peter has also edited these talks, as he did the transcripts (see Learning through Meditation), and we are very happy to have such a fine person helping us with our work.

If anybody has any more tapes of Godwin's talks that are in reasonable condition, they could send them to me and if possible I will include them here, first contact me at .

Anandajoti Bhikkhu
December, 2008

 

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Audio

 

Buddhist Society, London, England (1991)
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Meditation as a Source of Joy
this recording is published with the kind permission of the
Buddhist Society, London who retain the copyright

 

Talks in Buddhistische Gesellschaft Hamburg, Germany
(August 7-12, 1991)
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1: How Culture makes a Difference in Meditation
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The differences in teaching meditation to people from various cultural backgrounds (with German translation)

2: The Importance of Awareness
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Discussion about the importance of maintaining awareness and the role of thoughts

3: Emotions
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The different types of emotions that arise and how to deal with them

4: Psychological Wounds
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Psychological wounds that have arisen in childhood and in relationships

5: Review of Meditation Techniques
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Review of the different meditation techniques that are recommended (with German translation)

6: Meditation and Daily Life
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How to turn daily life into a continual practice of meditation

 

Talks in Singapore (June and July 1992)
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1: The Experience of Non-Self (Friday, 12th June 1992)
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How to develop meditation so as to have a non-dual or non-self experience.

2: Thoughts, Emotions, and Sensations (Thursday, 18th June 1992)
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Discussion on how to deal with Thoughts, Emotions, and Sensations.

3: Meditation on Loving-Kindness (Friday, 19th June 1992)
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The benefits of Loving-Kindness, and questions on grief.

4: Joy and Lightness in Meditation (Thursday, 25th June 1992)
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How meditation can help us experience joy and lightness, and questions about pain.

5: Cultural Factors in Meditation (Friday, 26th June 1992)
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The cultural factors involved in working with Western, Asian, and African meditators.

6: Meditation on Breathing (Thursday, 2nd July 1992)
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Various aspects of meditation on breathing and clarifications regarding the practice.

7: Awareness or Mindfulness (Friday, 3rd July 1992)
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The importance of awareness and how it can free us from negative emotions.

8: Research into Rebirth (Thursday, 9th July 1992)
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A talk about research into rebirth cases in Sri Lanka:
the types of cases, their interpretation, and its relevance for meditation.

 

Some more talks given during the same period (exact dates unknown)

Guided Meditation on Non-Self (Anatta) (1992)
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Guided meditation on Non-Self, or egolessness, followed by a short talk on the subject

Aspects of Loving-Kindness (1992)
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Benefits of Loving-Kindness (1992)
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The benefits of Loving-Kindness, and a guided meditation

Guided Meditation on Loving-Kindness (1992)
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Short talk to Loving-Kindness and a guided meditation

 

A second series of talks given in Singapore (dates unknown)
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1: Loving-Kindness
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2: Meditation on Breathing
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3: Emotions
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4: Thoughts
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5: Everyday Life
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Aspects of Meditation
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Various aspects of meditation, and questions about death

The Four Noble Truths
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Various aspects of meditation, and questions about death

 

Talks in Nilambe, Sri Lanka (1992)
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1: Attachment and Meditation (Saturday, 29th February 1992)
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2: Anapanasati (Breathing Meditation) (Saturday, 7th March 1992)
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Talks in the Netherlands (July 1996) new
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Amsterdam

Practice Opportunities in Daily Life Thursday, 18th July 1996)
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retreat talks in Zonnewende

1: Guidelines for Meditation (Tuesday, 23th July 1996)
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2: Healing Wounds using Meditation (Wednesday, 24th July 1996)
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3: Working with Emotions (Thursday, 25th July 1996)
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4: The Four Noble Truths (Friday, 26th July 1996)
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5: Meditation in Daily Life (Saturday, 27th July 1996)
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Amsterdam

Calm and Insight (Tuesday, 30th July 1996)
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On Chanting (Tuesday, 30th July 1996)
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Guided Meditation: Healing Wounds using Loving-Kindness (July 1996)
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Talks in the Netherlands (July 1998)
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1: The Importance of Awareness (Friday, 17th July 1998)
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2: Loving-Kindness (Saturday, 18th July 1998)
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3: Dealing with Relationships (Sunday, 19th July 1998)
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4: Tools to be used in Meditation (Monday, 20th July 1998)
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5: Negative and Positive use of Thoughts (Tuesday, 21th July 1998)
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6: The Four Noble Truths (Thursday, 23th July 1998)
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7: Meditation Techniques (Thursday, 23th July 1998)
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8: Meditation for Life and Death (Friday, 24th July 1998)
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Talks in South Africa (dates unknown)
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The Benefits of Loving-Kindness
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Handling Emotions
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