Thursday, 28 March 2013

Beyond the Veil  & The Flavour of Liberation 

Burgs has been teaching meditation in Europe and Asia since 1998. He initially trained as the main assistant to the Balinese meditation teacher and healer Merta Ada and helped him set up his meditation school in Indonesia. The healing meditation practices he learned during this period heavily influenced Burgs’ current teaching practice, which has a strong emphasis on the application of meditation in the maintenance and cultivation of physical and mental health. While learning from Merta Ada, he also trained in Chi Kung with a number of well-known Taoist teachers in Asia and today integrates many of these practices into his teaching system.

Burgs then went onto learn meditation from the Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw in Burma. There he learned the systematic teachings of the Buddha as expounded in the mediation manual, The Vissudhimagga. He was personally tutored by the Sayadaw and became the first Westerner to complete the entire series of 40 Samatha meditation practices as described by the Buddha.

After disrobing as a monk in Burma, he was asked to visit the Tibetan Light Master, His Holiness Dodrupchen Rinpoche, who gave him the direct Dzogchen Mind Transmissions and subsequently recognised his attainment of some of the highest levels of Dzogchen practice.

Since then, Burgs has been teaching both meditation and Chi Kung in the UK. He has a deep grounding and understanding in all aspects of meditation and energetic cultivation and has a profound appreciation of how different spiritual practices and traditions fit together as a whole. He can directly perceive the mechanics of the mind and body and can help elucidate the relationship between these aspects of ourselves.

Part 1 of the interview with Burgs on Conscious TV conduced by Iain McNay

Part 2 of the interview with Burgs on Conscious TV conducted by Renate McNay

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Monday, 25 March 2013

Renate McNay's interview with Adyashanti 

"There's a great space in which this moment takes place. There's a great silence that is listening to the thoughts." Adyashanti

Expressing both the infinite possibilities and the ordinary simplicity of a spiritually realized life, Adyashanti's teachings are directed to those who are sincerely called to awaken to their true nature and embody this life-changing realization.

Here, Renate speaks to Adya about his awakening experience, his teachings and his life.

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Thursday, 14 March 2013

The Mirage of Separation - Interview with Billy Doyle

Billy Doyle is a spiritual teacher, yoga instructor in the Kashmir tradition and the author of the book The Mirage of Separation. 

Doyle had a strong spiritual orientation early in life and started to explore non-dualistic teachings in his twenties. He then met Jean Klein, a master of Advaita and yoga who became his teacher for 14 years. He practiced 'Art of Listening' and self-inquiry and then one day while on a silent retreat "all identification with a separated entity dissolved" and he then knew himself as silence. 

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Monday, 11 March 2013

Experiencing Cosmic Oneness - Qigong Meets Quantum Physics 

An Interview with Dr. Imke Bock-Möbius

Author of ‘Qigong Meets Quantum Physics’, Dr. Imke Bock-Möbius studied Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics and became interested in Qigong after she experienced a dramatic healing in Beijing. During her teens she had questioned ideas such as ‘What operates behind visible reality? and ‘How was the universe built?

"There is no such thing as an isolated particle; can there be such a thing as an isolated human being? The oneness of emptiness and the world of apparent phenomena is the last secret on the path to understanding reality." Imke Bock-Möbius

Here Iain McNay sits with Dr. Bock-Möbius for an interview on Conscious TV.

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Thursday, 7 March 2013

Scilla Elworthy's Interview with Iain McNay 

When Scilla Elworthy was 13, she sat in front of her television set watching as Soviet tanks rolled into Budapest. Immediately she started packing her bags. “What are you doing?” her mother said. “I’m going to Budapest," she said. “They’re doing something awful and I have to go.” 

Years later, Elworthy is a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and a recipient of the Niwano Peace Prize. In 2002 Elworthy founded Peace Direct, which supports local action against conflict and in 1982 founded Oxford Research Group, a think-tank devoted to developing effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers and their critics. Beginning in 2003 she helped set up The Elders initiative as an advisor to Desmond Tutu, Richard Branson and Peter Gabriel. 

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Sunday, 3 March 2013

Understanding The Other 

In April 1997, Camilla Carr and her boyfriend, Jon James went to Chechnya to set up a rehabilitation centre for traumatised war-children. Three months later they were taken hostage by Chechnyan rebels. Their ordeal lasted 14 months, during which Camilla was repeatedly raped by one of her jailers.

"Rape is a terrible violation of a human being. I will never forgive the act, yet I can forgive the man who raped me; I can feel compassion for him because I understand the desperate place he was coming from, [...] the desperation that caused them to do the things they did. 

This was the toughest situation I had ever faced but I chose to find the positive rather than the negative but I still had to deal with my emotions because that is part of what being human  is. I asked for guidance and felt waves of energy pouring over me.Camilla Carr

"He can never touch the essence of me; my body it is only a part of who I am. My spirit will always be free." CC

Here, Camilla Carr and Jon James share their incredible story with Iain McNay on Conscious TV. 

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Disarming through Empathy

How Jo Berry, daughter of Conservative MP Sir Anthony Berry, met Irish Republican Army (IRA) member, Pat Magee, whose planted bomb killed her father at the 1984 Grand Hotel bombing in Brighton

The year was 1984. October 12th, 1984 to be exact. A bomb exploded in the Grand Hotel in Brighton where the majority of the senior figures of the British Conservative Party Conference were staying during the Conservative Party’s annual conference. Five people were killed including Jo Berry’s father, Sir Anthony Berry, the MP for Southgate. Irish Republican Army (IRA) member Pat Magee was convicted of the bombing and sentenced to 8 life sentences. In 1999, however, he was released from prison after the Good Friday peace agreement. Determined "to bring something positive out of what had happened", Jo Berry decided to meet Pat Magee several moths after he was released.

Jo Berry and Pat Magee now work together in the area of Reconciliation and Conflict Resolution.

In this moving and intimate interview, they share their story with Iain McNay of Conscious TV. 

"If I'd lived Pat's life and gone through everything he'd gone through, would I have made the same choices as him, would I have joined the IRA? I don't know, I may have or I may not have and in that moment, I have such empathy and understanding [that] there isn't anything to forgive. [...] I realize that not just with Pat but with other people who've been involved in a conflict like an ex-British soldier or an ex-Loyalist Paramilitary, I could be anyone of their sisters, or I could be them, we all can be each other's stories and this to me is more powerful than forgiveness, this sort of understanding and empathy." Jo Berry 

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