Burgs is one of the most accomplished and respected meditation teachers in the West, translating profound ancient knowledge and teachings into approachable and digestible language.
What causes stress, fatigue and burn-out?
Stress is usually caused by a feeling of being overwhelmed, while burnout and fatigue are caused by a lack of vital energy. How does this work and how can we avoid it?
Does ignorance grow on us or is it part of us?
Some conditioned tendencies - like ignorance - are personal and characteristic but can we change them?
How to establish a meditation practice
In this short talk, Burgs discusses how to deepen your concentration and improve your meditation practice.
How to deal with arising emotions
How to deal with unpleasant disturbances in your body and mind arising during meditation (and in daily life) and prevent them ruining your day.
The arising and cessation of 'states'
In response a question from Sandra Carson, Burgs discusses the arising and passing away of ‘condition states’.
The experience of feeling explained
Sometimes when the voice in your head is quiet there are still feelings experienced. The perception of the feeling is caused by the mind but what is the exact nature of the experience and of conditioned feeling? An in-depth, interesting explanation of how the mind influences the experience.
Which part of me is paying the attention if it's not the mind?
During meditation we are asked to pay attention while resting the mind in awareness. But how do we bring attention to awareness and a sense of stillness without bringing in the sense of 'self? Burgs explains the workings of the conditioned mind and how to separate our raw experience from the perception of our experience by the mind which tends to add aspects to it.
Direct experience meditation, plus reflection
Burgs leads a meditation, which gives you the opportunity to drop into direct experience rather than experience as perceived by the mind. Instructions are minimal in this class in order to allow us to practice on our own and go deeper. The meditation lasts around 25 minutes and is followed by a discourse on the challenges of this kind of practice.
The absence of suffering explained
Burgs looks at the difference between the momentary absence of suffering and the causal cessation of suffering. He encourages us to look more deeply into the roots of the mind and its need to add to the experience and explains how this 'addition of self' causes a sense of separation.
Is life suffering?
In this mini lecture, Burgs explains how the majority of our suffering is caused by our conditioned mind and how we might experience relief when it stops interfering with the experience.
After enlightenment, what happens next?
When our needs are few, our natural tendency is to live simply and give back to the world. Burgs explains how we do this.
The function of the mind in the process of awakening
Burgs explains the process of awakening and the experience of unification. He looks at how the mind needs concentration and focus in order to remove the 'self' from our experience so that we can fully realise our true nature.
How the mind impacts our experience
In this short talk, Burgs explains how an 'incoherent mind' can sabotage our experience of life.
Why do we need sleep?
Burgs explains how a coherent and incoherent mind impacts the way we perceive what happens to us. He also talks about the importance of sleep in giving us a break from the workings of our mind.
Why should I meditate?
Burgs explains what meditation is and how cultivating a calm and stable mind leads to a fulfilling life.
The 3 states of awakening and Wise attention meditation
Burgs begins this class with a short lecture on how we enter into the three various states of awakening: the experience of non-dual awareness, unified concentration, and the cessation of suffering. All three are about the fading of the mind and the growing absence of the sense of self. The meditation that follows - starting at 11:15 - will help you establish a quality of wise attention within your practice, focusing on entering direct experience without looking into it with the mind.