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2022-09-05 Dreaming Ourselves Into Existence: Dukkha, Non-Self, and Waking Up 1:34:50
Joseph Goldstein

2022-08-21 Dukkha Without Tanha: Integrating Buddhist Insights and Neuropsychology 1:32:03
Rick Hanson, William Edelglass
As the First Noble Truth, the Buddha pointed to dukkha: some experiences are painful; enjoyable experiences are impermanent; and all phenomena lack an enduring essence. Dukkha is routinely (mis)translated as “suffering” or “unsatisfactoriness” - but these are not inherent in it! The Buddha’s liberating teaching in his Second Noble Truth is that it is tanha - “craving” - which turns dukkha into suffering. Biologically, we crave when we feel something is missing or wrong. So, in this conversation with Rick Hanson, we'll explore how to build up a sense of fullness and balance that’s hardwired into the nervous system, and grow the inner strengths that can meet our needs without craving . . . and face the challenges of life with an unshakable core of contentment, love, and inner peace.

2022-08-07 “Oh Freedom!”: Buddhist, Christian, and African-American Liberation 1:33:15
Kaira Jewel Lingo, Melanie Harris
“Oh Freedom!”: Buddhist, Christian, and African-American Liberation

2022-06-05 Exploring Dharma Practice and Right Action in an Age of Climate Change 1:31:48
Thanissara, William Edelglass

2022-06-05 Morning Session 2 22:55
Cheryl Giles, Chris Berlin
Caregiving: Buddhist Chaplaincy and the Art of Becoming a Bodhisattva

2022-04-03 The Transformative Power of Ritual and Ceremony in Buddhist Practice 1:38:37
Zenju Earthlyn Manuel and Paula Arai
The Transformative Power of Ritual and Ceremony in Buddhist Practice

2022-01-09 Exploring Nibbana: A Conversation with Joseph Goldstein 1:31:33
Joseph Goldstein, William Edelglass
Exploring Nibbana: A Conversation with Joseph Goldstein

2021-12-18 Visceral Enlightenment: Somatic Practice as a Dharma Path 1:31:19
Martin Aylward, Willa Baker
Visceral Enlightenment: Somatic Practice as a Dharma Path

2021-12-12 Emptiness and Form: Fiction and the Dharma 1:29:59
Ruth Ozeki and Francisca Cho
Buddhist traditions have sometimes characterized the dharma—the teachings of the Buddha—as beyond the realm of language and thought. If this is so, then why have so many Buddhists articulated their understanding of the dharma through literature, in poetry, discourses, plays, and fiction? Might the transformed modes of perception described in doctrinal texts be experienced through literature, through deeply engaging literary texts that blur boundaries between the imaginary, the representational, and the real? Join Ruth Ozeki, Zen Buddhist priest and novelist, and Francisca Cho, professor and one of the most prominent contemporary scholars on Buddhism and literature, as together, they explore emptiness and form, and the many ways that reading and writing literature can teach the dharma.
Emptiness and Form: Fiction and the Dharma

2021-11-07 Afternoon Session 64:04
Elizabeth Monson
Writing Liberation I: What is Buddhist Spiritual Autobiography?

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