Stephen Batchelor visions a secular dharma

Stephen Batchelor discusses a secular dharma based upon his interpretation of the historical Buddha's teachings found in the Pāli Canon. I think he does a fantastic job of condensing the main topics more deeply expounded upon in his terrific new book, After Buddhism, which I highly recommend. Stephen does have some very thoughtful comments about the... Continue Reading →

Talks from the Buddhism and Modernity Symposium

On June 7, 2015, a select group of presenters from the Mindfulness and Compassion Conference at SFSU convened at the Mangalam Research Center in Berkeley to discuss Buddhism and Modernity. I chose to speak on Transcendent wisdom and psychotherapy. Below are videos of all three panels. Panel 2: The role for the transcendent dimensions of Buddhist practice and teachings... Continue Reading →

Bhikku Bodhi illuminates what mindfulness actually is and introduces conscientious compassion

If you wish to know what mindfulness actually is I humbly suggest watching this amazing interview with Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi on mindfulness and what he calls conscientious compassion. Bhante is a treasure in the Theravada Buddhist lineage. A longtime monk and gifted translator of the Pali texts, who since returning to America has been a thoughtful... Continue Reading →

Richard Davidson and Thomas Insel discuss the brain, mental health & mindfulness

Listen to an edited version of Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and Professor Richard Davidson discussing neuronal changes from the use of mindfulness interventions for the treatment of anxiety and depression. This panel took place at DAVOS 2015 and the recording was created by Mike Hanley, the Director of Communications,... Continue Reading →

Ajahn Amaro’s wise commentary on the problematic of mindfulness delivery

Ajahn Amaro, a beloved Theravada Buddhist teacher and monastic has written a powerful commentary on the problematic of mindfulness delivery in the West. His paper offers clarity on "(1) the pragmatic versus dogmatic approach of the Buddha in his teachings on psychological transformation, (2) clarification of the traditional understanding of the term “mindfulness” (sati) and... Continue Reading →

Worthy panel discusses the problems of secular mindfulness

Last week, Eric Rea featured a panel discussion on the secular implementation of mindfulness on his BBC radio show. His guests were Christopher Titmuss Buddhist teacher and founder of Gaia House, Chris Cullen mindfulness teacher and psychotherapist at Oxford Mindfulness Center, and Rebecca Crane founder of the Center for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor... Continue Reading →

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