Episode 122 :: Lee Carlson :: Passage to Nirvana

| June 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

Lee Carlson

Zen teacher Lee Carlson speaks with us about being a traumatic brain injury survivor, the healing companionship of dogs, and his new book, Passage to Nirvana.

We are surprisingly resilient, and yet oddly fragile beings. We break. We get injured, and we heal. Sometimes those injuries are not visible wounds, but the effects are life changing. It’s a traumatic life event, as can be the case with brain injury.

Who we are, how we identify with our “self” if I can use that word on a Buddhist podcast, is so very much dependent on this substrate of the brain. And when that physical part of our bodies is damaged, our healing process is that much more challenging.

Lee Carlson has been a journalist for 25 years, has been editor-in-chief of a low temperature physics magazine and a computer magazine, as well as senior travel editor at Skiing magazine. His freelance credits include NBC Sports, ESPN, Outside magazine, the Los Angeles Times and many other media outlets. He is a Traumatic Brain Injury survivor, and Passage to Nirvana is his first book.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Nantucket Nectar flavor of your choice.

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Music for This Episode Courtesy of Rodrigo Rodriguez

The music heard in the middle of the podcast is from Rodrigo Rodriguez. The track used in this episode is “Beneath High Cliffs” from his CD, Traditional and Modern Pieces: Shakuhachi.

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Category: Book Reviews, The Secular Buddhist Podcast

Ted Meissner

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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