Episode 230 :: Janet Surrey and Samuel Shem :: The Buddha’s Wife: The Path of Awakening Together

| September 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Janet Surrey and Samuel Shem

Janet Surrey and Samuel Shem join us to speak about their new book, The Budda’s Wife: The Path of Awakening Together.

If I say the name Yasodhara, do you know who that is? Maybe you do, but have you taken some time to perhaps sit with what her life story would have been, what her experiences would have been like as the person who was married to Gotama before he became The Buddha? We know his story fairly well, but that of his at one time beloved, there is a richness there, too, and something to learn about the human heart.

Janet Surrey, PhD is a full Insight Dialogue Teacher. She is a faculty member of Metta’s Relational Insight Meditation Program, facilitates a practice group in the Boston area, and co-teaches retreats. Jan has studied with a number of Vipassana teachers for over 25 years, and has worked with Gregory Kramer since 2007. Jan is a practicing clinical psychologist and founding scholar of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Wellesley Centers for Women. She is on the faculty and board of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

Samuel Shem (a.k.a. Stephen Bergman), MD, is the author of several books of fiction including the bestseller The House of God. He is a doctor, novelist, playwright, and activist. A Rhodes Scholar, he was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for three decades and founded the Bill W. and Dr. Bob Project in the Division on Addictions at Harvard Medical School. He divides his time between Boston and Tierra Tranquila, Costa Rica.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Key Lime tea.

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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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