Episode 291 :: Anurag Gupta :: Unconscious Bias in Buddhism

| April 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Anurag Gupta

Anurag Gupta joins us to speak about how implicit bias has much to teach us about relating to one another in our sanghas.

What biases do you have? What may come to mind when you hear that question may be a list of what is known to you, and it may be accompanied by some sensitive feelings about it, too: Yay, bias is finally being asked about! Or, Boo, that’s not dharma, dharma is about dissembling unhelpful identity constructs! Though it may be difficult, and it may even conflict with our ideas, our templates, about Buddhism, there is value in honest, open exploration of what’s encountered in life. Including bias, what we see… and perhaps especially the bias we may be ignorant of.

Anurag Gupta or Anu is the Founder & CEO of BE MORE, a social enterprise that employs in-person and online training programs to eradicate bias.. He is also a licensed attorney, an academic researcher, and a mindfulness expert. Prior to founding BE MORE, Anu worked with various social enterprises and research institutes globally on improving health and social outcomes for neglected populations. His work has been profiled on the Huffington Post, NPR, and New York Post. He has trained over 3,000 professionals in hacking bias, including at Middle Project’s Annual Conferences, the National IHI Forum, and the Cavendish Global Health Conference.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Communi-tea.

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Music for This Episode Courtesy of Rodrigo Rodriguez

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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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