Episode 130 :: Izzi Tooinsky :: Stories From A Wooden Bowl

| August 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Izzi Tooinsky

Professional storyteller and juggler Izzi Tooinsky speaks with us about a new Buddhist themed CD, Stories from a Wooden Bowl.

We’ve had some very cerebral discussions on the podcast lately, so I thought it would be a good time for us to get more in touch with another aspect of being human: art. Specifically, the art of storytelling, and in a Buddhist context. So much of our understanding, of our culture, is derived from our stories, the narratives of our lives. And in this age of digital technological advances, we’re connecting less and less with the experience of immersion in the story, and how wonderful that can be. Fortunately, there are still people dedicated to keeping this art form alive, who share their talent and passion for communicating the narratives of living.

Award winning juggler and storyteller Izzi Tooinsky got his B.A. in International Relations from United States International University in San Diego, California. He has written two books, The Turkey Prince and Juggling Without Struggling. Izzi performs at storytelling and other festivals all over the world, has been on television’s Good Morning America and Good Morning Australia, and is a motivational speaker presenting his message of “Standing in between a Miracle and a Mess” to corporate groups, festivals, and schools.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Old Time Lemonade.

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“Secular Buddhism values the stories of Buddhist traditions as metaphorical expressions of meaningful and practical lessons.” — Secular Buddhist Association, Guiding Principles

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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 “For Two Shakuhachi” from his CD, Traditional and Modern Pieces: Shakuhachi.

Category: 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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