Episode 156 :: Mirabai Bush :: The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

| February 17, 2013 | 4 Comments


Mirabai Bush

Mirabai Bush speaks with us about The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.

The ideas and practices of Buddhism are finding new ways of expression in today’s society. We see mindfulness, for example, in therapeutic contexts and in the workplace, contributing to the betterment of our culture and the world. Few people have been so instrumental in this progress than today’s guest.

Mirabai Bush has organized, facilitated, and taught workshops, weekends, and courses on spirit and action for more than 20 years. She has a special interest in the uncovering and recovery of women’s spiritual wisdom to inform work for social change. Her spiritual studies include meditation study at the Burmese Vihara in Bodh Gaya, India, bhakti yoga, and studies with Tibetan lamas. Before entering the foundation world, Mirabai was the first professional woman to work on the Saturn-Apollo moonflight at Cape Canaveral. She has also worked on educational programs with inner-city youth of color. Mirabai was a co-founder of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and served as Executive Director until 2008. Under her direction, The Center developed its programs in education, law, business, and activism and its network of thousands of people integrating contemplative practice and perspective into their lives and work.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Lemon Twist Tea.

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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 “Sangha” 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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  1. Candol says:

    She’s an interesting person. Good to hear from someone who went to an early goenka retreat. I haven’t got to the end of the podcast yet. And the sound quality is not so great. Some words of hers i am not picking up. Some words i’d like to be able to hear.

    As i was listening yesterday i was doing an online jigsaw puzzle of a satellite in space. The juxtaposition was strangely satisfying.
    Here’s the picture http://thejigsawpuzzles.com/Puzzle-of-the-Day/Astronaut-Mike-Fossums-Self-portrait-jigsaw-puzzle

  2. Ted Meissner Ted Meissner says:

    We do the best we can with home equipment for the interviews, Candol, the sound quality isn’t going to get much better, we’re not a sound studio.

  3. Candol says:

    Ted i’m not really complaining about your efforts. Usually the sound is not an issue at all. I’m just saying that it wasn’t so good, that is all.

  4. Ted Meissner Ted Meissner says:

    Very true, we sometimes don’t quite get the clarity we’d like!

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