Episode 296 :: Susan Piver :: The Four Noble Truths of Love: Buddhist Wisdom for Modern Relationships

| June 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Susan Piver

Susan Piver speaks with us today about The Four Noble Truths of Love: Buddhist Wisdom for Modern Relationships.

If you ask a Buddhist, secular or otherwise, what it’s about, the answer will often be something along the lines of suffering, or suffering and the extinguishing of it. Gotama made it clear that is the one thing he teaches, so it’s understandable how dukkha has a pole position in the teaching. Curiosity incites another question, though, about the process, and how the core teachings and practices supports this shift from dissatisfaction to equanimity in the face of what life has to offer. Where does love come in?

Susan Piver is the New York Times bestselling author of nine books, including The Hard Questions: 100 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Say “I Do”, the award-winning How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life, The Wisdom of a Broken Heart, and Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation. Her new book is The Four Noble Truths of Love: Buddhist Wisdom for Modern Relationships. She has been a student of Buddhism since 1995, graduated from a Buddhist seminary in 2004 and was authorized to teach meditation in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage in 2005. In 2011, Susan launched the Open Heart Project, where subscribers receive meditation instruction via video twice a week, for free. Currently, close to 20,000 people practice meditation together via the Open Heart Project. Susan teaches internationally on love, creativity, meditation, and spirituality. Special thanks to Lisa Fehl for coordinating today’s interview.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Mint Julip 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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