Molly Hahn Professional artist and children’s book author Molly Hahn speaks with us today about the new release of her book Buddha Doodles Volume 2, combining art and practice, and finding ways to inspire others to grow past trauma. Transforming our lives is a benefit we enjoy from our practice. We learn to relate to…

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Chris McKenna Author Chris McKenna speaks with us about his new Buddhist themed fiction book, Bardo. More and more, we’re seeing an increase in the mainstream media of Buddhist practices and ideas. There is Buddhist inspired rock and roll, art sites that focus on Buddhist themes, and happily for those of us who are avid…

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Brad Warner Zen teacher Brad Warner speaks with us about his new book, Hardcore Zen Strikes Again. Zen stories are filled with teachers doing odd things. Their behaviors, their words, can often rub people the wrong way as the softness of social constraint gives way to pointing out the realities we often lose sight of,…

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With The Scientific Buddha, Donald S. Lopez, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan, has written a book that should be of interest to anyone who finds affinities between Buddhism and the sciences. The book is a reworked series of Terry Lectures that Lopez gave at Yale University in…

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Andy Puddicombe Andy Puddicombe speaks with us about his site and new book, Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day. In what ways is Buddhist practice finding new forms in our contemporary society? What would a secular program of meditation look like, not just mindfulness, but also loving…

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Richard Winter Richard Winter speaks with us about the alignment of Buddhism and Marxism in his book, Power, Freedom, Compassion: Transformations For A Better World. How to we transform a society? Do we start off with our view about the best way to run a government, and dive right into sweeping changes, or have we…

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Gregory Kramer Gregory Kramer speaks with us about his book Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom, and his work at Metta.org. The wonderful thing about our practice is that it isn’t dependent on a particular ideological point of view. One can do the practice within or without the context of a religous setting. We’re…

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Lee Carlson Zen teacher Lee Carlson speaks with us about being a traumatic brain injury survivor, the healing companionship of dogs, and his new book, Passage to Nirvana. We are surprisingly resilient, and yet oddly fragile beings. We break. We get injured, and we heal. Sometimes those injuries are not visible wounds, but the effects…

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Charles Prebish Charles Prebish, scholar of American Buddhism, speaks with us about his book An American Buddhist Life: Memoirs of a Modern Dharma Pioneer. As Buddhism has moved into new cultures and societies, it has done two things: it has created outposts of its historical traditions in those new locations and times, and it has…

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