Barbara Bonner Barbara Bonner joins us to speak about Inspiring Forgiveness. Forgiveness is a term that can mean different things to different people, whether we’re Buddhists or not, from welcome lightening of burdens to harmful judgments about having to practice it. From the guest in today’s interview, “As we go through this time and we…

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There is the liberation of the heart by loving-kindness; frequently giving wise attention to it — this is the denourishing of the arising of ill-will that has not yet arisen, and the decrease and weakening of ill-will that has already arisen. — SN 46:51 There is much fear in the world now. Most of us…

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https://secularbuddhism.org/wp-content/uploads/Visiting-the-Sick.mp3 I have been very moved lately by the suffering of people who are sick with coronavirus and who must be isolated from their family and loved ones. For those of us who are not directly affected by the pandemic, it’s easy for the suffering of those who are sick to feel abstract and remote.…

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Virtually all of the in-person practice groups I participate in during this time of social distancing are scrambling to convert to online offerings. I read in the New York Times today that downloads of Zoom have increased exponentially. Many of these initial meetings have seen hiccups as presenters attempt to get the technology to work…

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Evan Thompson Evan Thompson joins us to speak about his new book, Why I Am Not a Buddhist. If you ask ten people what Buddhism is, you may be faced with ten different answers. For some, it may be a religion, while others deny that and say it’s a philosophy. So not only are there…

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