Paul Keddy Paul Keddy joins us to speak about Darwin Meets the Buddha: Human Nature, Buddha Nature, Wild Nature. The interconnectedness of all life sometimes takes a back seat in Buddhism, with the spotlight going to lists in service of release from rounds of rebirth. The earning of that freedom, however, happens in samsara, and…

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Matteo Pistono Matteo Pistono returns to the podcast to speak about his new book Roar: Sulak Sivaraksa and the Path of Socially Engaged Buddhism Buddhism is ostensibly about ending suffering by extinguishing attachment, and that may seem in conflict with the complexities of social justice, inextricably part of samsara or conditioned existence. That doesn’t look…

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I’ve been a poetry geek since I was a kid, and the poetry I liked best was the most mysterious.  T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, were utterly indecipherable to me at 14 – and even years later, after I got a graduate degree in this stuff, it’s still hard for me to understand what…

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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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