Buddhism For Everyone with Sylvia Boorstein


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One of the country’s most sought-after Buddhist teachers, Sylvia Boorstein says “You don’t have to be a Buddhist to practice Buddhism. It’s not about being a something–a Buddhist, a Jew or a Christian–it’s about being more awake.” Boorstein herself has found a deepening and enrichment of her Jewish faith through years of meditation practice. Combining spiritual wisdom with an infectious sense of humor, she cautions that while it is “easier than you think” to grasp the principles and practices of Buddhism, transformation is not something you can schedule on your lunch hour–it takes time and it takes work. Practicing mindfulness, however, is something you can do anywhere.


Boorstein is cofounder of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA and senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Society. She is the author of That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist (HarperSanFrancisco 1997), It’s Easier Than You Think (HarperSanFrancisco 1997) and Pay Attention For Goodness’ Sake: Practicing the Perfections of the Heart; the Buddhist Path of Kindness (Ballantine 2002)

Topics Explored in this Dialogue:

  • How to easily incorporate Buddhist practices into your life right now
  • Why anyone can benefit from Buddhist meditation
  • What is the relevance of Buddhism to our times
  • How your karmic inheritance influences how you perceive the world
  • How to stop being the victim of your own mind
  • What are two common misconceptions about Buddhism

Host: Michael Toms              Interview Date: 10/30/1997                    Program Number: 2671             


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