Spotlight: Buddhism and the Challenges of Everyday Life

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According to the Buddha, the path of kindness is the path of happiness. Because this is easier said than done, there are scores of long-term meditators who have come to realize that spiritual practice does not always eliminate the psychological problems they hoped it would. Buddhist teacher Ethan Nichtern looks at Buddhist thought as a useful psychological, philosophical, and ethical system that anyone can make use of. Pilar Jennings, Ph.D. gives us insights into the difference between bringing our personal baggage to a teacher or to a therapist. Beloved Buddhist teacher Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D. brings warmth, humor, and real-life honesty to the principles of mindfulness and spiritual practice. She shares her insights on how we can be more accepting of the negative patterns in our minds and find happiness regardless of the challenges we face. And Lama Tsultrim Allione instructs us with the counterintuitive practice of nurturing our demons. These four programs offer insights into how we can successfully navigate the rising of negative emotions.


Ethan Nichtern

Awake-ism: The Heartmind of Buddhism
with Ethan Nichtern

Program 3550
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“Awake-ism,” in Nichtern’s view, means to be aware, open, and compassionate. He looks at Buddhist thought as a useful psychological, philosophical, and ethical system that anyone can make use of. His advice for living in these times is to maintain our awareness as we move between very personal spaces and collective spaces. Read more »


Our Natural Goodness
with Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D.

Program 3205
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Sylvia Boorstein shares her insights on how we can be more accepting of the negative patterns in our minds, and find happiness regardless of the challenges we face. Read more »


Lama Tsultrim AllioneNurturing Our Demons
with Lama Tsultrim Allione

Program 3253
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What if we stopped seeing the demons in our lives – depression, overeating, illness, anger – as enemies to be conquered? Renowned American Buddhist leader, Lama Tsultrim Allione, offers us a powerful and transformative practice that may seem counter-intuitive: nurturing our demons and turning them into allies. Read more »


Pilar Jennings

Why Buddhist Practice? Why Psychotherapy?
with Pilar Jennings, Ph.D.

Program 3403
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Jennings is both a Buddhist practitioner and a psychologist. Here she talks about when it’s appropriate to bring our psychological struggles to our Buddhist teacher and when it is appropriate to bring them to a therapist, and the general differences between them. She also reveals the importance of the Buddhist concept of “friendly curiosity.” Read more »