Spotlight: Buddhism and the Challenges of Everyday Life

 

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. Lama Palden Drolma presents the Tibetan meditation practice, Tonglen, in such a way as to be accessible to Westerners. 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 »


Program 3684
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The Tibetan meditation practice, Tonglen, is presented in such a way as to be accessible to Westerners. It combines breath, awareness, imagination, and an energetic transformation process that opens our hearts to reveal and cultivate kindness, love, compassion, and wisdom. This practice can be used in our everyday life in an “on-the-spot” meditation.  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, 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 »