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It turns out when you strip away the religious and institutional covers from the ancient masters like Lao Tzu, Buddha and Jesus, you can see that they figured out how to feel happy, healthy and fulfilled and told us how to do it. The practices they espoused like meditation and prayer are only now being demonstrated by neurologists and neuropsychologists to transform mood and outlook. But just learning to meditate, practicing mindfulness, or learning how to sense and move your energy isn't enough. You need a framework in which to practice these ancient techniques. Unfortunately, if you don't want the layers of institutional confusion and control that come with religion, there is almost nowhere to go. In the tradition of "Dharma talks," this podcast addresses that gap. It breaks these mysterious teachings down into contemporary language so that we can all benefit from the profound insights into the human condition provided to us by the likes of Buddha, Jesus, Lao Tzu and so many others. And rather than dwelling too much on esoteric texts, we anchor many of the teachings on great quotes from Star Wars, The Last Airbender, Kung Fu Panda, Harry Potter and other classics from our modern mythical toolbox. You can also find Serena Guided Meditations and the Serena Happy Body Podcast as separate shows. Like the all the Serena Podcasts, it's free.
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Happy Life - A Serena Podcast Zebediah Rice

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It turns out when you strip away the religious and institutional covers from the ancient masters like Lao Tzu, Buddha and Jesus, you can see that they figured out how to feel happy, healthy and fulfilled and told us how to do it. The practices they espoused like meditation and prayer are only now being demonstrated by neurologists and neuropsychologists to transform mood and outlook. But just learning to meditate, practicing mindfulness, or learning how to sense and move your energy isn't enough. You need a framework in which to practice these ancient techniques. Unfortunately, if you don't want the layers of institutional confusion and control that come with religion, there is almost nowhere to go. In the tradition of "Dharma talks," this podcast addresses that gap. It breaks these mysterious teachings down into contemporary language so that we can all benefit from the profound insights into the human condition provided to us by the likes of Buddha, Jesus, Lao Tzu and so many others. And rather than dwelling too much on esoteric texts, we anchor many of the teachings on great quotes from Star Wars, The Last Airbender, Kung Fu Panda, Harry Potter and other classics from our modern mythical toolbox. You can also find Serena Guided Meditations and the Serena Happy Body Podcast as separate shows. Like the all the Serena Podcasts, it's free.
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    The Purpose of Life (Kalyanamitra Talk 5)

    The Purpose of Life (Kalyanamitra Talk 5)

    What is the purpose of life? The great masters throughout the ages have had varied answers:
    Buddha: To end suffering ... and realize your true nature of non-selfMohammed: To serve Allah's purpose via submission to the Divine WillJesus: To love god with all your heart, all your mind and all your soulKrishna: Leave behind the material self and unlock bliss through devotional service to the SupremeJudaism: Live the faith, fulfill God's commandments and be rewarded with a long, happy life
    The underlying truth of these teachings about the purpose or meaning of a human life is unpacked using contemporary terminology accompanied by the stories of Gozan and Candide.

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    • 46 min
    The Nature of the Self (Kalyanamitra Talk 4)

    The Nature of the Self (Kalyanamitra Talk 4)

    The ancient masters left us their "lecture notes" but somehow most of the "lab notes" didn't make it through to today. In other words, we can read about "letting go" or "let Jesus" or "non-judgement, non-reaction and non-resistance" or "skillful means" or "submission" and so on but how do we put these concepts from the "lecture notes" into practice today? That is, what would the lab notes say? In this session I review being still, breaking habits, and letting go from the lecture notes and gave examples from the lab notes of the "Fire & the Well," "Split Screen," and the Hawaiian "Kala" techniques and unpacked how and why they work to release suffering and negative emotions.
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    • 54 min
    Why Suffering Arises (Kalyanamitra Talk 3)

    Why Suffering Arises (Kalyanamitra Talk 3)

    Nothingness is a concept that comes up again and again. We see it in the Christian and Islamic traditions, we see it in the Buddhist and Taoist traditions. In this talk, we explore what this abstract concept means and how to put it into practice in everyday life using the Buddhist concepts of "skillful means" and the Four Noble Truths, the scientific concept of neuroplasticity, the difference between wanting, willing, having, being & non-being, and the powers associated with different levels of consciousness or chakras)
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    • 57 min
    The Nature of the Self (Kalyanamitra Talk 2)

    The Nature of the Self (Kalyanamitra Talk 2)

    This talk covers the illusory nature of the self in contrast to the typical view, how this relates to why suffering occurs, and how to experience the true nature of reality. Using examples from neuroscience as well as ancient mystical texts such as the Diamond Sutra and the letters of St. Paul, we unpack what it means when the mystical masters old old said that we were asleep and why the exhorted us to wake up, to open our eyes to the truth of our freedom, to become enlightened or illuminated with this truth.
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    • 56 min
    The Lower Self (Kalyanamitra Talk 1)

    The Lower Self (Kalyanamitra Talk 1)

    The first in a series of talks called Kalyanamitra sessions. Kalyanamitra means "teacher". Unlike Guru (which also means teacher), Kalyanamitra has more the flavor of "spiritual friend" than "master"-connotation that Guru has. In that spirit, Zebediah Rice offers an introductory talk, followed by discussion with the group. The talk covers the lower self or the so-called first three levels of human consciousness. The discussion part of the session covers topics such as why bad things happen to good people, whether spirituality is just something the human brain comes up with when under stress, if anger can ever be a constructive emotion in life, etc.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Zebediah Rice Interviewed by Zander Ford

    Zebediah Rice Interviewed by Zander Ford

    Zander Ford hosts a podcast called Conscious Founders. He summarizes what he is up to with the following intro: "Learn how to live a joyous life while creating amazing businesses. Explore Virtual Reality tools, tips, and tricks that accelerate Human performance." Zander has graciously allowed me to repost the interview on the Happy Life podcast. You can find more about Conscious Founders at http://consciousfounders.org/ where you'll find the podcast, more information about his background as well as his unique approach to personal coaching. Zander is also a poet and publishes his work at https://www.wordsandlight.com/.
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    • 1 hr 5 min

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