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Dan Harris is a fidgety, skeptical ABC News anchor who had a panic attack live on "Good Morning America," which led him to try something he always thought was ridiculous: meditation. He went on to write the bestselling book, "10% Happier." In this podcast, Dan explores happiness (whatever that means) from all angles. Guests include legendary meditation teachers -- from the Dalai Lama to Western masters -- as well as scientists, and even the odd celebrity. But the show also ventures beyond meditation, bringing on leading researchers in areas such as social anxiety, bias, creativity, productivity, and relationships. The animating insight of this show is that the mind is trainable. This is what science is showing us. Mental traits such as happiness, calm, generosity, compassion, and connection are not hardwired, unalterable factory settings; they are, in fact, skills that can be trained. On this show, you'll learn how.

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Dan Harris is a fidgety, skeptical ABC News anchor who had a panic attack live on "Good Morning America," which led him to try something he always thought was ridiculous: meditation. He went on to write the bestselling book, "10% Happier." In this podcast, Dan explores happiness (whatever that means) from all angles. Guests include legendary meditation teachers -- from the Dalai Lama to Western masters -- as well as scientists, and even the odd celebrity. But the show also ventures beyond meditation, bringing on leading researchers in areas such as social anxiety, bias, creativity, productivity, and relationships. The animating insight of this show is that the mind is trainable. This is what science is showing us. Mental traits such as happiness, calm, generosity, compassion, and connection are not hardwired, unalterable factory settings; they are, in fact, skills that can be trained. On this show, you'll learn how.

    The Words of the Buddha | Bhikkhu Bodhi

    The Words of the Buddha | Bhikkhu Bodhi

    When I first got interested in meditation, all the talk of the Buddha that I encountered in the various books I was reading and lectures I was attending seemed like more of a bug than a feature. I was looking for science-backed stress relief, not religion. But the more I learned, the more interested I became in the Buddha. He was, after all, not a god or a prophet. He was, based on the available evidence, a mortal man who made no claims about the creation of the universe. In fact, to the extent that he did make metaphysical claims, he explicitly told people: don’t believe anything because I tell you. Meanwhile, he laid out a set of meditation instructions and an approach to the human situation that, in my experience, are extraordinarily practical and valuable. And yet, many of today’s meditators don’t know much about who the Buddha was or what he actually taught. Hence today’s guest, the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi. He was born Jeffrey Block in Brooklyn, became a Buddhist monk as a young man, and then went on to become one of the premier translators of Buddhist scripture. In this conversation, we talk about: why it can be so helpful for meditators to know what the Buddha taught; how these teachings survived for centuries before they were ever written down; how he makes sense of the teachings on karma and rebirth; the Buddha’s daily schedule; what kind of person the Buddha was; and what the Buddha taught about staying engaged in politics. Before we started rolling, I asked Bhikkhu Bodhi how I should address him, and he said many people call him “Bhante,” which is a term that is used in Buddhist circles to address monks, and translates into something like “venerable sir.”

    Where to find Bhikkhu Bodhi online:
    Website: https://bodhimonastery.org/ven-bhikkhu-bodhi.html
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bhikkhu.bodhi.1

    Books Mentioned:
    •   The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to the End of Suffering by Bhikkhu Bodhi http://www.noblepath.org/audio.html?fbclid=IwAR3dAFyckLujaBuYe1y8v0arh9UTq6XLsS_bQHq-layEdGVoA_cfoqVfODg
    •   Return to Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives by Dr. Jim B. Tucker: http://www.jimbtucker.com/return-to-life.html
    •   What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula Thero http://www.ahandfulofleaves.org/documents/What%20the%20Buddha%20Taught_Rahula.pdf
    •   The Foundations of Buddhism by Rupert Gethin https://bookshop.org/books/the-foundations-of-buddhism/9780192892232

    Other Resources Mentioned:
    •   Dr. Ian Stevenson’s research on Perceptual Studies (apparitions, past lifetimes, and near death experiences) - https://med.virginia.edu/perceptual-studies/who-we-are/dr-ian-stevenson/                                                             
    •   Buddhist Global Relief - https://www.buddhistglobalrelief.org/

    Additional Resources:
    •   Ten Percent Happier Live: https://tenpercent.com/live
    •   Coronavirus Sanity Guide: https://www.tenpercent.com/coronavirussanityguide
    •   Free App access for Frontline Workers: https://tenpercent.com/care

    Full Show Notes: https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/Bhikkhu-Bodhi-302

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Flipping the Stress Switch | Bonus Meditation with Jeff Warren

    Flipping the Stress Switch | Bonus Meditation with Jeff Warren

    Release the grip of stress by playing with perspective, zooming in and waaay out, and feeling into the wild weather patterns of life.
     
    We hope you enjoyed this meditation. If you're thinking, "You know, I could've kept going for another five or ten minutes," I encourage you to check out the Ten Percent Happier app, where you'll find this same meditation in different lengths to suit your practice. Your subscription cost directly supports our wonderful teachers and allows them to dedicate their time to teaching the life-changing skill of mindfulness. As an added incentive, we've got a special discount for anyone new to the app. To claim your discount, visit tenpercent.com/bonus. If you're an existing subscriber, we thank you for your support.
     
    About Jeff Warren:
    Jeff is an incredibly gifted meditation teacher. He's trained in multiple traditions, including with renowned teacher Shinzen Young. Jeff is the co-author of NY Times Bestseller "Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics," and the founder of the Consciousness Explorers Club, a meditation adventure group in Toronto.
    He has a knack for surfacing the exact meditation that will help everyone he meets. "I have a meditation for that" is regularly heard from Jeff, so we've dubbed him the "Meditation MacGyver."

    • 7 min
    A Holiday Survival Guide for Difficult Conversations | Bill Doherty

    A Holiday Survival Guide for Difficult Conversations | Bill Doherty

    What to do if you find yourself marooned at your Thanksgiving meal, facing a voluble uncle who is spewing political ideas you find abominable? Our guest today is overstuffed (see what I did there?) with practical ideas. I first met Bill Doherty several years ago, when I was doing a story for Nightline about a group called Braver Angels. The group was formed in the aftermath of the 2016 election, with the idea of bringing reds and blues together to create some mutual understanding and trust. As I watched the man moderating these seemingly incredibly successful discussions (ie no shouting, no rote recitations of slogans), I was really impressed. I later learned that he was both a marriage counselor and a meditator. So I invited him to come on the show. In this conversation, we discuss: why trying to change people’s minds or get them to abandon their core values is unlikely to be a winning strategy; the value of sticking with so-called “I” statements; and how to reach what he calls “accurate disagreement.” Please note: this interview was recorded before most of the tumultuous events of 2020, but it remains immovably relevant. 

    Where to find Bill Doherty online: 
    Website: https://braverangels.org
    Website: https://dohertyrelationshipinstitute.com
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/billdoherty

    Full Show Notes: https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/bill-doherty-301

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Six Words to Get You Through a Bad Day | Bonnie Duran

    Six Words to Get You Through a Bad Day | Bonnie Duran

    It feels like the right time to drop a deep Dharma episode. And this one has a twist. Bonnie Duran is a professor in the Schools of Social Work and Public Health at the University of Washington, where she also directs the Center for Indigenous Health Research. She has spent decades studying and teaching Buddhist meditation, and also exploring the connections between the dharma and the indigenous wisdom of her forbears. In this conversation, we talk about: the connections between meditation and native ceremonies such as the sun dance; we explore a Buddhist list that I had never heard of, called the Seven Spokes of Sathipatthana; and she lays out a six word reflection for getting through crappy days.

    Where to find Bonnie Duran online: 
    Website: https://socialwork.uw.edu/faculty/professors/bonnie-duran
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bonniemduran
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bonnie.duran

    Full Shownotes & Extra Resources: https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/bonnie-duran-300

    • 55 min
    Antidote to Overwhelm | Bonus Meditation with Oren Jay Sofer

    Antidote to Overwhelm | Bonus Meditation with Oren Jay Sofer

    Take the edge off out-of-control overwhelm and gain some agency in how you respond when everything feels like it’s crashing down.

    About Oren Sofer:
    Oren Jay Sofer teaches mindfulness, meditation and Nonviolent Communication. He has practiced meditation since 1997, beginning his studies in Bodh Gaya, India and is a long-time student of Joseph Goldstein, Michele McDonald, and Ajahn Sucitto, and is a graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training program.

    He holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University and is the author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication.

    We hope you enjoyed this meditation. If you're thinking, "You know, I could've kept going for another five or ten minutes," I encourage you to check out the Ten Percent Happier app, where you'll find this same meditation in different lengths to suit your practice. Your subscription cost directly supports our wonderful teachers and allows them to dedicate their time to teaching the life-changing skill of mindfulness. As an added incentive, we've got a special discount for anyone new to the app. To claim your discount, visit tenpercent.com/bonus. If you're an existing subscriber, we thank you for your support.

    • 7 min
    Relationship Advice from a “Mega Monk” | Haemin Sunim

    Relationship Advice from a “Mega Monk” | Haemin Sunim

    My guest today does a fantastic job of speaking in a not-at-all-annoying way about the inarguably important yet potentially very cheesy concept of self-love. Haemin Sunim is a Korean “mega monk” who has developed a massive online following and has written huge bestsellers. He’s also earned degrees from Berkeley, Harvard, and Princeton, and is the founder of South Korea’s School for Broken Hearts. In this conversation, we talk about how perfection resides only in your mind, how a celibate monk learned to give great relationship advice, and how he manages his own relationship to ambition. We also have a fascinating exchange about enlightenment.

    Where to find Haemin Sunim online:
    Website: https://www.haeminsunim.com/en
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/haeminsunim
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/haeminsunim/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/haemin_sunim/?hl=en

    Other Resources Mentioned:

    •   Love for Imperfect Things by Haemin Sunim - https://www.haeminsunim.com/books
    •   Haemin Sunim’s School for Broken Hearts - https://www.haeminsunim.com/school
    •   Song of Myself by Walt Whitman - https://poets.org/poem/song-myself-4
    •   Ash Wednesday by T.S. Eliot - http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/t__s__eliot/poems/15133

    Additional Resources:
    •   Ten Percent Happier Live: https://tenpercent.com/live
    •   Coronavirus Sanity Guide: https://www.tenpercent.com/coronavirussanityguide
    •   Free App access for Frontline Workers: https://tenpercent.com/care

    Full Shownotes: https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/haemin-sunim-299

    • 1 hr 6 min

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