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The Buddhist tradition began over 2,500 years ago, and its roots are even older. Over the centuries, countless people have benefited from these teachings. But are the beliefs and practices of Buddhism still relevant? Absolutely! If anything, we need this wisdom more now than ever as our world speeds up.

In this podcast you'll find guided meditations, teachings on the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, and some stuff just for fun.

For a deeper dive on the Four Noble Truths, click here: http://bit.ly/Bddhist4NTs

Buddhist Wisdom, Modern Life Claire Villarreal, PhD

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The Buddhist tradition began over 2,500 years ago, and its roots are even older. Over the centuries, countless people have benefited from these teachings. But are the beliefs and practices of Buddhism still relevant? Absolutely! If anything, we need this wisdom more now than ever as our world speeds up.

In this podcast you'll find guided meditations, teachings on the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, and some stuff just for fun.

For a deeper dive on the Four Noble Truths, click here: http://bit.ly/Bddhist4NTs

    Yoshin David Radin on recognizing that we're more than the body: Zen, mystical experiences, and what's beyond ordinary mind

    Yoshin David Radin on recognizing that we're more than the body: Zen, mystical experiences, and what's beyond ordinary mind

    Welcome, friends, in today’s episode I’ll be speaking with author, Zen monk, and founder of the Ithaca Zen Center Yoshin David Radin. Sylvia Boorstein (co-founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center) described his new book, A Temporary Affair, like this: “These short discourses by an old Zen priest facing his possible imminent death are relaxed and friendly in tone. They speak directly to the heart of human suffering, the confusion that comes from not understanding what is clearly available for us to feel directly and be liberated. It is a book I keep on my bedside table, at close hand when I need a dose of encouragement.”

    I hope you enjoy this conversation with Yoshin David Radin. You can read an excerpt from A Temporary Affair on Tricycle’s website here: https://tricycle.org/article/zazen-relaxing-mind

    Visit Yoshin David Radin’s center: https://ithacazencenter.org/

    Find A Temporary Affair here: https://geni.us/tempaffair

    May you and all beings be well.

    If you enjoy our conversation, please share this episode and subscribe!

    To learn more about Buddhism through my free courses, click here: https://geni.us/freecourses

    Or get my book for beginners, The Buddhist Path to Joy, here: https://geni.us/buddhistpathtojoy

    May you and all beings be well.


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    • 58 min
    Live teachings this spring (come say hi!) with free and paid options

    Live teachings this spring (come say hi!) with free and paid options

    New year, new you? Come get support and connect with fellow seekers at these live online events!

    Impermanence and buddha nature with my lamas (and sometimes me) at Dawn Mountain's virtual temple: https://www.dawnmountain.org/teaching-tuesdays-2/

    Bring your spirituality to work -- and de-stress your brain while you're at it: https://junghouston.app.neoncrm.com/np/clients/junghouston/event.jsp?event=9873

    Join me and other Mind Body Spirit Institute faculty members for short (free) meditations each Tuesday and Thursday: https://junghouston.app.neoncrm.com/np/clients/junghouston/event.jsp?event=9816

    The first two options are paid, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

    May you and all beings be well.


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    My New Year intention: what I want to be "basic" at!

    My New Year intention: what I want to be "basic" at!

    We've probably all wished we had more time for spiritual practice, and you might have made a resolution to meditate (or journal, pray, etc.) more this year.   

    But what do we have to give up to make space for what's most important?  

    In this video, I share a big lesson from grad school that helps me prioritize what's most important... with some help from Marie Kondo!  

    Happy New Year.  :)  

    If you enjoyed these reflections, please share this episode and subscribe!  

    To learn more about Buddhism through my free courses, click here: https://geni.us/freecourses   

    Or get my book for beginners, The Buddhist Path to Joy, here: https://geni.us/buddhistpathtojoy  

    May you and all beings be well.


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    • 7 min
    Guided meditation: renewal in a sacred pool

    Guided meditation: renewal in a sacred pool

    This meditation uses the imagery of descending into a sacred pool inside a sacred cave to offer an opportunity for renewal: letting the ego self dissolve to light, then emerging again and deciding which parts of our ordinary sense of self we want to keep carrying.


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    • 16 min
    Winter Solstice and the wisdom of darkness

    Winter Solstice and the wisdom of darkness

    Inspired by Deborah Eden Tull's beautiful book Luminous Darkness, here are some reflections on the beauty of this darkest day of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere). Happy holidays. :)

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    Reincarnation, karma, ancestral spirits, and regression therapy with Dent Gitchell

    Reincarnation, karma, ancestral spirits, and regression therapy with Dent Gitchell

    My friend Dent Gitchell, PhD, an educator, author, and meditation teacher in Arkansas, joins me today to bring a different perspective on reincarnation cases. After a childhood of being open to the unseen aspects of reality, Dent trained with Roger Woolger, a pioneer in past life regression therapy, which helps people recover from previous life traumas that are holding them back from healing and freedom in this life. Now, I’m not sure that all memories that come up in this form of therapy refer to actual previous lives, but many people find tremendous healing from it, and as you’ll hear, Dent found it helpful. This conversation also makes some connections between Buddhist teachings on karma and the previous lives Dent experienced.

    To learn more about Dent, to find his book, and to learn more about the psychotherapy he offers, check out his website: http://www.dentgitchel.com

    To find all my free courses on Buddhism, click here: https://geni.us/freecourses

    May you and all beings be well.

    Dent Gitchel is a therapist, educator and meditation instructor. He is a long-term meditator, primarily in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and has a strong interest in the intersection of traditional contemplative practices and modernity. He has formally trained in and been certified several meditation teacher training programs including Mindfulness Based Emotional Balance (MBEB) , Stanford's Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) and Dharma Moon's Mindfulness Meditation Teacher program. He is the author of Pursuing Purpose: Finding meaning Through Meditation.


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    • 1 hr 27 min

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