This podcast is my journey as a curious millennial figuring out what it means to live fully through meditation by bringing on the greatest minds of our day.
Conversations with Tibetan Buddhist Monastics: Nun Tenzin Choyang
This was another EPIC conversation, this time with Nun Tenzin Choyang. Choyang was born in Tibet and came to India to study Buddhist philosophy. She has been studying Buddhist philosophy at a nunnery for over 17 years. In between that time, she went to Emory University in the United State to learn science and scientific techniques. Currently she is continuing her Buddhist study in Mundgod near Drepung Loselling Monastery in India.
We talked with her about SO MUCH! Including:
Feminism in Tibetan Buddhism Running away from tibet on a month long journey to India to become a nun The importance of studying logic How to introduce logic and investigation techniques to children What she thought the monastery was going to be and what it actually was The concepts of Emptiness and Compassion How to come to experiential knowledge Studying science at Emory and bringing that back to her nunnery to teach The value of hope How we can decipher our emotions correctly How we can lessen the power of the ego Using lovingkindness to show up authentically for others Reincarnation and Karma Social emotional ethics
CZ 092: Carley Hauck, Author "Shine: Ignite your inner game to lead consciously at work and the world"
Carley Hauck is a learning architect, leadership development consultant, author, speaker, and serves as adjunct faculty at Stanford University and UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. For the last decade, she has served hundreds of leaders and companies in Fortune 100 companies and high growth start-ups such as: LinkedIn, Genentech, Pixar, Clif Bar, Intuit, and Bank of the West. She helps them cultivate their recipes for resilience and create thriving workplaces and mission driven businesses. In her upcoming book, Shine- Ignite your inner game to lead consciously at work and the world, Carley guides readers on a transformational inner to outer journey to inspire a new workplace and world that works for everyone and prioritizes people and planet first. Carley’s writing and work has been featured in Mindful Magazine, Conscious Company Media, 15 Five, and Emerging Women. Additionally, Carley is the host of the inspiring Shine podcast.
Carley and I had a wonderful inspiring chat as we talked about:
How her Yoga practice got her into meditation Why she’s drawn to wisdom and how she defines it What nature can teach us about our internal environment Layers of a spiritual journey and where she is at currently Moving from your Head to your heart Tapping into the resilience that is already within you and a resilience exercise Her organization Leading from Wholeness Her book “Shine: Ignite your inner game to lead consciously at work and in the world” Using emotional intelligence with conscious leadership How our perspective on others exposes your inner world Leaning into discomfort for healing Shine Book
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Conversations with Tibetan Buddhist Monastics: Geshe Damchoe
Ven. Geshe Tenzin Damchoe was born in Dharamsala India and attended Tibetan Childrens Village (TCV) school until the 10th grade. After that he attended TCV Bylakuppe where he received a Bachelors of Commerce from St. Philomena’s college of Mysore University.
After graduating with his commerce degree, Geshe-la joined the Institute of Buddhist Dialectic school, where he spent over a decade studying Buddhist philosophy and earning the prestigious Geshe degree (which is equivalent to a PhD) from Drepung Loseling Monastery in south India. He later became a professor: teaching Buddhist Philosophy and Practices at Earlham College and then at Oxford University in England as a visiting scholar. Geshe-la now works at Sarah College for higher Tibetan studies as a program coordinator and renowned lecturer for Buddhist Philosophy studies.
Given his expertise, Marshall and I discussed with Ven Geshe-la:
How he became a monk Prevalence of monks in tibet What does being a geshe mean How to keep your cup of knowledge from getting full Respecting others by thinking about their good qualities Self centered attitude vs. self-cherising Unconditional vs. Conditional love Interdependence of everything Two different types of meditation: Analytical and one pointed meditation Two different types of compassion: Emotional and Wisdom Positive influence western traditions have had on him How karma and murphy’s law share similarities 4 Noble Truths Contextualizing the four noble truths and 8-fold path as they pertain to coping and surviving the COVID-19 crisis. The utility of the identities we hold How Finding nemo shows us a great example of the 4 noble truths
CZ 091: Thomas Bushlack, Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics, Founder of Centering for Wisdom tool and Kalon Enterprises
Thomas J. Bushlack (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame) is currently the Regional Director of Mission Integration with SSM Health in St. Louis, MO. He brings over 20 years of experience in higher education, public speaking, leading retreats, leadership coaching, and consulting in organizational development in mission integration. Tom’s expertise is in integrating Contemplative Practices with Ethics & Wise Decision-Making. He enjoys helping leaders to harness their innate capacity for wisdom for success in professional and personal life. As the creator of the Centering for Wisdom™ Assessment tool, and the founder of Kalon Enterprises, LLC, Tom knows the struggles of being a good leader and growing a successful business aligned with personal and corporate values – all in service to the common good. Based in Metro St. Louis, Tom lives with his wife, Anna, and their three young children.
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2020 Review: Growth by Fire
I reflect on the year that was 2020. The highs and lows and all the wonderful lessons that I learned because of having to go through it all. I talk about:
Where the podcast is headed in 2021 Life lessons from growing marijuana Experiences and thoughts on death Ram Dass' massive influence on me Love and Fear Reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org !
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Meditators Among Us: Marshall Kupka-Moore
Marshall and I met earlier this year and formed a very close bond immediately through being facilitators of the satsang we created, Unity Community. His depth of experiential knowledge and wisdom from all of the text he's read always make for a fascinating conversation. He talks about deep stuff while also making it digestible to any audience. There's something for everyone in this episode!
We chat about:
Starting Meditation in College His trips to India with the Emory Tibetan Science Center initiative Being an Interdisciplinary studies major and studying compassion Cultivating compassion Where his thirst for knowledge comes from Using suffering to create meaning Compassion and Emptiness His Spiritual milestones What is the self? Couple of riffs on death Co-founding Source Wellness Much more!
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This show is a great resource for millennials with any level of meditation experience.