Podcast by U. of Arizona Center for Compassion Studies
Queer Dharma and Liberation w/Jacoby Ballard
Continuing our mini-series in which our Advisory Council hosts the podcast, Melissa Keller, Advisory Council member, and lead therapist at University of Arizona Campus Health CAPS, is in heartfelt conversation with Jacoby Ballard, yoga and meditation teacher, and social justice educator about his path to teach queer and trans yoga, transforming pain and grief into compassionate action, and creating spaces of belonging for all. Melissa and Jacoby also talk about his recent book, A Queer Dharma: Yoga and Meditation for Liberation.
About Jacoby Ballard: Jacoby Ballard is a social justice educator and yoga teacher on Shoshone, Ute, Paiute and Goshute land now known as Salt Lake City, Utah. He leads workshops and trainings around the country on diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a yoga teacher with 24 years of experience, he leads workshops, retreats, segments in teacher trainings, teaches at conferences, and has been an artist-in-residence on dozens of college campuses. In 2008, Jacoby co-founded Third Root Community Health Center in Brooklyn, to work at the nexus of healing and social justice. Since 2006, Jacoby has taught Queer and Trans Yoga, a space for queer folks to unfurl and cultivate resilience and received Yoga Journal's Game Changer Award in 2014 and Good Karma Award in 2016. Receiving prenatal yoga training in 2021, Jacoby now offers a Queer & Trans Centered Prenatal Yoga online and LGBT inclusion workshops in prenatal yoga teacher trainings so that queer families can be anticipated and supported in their process. Jacoby has taught in schools, hospitals, non profit and business offices, a maximum security prison, a recovery center, a cancer center, LGBT centers, gyms, a veteran’s center, and yoga studios. He is the author of A Queer Dharma: Yoga and Meditation for Liberation, released in 2022, a critical love letter to teachings and practitioners of yoga and Buddhism, and serves on the board of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.
Get details about Jacoby Ballard's visit to the University of Arizona at https://compassioncenter.arizona.edu/events/queer-trans-mindfulness-retreat-wjacoby-ballard
Events at Yoga Oasis Tucson: https://www.yogaoasis.com/queer-dharma-chat.html#/
Follow Jacoby on Instagram: @jacobyballard
The Path of Healing the Soul Wound with Eduardo Duran
In this deeply personal and powerful conversation, UArizona student Belle Johns talks with clinical psychologist and author Eduardo Duran, PhD about his journey, writings and wisdom gained from his spiritual teacher and how that informed the development of his groundbreaking works, 'Healing the Soul Wound: Trauma-Informed Counseling for Indigenous Communities' and 'Buddha in Redface'.
In this conversation, Belle and Ed move deeply into sharing personal experiences and perspectives together, including their insights on the power of compassion in the healing process.
About Eduardo Duran, PhD: Ed Duran (Apache/Tewa/Lakota) is a psychologist who has been working in indigenous communities most of his professional career. He is a Vietnam Veteran who started his academic training after being discharged from the US Navy. He has been involved in Buddhist and traditional Native practices for many years, and his work is informed by traditional Indigenous understanding of heart knowing.
Science & Buddhist Wisdom: Teachings on Compassion w/Charles Raison, Lobsang Rapgay and Chris Impey
A psychiatrist, an astronomer and a former Tibetan Buddhist monk turned western psychologist walk into a....podcast studio? In this fascinating conversation from our archives, world renowned experts Dr. Charles Raison, Dr. Lobsang Rapgay, and Prof. Chris Impey explore the connections between modern science and ancient Tibetan Buddhist wisdom in the cultivation of compassion, bringing humor, storytelling and critical inquiry to the conversation.
Charles Raison, MD, is the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Distinguished Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families and Professor, School of Human Ecology, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Raison also serves as Director of Clinical and Translational Research for Usona Institute and as Director of Research on Spiritual Health for Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, GA. In addition, Dr. Raison is the co-founder of the University of Arizona Center for Compassion Studies and has served as mental health expert for CNN.com for many years. Dr. Raison is internationally recognized for his studies examining novel mechanisms involved in the development and treatment of major depression and other stress-related emotional and physical conditions, as well as for his work examining the physical and behavioral effects of compassion training. More recently, Dr. Raison has taken a leadership role in the development of psychedelic medicines as potential treatments for major depression.
Lobsang Rapgay, Ph.D, is research psychologist and director of the Clinical Training program for Mental Health Professionals at the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center at UCLA. Born in Lhasa, Tibet, in 1958, at the age of 4, he and his family fled the approach of Chinese soldiers with a caravan of refugees on a 7-day trek into the Himalayas. They settled in Dharamsala, India, which would become the home-in-exile of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government. After completing studies at a Catholic boarding school and Delhi University, where he trained as a Buddhist monk, in 1978 he became a deputy secretary and English-language interpreter for His Holiness. At the Dalai Lama's Tibetan Medicine and Astrology Institute, Dr. Rapgay began learning ancient Buddhist meditative practices. He earned a doctorate in clinical psychology and wrote four books, including "Tibetan Medicine: A Holistic Approach to Better Health," before coming to California to study psychoanalysis.
Chris Impey is a University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy at the University of Arizona. He has over 210 refereed publications on observational cosmology, galaxies, and quasars, and his research has been supported by $20 million in NASA and NSF grants. He has won eleven teaching awards and has taught two online classes with over 300,000 enrolled and 4 million minutes of video lectures watched. Prof. Impey is a past Vice President of the American Astronomical Society, and he has won its Education Prize. He’s also been an NSF Distinguished Teaching Scholar, Carnegie Council’s Arizona Professor of the Year, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. He has written 70 popular articles on cosmology, astrobiology and education, two textbooks, a novel called 'Shadow World', and eight popular science books: 'The Living Cosmos', 'How It Ends', 'Talking About Life', 'How It Began', 'Dreams of Other Worlds', 'Humble Before the Void', 'Beyond: The Future of Space Travel,' and 'Einstein’s Monsters: The Life and Times of Black Holes'.
Love/Love: Sharing Tennis Across Borders with Charlie Cutler
In this conversation, Charlie Cutler, founder and Executive Director of BYTE (Border Youth Tennis Exchange) shares the power of tennis to strengthen resiliency, community and cultural exchange at the US - Mexico border, and in other unexpected areas where borders exist to open conversation, understanding and create connection while combatting divisive stereotypes and making a positive difference.
Charlie Cutler began sharing the tennis program that would later become BYTE with youth at detention centers that hold refugee asylum applicants at the US-Mexico border in 2015 while he was earning his Master of International Studies and Human Rights at the University of San Francisco. Prior to pursuing a graduate degree, he competed on the professional tennis circuit achieving an ATP singles world ranking of #1420. Charlie has coached all levels professionally during his career and is dedicated to using his passions for sports and advocacy to provide opportunities to kids. Most recently Charlie taught as an associate tennis pro at the California Tennis Club, as assistant coach for the University of San Francisco Men’s Tennis program, and as a regional coach for the Northern California section. He is convinced of the healing power of sport and its role in public health.
BYTE has been recognized by the USTA Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for innovative work at the intersection of sports and public health.
Learn more about Border Youth Tennis Exchange (BYTE)
The ECO Tarot with Adriene Jenik
Artist and creator of the ECO Tarot Adriene Jenik shares the inspiration for the ECO Tarot, an adaptation of the traditional tarot deck to reflect and embrace ecological symbols, concerns and guidance for how we can find our roles in shaping our planet's future. In this conversation, we delve deep into Adriene's process of developing the ECO Tarot, grounded in spiritual tradition and the latest climate science, and she gives Leslie a brief 2-card spread reading to help illustrate how this tool can help transform climate anxiety and grief to hope and inspiration toward compassionate action.
Adriene has been free offering climate future readings with her ECO Tarot at farmer's markets, art festivals and other public gatherings around the world since 2017, and reproductions of the ECO Tarot deck are available for sale through ASU.
Find more about Adriene Jenik and her art here:
Still Here, Still Queer: Creating Art & Spaces of Belonging for LGBTQ Youth
What do we see when we look at our society through the lens of cultural institutions? How can we widen the lens to be more inclusive and reflective of the lived experiences of all in our communities? Chelsea Farrar and Russ Toomey join us for this conversation about 'Mapping Q', a community/university collaboration between LGBTQ youth, community organizations, and the University of Arizona Museum of Art (UAMA) to create safe and welcoming spaces for LGBTQ youth through artmaking while providing youth with the language, tools and voice to overcome societal discrimination and stigma, and expand LGBTQ artist representation in the art museum. The result is beautiful expression, and an invitation to expand our vision of ways of being.
About Chelsea Farrar: Chelsea is the Curator of Community Engagement at the University of Arizona Museum of Art, and the creator of 'Mapping Q'. She has more than ten years’ experience in teaching in museums, college, and K-12 classrooms. Her work with community engagement through the arts has included several award-winning community programs and exhibitions involving LGBTQ-youth, military families, and adults with disabilities.
About Russ Toomey: Russ is Professor of Family Studies and Human Development in the Norton School of Human Ecology at the University of Arizona. He conducts research on the processes by which sexual and gender minority youth thrive and are resilient despite the oppressive barriers and challenges they encounter in society. His research identifies both the individual-level mechanisms (e.g., coping, activism) and systems-level policies (e.g., inclusive school policies) that reduce the impacts of discrimination and contribute to optimal health, well-being, and educational outcomes.