18 episodes

We explore the intersection of modern philosophy and classical meditation, in the context of how best to act in the world. Each weekly episode includes a short guided meditation we do together.

Practical Meditation Deepak Subburam

    • Philosophy

We explore the intersection of modern philosophy and classical meditation, in the context of how best to act in the world. Each weekly episode includes a short guided meditation we do together.

    Conversation with George Pitagorsky: Meditation, Religion and Philosophy

    Conversation with George Pitagorsky: Meditation, Religion and Philosophy

    George Pitagorsky, who teaches mindfulness meditation in the non-dual and Buddhist traditions, speaks with me about religion and faith, philosophy and reason, and where meditation fits in. We also discuss the roles of community, humility and practice in apprehending the transcendental and living the moral life. George offers courses and other content at his website self-awareliving.com.

    • 44 min
    In Contrast With Philosophy: Religion Pt. 1

    In Contrast With Philosophy: Religion Pt. 1

    The practice and expression of religion differs from that of philosophy in several noteworthy ways. Unlike philosophy, religion typically features regular practice and repetition, a strong supportive community, and a posture of humility. We discuss the advantages of these, and try to incorporate a practice element in our meditation.

    • 29 min
    Gateway to Transcendence: Beauty Pt. 3

    Gateway to Transcendence: Beauty Pt. 3

    Most of us intimate that experiencing beauty has special value. We develop this intuition by noticing the transcendental qualities of aesthetic judgment; namely, that it requires human-level rationality, freedom from self-interest, and an understanding of others we are in relationship with. Additionally, I suggest that in the presence of the sublime beauty of awe-inducing scenes in nature, we can have quasi-religious experiences and apprehend the transcendental realm of morality.

    • 32 min
    Artistic Beauty, Natural Beauty, Everyday Beauty: Beauty Pt. 2

    Artistic Beauty, Natural Beauty, Everyday Beauty: Beauty Pt. 2

    What are the characteristics of art, and what makes a piece of art good? As we judge a piece of art work beautiful, how do we judge a scene of nature beautiful? And can we as non-artists, exercise our judgment of beauty in how we arrange our apartments? We continue our exploration of beauty and its connection to apprehending the transcendent.

    • 33 min
    Interview: Melody Fader - On the Presenting of Music Through the Person

    Interview: Melody Fader - On the Presenting of Music Through the Person

    I speak with Melody Fader, a classical pianist who performs in NYC and also Europe in the summers, on her relationship with learning and performing music. An insight arises as to how beauty in the music is related to the listener: it is shaped by the performer in its presentation, to be interpreted by the listener. Connect with Melody through her website www.melodyfader.com. We close with a short piano performance by me to serve as the guided meditation for the week.

    • 34 min
    Beauty Pt. 1

    Beauty Pt. 1

    What is beauty? Is there something transcendental going on when we judge a piece of art, otherwise quite useless to us, as beautiful? If so, is there a connection with meditation? In this episode, I start exploring the overlap between the philosophy of beauty and the practice of meditation, as pointers to universal truths that need necessarily be followed by individuals in their individuality.

    • 31 min

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