Podcast by Ravi Chandra
Ep. 30: Ravi Chandra's remarks on racism at Mindful Self Compassion Teacher Forum July 2020
July 30, 2020. This edited video contains only Dr. Ravi Chandra's remarks at a 90 minute Mindful Self Compassion Teacher' Forum, sponsored by the Center for Mindful Self Compassion (https://centerformsc.org). The last segment includes the poem 'mudfire', written about one month after the police murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. 'mudfire' was supported by a Individual Artists Commission grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission.
Note: I did accidentally leave out one example of our international philosophies of interdependence - the Ubuntu proverb from Africa, "people become people through other people."
Video at https://youtu.be/j1AjD22JSlo
May all merit from these remarks go towards the alleviation of suffering, and to the transformation of the web of trauma into a web of healing.
Jeong - 'just as the mind is not separate from the body, so the self is not separate from other selves' (Korean) (also imbued with a sense of permeating love, compassion and connection for and with all beings)
Han - a deeply felt sense of collective suffering and oppression (Korean)
Umami - the fifth flavor, making food more tasty and delicious. (Japanese) Here, the "extra ingredient" of love, friendliness and compassion that make inner life and relatedness more "tasty and delicious". I continue to cultivate umami with Mindful Self Compassion, Compassion Cultivatiion Training (https://www.compassioninstitute.com) and practices from the Buddhist tradition.
More on Ravi Chandra at https://ravichandramd.com, and more on his compassion organization at https://www.sflovedojo.org
Tokyo Crows. See the movie Tokyo Waka by John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson http://www.stylofilms.com/tokyowaka.html and the book Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks for more on crows. https://www.facebuddha.co
A recording of birds in Usuki, Japan, on repeat.
Ep. 29: Should Racism Be Considered A Mental Illness?
July 22, 2020. Dr. Ravi Chandra is interviewed by graduate student Maud Hu on whether racism should be considered a mental illness. The corresponding blogpost in Psychology Today is "After Charlottesville: Is Racism a Mental Illness?" from August 15, 2017.
For more on Dr. Chandra, see www.RaviChandraMD.com and www.sfpsychiatry.com, and for more on his compassion organization, see www.sflovedojo.org
Ep. 28: Long guided meditation for this time of COVID-19 and surfacing wounds of racism
July 16, 2020. Dr. Ravi Chandra leads a guided meditation on working with the distress of these troubled times, from the grief and distress of COVID-19, to the surfacing wounds of racism. Working on these with the tools of mindfulness, compassion and relationship. For more videos see www.sflovedojo.org. For Dr. Chandra's writing, see www.RaviChandraMD.com. Leave a comment and please share if you like. @going2peace on Twitter. “We’re all on our own journeys in life. May our journeys touch in fruitful ways.”
— Ravi Chandra, M.D.
Ep. 27: Dr. Ravi Chandra speaks on healing the splits of racism and power with love
July 11, 2020. Dr. Ravi Chandra speaks at an event organized by the Oakland Asian Cultural Center and Eastwind Books of Berkeley. More at https://ravichandramd.com and https://www.sflovedojo.org/videos/. This video presents only Dr. Chandra's portion. The complete panel should be available at Eastwind Books website or YouTube channel soon.