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June 23rd, 2017

The Awakening Body

an interview with Reginald A. Ray

In this week’s episode Reginald Ray speaks with Joanna about: Trungpa Rinpoche and the transmission in the West of the deepest Tantric teachings from Tibetan Buddhism; the inherent spirituality of the body; returning to the sanity of direct experience; the natural love of embodied existence; a microcosm of the Universe; entering the somatic realm beyond thinking; feeling deeply the sacredness of human life; trauma recovery and the spiritual path; metaphoric language and the body; awakening to the nourishing and loving presence of the Earth; changing the world through reconnecting with the Earth.

Reginald A. Ray, PhD,  is the co-founder and spiritual director of Dharma Ocean Foundation, dedicated to the evolution and flowering of the somatic teachings of Tibetan Tantra. He is a lineage holder in the tradition of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. Reginald is the author of several books including “Indestructible Truth” and “Secrets of the Vajra World”. His newest book is “The Awakening Body: Somatic Meditation for Discovering Our Deepest Life”.

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December 9th, 2016

Holding the Light Together

an interview with Thanissara

thanissaraIn this week’s episode Thanissara speaks with Joanna about: Standing Rock, a historic gathering under the guidance of indigenous wisdom; standing up for the sacredness of Nature; a huge wake up call for all of us; a new kind of activism and community-based citizen resistance; feeling the wound of separation from the Earth; finding our way through the authenticity of anger; the planet need us to protect it; reclaiming the sacred feminine and healing the wounded masculine within us all; waking up to the aliveness and intelligence of the Earth; intimacy with all beings; staying tuned to the inner heart.

 

Thanissara started Buddhist practice in the Burmese school in 1975. She was inspired to ordain after meeting Ajahn Chah and spent 12 years as a Buddhist nun where she was founding member of Chithurst Monastery and Amaravati Buddhist Monastery. She was also co-initiator of events for children  and families at Amaravati. Thanissara has facilitated meditation retreats since 1989 and has an MA in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy Practice from Middlesex University and the Karuna Institute in the UK. She is author of several books – “Garden of the Midnight Rosary”, The Heart of the Bitter Almond Heart Sutra”, co-author of “Listening to the Heart”, and her latest is “Time to Stand Up: An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for our Earth”. She is a core teacher at Insight Meditation Society, MA, guiding teacher of Chatanooga Insight, TN and affiliated teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, CA.

 

 

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August 12th, 2016

The Joy of a Blue Sky Mind

an interview with Richard Gentei Diedrichs

Richard_DiedrichsIn this week’s episode Richard Gentei Diedrichs speaks with Joanna about: a shard of pain in the heart; a seeker since a young age; growing compassion through embracing the inner child; discovering Alan Watts and the way of Zen; Western women and everyday Zen; a Dharma grandfather; “Living in Blue Sky Mind”; drinking from a wellspring of silence; joyful with all of life; “Cherry Blossom”, a novel about the edge of compassion.

 

Richard Gentei Diedrichs grew up in Los Angeles. He edited travel and health magazines in Seattle, worked as an editor at the schools of Engineering and Public health at the University of California, Berkeley, and then taught in public elementary schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. The author of four books, Richard was fully ordained a Zen priest in 1990 by Genki Takabayashi Roshi. Currently, he is a Dharma teacher at Daifukuji Zen Temple in Hawaii. His newest book is “Living in Blue Sky Mind. Basic Buddhist Teachings for a Happy Life”.

 

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June 10th, 2016

Letting Nature Live Through Us

an interview with Joanna van der Hoeven

Joanna_van_der_HoevenIn this week’s episode Joanna van der Hoeven speaks with Joanna about: discovering modern Druidry; an unexpected ancestral connection; origins of the Celtic culture; attuning to Nature and the ancestors; Awen, the flowing thread to the Life Force; Nemetona and sacred space; Zen Druidry; the importance of summer and winter solstices; a new eco-spirituality emerging; sensual immersion in Nature; letting Nature to experience you.

 

Joanna van der Hoeven is a Druid and best-selling author. She was born in Quebec, Canada and moved to the UK in 1998, where she lives with her husband in a small village in Suffolk, near the coast of the North Sea. Joanna is a singer, poet, dancer and teacher. She has studied with Emma Restall Orr and the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. She has a BA Hons English Language and Literature degree. She is currently the Media Co-Ordinator for the Druid Network and is also the co-founder and a tutor at Druid College UK. She is the author of “Zen Druidry:Living a Natural Life, with Full Awareness”, “Dancing with Nemetona: A Druid Exploration of sanctuary and sacred space”, “The Awen Alone: Waking the Path of the Solitary Druid” and “The Stillness Within: Finding Inner Peace in a Conflicted World”.

Druid Heart: Living A Druid Life

 

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April 30th, 2016

The Teaching of Experience

an interview with Stephen Gray

Stephen-GrayIn this week’s episode Stephen Gray speaks with Joanna about: an all-embracing  journey from Tibetan Buddhism to the Native American Church; out of isolation, into reality; psychedelic medicines are non specific amplifiers; as present as possible, moment by moment; the importance of community and practice; trusting the now; the never-ending path; the special role of the Iboga medicine; the open-hearted, “don’t know mind”; rediscovering the use of cannabis in spiritual practice; MDMA, a gateway to the heart; Western elders can now teach from experience.

Stephen Gray is a teacher and writer on spiritual subjects and sacramental medicines. He has worked extensively with Tibetan Buddhism, the Native American Church, and with entheogenic medicine. The author of “Returning to Sacred World: A Spiritual Toolkit for the Emerging Reality”, he is also a workshop organizer, leader, and speaker as well as part-time photographer and music composer under the artist name Keary. He is also the editor and contributor to the forthcoming “Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Spirit Ally”. He is the co-organizer of the Spirit Plant Medicine Conference in Vancouver, where he lives.

 

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May 29th, 2015

Awake by the Earth

an interview with Susan Murphy Roshi

susanIn this week’s episode, Susan Murphy Roshi speaks with Joanna about the offer we can’t refuse; how this ecological crisis is a crisis of indifference; we are gathering points of sentience for the Earth; recovering our indigenous, original awareness; our minds are in improvisation with Nature; the courage to respond from belonging; the whole world is medicine; we are expressions of Earth’s history; “mind is no other than mountains and rivers..”; what we are here for: love, a beautiful struggle to become congruent.

Susan Murphy Roshi is the founding teacher of Zen Open Circle in Sydney, Australia. Since 2003 Susan has also been leading regular seven-day sesshin and shorter retreats in Melbourne for the Melbourne Zen Group.

Susan Murphy is a writer, freelance radio producer and film director, with a special interest in place, dream, and the affinity of Dharma with aboriginal spirituality. She lectured in film for many years at the University of Technology, Sydney, held a five year Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellowship at University of Western Sydney, has co-written three books on film and numerous scholarly articles, and directs the annual Reel to Reel Buddhist-inspired Film Festival in Sydney established in 2003. She is the author of  the books “Upside-Down-Zen: Finding the Marvelous in the Ordinary”, and her latest “Minding the Earth, Mending the World”, a detailed, Zen-inspired response to the tremendous koan presented to the world in our life-times by the environmental crisis we all face in global warming.

 

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October 24th, 2014

The Truth of Kindness

an interview with Sharon Salzberg

Sharon SalzbergWhat is kindness?  How can we develop our capacity for connection, love and wisdom?  When faced with despair, fears and doubt, how can we develop faith in our own inner-strength, and the bigger picture of life?  In this week’s interview, Joanna explores these questions with Sharon Salzberg, who offers words of wisdom grounded in her journey as a meditation teacher, and the important turning points she experienced along the way.  Sharon also talks with us about the challenges of sharing ancient wisdom in a language that others can hear;  how Americans’ perception of meditation has shifted over the past decades; the Dalai Lama’s hopeful vision for the future; the revolutionary power of community.  Please post any questions or comments you have about the interview on our facebook page where we look forward to hearing from you.

Sharon Salzberg has been a student of meditation since 1971, and leading meditation retreats worldwide since 1974.  Sharon is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has played a crucial role in bringing Asian meditation practices to the West. The ancient Buddhist practices of vipassana (mindfulness) and metta (lovingkindness) are the foundations of her work.
Sharon’s latest book is “Real Happiness At Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace”, published by Workman Publishing. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and is also the author of several other books including the New York Times best-seller “Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program” and “Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier” with Robert Thurman.

 

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May 30th, 2014

The Courage to Care

an interview with Alan Clements

Alan ClementsAlan Clements was one of the first Westerners to ordain as a Buddhist monk in Burma where he lived in a monastery during the 1970s and 1980s. Years later, he integrated into his classical Buddhist training a political awareness that included global human rights, environmental sanity, democracy and the preciousness of everyday freedom. His efforts working on behalf of oppressed peoples led a former director of Amnesty International to call Alan “one of the most important and compelling voices of our times.”

His newest project is Dana.io, a free crowdfunding platform for artists, authors and activists built on the love of a vision and fortified by the courage to care.

Alan speaks with Joanna about: “dana”, unconditional giving; a crowdfunding platform for the betterment of the world based on generosity; the essence of “the revolution of the spirit”; healing the wound of money; the courage to care for each other and the earth; a radical social experiment in our culture; the operating energy of interbeing; the beauty of love made manifest by action; “my life is my interactive art with you”; “world dharma”: celebrating the dance of our human utter uniqueness.

 

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May 23rd, 2014

What Cannot Be Conveyed

an interview with Henry Shukman

Henry ShukmanHenry Shukman is an English poet and writer. His first poetry collection, “In Dr No’s Garden” won the Jerwood Aldeburgh Poetry Prize. His book was also the Book of the Year in The Times and The Guardian, and he was selected as a Next Generation Poet in 2004. As a fiction writer he won the Author’s Club First Novel Award in 2006 for his short novel “Sandstorm”. His second novel, “The Lost City”, was a The Guardian Book of the Year, and in America it was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. He has worked as a travelwriter, was Poet in Residence at the Wordsworth Trust, and currently lives in New Mexico with his wife and two sons, where he teaches at the Mountain Cloud Zen Center and is a Associate Zen Master in the Sanbo Zen lineage, with the teaching name Ryu’un. He writes regularly for Tricycle and the New York Times, and his most recent book is the poetry collection “Archangel”.

Henry speaks with Joanna about: an inexplicable “moment of epiphany”; a long search; a relationship system; clarifying who we really are; a path of not-knowing; trying to convey what cannot be conveyed; “things just happen”; archetypal dreamwork, psychology with a spiritual dimension; two poems.

 

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May 16th, 2014

Intimacy as Spiritual Practice

an interview with Allan Badiner

Allan Badiner is a writer, teacher, and an activist with a special interest in how Buddhism relates to modern social problems. He is a contributing editor at Tricycle magazine, and serves on the board of Rainforest Action Network. Allan edited, “Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics”, “Dharma Gaia: A Harvest in Buddhism and Ecology”, and “Mindfulness in the Marketplace: Compassionate Responses to Consumerism”. Allan holds a masters degree in Buddhist Studies from the College of Buddhist Studies in Los Angeles, and he is an Adjunct Professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco. Allan has been a student of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh for over 20 years.

Allan speaks with Joanna about: his early entheogenic experiences; “Dharma Gaia”; the joy and openness of an ancient practice; compassion and psychedelics, a crucial question; intimacy and love as spiritual practice; a community of deep connection at “Burning Man”.

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November 8th, 2013

Explore For Yourself

an interview with Perle Besserman

Perle Besserman holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and has lectured, toured, taught, and appeared on television, radio, and in two documentary films about her work in the US, Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, and the Middle East.
Recipient of the Theodore Hoepfner Fiction Award and past writer-in-residence at the Mishkenot Sha’ananim Artists’ Colony in Jerusalem, Pushcart Prize-nominee Perle Besserman was praised by Isaac Bashevis Singer for the “clarity and feeling for mystic lore” of her writing and by Publisher’s Weekly for its “wisdom [that] points to a universal practice of the heart.” Her most recent books of creative non-fiction are “A New Zen for Women” (Palgrave Macmillan) and “Zen Radicals, Rebels, and Reformers”, coauthored with Manfred Steger (Wisdom Books). Two novels, “Kabuki Boy”, and “Widow Zion”, and “Yeshiva Girl”, a story collection, are forthcoming from Aqueous Books, Pinyon Publishing, and Homebound Publishing, respectively.

Perle speaks with Joanna about: the patriarchal attack on women; questioning the rules, commandments and explanations; one in the breathing; aboriginal Judaism; a free-floating identity; the shadow of distinction; “be a lamp unto yourself”.

 

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July 19th, 2013

Changing Our Stories

an interview with David Loy

  This is a new episode in our monthly podcast series, Upaya Conversations, a collaboration with Upaya Zen Center.

David Loy, PhD, was the Besl Family Chair of Ethics/Religion and Society at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH from 2006 to 2011.  Before that he served as professor of philosophy at Bunkyo University in Chigasaki, Japan from 1991 through 2005. In 1971 he began practicing Zen with Robert Aitken Roshi in Hawaii and is an authorized teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan lineage of Zen Buddhism, where he completed formal koan training under Zen Master Yamada Koun Roshi.

Dr. Loy’s books include, among others: “Nonduality: A study in Comparative Philosophy”, “Lack and Transcendence: The Problem of Death and Life in Psychotherapy”, “Existentialism, and Buddhism”, “Money Sex War Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution”, “The World Is Made of Stories”.

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David Loy speaks with Joanna about the addictive behavior and the sense of a separate self; deconstructing the sense of lack; Japanese and American cultures; changing and cross-pollinating stories; love and Dharma; a wake-up call from the Earth.

 

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June 28th, 2013

The Contact Project

an interview with Jennifer K. Lynne

Jennifer K. Lynne founded thecontactproject in 2007 to promote the cultivation of listening, patience and respect as foundations for conflict transformation & peacebuilding.  Jennifer received her Master’s in Conflict Transformation at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University with a concentration in Organizational Management and a specialization in Identity and Trauma.  In addition to role as director at thecontactproject, she has been awarded a Visiting Scholar’s position at the Mind & Life Institute at Amherst College and was an invited presenter at the International Peace Research Association’s bi-annual conference in 2010.

Jennifer speaks with Joanna about conflict transformation and peace-building; contemplative science and cultural context; identity threat vs. identity expansion; regaining dignity through shared experience; “the contact project”; the sense of wonderment.

 

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June 14th, 2013

An Ecovillage for Homeless People

an interview with Darrell Blair

Darrell Blair is a Buddhist practitioner and a homeless activist. His aim is to cultivate the homeless potential within the homeless population.
He can be contacted at bdarrell299 @ gmail.com.
Darrell speaks with Joanna about part of his lifetime journey, and his project of an ecovillage by and for homeless people.

 

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May 17th, 2013

Buddhism: A Changing, Living Organism

an interview with Stephen Batchelor

This is a new episode in our monthly podcast series, Upaya Conversations, a collaboration with Upaya Zen Center.
Stephen Batchelor is a contemporary Buddhist teacher and writer, best known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism. Stephen considers Buddhism to be a constantly evolving culture of awakening rather than a religious system based on immutable dogmas and beliefs. Through his writings, translations and teaching, Stephen engages in a critical exploration of Buddhism’s role in the modern world.
He is the translator and author of various books and articles on Buddhism, including the bestselling “Buddhism Without Beliefs” (Riverhead 1997) and “Living with the Devil: A Meditation on Good and Evil” (Riverhead, 2004). His most recent publication is “Confession of a Buddhist Atheist” (Spiegel&Grau, 2010).

http://www.stephenbatchelor.org/index.php/en/

Stephen speaks with Joanna about “confession of a Buddhist atheist”; a Buddhist way of life; a middle road between religion and secularism; ethics & contemplation without metaphysical beliefs; the Dharma in a global culture; “Buddhism 2.0”; a plurality of discourses: the mythical and the historical; Keats and Zen…

 

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April 5th, 2013

Innate Kindness

an interview with Richard J. Davidson

This is a new episode in our monthly podcast series, Upaya Conversations, a collaboration with Upaya Zen Center.

 Richard J. Davidson received his Ph.D. in Personality, Psychopathology, and Psychophysiology from Harvard University. He is currently Director for the Laboratory of Affective Neuroscience as well as the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research is focused on cortical and subcortical substrates of emotion and affective disorders, including depression and anxiety, using quantitative electrophysiology, positron emission tomography and functional magnetic resonance imaging to make inferences about patterns of regional brain function.

He has also studied and published several papers on brain physiology in long-term Buddhist meditators, and in persons receiving short-term training in mindfulness meditation. Among his several books is “Visions of compassion: Western Scientists and Tibetan Buddhists Examine Human Nature” (2002, Oxford University Press), co-edited with Anne Harrington, and (with Sharon Begley) “The Emotional Life of Your Brain”.

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Richard speaks with Joanna about cultivating resilience to navigate the challenges of life with more equanimity, grace and compassion; the “kindness curriculum”; contemplative training: nourishing the seeds of compassion; a historic meeting of scientists and Tibetan contemplative practitioners; compassion practices and neuroplasticity…

 

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March 21st, 2013

Naked Mind

an interview with Sarah Barab

Sarah Barab has been a practitioner in the Tibetan tradition for 20 years, and also teaches yoga and meditation and is a professional astrologer.
She founded Naked Mind Productions in 2006, as a non-profit dedicated to making Dharma-inspired film.
After graduating from the High School of Performing Arts in New York City, and later Naropa, Sarah went on to earn an MFA in theater. She worked as an actress for many years in physical theater companies such as Imago and Do Jump before deciding to pursue her interest in film. She was first inspired to make “Naked Mind” during the year she spent living in Nepal and India volunteering with Tibetan refugee children and studying Buddhism and Tibetan language.
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Sara speaks with Joanna about her Kickstarter project featuring her upcoming film “Naked Mind”.

 

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March 8th, 2013

A Deeper, Organic Embeddedness

an interview with Evan Thompson

We are launching a new monthly podcast series, Upaya Conversations, a collaboration with Upaya Zen Center … I will be hosting conversations with outstanding teachers, scholars, and visionaries in Buddhism and intersecting fields of human development.

We begin this series with scholars from Neuroscience/Neuropsychology … The first guest is  Evan Thompson.

Evan Thompson is a philosopher who works in the fields of cognitive science, Phenomenology, and cross-cultural philosophy, especially Asian philosophy and contemporary Buddhist philosophy in dialogue with Western philosophy and science.  He is the author of “Waking, Dreaming, Being: New Light on the Self and Consciousness from Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy” (Columbia University Press, forthcoming) and of “Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind” (Harvard University Press, 2007). He is also the co-author of “The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience” (MIT Press, 1991; new expanded edition, 2014).

Evan speaks with Joanna about his forthcoming book “Waking, Dreaming, Being…”: how consciousness and the sense of self  shift in different waking states, lucid dreaming…through the twin perspectives of neuroscience of consciousness and meditative experience and philosophy; lucid dreaming in a contemplative context; being a philosopher in a post-modern world; autopoiesis: life creates its own ends; love & the web of life: this deeper, organic embeddedness; embodied mind, gender and aging; sitting & movement: complementary contemplative practices; science and meditation: the primacy of mind as direct experience…

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February 8th, 2013

The Mystery of Consciousness

an interview with Alfred W. Kaszniak

Alfred W. Kaszniak, Ph.D. is currently Director of the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium Education Core, and a professor in the departments of psychology, neurology, and psychiatry at The University of Arizona (UA). Al also presently serves as Chief Academic Officer for the Mind and Life Institute, an organization that facilitates collaborative scientific research on contemplative practices and traditions. He is the co-author or editor of seven books, including the three-volume “Toward a Science of Consciousness” (MIT Press), and “Emotions, Qualia, and Consciousness” (World Scientific). His work has focused on the neuropsychology of Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related neurological disorders, consciousness, memory self-monitoring, emotion, and the psychophysiology of long-term and short-term meditation.  Al has served on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, and has been an advisor to the National Institutes of Health and other governmental agencies. In addition to his academic and administrative roles, he is a lineage holder and teacher (Sensei) in the Soto tradition of Zen Buddhism.

http://www.u.arizona.edu/~kaszniak/

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Al speaks with Joanna about consciousness, memory & creativity; meditation: the foundation of liberation; an integrated way of knowing: science & contemplative training; a new way of learning about being with Alzheimer disease patients for family caregivers; a transpersonal understanding of the nature of compassion…

 

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January 11th, 2013

Awakening in the Dream

an interview with Paul Levy

A pioneer in the field of spiritual emergence, Paul Levy is a healer in private practice, assisting others who are also awakening to the dreamlike nature of reality. He is the author of the upcoming book “Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil”(North Atlantic Books, release date Jan. 15, 2013). He is also the author of “The Madness of George W. Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis”. An artist, he is deeply steeped in the work of C. G. Jung, and has been a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner for over thirty years.
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Paul speaks with Joanna about what is transpersonal evil; the process of shadow projection; the daimon: peril & promise; the response-ability of awakening in the dream; “dispelling wetiko”; agents of awareness; inner change/outer change…

 

 

 

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November 2nd, 2012

Change and Kindness

an interview with Michael Baldwin

Michael Baldwin is the founder of Baldwin Brothers, Inc. in 1974, an investment advisor firm with over $800 million under management. Previously, he worked at Morgan Guaranty. In addition to his duties as President of Baldwin Brothers, Michael is also a trustee of the Nathaniel Saltonstall Arts Fund, The Garfield Foundation, and Northeast Growth Fund. Michael is also the founder of the Marion Institute, a non-profit organization, dedicated to teaching about alternative medicine and sustainability and he is co-founder of the Buddhayana Foundation. Michael has a BA from Harvard University.

http://www.marioninstitute.org/

http://www.baldwinbrothersinc.com/

Michael speaks with Joanna about discovery and healing; kindness and positive change; philanthropy and empathy; restoring the feeling of community; “Connecting for Change”…

original music by Evarusnik

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February 24th, 2012

Back by Popular Demand : Do not squander your life

an interview with Roshi Joan Halifax

Joan Halifax is a Zen Buddhist Roshi, anthropologist, ecologist, civil rights activist, hospice caregiver, and the author of several books on Buddhism and Spirituality. She currently serves as abbot and guiding teacher of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a Zen Peacemaker community which she founded in 1990. In the 1970s she collaborated on LSD research projects with her ex-husband Stanislav Grof, in addition to other collaborative efforts with Joseph Campbell and Alan Lomax. She is founder of the Ojai Foundation in California, which she led from 1979 to 1989. As a socially engaged Buddhist, Halifax has done extensive work with the dying through her Project on Being with Dying (which she founded). She is on the board of directors of the Mind and Life Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated in exploring the relationship of science and Buddhism.

Roshi Joan speaks with Joanna about aging and death, engaged Buddhism and systemic activism, personal and social transformation, the historic significance of LSD as a Dharma door, embodied compassion with dying people, speaking truth to power…

Music: “Song without words to Bohdana Pivnenko, I.-Elegy”  (from Fleeting Melodies) by Valentin Silvestrov {Bohdana Pivnenko (violin) and Valeriy Matiukhin (piano) }

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July 31st, 2011

Do not squander your life

an interview with Roshi Joan Halifax

Joan Halifax is a Zen Buddhist Roshi, anthropologist, ecologist, civil rights activist, hospice caregiver, and the author of several books on Buddhism and Spirituality. She currently serves as abbot and guiding teacher of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a Zen Peacemaker community which she founded in 1990. In the 1970s she collaborated on LSD research projects with her ex-husband Stanislav Grof, in addition to other collaborative efforts with Joseph Campbell and Alan Lomax. She is founder of the Ojai Foundation in California, which she led from 1979 to 1989. As a socially engaged Buddhist, Halifax has done extensive work with the dying through her Project on Being with Dying (which she founded). She is on the board of directors of the Mind and Life Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated in exploring the relationship of science and Buddhism.

Roshi Joan speaks with Joanna about aging and death, engaged Buddhism and systemic activism, personal and social transformation, the historic significance of LSD as a Dharma door, embodied compassion with dying people, speaking truth to power…

Music: “Song without words to Bohdana Pivnenko, I.-Elegy”  (from Fleeting Melodies) by Valentin Silvestrov {Bohdana Pivnenko (violin) and Valeriy Matiukhin (piano) }

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April 22nd, 2011

Adventures with the Goddess

an interview with Tim Ward

Tim Ward is the author of the newly released Savage Breast: One Man’s Search for the Goddess. This is the first book that explores the Goddess from an explicitly male perspective, and how the loss of the feminine divine has affected men and women’s relationships. Tim believes it is in men’s enlightened self interest to work together with women to move beyond patriarchy, and this is the conversation he will engage his audiences in as he shares his experience of exploring Goddess sites and ruins of the ancient Europe throughout 2006-07.

Tim is the author of three previous books: Savage Breast: One Man’s Search for the Goddess, Arousing the Goddess: Sex and Love in the Buddhist Ruins of India (where he first encountered the Goddess) What the Buddha Never Taught (about life in a Thai Monastery), and the Great Dragon’s Fleas (his search for living Bodhisattvas). He has lectured in colleges and institutions across North America, and all of his books have been used as texts in various schools and universities. Tim has a degree in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia, in his native Canada.

Tim now lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and their two children where he teaches communications courses for international development organizations in Washington D.C. and globally. (See www.intermediact.com for this very different side of his professional life).

http://www.timwardsbooks.com/

Tim speaks with Joanna about his life-changing experiences with the archetypes of the Goddess and the rising awareness of our interconnectedness with the Earth, “what the Buddha never taught”, a new non-patriarchal relationship between fathers and sons, our responsibility in the creation of a new ecological society…

Music: “Prayer to Goddess Saraswati – Raga Kalavati”  by Pt. Shivkumar Sharma

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June 9th, 2010

The Song of the Wild

an interview with Jason Kirkey

Jason Kirkey grew up in the North Atlantic watershed of Massachusetts in a small town north of Boston. He moved to Boulder, Colorado where he attended Naropa University and in 2007 obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in “Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Contemplative Psychology and Environmental Studies.” Throughout his undergraduate career he was also heavily influenced and inspired by deep ecology, ecopsychology, Buddhism, and the Shambhala tradition of enlightened warriorship as taught by Chögyam Trungpa.

He has released three collections of poems, Portraits of Beauty (2006), Songs from a Wild Place (2007), and The Ballad of the Sea-Sweet Moon and Other Poems (2008).

In late 2008 Jason completed a manuscript entitled The Salmon in the Spring: The Ecology of Celtic Spirituality which deals with the themes of Irish mythology and the re-invention and integration of the human species into consonance with the living cosmos. It draws heavily on ecological studies, mythology and folklore, and the nondual mystical traditions.

Most recently Jason has moved to San Francisco to study at the California Institute of Integral Studies in the “Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness” program. He is in the early stages of writing a fourth collection of poems and is developing experiential programs in order to bring his work with Place, Nature, Soul, and Story to the public.

http://www.jasonkirkey.com

Jason speaks with Joanna about nature, soul, storytelling, ecological mysticism and his own initiatory experiences from the diferent facets of the Irish Dreamtime

“We can’t engage with the entire universe, or with the aspect of our being that is the universe until we start engaging with our local identity, our local place, our local culture, our ecosystem, through that engagement, we can find the larger story, but it has to start with the local wawtershed, and finding our own story there, before finding the Big Story.”

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May 11th, 2009

Painting the Goddess

an interview with Mayumi Oda

Known to many as the “Matisse of Japan”, Mayumi Oda has done extensive work with female goddess imagery. From 1969 to the present Mayumi has exhibited over 40 one-woman shows throughout the world. Her artwork is also part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Library of Congress in Washington D.C. and many others. Mayumi is also a global activist, participating in anti-nuclear campaigns worldwide. She has lectured and held workshops on Nuclear Patriarchy to Solar Communities at the United Nations NGO Forum and the Women of Vision Conference in Washington DC. In 2000 she started Ginger Hill, a farm and retreat center on the Big Island of Hawaii. Mayumi currently lives at Ginger Hill Farm and travels worldwide, teaching workshops in creativity and self-realization.

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July 3rd, 2008

The Earth Treasure Vase Mandala

an interview with Cynthia Jurs

Cynthia Jurs is an authorized Buddhist teacher (dharmacharya) who has practiced in the Tibetan Vajrayana and Zen Buddhist traditions for almost 30 years. In 1994 she received formal transmission from Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh to teach engaged Buddhism and now directs the Open Way Sangha in Santa Fe, New Mexico, teaching an approach to living in awareness through practice, ceremony, retreat, and pilgrimage. Cynthia also teaches meditation to environmental activists at the Center for Whole Communities in Vermont. In 1990 she met Charok Rinpoche, a 106-year-old lama living in a cave in Nepal, and received a Tibetan practice to bring healing and protection to the Earth. The practice involves filling earth treasure vases and burying them in places of need around the world. As a filmmaker, she recently directed and produced the film, Turning Prayer Into Action: Indigenous Grandmothers Meet the Bioneers. Her next film will document the pilgrimages of the earth treasure vases in order to share the story and practice more widely.

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May 29th, 2008

A Very Inspiring Talk

an interview with Joan Halifax Roshi

Talk given at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe on May 25. Joan Halifax Roshi is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and author. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Zen Center, a Buddhist monastery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is Director of the Project on Being with Dying. A Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order, her work and practice for more than three decades has focused on engaged Buddhism.

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