Compassionate Speech with Dr. Suzanne Wertheim
A Skeptic's Path to Enlightenment
by Isa Acebal
3d ago
Dr. Suzanne Wertheim is the author of The Inclusive Language Field Guide. An academic for many years, she now specializes in analyzing and addressing bias at work, helping companies like Google and Reddit promote speech that’s more inclusive and connecting. After I read Suzanne’s book, I was struck by the parallels between her work and the Buddhist ethical foundation of right speech. In our interview, we talk about embarrassing mistakes we’ve both made in our speech, how to both forcefully and compassionately confront harmful speech, and how to recognize and transform the bias in our own langu ..read more
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How To Like Yourself: A Journey of Self-Acceptance
A Skeptic's Path to Enlightenment
by Isa Acebal
2w ago
It is hard to be around someone who is negative, judgmental, or close-minded, but you can always block their number, walk out of the room, or even plug your ears and start singing at the top of your lungs. But what do you do if the person you don’t want to be around is you? There is no escaping yourself—even though many of us try—through distractions like drugs, work, exercise, or sex. The only solution is to become friends with yourself, because liking yourself is key to living a happy life and attaining overall well-being. Working on self-acceptance is well worth your time, and we share a do ..read more
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Equanimity Meditation with Scott Tusa
A Skeptic's Path to Enlightenment
by Isa Acebal
3w ago
Scott Tusa leads an equanimity meditation—based on the Mahayana Buddhist tradition—that works with three kinds of relationships in our life. The purpose is to cultivate compassion, loving-kindness, and understanding. [00:00:00] Scott Tusa: Welcome to our equanimity meditation. We’re going to take about 10 minutes to do a brief practice on working with three kinds of relationships in our life. There’s many ways to practice equanimity in Buddhism; this is one tradition within Mahayana Buddhism where we work with three different kinds of relationships. One is a close relationship, someone we like ..read more
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What Is the Right Thing to Do? with Scott Tusa
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by Isa Acebal
1M ago
After ordination by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Scott Tusa spent nine years as a Tibetan Buddhist monk. Today, he’s an irreverent meditation teacher and a brand-new father. In this episode, Scott and I talk about some hard decisions we’ve faced in life, and that the world faces today, asking ourselves, What is the right thing to do? Is there a right and wrong from a Buddhist perspective? How did Scott and I deal with the painful decisions we faced in our lives to get divorced and to give up a monastic life? We also grapple with one of the biggest ethical dilemmas facing the world today, the v ..read more
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Author Vicki Mackenzie to Interview Scott Snibbe in London
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by Scott Snibbe
1M ago
On February 23, bestselling author Vicki Mackenzie will interview Scott Snibbe at London’s Jamyang Buddhist Centre in a pre-release event for his upcoming book How to Train a Happy Mind. ATTEND IN PERSON TO RECEIVE AN EXCLUSIVE ADVANCE COPY OF THE BOOK If you can’t attend in person, pre-order the book and save your order number to attend an exclusive live video cast of the event. ENTER YOUR ORDER NUMBER TO ATTEND A LIVE BROADCAST OF THE EVENT ABOUT VICKI MACKENZIE Vicki Mackenzie is a British national journalist and author who attended her first Buddhist meditation course in 1976 at K ..read more
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Letting Go and Looking Forward in the New Year
A Skeptic's Path to Enlightenment
by Isa Acebal
1M ago
Scott Snibbe shares a gentle Buddhist approach to self-forgiveness, letting go, establishing good habits, and rejoicing in all the good we’ve done. Move into the new year with your best intentions and best self. [00:00:00] Scott Snibbe: During the first week of the year, gym memberships explode, yoga classes are packed, and grocery stores run out of brown rice and kale as people follow through on their New Year’s resolutions. You’ve likely already made some of your own New Year’s resolutions around food or exercise, or maybe even meditation. I’ve made my own already too, to try and be the best ..read more
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RAFT Meditation with Dr. Katherine MacLean
A Skeptic's Path to Enlightenment
by Isa Acebal
2M ago
Dr. Katherine MacLean leads a meditation practice called RAFT: Remembering to be Aware of Feelings in your body and Trust your experience. Katherine says that mushrooms shared this practice with her as a way to help others access the space of psychedelics from a sober standpoint. [00:00:00] Katherine MacLean: Welcome, this is a meditation practice called RAFT: Remembering to be Aware of Feelings in your body and Trust your experience. This experience tonight is of your choosing, so before we begin I’d love for you to think about a time in your past, a specific memory. For people who aren’t rea ..read more
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Psychedelics, Meditation, and Buddhism with Dr. Katherine MacLean
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by Isa Acebal
2M ago
10 years ago Dr. Katherine MacLean conducted the first scientific study of the combined effects of psychedelics with meditation. The encouraging results of the study showed the long-term beneficial effects these substances can have on our concentration, emotion regulation, openness, wellbeing, and happiness. In our conversation I learned what psychedelics have in common with meditation and how they can compliment one another. Katherine also shared when psychedelics aren’t useful or even when they can be harmful. She offers careful advice as to when these substances might be of benefit and when ..read more
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Mindful Awareness Meditation with Michael Sapiro
A Skeptic's Path to Enlightenment
by Isa Acebal
3M ago
Dr. Michael Sapiro leads a guided meditation on mindful awareness that connects you with the present moment and your senses. [00:00:00] Dr. Michael Sapiro: Everybody, I’d like to invite you to—even with your eyes open for a moment—to drop your attention into your body. Just bringing your mind’s awareness into the body with your eyes open. Feeling the sensations of the body sitting on the chair or a couch before closing your eyes. From this awareness of the body, let’s gently close our eyes and feel your mind sinking into the body, the chest, or the belly. Bring your mind’s attention into the b ..read more
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Psychedelic Psychotherapy with Dr. Michael Sapiro
A Skeptic's Path to Enlightenment
by Isa Acebal
3M ago
 Psychedelics have been in the news a lot lately as a new way to help people work through otherwise intractable issues of grief, depression, and PTSD. Dr. Michael Sapiro is a psychedelic psychotherapist and researcher who has worked successfully with psychedelics in his practice for years. He focuses on helping combat vets and first responders overcome PTSD and other trauma; in his words, transforming worldly warriors into spiritual warriors. Listen to this episode to hear how psychedelic substances, meditation, and Buddhism have helped his patients overcome huge problems and open up to t ..read more
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