Monday, November 4, 2013

Tibetan and Theravada Buddhism (On Being)

Amber Larson, Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly; Krista Tippett (, Oct. 31, 2013), Robert Thurman (, Sharon Salzberg (IMS,
The horrific suffering of a deep spa treatment at Mahasukha ("Great Pleasure") at Menla: deep relaxation, Tibetan bell meditation, and *gasp* massage! (
Krista Tippett (
On "On Being" this week, congenial host Krista Tippett talks with Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman on "Embracing Our Enemies and Our Suffering." These two legendary American teachers shine a Buddhist light on a classic Christian teaching: love of enemies. Thurman and Salzberg are working together on how we relate to that which makes us feel embattled from without as well, and more importantly, from within. [Why is within more important? What we express is what is inside of us. So when we change our mind, our body and speech follow.]

Embracing our enemies?
Sharon Salzberg (
Sharon Salzberg is a Theravada Buddhist meditation teacher and the cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She is the co-author, with Robert Thurman, of Love Your Enemies. [Who are our "real" enemies? Surely not people and fellow living beings. Rather, if we look underneath the surface to the root of things, the radical (from the Latin, radix, "root") understanding is that it is defilements of the heart/mind like greed, hatred/fear, and delusion that are our real enemies.] Salzberg's other books include Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation, and the forthcoming Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace.

Salzberg, a pioneering Buddhist teacher of meditation in the US, answers On Being's in-house "wannabe" mindfulness practitioner's questions: techniques and focus, the balance of new technologies with human connection.
Robert Thurman (
Robert Thurman, a close personal friend and supporter of the 14th Dalai Lama, is professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University. He is also the president of Tibet House US. [But his most celebrated accomplishment may be his co-creation of actress Uma Thurman.] He is the co-author of Love Your Enemies. His other books include Infinite Life: Awakening to Bliss Within, and Inner Revolution. More  LISTEN:
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Here is an interesting meditation which is a mixture of vipassana and dzogchen: