IDP Podcast

21st Century Buddhism and Meditation Podcast

 

Our podcast features lectures and discussions related to mindfulness, meditation, and multi-lineage Buddhism.  We feature interviews with authors and guest speakers, as well as teachers.

Recent podcasts include Sharon Salzberg, Ed Catmull, Dan Harris, Dr. Heidi Marben, and Venerable Pannavati.

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Podcast The Wisdom of No Exit with Jessica Rasp (Podcast)
Monday, May 11, 2009 - 12:22pm

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The topic for our open Monday discussions this month all center around Pema Chodron's book Comfortable with Uncertainty. Jessica Rasp recently led a class on "The Wisdom of No Exit" and kicked things off with an except from a great 1994 interview between Leonard Cohen and the Shambala Sun.

"...there is the consolation of no exit, the consolation that this is what you're stuck with. Rather than the consolation of healing the wound, of finding the right kind of medical attention or the right kind of religion, there is a certain wisdom of no exit: this is our human predicament and the only consolation is embracing it...(continued below)"

(full except from the Leonard Cohen Interview)
"The first reality is that there is a wound and there is suffering, a deep sense of unsatisfactoriness with life. There is no question about it. The Buddhist theology presents it as the first noble truth. We live in a world that is not perfectible, a world that always presents you with a sense of something undone, something missing, something hurting, something irritating. From that minor sense of discomfort to torture and poverty and murder, we live in that kind of universe. The wound that does not heal - this human predicament is a predicament that does not perfect itself.

But there is the consolation of no exit, the consolation that this is what you're stuck with. Rather than the consolation of healing the wound, of finding the right kind of medical attention or the right kind of religion, there is a certain wisdom of no exit: this is our human predicament and the only consolation is embracing it. It is our situation, and the only consolation is the full embrace of that reality.

What about love, though?

I believe we know that love is a terrible wound itself, and that it presents a bewildering landscape to stumble over. Love is a fire: it burns everyone, it disfigures everyone...

I think in people's hearts they understand that the heart is cooking like shish kabob in your breast, and no matter what you do, the passions come and go and they sear you, they burn you. If it's not your lover, it's your children; if it's not your children, it's your job; if it's not your job, it's growing old; if it's not growing old, it's getting sick. This predicament cannot be resolved. That is the wound that does not heal, and rather than approach it from the point of view of stitching or cauterizing it, there is a kind of wisdom of living with the wound.

Then what about compassion?

You know, we come up with all kinds of things, but still the wound does not heal, still the reality is suffering. We come up with all kinds of new drugs, all kinds of new approaches. Yes, there are all kinds of human decencies to embrace, and we should really try to be nice to one another, but nothing dissolves this sense of irritation and unsatisfactoriness that we all feel. Nobody gets over that." - Exceprt from From 1994 Interview with Shambala Sun.
Here is the full interview.

Podcast No Fear of Fear with Juan Carlo Castro (Podcast)
Monday, May 4, 2009 - 12:01pm

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This Hope and Fear image was designed by IDP Teacher Juan-Carlos Castro to accompany his talk called "No Fear of Fear", which addresses the fear of space and tactics of avoiding space.

Podcast Logic vs. Feeling with Ethan Nichtern (Podcast)
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 12:01pm

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What dynamic exists between our logical mind and our intuitive mind? What practices can we develop to more mindfully navigate our concepts and experience?

In this week's Podcast "Logic vs. Feeling", Ethan leads a discussion to explore some of these questions.

(This episode was recorded on April 20, 2009 in New York City.)

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Podcast Studying Untruth with Jessica Rasp (Podcast)
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - 12:39pm

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This week on the IDP Podcast, Jessica Rasp leads a talk about "Studying Untruth" as it relates to Daniel Goleman's idea of "Destructive Emotions".

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Podcast Guest Lecture: Brad Warner Q and A (Podcast)
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 2:18pm

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On March 25, 2009 Brad Warner stopped by the Interdependence Project to discuss topics from his new book Zen Warpped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate. After telling us a bit of his personal history he lead us in a very interesting Question and Answer session that touched on many topics including Enlightenment, what it feels like to wear monk's robes and how Meditation relates to Creativity

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Podcast A Tantric Approach to Generosity with Ethan Nichtern (Podcast)
Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 12:39pm

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What happens when you open your hand and let things flow? Ethan explores a Tantric approach to Generosity in this week's podcast.

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Podcast Why We Need Anger with Ethan Nichtern (Podcast)
Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 12:01pm

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This week on the IDProject Podcast Ethan leads a talk about "Why We Need Anger"

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Podcast Guest Lecture - "Practice and Money" with Acharya Eric Spiegel (Podcast)
Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 10:09am

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Worried about the recession and how money relates to your practice? We get some tips from NY Shambala Center's Master Teacher Eric Spiegel as a part of our Sit Down, Rise Up Guest Lecture Series.

Having worked on Wall Street for 22 years, Acharya Spiegel has a unique insight into our current economic crisis. He teaches us how to bring the insights of compassion and impermanence into our personal/ business monetary exchange practices.

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Podcast Buddhism: Religion or Science of the Mind? with Juan Carlos Castro (Podcast)
Monday, March 9, 2009 - 12:01pm

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This week's Podcast from the IDProject is a group discussion led by Juan-Carlos on the topic of whether Buddhism should be considered a religion or just a philosophical mind science. Sparkling GIF Buddha approves of our discussion.

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Podcast Karma and Materialism with Ethan Nichtern (Podcast)
Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 12:01pm

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This week's Podcast from the IDProject is a talk with Ethan on Karma and Materialism.

This is an image of a textile sculpture by artist Barbara Schulman titled "An Artifact of Materialism". She carefully sewed credit card fragments into a piece of black wool as a part of a larger line of "Textile Vessels". Cool stuff! Check out more on her website.

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Podcast GUEST LECTURE - Dr. Miles Neale (Podcast)
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 2:03pm

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Miles Neale, PsyD, LMHC is a Buddhist psychologist, meditation teacher and expert on the clinical application of contemplative arts and sciences. He is Assistant Director of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Sciences, where he collaborates on scientific research of meditation and teaches the liberating practices of the Indo-Tibetan tradition.

Dr. Neale is of mixed British and Turkish heritage, born in Singapore, raised in Hong Kong, and has travelled extensively throughout the world. He has studied Buddhist philosophy and meditation while living for extended periods of time in traditional monastic settings in Thailand, Sri Lanka, China, India and Nepal.

Dr. Neale received his doctorate in clinical psychology in 2006 from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and is licensed to practice counseling and psychotherapy in the state of New York. He completed his psychology predoctoral internship and postdoctoral psychoanalytic training at the Fifth Avenue Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy in New York City. In 2001, Dr. Neale completed his Master’s research on the clinical applications of mindfulness meditation at New York University's Gallatin Program for Individualized Study. He graduated summa cum laude as a Wheaton Scholar from Wheaton College in 1998, where he pursued independently designed research in East/West comparative psychology.

Since 1998, Dr. Neale studied clinical applications of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism with his mentor Joseph Loizzo, MD, PhD, a Harvard trained psychiatrist, Columbia trained Buddhist scholar, and Founding Director of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science. He has also been greatly influenced by preeminent Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman, PhD and Buddhist psychiatrist and author Mark Epstein, MD both of whom he studied with at Tibet House, New York.

Beginning in 1996, Dr. Neale received training from the late Insight meditation masters Godwin Samararatne and Anagarika Munidra while attending Antioch University’s Buddhist Studies Program in Bodh Gaya, India. He has also studied with renowned Tibetan masters Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Gelek Rinpoche and Mingyur Rinpoche. For more on Dr. Neale’s teachers and influences see his Inspiration page.

In addition to his private psychotherapy practice and position at Nalanda, Dr. Neale is a teaching faculty member of the Tibet House, a Lineage Mentor of the Interdependence Project, and regularly offers lectures and workshops through his affiliates in the New York metropolitan area. Dr. Neale has taught meditation programs at prestigious university hospitals including Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, Albert Einstein, and the California Pacific Medical Center. He consults on the design of contemplative programs for domestic and international organizations, wellness clinics, institutions of higher learning and private businesses, as well as leads spiritual pilgrimages to sacred sites around the world. In his personal time, Dr. Neale enjoys a daily hatha yoga practice and playing with his bulldogs.

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Podcast GUEST LECTURE - Reverend Billy (Podcast)
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 3:32pm

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Rev. Billy, Savitri Durkee

Podcast Compassion and Tonglen Meditaion with Ethan Nichtern (Podcast)
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 3:32pm

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Podcast Money Does Not Exist! (Podcast)
Tuesday, December 2, 2008 - 4:58pm

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Podcast Becoming Buddhist: Explanation of Taking the Refuge (Podcast)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 10:09am

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Podcast Let's Talk About Sex (Podcast)
Tuesday, November 4, 2008 - 10:09am

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Podcast GUEST LECTURE - John Ankele (Podcast)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 3:32pm

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John Ankele, B.A., M.Div., started out as Program Director for the NYC Council of Churches, doing public affairs programs for WABC radio, WNBC-TV, and WCBS-TV. He then spent six years teaching at the Communications Center of the All-Africa Conference of Churches in Nairobi, Kenya. Back in the U.S., he developed curriculum videos for schools and institutions and promotional videos for nonprofit organizations. Lately, he has led workshops exploring "the common ground between contemplative practice and the experience of visual perception, from the point of view of both filmmaker and watcher.”

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Podcast Cynacism and the Three Pillars (Podcast)
Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 10:09am

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Podcast Reconsidering Joy (Podcast)
Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 10:09am

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