166 – Welcoming the Unwanted

Craving for and attachment to feelings is what leads to suffering; on the flip side of that, awareness and understanding of our feelings can lead to Enlightenment. In this episode, I will share my thoughts around the Buddhist concept of feelings tones / Vedana.

165 – Unlearning

Secular Buddhism
“A student of Buddhism tries to unlearn something every day.” What does it mean to “unlearn”? In this episode, I will share my thoughts around the notion of learning and unlearning in the context of practicing Buddhism.

164 – Thrown Out of the Nest

One of the final teachings the Buddha gave, had to do with becoming an island unto yourself. In a way, he was telling his followers that it was time to leave the nest and to take refuge in themselves. In this episode, I will share my thoughts on this teaching.

163 – Sticks and Stones

Secular Buddhism
In this episode, I will talk about the story of Sundari, an ascetic who was killed in an attempt to frame Sidhartha and bring dishonor to him and his followers. How the Buddha handled this ordeal sheds light on the Buddhist approach to words and accusations.

162 – The Games We Play

The games we play…some thoughts about Right View. Thich Nhat Hanh says: “Our happiness and the happiness of those around us depend on our degree of Right View. Touching reality deeply — knowing what is going on inside and outside of ourselves — is the way to liberate ourselves from the suffering that is caused

161 – The Backwards Law

Secular Buddhism
The backwards law proposes that the more we chase after something, the more difficult it becomes to catch it and the more disappointed we feel. In other words, the harder we try, the less likely we are to succeed.

158 – I See You, Mara!

Mara is “the personification of the forces antagonistic to enlightenment.” Mara wants to be feared. We tend to run from the things that we fear, but what happens when we stop running and we look at Mara and say “I see you, Mara!” In this episode, I will share my thoughts about the interaction between