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Practicing with Zen Koans in Your Everyday Life

Zen Master Bon Yeon
Practicing with Zen Koans in Your Everyday Life

Our intellects can help us surmise that one plus one equals two, or that we need a key to start the engine of our car, but in the face of existential questions, ordinary understanding comes to a screeching halt. Master Bon Yeon (Jane Dobisz), the guiding teacher of the Cambridge Zen Center, says that koan practice begins in these “don’t know” spaces—the questions we can’t rationalize or figure out.

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Buddhist Teachings for Fools and Losers

Mauricio Hondaku
Buddhist Teachings for Fools and Losers

When we fail, it’s easy to feel bad about ourselves—after all, we live in a society that judges us for our material successes. But the most prominent Buddhist masters were people who failed badly: the Buddha failed in his ascetic practices; Shinran Shonin, founder of the Jodo Shinshu school of Buddhism, was exiled and defrocked early in his career. In this series, Jodo Shinshu Reverend Mauricio Hondaku will explain what Shakyamuni and Shinran’s failures can teach us about shedding social pressures, abandoning our masks, and ultimately finding peace with our imperfections.

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Tibetan Medicine: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health and Healing

Eliot Tokar
Tibetan Medicine: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health and Healing

How can we adapt our diet, lifestyle, and behavior to achieve greater balance in our health and spiritual practice? Eliot Tokar, a traditional Tibetan medicine doctor who has been practicing in New York City since 1993, presents the basics of Tibetan medicine, an ancient system of medical science inspired by a dharmic view of life and health.

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The Dharma of Leadership

Anushka Fernandopulle
The Dharma of Leadership

Are you a leader? Even if you don’t think so, it’s likely you assume leadership roles you wouldn’t have defined as such within your family, community, and daily life. In this series, meditation teacher and leadership coach Anushka Fernandopulle explains how dharma practice can help us awaken to the ways we manifest as leaders in the world, as well as how leadership development can help cultivate the Buddhist values of compassion, integrity, and wisdom.

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Everyday Buddhahood: Caregiving as Dharma Practice

Repa Dorje Odzer (Justin von Bujdoss)
Everyday Buddhahood: Caregiving as Dharma Practice

When we raise children, assist our aging parents, or tend to a sick friend, caregiving offers an opportunity to transform our interactions with others into part of the Buddhist path. In this series, Repa Dorje Odzer (Justin von Bujdoss), a Buddhist teacher and Chief Staff Chaplain for New York City’s Department of Correction, presents advice from the 10th-century Buddhist master Tilopa.

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By the Time It Gets Dark

By the Time It Gets Dark

In October 1976, thousands of student activists at Thammasat University in Bangkok were attacked by Thai state forces while protesting the return of a former military dictator. By the Time It Gets Dark examines this brutal incident by mixing flashbacks, interviews with former demonstrators, and restaged events. The narrative breaks down as the film progresses, presenting a fragmented, multilayered story that underscores the capricious nature of memory.

Directed by Anocha Suwichakornpong

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