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Zen and the Work of Everyday Life

Rev. Masaki Matsubara
Zen and the Work of Everyday Life

How can we live meaningful, purposeful, and ethical lives in a world where injustice seems to multiply by the day? A 16th-generation Zen priest in the Rinzai lineage, Reverend Masaki Matsubara, Ph.D., will introduce ways to bring dignity into our own lives and the lives of others as he explores Zen Buddhism’s model for ethical engagement.

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Mindfulness of the Body

Ralph Steele
Mindfulness of the Body

It seems obvious: we would not be able to practice without our body. And yet we often take the body for granted, viewing it as little more than a source of suffering rather than the precious opportunity for cultivation that it is. In this series, meditation teacher Ralph Steele renews our appreciation for the body by delving into embodied mindfulness, concentration, and insight practices from the Theravada Buddhist tradition.

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Freeing the Mind When the Body Hurts

Vidyamala Burch
Freeing the Mind When the Body Hurts

The human body is fragile; in our lives, pain and illness are inevitable. This month, join mindfulness teacher Vidyamala Burch who has lived with severe chronic spinal pain for 40 years following injuries resulting in partial paraplegia in her teens. Drawing on central Buddhist texts, Vidyamala will uncover the key to the Buddha’s mental freedom and provide pointers for living with ease.

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The Emptiness of Selfie Existence

Christopher Titmuss
The Emptiness of Selfie Existence

The self has a lot of clout in contemporary culture. From self-help to selfies, it can be easy to forget that the self is a mutable condition: an unsteady and malleable phenomenon that arises from a set of causes. In this series with former Theravadin monk Christopher Titmuss, he unpacks the Buddhist doctrine of non-self to show how our tendency to attach to our ego’s patterns leads to problems.

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Irrawaddy Mon Amour

Irrawaddy Mon Amour

In Kyauk Myaung, a Burmese village on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, humble street vendor Soe Ko wishes to marry Saing Ko, a quiet mason from a nearby town—but same-sex love is still forbidden by law. Irrawady Mon Amour tells the story of a young gay couple who, with the aid of LGBT activists, Buddhist monks, and village housewives, fight for their right to love and marry in a country struggling to redefine itself in the wake of a brutal totalitarian regime.

Directed by Andrea Zambelli, Nicola Grignani, and Valeria Testagrossa

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