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Turning Turmoil into Clarity

Karla Jackson-Brewer

In Vajrayana practice, negative and positive emotions, broken down into five types, are two sides of the same coin; when purified, negative emotions transform into their enlightened form. Karla Jackson-Brewer shows us how to nourish Tibetan Buddhism’s empowered feminine principle to put this transformation into effect.

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The Buddha’s Communication Toolbox

Oren Jay Sofer
Oren Jay Sofer giving right speech dharma talk

Explore the Buddha’s ancient guidelines for right speech with tools to translate those teachings into the fast-paced conversations of a digital world. Insight meditation teacher Oren Jay Sofer shares three foundations of mindful communication to bring your deeper values and intentions into every interaction.

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Nagarjuna’s Wisdom: The Middle Way

Barry Kerzin

In his masterwork Fundamental Verses on the Middle Way, the ancient Indian philosopher Nagarjuna offered enduring lessons on the core Buddhist concepts of emptiness and dependent arising. In this series, Barry Kerzin, the Dalai Lama’s personal physician, guides us through Nagarjuna’s teachings that would eventually come to define the Mahayana tradition.

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The Dharmic Life

Gesshin Claire Greenwood
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The Buddha’s journey from upper-class royalty to no-class enlightenment had enough twists and turns to fill a saga. Each stage of his life contains lessons on freeing ourselves from suffering applicable to our own lives here and now. Zen Buddhist priest Gesshin Greenwood shows us how the characters in the Buddha’s story illuminate aspects of our psychological lives: from the Buddha’s father’s attempts to shield his son from life’s suffering, to Mara’s efforts to sabotage the Buddha with delusion, to Ananda’s dedication to convince the Buddha to accept women into his community.

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Compassion in Polarizing Times

Dungse Jampal Norbu
Dungse Jampal Norbu

Today’s divisive political culture can bring out our worst impulses, but with Tibetan Buddhist methods of fostering compassion, we can clear the mind of negativity and connect with our intrinsic qualities of clarity and warmth. Dungse Jampal Norbu, a teacher in the Mangala Shri Bhuti sangha and the son of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche and Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, guides us through practices to cool off anger and take a walk in other’s shoes. 

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Meditation & Practice

Finding Meaning in Mortality

Reverend Marvin Harada
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Accepting death is the key to a meaningful life. But doing so isn’t easy. Buddhist teachings can help us transcend a dualistic view of life and death, helping us to treasure each day we have. Shin Buddhist Reverend Marvin Harada shares inspiring examples from the Shin tradition of people and practices that will help us face mortality.

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Tibet: The Trail of Light

Itinerant Tibetan nun Ani Rigsang leaves Lhasa with a thirst for freedom from monastic tradition and Chinese surveillance, embarking on a journey across the rural landscape of eastern Tibet in search of initiation into secret tantric practices. At a hidden nunnery she finds an esoteric tradition kept alive through centuries of isolation.

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