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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 Greenwood
photograph of gesshin greenwood teaching on the buddha's life

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.

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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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Finding Meaning in Mortality

Reverend Marvin Harada
photograph of reverend marvin harada in front of shin buddhist shrine

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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Buddhism’s Alchemy of Emotion

Lama Kathy Wesley

Learn concrete methods from Tibetan Buddhism for turning mental turbulence into the seeds of a brighter future. Lama Kathy Wesley shares teachings from the lojong (mind training) tradition to help us understand and transform our emotions.

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How to Cultivate a Healthy Relationship with a Buddhist Teacher

Scott Tusa

Committing to a guru can involve considerable risks, but when approached with care, honesty, and critical discernment, the relationship can yield powerful insights. Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and meditation teacher Scott Tusa guides us through the benefits of having a spiritual teacher, and how to find and assess a teacher, and the role of devotion to your teacher plays Tibetan Buddhism.

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Holy (un)Holy River

The sacred Ganges river, a spiritual and ecological lifesource in India, has become one of the most contaminated rivers in the world. On a journey from its source in Himalayan glaciers to its outlet in the Bay of Bengal, three American filmmakers explore the fragile state of “Ma Ganga” (Mother Ganges) and interview those fighting for its future.

By Jake Norton, Pete McBride

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