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Mistaking a Stick for a Snake: What the Buddha Taught about Inherent Bias

Bonnie Duran
Mistaking a Stick for a Snake: What the Buddha Taught about Inherent Bias

We form our identities around views and perceptions that are often distortions. These distortions can crystallize into racism and internalized oppression. Bonnie Duran, a professor of public health and a cofounder of the People of Color Sangha in Albuquerque and Seattle, will discuss the timeless Vipallasa Sutta, which contains one of the primary teachings the Buddha gave about undoing distortions of the mind, so we can start to remedy the flawed ways we see ourselves and one another.

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Family Awareness: A Relational Path to Freedom in Family Life

Bart van Melik
Family Awareness: A Relational Path to Freedom in Family Life

We all play roles in our families—the calm elder sibling, the generous uncle, the wise parent—and each role comes with a set of expectations. Join meditation teacher Bart van Melik, who teaches mindfulness in juvenile detention centers, homeless shelters, and New York City public schools, as he uses the Buddha’s four noble truths to find new and supportive ways for us to approach the stresses we all face at home.

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Facing Fear

Marcela Clavijo
Facing Fear

What are you afraid of? For many of us, the list is long. In this series, Tibetan Buddhist nun Marcela Clavijo introduces the four immeasurables—love, compassion, joy, and equanimity—which help us replace unhelpful habits of mind and behavior for positive states and traits. With practice, these teachings can help assuage our deepest fears, whatever they may be.

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The Oxherder’s Journey

Barbara Joshin O'Hara
The Oxherder’s Journey

What can you expect to find when you set out on a path of spiritual development? The answer is not as mysterious as you may think. In this dharma talk series, Barbara Joshin O’Hara, Sensei walks us through the classic Zen blueprint of the path to enlightenment: the ten oxherding pictures, which clearly lay out each step along the way to awakening.

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The Next Guardian

The Next Guardian

Teenage brother and sister Gyembo and Tashi belong to a family that has cared for a Buddhist temple in the Bhutanese mountains for more than a thousand years. With the family legacy weighing heavily on his shoulders, Gyembo is torn between his own aspirations and his father’s wish that he commit to monasticism. Meanwhile, Tashi struggles to find her way as an athletic girl in a culture with rigid views of gender. The siblings must rely on each other as they—and the country they call home—navigate painful questions of identity and modernity in a globalizing world.

Directed by Arun Bhattarai and Dorottya Zurbó

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