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The Power of Connection: Cultivating a Generous Heart

Vinny Ferraro
The Power of Connection: Cultivating a Generous Heart

Who among us has not felt the weight of loneliness? Out of thousands of skillful methods the Buddha taught, the brahmaviharas, or “sublime attitudes,” may be the most direct antidote to feelings of isolation and separation. In this series, Vinny Ferraro, an ex-convict and senior teacher at Against the Stream, will explore the first two of the brahmaviharas, lovingkindness and compassion, the cultivation of which increases our capacity to meet a range of conditions with a generous heart. In addition to providing tools to allay loneliness, Ferraro will pay special attention to the process of meeting our shortcomings with care.

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Unraveling Our Emotions

Ven. Robina Courtin
Unraveling Our Emotions

How can we begin to unpack and unravel the workings of our own mind, so that we can find a reliable happiness that is not dependent on external conditions? Ven. Robina Courtin, a Tibetan Buddhist nun since the late 1970s, will use the Buddha’s unique psychological skills to help us loosen our instinctive clinging to a limited sense of self, which lies at the heart of our suffering.

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Compassion, Love, and Healing in Times of War

Lama Rod Owens
Compassion, Love, and Healing in Times of War

In this series of talks, Tibetan Buddhist teacher Lama Rod Owens draws on the Buddhist teachings to help us enact an ethic of healing, especially as activists or allies of such movements as Black Lives Matter or gay marriage, so that we can live boldly instead of lashing out or shutting down.

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The Four Nutriments

Thich Phap Hai
The Four Nutriments

The Buddha said that “all things exist on food.” We may pay attention to what we’re taking into our bodies physically—but do we pay attention to what we’re taking in mentally? Brother Phap Hai, a senior monastic disciple of Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, explores the Buddha’s teachings on the four nourishments of life: edible foods, sense impressions, volition, and consciousness.

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The Apology

The Apology

During World War II, more than 200,000 young women in Korea, China, the Philippines, and Indonesia were kidnapped and coerced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army. Some 70 years later, three “grandmothers” summon the courage to tell their stories despite decades of silence and shame.

Directed by Tiffany Hsiung

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