“Mindfulness of Breath in the City,” Kei Tsuruharatani
In this practice, Kei Tsuruharatani, a meditation teacher, Vipassana practitioner, and Broadway performer, leads a breath meditation with the occasional New York City sound in the background. After giving instructions for becoming aware of the body and prompts to support a relaxed yet energized posture, Tsuruharatani offers helpful and subtle reminders to keep the attention on the breath. Learn more about Tsuruharatani here.
“Episode 11: Justin Von Bujdoss,” The Reluctant Phoenix
Justin von Bujdoss (Repa Dorje Odzer) is an American Buddhist teacher and lay tantric practitioner in the Karma Kamtsang tradition of Tibetan Buddhism who served from 2016–2021 as staff chaplain on Rikers Island. Von Bujdoss and host Jeff Simmermon, a standup comedian and storyteller, share an intimate conversation on hospice and end-of-life care, von Bujdoss’s role throughout COVID blessing thousands of bodies, and how he planted the seed for a grindcore metal band called Vomit Fist to set a medieval Indian tantric poem to music.
“Chanting the Dhamma with Ajahn Vayama,” Buddhist Society of Western Australia
A beautiful, high-quality recording of Pali chants with English translations and bow prompts to pay homage to the Buddha, keep in mind the Buddha’s teachings, and honor the importance of the sangha and the precepts. The chanting is led by Ajahn Vayama, the founding abbot of Dhammasara Nuns Monastery in Australia, who died in November 2021. (In 2009, Ajahn Vayama was among the first Theravada nuns in Australia to become fully ordained.) The chant is available to download.
“Autism and Buddhism Together,” Joe DaRocha
Joe DaRocha is a Zen Buddhist, meditation teacher, and social worker who has published articles on Zen and social work. He’s also an adult living with autism. In this talk, DaRocha candidly explains his struggles living in a neurotypical world that often doesn’t recognize his needs, and how the Buddhist teachings have been an immense help, along with therapy and medication, in reducing suffering. DaRocha never presents Buddhism as a silver bullet but instead explains how this tradition directly speaks to him and might be of help to others living with autism.