Meditation in the City: A Shambhala Podcast
By Shambhala Meditation Center of New York
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Meditation? No way. It's boring. And strange. And my mind is way too distracted and crazy. "Meditation in the City" helps dispel the myths about meditation, with down-to-earth, real life teachings that show us the benefits of meditation in our everyday life.
||Ethan Nichtern & Miles Neale: Meditation, Activism, and Spiritual Bypassing – Podcast 132||Meditation practice promises to increase resilience and deepen compassion in order to address challenges. But what prevents us from actualizing this potential? Is meditation really enough to change the world?||2/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ethan Nichtern: A Guided Meditation||Shastri Ethan Nichtern offers a guided meditation for our personal, interpersonal, and societal practice.||2/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Elizabeth Reid: Basic Goodness, Noun or Verb? – Podcast 131||Many meditation teachers speak of "Basic Goodness". But what is it, really? Shastri Elizabeth Reid discusses what it means to make a relationship with Basic Goodness.||2/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||David Perrin: Where the Wild Things Are – Podcast 130||How do we deal with strong feelings on the meditation cushion? And in life? David Perrin discusses emotions as neurosis, and as wisdom. Is it possible to go where the wild things are?||2/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Natalie Baker: Fearlessness and Gentleness, The Warrior’s Weapons – Podcast 129||We all experience fear. How does the gentleness cultivated in meditation practice help us work with this experience? Is true fearlessness possible?||2/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lodro Rinzler: Everything’s Messed Up; Everything’s OK – Podcast 128||Everything's messed up... Is everything OK? Lodro Rinzler discusses meditation as a way of developing trust and confidence in our innate goodness, which allows us to show up for others in a meaningful way.||1/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Joseph Mauricio: Waking With Depression – Podcast 127||Sometimes we get depressed. Heartbroken. How can meditation help us when we're down? Is waking with depression possible?||1/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||David Nichtern: The Power of Stillness – Podcast 126||Sometimes we're running fast, in an effort to run away from ourselves. But we can be still. By simply giving ourselves space and time to work with our mind, natural intelligence and peace can arise.||1/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||David Perrin: Loving Kindness – Podcast 125||How can kindness find a footing in times of uncertainty, competition, speed, and aggression? We might be afraid of losing our edge; is loving-kindness practical?||12/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Joseph Mauricio: Discovering Abundance, Appreciation and Gratitude – Podcast 124||Is there such a thing as inner wealth, a true abundance of spirit deeper and more reliable than material wealth?||12/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Natalie Baker: Meditation Without Credentials – Podcast 123||We measure ourselves and each other by a personal set of credentials: our professional accomplishments, the school we went to, our social circle, where we live. This also applies to the spiritual path. What is this running narrative about ourselves mea...||12/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Shanté Smalls: What Next? Meditation for After the World Ends – Podcast 122||Sometimes things don't go our way. What do we do? How can we stay in the present moment even when it's uncomfortable, without being seduced by hope and fear, constantly asking "What next?"||12/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ethan Nichtern: Becoming The Grown-Up in the Room – Podcast 121||Shastri Ethan Nichtern discusses the greater awareness and emotional maturity that results from having a regular meditation practice.||11/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||David Perrin: Hearing Enlightenment – Podcast 120||Enlightenment is often an esoteric, elusive concept. But in the Shambhala meditation tradition, enlightenment can be a direct, visceral experience. What is the relationship between enlightenment and the senses?||11/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Eric Spiegel: Explorations of the Shambhala Teachings – Podcast Episode No. 119||In these uncertain times, the podcast presents this foundational talk by our resident Acharya (senior teacher and community leader) Eric Spiegel about the essential teachings of the Shambhala tradition.||11/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Joseph Mauricio: Daring to be Real – Podcast 118||Modern life is so complex. We become easily disconnected from our basic truth, dignity and strength. Reconnecting takes great courage. But daring to be real allows a clean access to life, and the ability to trust the accuracy of our experience.||11/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ethan Nichtern & Eric Schneiderman: Season of Insanity – Showing Up in Chaos – Podcast 117||Shastri Ethan Nichtern and special guest, NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, lead a discussion about the intersection of meditation, politics, and activism. How can the compassion cultivated on the meditation cushion help us to transform ours...||10/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Elizabeth Reid: Turning Toward What’s Close At Hand – Podcast 116||Mindfulness meditation helps us see and accept ourselves as we are. Through synchronicity of body and mind, we can experience total ease with ourselves, and a mind that is stable, strong and clear.||10/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Daniel Hessey: Mindfulness – Kindness or Claustrophobia? – Podcast 115||We often have subtle habits - deeply engrained - of anxiety and self-aggression, experienced as resistance and claustrophobia both on and off the cushion. How can applying kindness to mindfulness practice have a profound impact on our meditation...||10/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Vegan Aharonian: Riding the Waves of Uncertainty – Podcast 114||Life is fundamentally unpredictable. Unexpected changes can be a major source of anxiety, stress, fear, frustration and suffering. How can we learn to perceive uncertainty with a confident and open mind?||10/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||David Perrin: Unconditional Confidence – Podcast 113||“Unconditional confidence" is both a place to start and a place to arrive. Conventionally we find ourselves looking for external confirmation as a source of confidence. But what if we didn’t need anybody or anything else to confirm this confidence?||10/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ethan Nichtern & Sharon Salzberg: Real Love – Bringing the Path to Your Relationships – Podcast 112||How do we navigate the complexities of our own needs and desires with the needs of others? Can we really love someone we don’t agree with? What skills do we have to face the inevitable disappointments in relationship?||9/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Shanté Smalls: Why Meditate? – Podcast 111||That age old question: Why meditate? How can meditation help us with "real" problems? Will my life change if I meditate?||9/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Natalie Baker: Being Alone Vs. Feeling Lonely – Podcast 110||On the spiritual path we try to notice the difference between the basic aloneness we humans experience, and that lonely feeling that periodically arises and scares us. How do we stay with our experience and know the truth of aloneness without being lon...||9/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Elizabeth Reid: Emotion is the Pathway to Reality – Podcast 109||On the path of meditation everything we feel is important. The more accepting we are of these feelings, the more we can relax and appreciate others. Shastri Elizabeth Reid illuminates the way emotions can connect us more and more with our reality.||9/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ethan Nichtern: Committing To Your Path – Podcast 108||In a world punctuated by soapboxes, where fundamentalism fuels a sense of identity, what does it mean to commit to a spiritual path? What does it mean to be a "Buddhist"?||8/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||John Ankele: Nobody Likes A Wet Dog – Podcast 107||Nobody likes a wet dog. But the Dharma teaches that this subtle and pervasive tendency to divide our world into likes and dislikes is at the root of our suffering. Meditation helps us see how we make ourselves unhappy. And that changes everything.||8/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Dr. Bill Auerbach: Buddhism & Western Psychology – Podcast 106||We all want alleviation from suffering, to find ways to rest with our diverse experiences as they arise. Both Western Psychology and Buddhism use particular methods for working with our emotions. How are they complimentary?||8/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||David Perrin: Personal Paradox as Path – Podcast 105||We assume the ideal life is devoid of contradiction and hypocrisy, and might even make fun of others whose personal paradox is on display. What if we considered our contradictions as sacred – our own life as a koan to be contemplated, appreciated,||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ethan Nichtern & Shanté Smalls: If the Buddha Grew Up in New York – Podcast 104||Every spiritual story is situated within a given cultural context. Shastri Ethan Nichtern and Dr. Shanté Smalls examine key elements of the life and society of the historical Buddha, while presenting a modern and inclusive alternate narrative of enligh..||7/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Listened to one podcast and noped after 3min. I understand this is recorded in NYC but come on. The constant honking in the background is too distracting! I live in a city and hear honking all day long. And don't tell me to make the honking part of my meditation practice it's insulting.
As an urban meditator and seeker I totally loved this podcast.
Some guests are so eloquent and spot on.
I can't wait to go to the workshops in NYC!
Full disclosure- I used to attend Shambhala in NYC when I lived there and I missed the talks so much! This is a fun and fascinating intro to Buddhism, meditation and all kinds of interesting, gooey philosophies from the west. Gooey in a good way. I'm so excited this podcast exists!!! One suggestion: List the name of the speaker in the title of each podcast for quick reference.