Meditation in the City: A Shambhala Podcast
By Shambhala Meditation Center of New York
To listen to an audio podcast, mouse over the title and click Play. Open iTunes to download and subscribe to podcasts.
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.
||Lama Rod Owens: The Dharma of Keeping It Real – Podcast 214||In the context of sexual misconduct in the Shambhala community, Lama Rod hosts a wide-ranging discussion about self-care, justice, trauma, race and white supremacy, and how our practice supports keeping it real.||11/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Acharya Eric Spiegel: What The Buddha Taught: Taking Refuge – Podcast 213||Acharya Eric Spiegel discusses what it means to be a Buddhist. What are the essential teachings of The Buddha, how does one formalize a commitment to the Buddhist path, and what does it mean to raise a family, own a business,||11/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||David Perrin: Every Beginning is an End; Every End is a Beginning – Podcast 212||David Perrin discusses the Buddhist teaching of impermanence. We spend so much time figuring out what will happen next; what happens when we train ourselves to simply rest in the present moment in meditation?||10/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Natalie Baker: If I Don’t Have a Self, Who Am I? – Podcast 211||Natalie Baker discusses the Buddhist concepts of ego and egolessness. If there is no "ego", no "self", no "me", then who am I?||10/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Timothy Quigley: Indestructible Dharma and the Nonlinear Path – Podcast 210||Timothy Quigley discusses the profound depth of the meditation tradition. In this age of greater speed, anxiety and sense of overwhelm, what does is needed to touch this greater depth?||10/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ethan Nichtern: Why Lineage Matters – Podcast 209||What's the point of lineage? And does commitment to a lineage mean giving up our authentic selves? Ethan Nichtern talks about why lineage matters.||9/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Vegan Aharonian: Basic Goodness – Podcast 208||We practice meditation in order to - in some way - become a better person. Vegan Aharonian discusses this ultimate potential within is all, known in the Shambhala tradition as "Basic Goodness".||9/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Natalie Baker: What Is Constant In Life? – Podcast 207||The Buddha taught that there are three qualities of life that we can’t escape: impermanence, feeling unsatisfied, and selflessness. We typically know these qualities as the experience of surprise when things change,||9/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Shanté Smalls: The Cradle of Loving-Kindness – Podcast 206||At times there is a palpable sense of fear in the world. When this is our experience, Shambhala's root instruction is to place our fearful mind into "the cradle of loving-kindness". What does this actually look like?||8/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Shanté Smalls: Can Shambhala Get Sober? – Podcast 205||What could "sobriety" look like for the Shambhala organization? Shanté Smalls discusses tools to help us heal and prevent trauma, abuse, and harmful patterns - from the Buddhist Five Precepts to teachings on Basic Goodness to 12-Step inventories.||8/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Maho Kawachi: Being Genuine – Podcast 204||Maho Kawachi discusses how simply sitting and observing our minds can be an act of compassion and bravery, which leads to greater genuineness.||8/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Robert Chender: Difficult Emotions – Podcast 203||How do we function when we're caught up in anger or fear, or we just freeze? The "lizard brain" takes over, and it seems like threats are everywhere. Robert Chender discusses how meditation helps us encounter our difficult emotions.||7/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Natalie Baker: We Can Clean Up Our Messes – Podcast 202||In the midst of great turmoil, the Shambhala teachings encourage us that all is not lost. Our fundamental nature is not problematic. We can clean up our messes.||7/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Bill Auerbach & Una Chung: Buddhism, Gender and Freedom – Podcast 201||You notice how your body feels during meditation. Una Chung and Bill Auerbach discuss how this practice of noticing can effect the (sometimes rigid) ways we categorize our bodies, and what Buddhism has to say about our experiences of gender and sexualit||7/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Shanté Smalls: Holding Space, Healing Harm – Podcast 200||When everything is screaming for us to shut down, how do we simply hold space for what we're feeling? And frankly, why would we even want to?||7/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Rick Redondo: From Stressful Work to Contentment – Podcast 199||The Shambhala teachings remind us that we can always choose to be open. But what does that look like in a stressful work environment? Rick Redondo discusses the path to contentment at work.||6/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Joseph Mauricio: Learning to Be Here Now – Podcast 198||Joe Mauricio explores how we can use mindfulness and awareness to bring our full being into the present. If the world is a crazy place, we can become an element of sanity simply by coming into our posture and remembering to be here now.||6/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Shanté Smalls: Becoming a Superhero – Podcast 197||Most people would love to be a superhero. What if we believed that being a fully present human was actually a kind of superpower? Meditation is a powerful and simple way to tune into our inherent wisdom and strength,||6/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ethan Nichtern: Working with Craving and Addiction – Podcast 196||Alcohol. Caffeine. Food. Sex... We all get caught up in patterns of craving. Shastri Ethan Nichtern leads an examination of these cyclical states of mind, and how meditation helps us cultivate curiosity and self-acceptance about the mechanics of cravin.||6/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Kevin Bogle: Fallen Idols – Podcast 195||What happens when our heroes, our teachers, our idols, disappoint us? Why does this sense of betrayal hurt so bad? Kevin Bogle leads a discussion about reckoning with our fallen idols. Meditation In The City is the Shambhala Meditation Center of New Yo||5/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Rev. angel Kyodo williams: Why Your Liberation is Bound Up With Mine – Podcast 194||In the face of today’s political and social unrest, is it possible to create a wise, kind, and strong human society? Rev. angel Kyodo williams speaks about how the collective process of waking up is closely related to the truth of interdependence.||5/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Natalie Baker: Mindfulness With Smartphones – Podcast 193||We're addicted to our phones. Can mindfulness help? Natalie Baker discusses why we relate to our phones as a lifeline, and how meditation can help us keep things in perspective.||5/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Maho Kawachi: Upright But Not Uptight – Podcast 192||What we communicate is important. How we communicate can be just as important. Maho Kawachi discusses how meditation helps us to manifest with confidence - upright but not uptight.||5/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Kevin Bogle: What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do – Podcast 191||You're stuck. You've hit a wall. The usual strategies aren't working. How can meditation help you know what to do when you don't know what to do?||4/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||David Perrin: A Shambhala Cosmology of Mindfulness – Podcast 190||Why am I here? How did I come to be? Beyond the surface considerations popularized by the modern mindfulness movement, what if meditation helps us reckon with a more cosmic understanding of our existence? David Perrin goes big,||4/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Rick Redondo: Vulnerability is the New Punk Rock – Podcast 189||Why are some emotions difficult to feel? What gets in the way of simply feeling our feelings, and sharing this kind of openness with others? Rick Redondo posits a radical way of living: vulnerability.||4/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ethan Nichtern: Meditation is All About Confidence – Podcast 188||The Shambhala teachings emphasize being present, awake, and brave. How is this done? By cultivating a kind of confidence not conditioned by the events of our lives. Shastri Ethan Nichtern discusses why meditation is all about confidence.||4/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Elizabeth Reid: Finding Equanimity – Podcast 187||We hope things will go our way. We fear they won't. How does meditation help us cultivate a sense of equanimity? Is such a quality even reasonable? Shastri Elizabeth Reid discusses the power of equanimity.||4/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Laura Simms: Play of the Mind – Podcast 186||What does it mean to live one's life as a work of art? Can a life grounded in meditation inspire others to sanity? Laura Simms talks about the Dharma Art teachings of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche.||3/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Joseph Mauricio: Nonviolent Activism – Podcast 185||Can we engage in our life in a way that is passionate, involved, and present, without finding fault or separation with others? Joseph Mauricio discusses the nonviolent activism that can arise out of meditation.||3/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
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.
This podcast has been such a rich source of insight and encouragement, it's hard to overstate how much it's meant to me. Thank you, thank you thank you.
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!