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.
||David Perrin: Everyone Does It Differently, Together – Podcast 181||When sharing this path of awakening and meditation, everyone does it differently... but we all do it together. David Perrin discusses how meditation leads to greater trust, appreciation, and compassion for others.||2/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Maho Kawachi: Solid Ground – Podcast 180||It happens. Suddenly, something (or someone) we always assumed would be there is gone. We lose our footing, and the ground beneath us no longer seems as solid. How can meditation help us dance with this uncertainty?||2/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Vegan Aharonian: The Shambhala Path – Podcast 179||What is Shambhala? Senior Shambhala teacher Vegan Aharonian offers an overview, placing the Shambhala teachings within the context of Buddhism overall while describing this unique path of meditation.||2/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||David Perrin: Deep Retreat in the Heart of the City – Podcast 178||David Perrin discusses the profound lessons that await us when we undertake the unique journey of a meditation retreat.||1/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lodro Rinzler: The Year of Love – Podcast 177||Could 2018 be a year of love? Our habitual patterns, and the stories we tell ourselves, work so hard to keep us shut down and desensitized to the world around us. Lodro Rinzler discusses how meditation wears away these barriers,||1/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ethan Nichtern: Sustaining a Meditation Practice – Podcast 176||Why is it so challenging to sustain a meditation practice? Shastri Ethan Nichtern offers some real hints for getting your meditation practice going this year.||1/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Shanté Smalls: (Re)treat Yo Self! The Benefits of Retreat – Podcast 175||What happens on a meditation retreat? And why would anyone want to attend one? Dr. Shanté Smalls discusses the benefits of retreat.||1/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Joseph Mauricio: Finding Light in the Darkness – Podcast 174||Late fall and winter can seem like a time of danger and depression: long nights, loneliness, depression. Yet this time of year, like all transitional times, can be a gateway to great discovery. Bardos, as they are called in classical Tibetan Buddhism,||12/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ethan Nichtern: Do I Need A Teacher? – Podcast 173||What is the role of a teacher in Buddhism and how is it evolving? What does it mean to have a teacher, and most importantly, do I really need one (really)?||12/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||David Perrin: Freedom of Speech – Podcast 172||We are inundated by various forms of speech. And oftentimes - between family, social media, and other challenging aspects - we can feel trapped by its demands. How do we find true freedom through speech?||12/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lodro Rinzler: What The Buddha Taught – Podcast 171||We are in the midst of a mindfulness revolution. But what does mindfulness actually mean, and where do these teachings actually come from? Lodro Rinzler offers a sweeping overview of what The Buddha taught.||12/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Filomena Leonardi: Mindful Holidays – The Gift of Presence – Podcast 170||The Holidays: a season of joy, gratitude, family and friends... and anxiety, sadness, chaos and conflict. Filomena Leonardi helps us unpack this contradiction, and investigates the role of mindfulness in helping us navigate the holidays.||12/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Elizabeth Reid: Gathering Strength from the Richness of the Phenomenal World – Podcast 169||What does it mean to engage fully with our world? Shastri Elizabeth Reid discusses the power of meditation to open us up to our senses, and to engage with the richness of the phenomenal world.||11/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Kevin Bogle: Meeting the Bogeyman – Podcast 168||We all have our personal bogeymen, the day to day fears and anxieties that keep us up at night. Kevin Bogle discusses how meditation can help us "meet the bogeyman".||11/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Shanté Smalls: The Gift of Kindness – Podcast 167||What happens when we unwrap the gift of non-aggression and kindness, both for ourselves and for other people?||11/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Natalie Baker: The Lost Art of Good Conversation – Podcast 166||Natalie Baker draws from the new book, “The Lost Art of Good Conversation” by Sakyong Mipham Riponche, as a basis for exploring how to communicate mindfully and how to avoid the pitfalls of communicating from negative emotions.||10/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Eric Spiegel: Essentials of the Shambhala Teachings – Podcast 165||Acharya Eric Spiegel discusses the view of the Shambhala tradition, and what it means to determine a personal view for our lives.||10/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||David Perrin: Difficult Times – Podcast 164||In a talk recorded the day after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, David Perrin speaks to the emotional turmoil - or even numbness - we may experience in the wake of such events. What is the answer? What can meditation and the Shambhala teachings offer i.||10/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ethan Nichtern: Using Your Story to Wake Up – Podcast 163||We all have a story. These stories can either trap us, or they can be liberating. While discussing his latest book, The Dharma of the Princess Bride, Shastri Ethan Nichtern describes how our stories can be the setting for our own awakening.||10/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Joseph Mauricio: Meditation in Real Life – Podcast 162||We often have pre-conceived ideas about meditation. These assumptions can become a trap. Joseph Mauricio emphasizes the importance of accepting our real life, individual experience of meditation. What if - on and off the cushion - we could simply be wh.||10/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Natalie Baker: Making Friends With Loss – Podcast 161||We all experience loss: a cherished possession; the end of a relationship; the death of a loved one... How does the path of meditation help us make friends with loss?||9/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Kevin Bogle: Strong Emotions – Podcast 160||In response to strong emotions we may be tempted to act out or to repress. But what if there was a third option? Kevin Bogle discusses how meditation helps us stay grounded.||9/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Daniel Hessey: Meditation and Society – Podcast 159||Meditation practice helps us tune into our society - the extraordinary symphony of cooperation between us and those around us - and equips us to meet this world with bravery. Acharya Daniel Hessey discusses meditation as a social act.||9/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||John Sennhauser: What Is Shambhala? – Podcast 158||John Sennhauser offers an overview of the origins of Shambhala Buddhism, its founder, Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, and what distinguishes this tradition from other meditation and Buddhist traditions.||9/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Natalie Baker: Getting Off the Emotional Roller Coaster – Podcast 157||We spend so much time trying to avoid feeling bad. Sometimes even feeling good is difficult to accept. How do we get off this emotional roller coaster?||8/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Elizabeth Reid: Coming to our Senses – Podcast 156||Shasti Elizabeth Reid discusses the importance of trusting our senses. What does it mean to experience the sense perceptions as sacred?||8/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Shanté Smalls: Coping With Loss – Podcast 155||We often experience loss and disappointment, from everyday disappointments to the most profound losses. Meditation helps us let go of our defensive patterns to remain curious about our present experience, no matter how painful.||8/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Maho Kawachi: The Power of Compassion – Podcast 154||Maho Kawachi offers a riveting personal example of the power of compassion in meeting aggression, stimulating a discussion about compassionate action.||8/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Robert Chender: Keeping Your Cool When You’re Stressed Out – Podcast 153||How does meditation help you stay grounded when it's so easy to stress out? Robert Chender discusses the science and art of keeping your cool.||7/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Vegan Aharonian: The Science of Meditation – Podcast 152||Feeling scattered? Stressed? Vegan Aharonian discusses the latest scientific research about meditation's positive impact on the human brain and body.||7/23/2017||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.
Great podcast. Interesting talks, nice intro to buddhism without the jargon.
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.