Joan Halifax, Buddhist teacher, author and abbot of Upaya Zen Monastery in Santa Fe, talks about initiation with African shaman, healer and diviner, Malidoma Some. Malidoma suggests that people in the West suffer from "sickness of the soul." He joins Roshi Joan in a fascinating conversation about the ways we can heal this sickness, as well as the unexpressed grief in our culture. In this program, we discover the secrets of an African initiation and the power of Buddhist vows with two people who walk between the worlds of East and West, of Magic and Meditation.
Dr. Robert Thurman, Professor of Indo-Buddhist studies at Columbia University, inspiring teacher, lecturer and author of twelve books, discusses the fruition of spiritual practice - our work in the world, with Dr. Lawrence Brilliant, the epidemiologist who founded the SEVA Foundation, which has returned sight to over two million indigenous people in South America and Asia with free cataract operations. Dr. Brilliant headed the medical team which stamped out small pox in India in the 1970's. Today he is back in India working on the spreading polio epidemic.
Islam is arguably the most misunderstood and feared religion in the world today. Yet, few people know that sufism, the mystical branch of Islam, much like the core teachings of Christianity, is built around the concept of Love - Divine Love and love for all Creation. From the ecstatic bliss of the whirling dervishes to the multi-layered mystical poetry of Jalaluddin Rumi, sufism has recently become more well-known in the west, as a practice which promotes tolerance and acceptance among all peoples and faiths.
Myths lie at the heart of the system of meanings that greatly influence our individual lives and the values of cultures and a societies as a whole. Have the classical, timeless myths that Joseph Campbell and others highlighted been offset by more contemporary myths based on commercialism and money? Join host Bokara Legendre as she explores some of the myths surrounding money, time and meaning in American society today and compares these with the dominant myths in other cultures. Philosopher and author Jacob Needleman, and anthropologist Dr.
In this episode, Taoist professor and psychologist Dr. Benjamin Tong meets environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill, the world's most famous "tree-sitter." Julia became an international symbol of environmental activism by living for over two years high atop an old-growth redwood tree in northern California, a tree she named "Luna," which she ultimately saved from destruction.