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PBS's 'This Emotional Life': The Small Self: How Your Identity Constrains You

Posted December 2, 2010 | 08:40:00 (EST)

So who are "you" anyway?

By "you" I am referring to your identity, or the thoughts, beliefs, ideas and positions that are the basis of your sense of yourself. These are the things that the brain uses to create the experience of being unique, an individual separate from everything...

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PBS's 'This Emotional Life': Taming the Bull: Why Meditation Is So Difficult...And So Rewarding

Posted November 3, 2010 | 12:21:00 (EST)

Just over 60 years ago, there was almost no mention of meditation in Western popular culture except in the most off-beat paths and dusty corners. Now, everywhere you look, from magazines and talk shows to books and the internet, one blissed-out person after another is preaching about how they overcame...

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PBS's 'This Emotional Life': Zen Strategies for Getting 'Unstuck'

Posted September 7, 2010 | 08:00:00 (EST)

In Zen Buddhist practice, people often report feeling stuck in life. They share that, in spite of all their hard work, education and success, they are unable to move beyond whatever has them stopped. This experience is often described in lay terminology as "Hitting the Wall." In Zen, we call...

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PBS's 'This Emotional Life': The Road to Enlightenment

Posted May 8, 2010 | 08:00:00 (EST)

Everywhere you look there is a book, tape, DVD, course or workshop you can take to get "Enlightened." There are those who sell the "Now." There are those who pitch the "Present." And there are those who sell everything including the kitchen sink.

So what does it mean to...

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PBS's 'This Emotional Life': Why Zen?

Posted April 16, 2010 | 09:24:46 (EST)

People often ask "Why Zen? Is it relevant in today's world?" The answer is yes, very relevant! Zen training -- of which meditation is a key component -- is designed to produce people who can be effective in any situation. Far from the popular notions of bliss, tie-die and tree...

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