Teaching is essentially translation. It means ferrying an authentic contemplative tradition across choppy waters into our psychological and cultural realities, losing neither the vision nor the truth of what we know to be our immediate experience.
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I continually point toward this secret of the present moment, for if I am really present, I don’t suffer as much, I don’t cause as much suffering, and I am less afraid.
I may experience intense pain or pleasure, but the degree of mental suffering lessens.
Practicing mindfulness de-conditions the habits that prevent me from being centered in the present.
This in turn gives me a more stable awareness, which allows me to recognize my inherent peace and
It is this taste of nowness—introducing people to the living quality of the present moment and its sense of freedom—that most engages me in my teaching practice.
I find no evidence of suffering, in my mind, unless I remind myself of some event that is not in the present.
Suffering arises when I am lost in my imagination, reviewing the past or fearfully anticipating the future.
I feel tremendous gratitude and love for the dharma, and the practice of awareness.
Knowing my mind a little better, and being less preoccupied with my internal drama, makes me more available to the suffering of others.
Consequently, I am moved to give to others rather than focusing on what I can get.
In spite of being more attuned to suffering, staying present allows each day to become more joyful, compelling and intereesting.
My desire to run from this moment, by running after an imagined, better future, or away from a past fear, has diminished.
It is present wakefulness that helps me recover my capacity to live with balance and ease in the world.
Slavoj Å½iÅ¾ek is the guest this week as we discuss the flak heâs received for a few of his Lacanian interventions into politics recently, Marxâs Labor Theory of Value, and his most current book Against the Double Blackmail.
"[A]n urgent and entertaining diagnosis of the ongoing refugee crisis and global terror threat, highlighting the glaring contradictions in our attitudes and actions." âMother Jones
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This episode does not feature any sound collages or clips, except for one clip from a youtube video called "Slavoj Zizek Reacts," and the song Raggle Taggle by A Hawk and a Hacksaw.
photo credit goes to Ellis Christopher
The guest this week is Mark Fisher. Fisher is the author of the book Capitalist Realism and Ghosts of My Life (writings on depression, hauntology and lost futures). Fisher is also the author of an essay on the hit television show Breaking Bad for the New Humanist magazine and it’s this essay which will be the subject of this week’s podcast.
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To set up this interview I thought I’d paste in an excerpt from Mark Fisher’s essay:
Who needs religion when you have television? On soap operas, unlike in life, villainous characters almost always face their comeuppance. TV cops may now be required to have âcomplicatedâ private lives and dubious personal ethics, but weâre seldom in any serious doubt about the difference between good and evil, and on which side of the line the maverick cop ultimately falls. The persistence of the fantasy that justice is guaranteed â a religious fantasy â wouldnât have surprised the great thinkers of modernity. Theorists such as Spinoza, Kant, Nietzsche and Marx argued that atheism was extremely difficult to practise. Itâs all very well professing a lack of belief in God, but itâs much harder to give up the habits of thought which assume providence, divine justice and a secure distinction between good and evil.
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Episode 10: Paul Ford and Josh Whip the Dip
published on 2015/06/15 01:06:36 0000
The enigmatic and hilarious Paul Ford returns to Tomorrow to discuss his recent, critically acclaimed Businessweek story "What Is Code?" The two men actually manage to stay on topic for a little while, but the conversation soon devolves (evolves?) into a whirlwind discussion about commenters, Batman, and Nokia. In addition, listeners will have a front row seat to the birth of a unique, high-concept restaurant.
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David Brooks on the Road to Character
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published on 2015/06/04 13:02:54 +0000
On May 26th 2015, New York Times columnist David Brooks came to the Intelligence Squared stage to share the insights of his latest book, ‘The Road to Character’. Brooks argued that today’s ‘Big Me’ culture is making us increasingly self-preoccupied: we live in a world where we’re taught to be assertive, to master skills, to broadcast our brand, to get likes, to get followers. But amidst all the noise of self-promotion, Brooks claimed that we’ve lost sight of an important and counterintuitive truth: that in order to fulfil ourselves we need to learn how to forget ourselves.
Brooks was joined on stage by writer and lecturer on psychology, politics, and the arts Andrew Solomon.
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Enron dives from the seventh largest US company to bankruptcy in less than a year in this tale told chronologically. The emphasis is on human drama, from suicide to 20,000 people sacked: the personalities of Ken Lay (with Falwellesque rectitude), Jeff Skilling (he of big ideas), Lou Pai (gone with $250 M), and Andy Fastow (the dark prince) dominate. Along the way, we watch Enron game California’s deregulated electricity market, get a free pass from Arthur Andersen (which okays the dubious mark-to-market accounting), use greed to manipulate banks and brokerages (Merrill Lynch fires the analyst who questions Enron’s rise), and hear from both Presidents Bush what great guys these are.
Episode 8: John Gruber \u0026 Josh Get 2gether 4 an Apple Chat by Tomorrow | Free Listening on SoundCloud
Episode 8: John Gruber & Josh Get 2gether 4 an Apple Chat
published on 2015/06/01 00:33:01 0000
ALERT. John Gruber is one of the world’s foremost experts on Apple. Josh is one of the world’s foremost experts on experts. Unsurprisingly, things get very nerdy when Josh and John sit down to discuss the past, present, and future of the company, as well as how it compares to the competition. But don’t worry — Woodrow Wilson, James Bond, and the New York Yankees all pop up in the discussion as well. You’ve been warned.
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