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Mindfulness and the Creative Disruption of Bias

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio on Wed, 27 Jul, 2016 - 00:00
Viveka exploring the theme of racism from the perspective of the Dharma and what the Buddha had to say about complex conditionality. A timely look at understanding - and ultimately undoing - the patterns that lead to prejudice and bias, of all kinds. Specifically, this talk investigates: - Opening to the inter-personal, organizational, and societal conditioning that perpetuates racial bias. - Understanding 'implicit bias', which is how thoughts, feelings, emotions, and actions are influenced (largely unconsciously) by exposure to stereotypes and fears about targeted social groups. - How can the mechanics of 'implicit' bias be disrupted by the power of mindfulness? Talk given at San Francisco Buddhist Center, June 2016. thebuddhistcentre.com/sanfrancisco
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The Mind Precepts

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio on Tue, 26 Apr, 2016 - 00:00
Vimalasara explores the mind precepts and the importance of reciting the "negative" forms of the precepts in English as part of the Women's GFR Ethics Retreat at Jikoji, San Francisco, 2016.
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Ethical Speech

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio on Tue, 26 Apr, 2016 - 00:00
Tejavani gives a succinct outline of the speech precepts as part of the Women's GFR Ethics Retreat at Jikoji, San Francisco, 2016.
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Reading: The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women

Posted by marysalome on Sun, 26 Jan, 2014 - 21:31
Editors Zenshin Florence Caplow and Reigetsu Susan Moon, and contributing authors Mushim Ikeda-Nash and Viveka Chen read from this recently published collection of Buddhist stories and koans from women through the ages. Recorded at the San Francisco Buddhist Center, January 25, 2014.
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Cancer and the Preciousness of Life

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio on Tue, 23 Oct, 2012 - 00:00
After eight months of treatment for metastatic cancer in her pelvis and lungs, Suvarnaprabha offers a some reflections about how this deep experience of impermanence has positively influenced her life, practice, and attitude. Followed by questions and comments. The talk was given at the Gay Buddhist Fellowship, an ecumenical gathering of gay Buddhist men in San Francisco.
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Stage 4b - More Lessons From Cancer

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio on Wed, 8 Aug, 2012 - 00:00
A second evening of reflections on having cancer.
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Stage 4b - Lessons From Cancer

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio on Wed, 8 Aug, 2012 - 00:00
Having been in treatment for the last eight months for metastatic cancer in her pelvis and lungs, Suvarnaprabha offers a few informal reflections about how this deep experience of impermanence has influenced her life and practice.
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Dr Ambedkar's Conversion

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio on Wed, 14 Oct, 2009 - 00:00
Maitrivir-Nagarjuna's excellent talk recorded for the San Francisco sangha's celebration of the anniversary of the great mass conversion initiated by Dr. Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar, the great leader of the Dalit community of Indian Buddhists. It is a pretty comprehensive oveview of why Dr. Ambdekar converted to Buddhism, the significance of the anniversary itself, and Ambedkar's vision of 'prabuddha bharat': Enlightened India, and, in fact, an Enlightened world.

Talk given in 2009
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Patience

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio on Tue, 3 Feb, 2009 - 00:00
Here's a talk by the wonderful Suvarnaprabha given at a meeting of the San Francisco Gay Buddhist Fellowship just after the U.S. election of 2008. Tempering the general delight at Barack Obama's win was the knowledge that the people of California had voted to outlaw gay marriage, reversing the then current law. Suvarnaprabha's talk is perfectly weighted to the context and the time, looking at the 'perfection of patience', one of the training principles of the Bodhisattva and its application in our own challenging spiritual lives.

Talk given at San Francisco Buddhist Center, November 2008
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The Three Lakshanas

Posted by Free Buddhist Audio on Thu, 23 Oct, 2008 - 00:00
From a series of talks on sangha night at the San Francisco Buddhist center. With musical examples!
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