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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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