Metta hour of the Real Love Podcast Series, Sharon has a candid conversation with author Robert Wright and Reverend angel Kyodo Williams around Buddhism, love, and politics.
Recorded live in NYC at Union Theological Seminary, Sharon, Robert and Rev. angel discuss how we can harness meditative practice and the principles of Buddhism to more effectively engage in political arenas ranging from social justice to foreign policy.
The Real Love Podcast Series is a special series on the Metta Hour featuring a variety of conversations with some of the world’s finest thinkers and teachers exploring Sharon’s new book “Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection“. Real Love a field guide for anyone seeking awakened living in the 21st century – regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity, or status. The book explores love in three different areas in life: love of oneself, love of another, and love for all of life. Real Love is now available to order in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook format.
Love Your Enemies – The group discusses the intersection of Buddhism and politics. Rev. angel and Sharon share advice they have given students who struggle to practice loving-kindness in a political and social climate that has become increasingly more divided and hostile.
“For certain people, their world has changed and that can’t be anything but painful because their identity is fundamentally threatened; their sense of who they are and what this country is about. I’m talking particularly about the demographic that Trump most speaks to. I go to the place of like,’Oh, they are suffering,’ and from that understanding, it makes more sense to me how they could get behind someone that they perceive as keeping their identity intact.” – angel Kyodo williams
Empathy and Understanding – Can the meditative practice be an aid in providing a clear comprehension of how we found ourselves in this current socio-political situation? The group talks about the aspects of Buddhist philosophy and practice provides this kind of insight.
“Classicly, the purpose of mindfulness is understanding. Its insider wisdom, not just to inhabit your life but to understand it.” – Sharon Salzberg
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