Show 11: Buddhism II

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Happy ‘”fall back” and welcome to another episode of On Topic! Here we present to you the second of our two shows on Buddhism. Buddhism’s grounded and all-inclusive spirituality, as a practice, seems to resonate with many modern people in the West today (See our previous post on Buddhism I for some of the questions that led us to this topic). We feel lucky to have interviewed two more very knowledgeable Buddhist teachers. Our first guest Kevin Griffin is a Buddhist author, teacher, and innovator in the field of addiction treatment. The insight and intimacy of his teaching have made him a leader in the mindful recovery movement. He’s written a book called A Burning Desire: Dharma God & the Path of Recovery which shows how the Dharma (a.k.a. teachings of the Buddha), can be understood as a Higher Power in the context of a twelve-step program. He’s also a musician, and we feature some of his music in the show. Our second guest is JoAnna Harper, a teacher who has been exploring multiple traditions since 1999. In 2005, her primary practice became Buddhism and Vipassana meditation, which is the premise for most of her current teaching. She leads retreats and classes at many places including Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and works with at risk youth in institutional and school settings. She is the grateful mother of CJ and Harris – her main inspirations. These two will help us understand a little about what Buddhism is, how meditation is practiced, and how it may be of help to you in your life. So have a listen! And check out our YouTube channel On Topic: Culture, Spirituality, and the Esoteric (linked here: http://bit.ly/1aW0Dk3 ) where we’ll be posting more exclusive interviews.

Guests:

Kevin Griffin
http://www.kevingriffin.net

JoAnna Harper
http://www.againstthestream.org

Music:
Shri Camelot “New Age Bookstore”
Kevin Griffin “I’m Alive”
Jaime Richter “Summertime is Over”
Morgen Stary “Odds Are”
Shri Camelot “Brooks Teental”

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