04 Apr Being Well Podcast: Mindful Practice in the Real World with Stephen Snyder
How can we bring useful qualities of contemplative practice into our normal, everyday lives as people living in the real world? Meditation teacher and author Stephen Snyder joins us to explore that overarching question, alongside a variety of topics related to “not-self,” the true nature of the self, and self-transcendence.
About our Guest: Stephen is a senior meditation teach who has been practicing meditation since 1976. He’s the author of three books, including Buddha’s Heart. Stephen is also a lawyer by trade, and has practiced law on behalf of a number of Zen masters and Buddhist organizations.
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2:35: Stephen’s background in Buddhism
6:30: A brief background in types of Buddhist practice
10:30: Bringing practice into our work life
14:00: Why do contemplative teachers behave badly?
17:50: Personality and the self
20:00: “Not-self” and the end of suffering
23:20: Why would we want to “transcend” the self?
26:10: Maintaining practice during a normal life
29:45: Do we have a “self,” and the fear of emptiness
33:30: Suffering attached to the self
35:30: What do we get out of practice?
39:30: The purpose and limitations of meditation
41:45: The threat of change
44:10: The “brahmavihārās,” and Buddha’s Heart
47:00: Practices for self-development
52:30: What’s ‘in’ a self-transcendent experience?
56:30: Ways to experience self-transcendence
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