Exploring Dharma Practice and Right Action in an Age of Climate Change
Offered June 5, 2022
Thanissara and William Edelglass explore "Right Action" for these times that the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) calls "Nothing less than a Red Alert for humanity." In a IPCC report from April 2022, UN Secretary-General António Guterres states, "It's now or never!" What does this context mean for us as Dharma practitioners?
The Transformative Power of Ritual and Ceremony in Buddhist Practice
Offered April 3, 2022
Zenju Earthlyn Manuel and Paula Arai discuss the shamanistic dimensions of Buddhist practice, exploring the healing and transformative power of ritual and ceremony based on Zenju Osho’s recent book, The Shamanic Bones of Zen: Revealing the Ancestral Spirit and Mystical Heart of a Sacred Tradition.
Exploring Nibbana: A Conversation with Joseph Goldstein
Offered January 9, 2022
Joseph Goldstein and William Edelglass, BCBS Director of Studies, explore approaches to Nibbana as discussed in Joseph's recent article in Insight Journal, "Reflections on Nibbana".
Visceral Enlightenment: Somatic Practice as a Dharma Path
Offered December 18, 2021
Emptiness and Form: Fiction and the Dharma
Offered December 12, 2021
Ruth Ozeki, Zen Buddhist priest and novelist, and professor Francisca Cho, one of the most prominent contemporary scholars on Buddhism and literature, explore emptiness and form, and the many ways that reading and writing literature can teach the dharma. Ruth's most recent novel, The Book of Form and Emptiness, was published by Viking in September 2021.
A Wild Love for the World:
Joanna Macy on Grief, Gratitude, and Belonging
Offered May 22, 2021
Joanna Macy, author, teacher, and scholar of Buddhism, systems thinking, and deep ecology is joined by Stephanie Kaza, author of Green Buddhism and professor emerita of environmental studies, in an exploration of the state of the world, our grief and gratitude, and our deep belonging to the living Earth. This conversation includes their timely insights for the challenges facing us today: climate chaos, pandemic, economic collapse, racial injustice, and the undermining of democracy. Topics are drawn from Joanna’s new book, A Wild Love for the World: Joanna Macy and the Work of Our Time (Shambhala, 2020), as well as the 30th anniversary updated edition of World as Lover, World as Self.
Buddhism, Race, and American Belonging:
An Asian American View
Offered March 21, 2021
Duncan Ryūken Williams and Chenxing Han draw from their recent books American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War and Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhists to investigate the Asian American Buddhist experience. These groundbreaking books form the basis for a timely conversation on buried histories, trailblazing contributions, race and identity, belonging and refuge.
The Deepest Peace:
Contemplations From a Season of Stillness
Offered January 17, 2021
Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, ordained Zen Buddhist priest, and Kaishin Unique Holland, Zen practitioner and educator, offer meditation, reading, and conversation on Sensei’s latest publication, The Deepest Peace: Contemplations From a Season of Stillness.
A Solstice Eve Sound Meditation
Offered Dec 20, 2020
Laurie Anderson has been practicing Buddhist meditation and investigating the nature of sound for more than forty-five years. This freely offered sound meditation explores some of what we might be learning about sound, communication, and empathy in the covid era. We were happy to present this program in collaboration with the Insight Meditation Society (IMS).
Mindfully Confronting Racism:
Buddhism and the Inner Work of Racial Justice
Rhonda Magee &
Offered Dec 12, 2020
In this practice and inquiry session, freely offered in support of BCBS, Rhonda Myozen Magee and Bhikkhu Anālayo explore how mindfulness can increase our capacity to address racism and other socially-constructed oppressions and vulnerabilities in our times.
A Conversation with Joseph Goldstein and Dawn Scott
Offered Nov 23, 2020
In this event BCBS co-founder Joseph Goldstein, BCBS teacher Dawn Scott, and BCBS Director of Studies William Edelglass explore how Buddhadharma is transmitted and transformed by a new generation. How do we remain grounded in the liberating wisdom and practices of the traditions we have inherited even as we directly address the turbulence and urgency of our times, and share these teachings with an ever-growing and changing community of practitioners?