#89 Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg returns to MDWH! She answers one of the toughest questions: How do you live in the present while setting goals and planning for your future. We also talk about getting trapped in the Bliss Trap, mindfulness, skillfully leading to the end of internal suffering, how to deal with critics, and how to relate to your experiences.

• SharonSalzberg.com
• Zach's interview with Sharon
• Sharon's Podcast
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#86 Joseph Mauricio

Joseph Maurico returns to the show! Joseph is a senior Buddhist and meditation teacher at Shambhala, founder of Dharmajunkies, performer and so much more. Joseph and I sit down to talk about working with difficult people, reality, consciousness, chaos, and more. 

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#55 Ethan Nichtern

Shastri Ethan Nichtern is a senior teacher at Shambhala, founder of the Interdependence Project, and author of several books on Buddhism (One City, and Your Emoticons Won't Save You). One of my favorite contemporary teachers of the dharma. His most recent book, The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path, just came out. We sat down at the Shambhala Center in New York to discuss the state of Buddhism within the practical world of today and how we are moving forward. Today's discussion includes:

  • Shambhala, today, explained

  • Cleaning up your act

  • Looking at how we could use our spiritual practice in our lives

  • Spritual Materialism

  • Consciousness is your home

  • Being vulnerable

  • Skillfully working with your mess

  • A short discussion about interdependence

  • Scientific Materialism, Consciousness and Buddhism

  • Religion without blind faith

  • Keeping it real with new voices in Buddhism

  • Self promoting authentically by cultivating your attention

Visit Ethan at his site, Ethan Nichtern.comPurchase his book on Amazon

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#47 Jessica Gaddy

Jessica coaches teachers at a public middle school in Spokane, WA. To be precise, she is teaching at the school we attended over 20 years ago. A large majority of the students at the school live in poverty, several are homeless, many come from disadvantaged homs however her school is flourishing. Despite the standardization of schools, Jessica and her colleages have found a way to create a community space where the kids are becoming more connected to their environment and each other. Today we discuss the new direction the schools are heading, disciplining students (what hapens when a good kid brings a knife to school), creating a new way to educate communities, and a new model for what schools could be. She definitey inspires anyone who is worried about the education system!

#40 Raghu Markus & David Silver

David and Raghu have opened my world in so many ways over the years, and I am sure they'll open yours as well! Together they run the Mindrolling Podcast and have started the MindPod network where they host podcasts from the greatest buddhist teachers including Ram Dass, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, and others. Today we dig in to tackle the heaviest issues I've struggled with including death, attachment, environment, love, fashion, consumerism and more. They spend time imparting wisdom about the world and how our generation is similar to theirs, how we should have hope, and how we can let people do what makes them happy. 

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#25: Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg in Maui at the Ram Dass retreat

Sharon Salzberg in Maui at the Ram Dass retreat

Buddhist and meditation teacher, Sharon Salzberg, takes time out of her busy schedule to come on the show and talk about life, meditation, dealing with difficult jobs, forgiveness, community, letting go, and beginning again. She also provides some tools on how to get through the daily grind.