A Conversation on Compassion With Brooke Dodson-Lavelle - Co-Founder and President, Courage of Care Coalition, Meditation Teacher, Visionary

How do we leverage the contemplative community into justice and liberation for all, not just the pursuit of liberation for ourselves individually? In this conversation, we explore issues around uncomfortable topics - race, systems of white dominance and our collective embedded-ness in these systems. We also explore how our contemplative practices must include looking at the suffering created by these systems in order to change them, and how Courage of Care Coalition is engaged in leading workshops, intensives and retreats to help bring us to these difficult and necessary conversations, and the sustained engaged practices of care.

A Conversation on Compassion With Al Kaszniak - Meditation Researcher, Psychologist, Zen Sensei

In this conversation, we talk about the beginnings of meditation research in the United States, Al’s courage and pioneering role in leading meditation research in the southwest at the University of Arizona long before it was mainstream, and what we’ve learned about meditation through research so far. We also explore Al’s path of practice in the Zen Buddhist tradition, the role of technology and apps to make meditation accessible, and his ‘second post-academic career’ as a meditation teacher in the Zen tradition.

A Conversation on Compassion With Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg, one of America's most beloved meditation teachers, and author of NY Times best selling books 'Real Happiness', Real Happiness at Work', 'Lovingkindness', and 'Real Love', talks with our founder, Charles Raison, MD about her meditation journey and why the practice of compassion changed her life.

Helping Our Way to Happiness With Al Kaszniak, Ph.D 

Al Kaszniak, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology, and Sensei of Upaya Zen Sangha of Tucson shares this teaching on the pursuit of happiness.