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Shinran and Kabat-Zinn

by Ratnaguna (2005)

This wonderful talk by Ratnaguna looks at the Pureland tradition of Shinran, comparing some of his approaches to the contemporary teacher John Kabat-Zinn, pioneer of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. The nature of ‘problems’ versus ‘difficulties’ is explored - notions of ‘acceptance’, ‘development’, and awareness itself are considered from new angles that can shed light on our experience of failure and suffering. A lovely, sympathetic and good-natured look at the foolishness of human beings which can, when held in the heart, begin to approach wisdom itself.

Talk given at the Western Buddhist Order Convention, 2005

Total running time: 1:10:28