Reflections on Buddhism

Reflections on Buddhism is a monthly discussion with local Buddhist monastic Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi and Patrick McGinn (host) that bridges the worlds of Buddhist thought, current events and the latest research in the field of positive psychology.
Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi  (she/her/hers) is a Buddhist monastic, activist and teacher of both Buddhist and secular programs. She is especially interested in bringing the wisdom of Buddhism into modern culture and into alignment with modern cultural values such as racial and gender justice, and environmental awareness. She has been exploring the presentation of traditional teachings using modern pedagogical methods such as experiential exercises, dialogue and small group interaction. She feels that Buddhism has many rich perspectives and techniques to offer for the development of the whole person in all aspects – emotional, cognitive, social, and so on – and can be used to help us deal more skillfully with the challenges of our lives. To this end, she has been collaborating with teachers of Non-Violent Communication, conflict resolution, psychotherapy and other disciplines to design programs to meet specific needs.
As well as being passionate about her spiritual practice, she is a social justice activist and is involved in several interfaith social justice groups. She feels strongly that a genuine and meaningful spiritual path includes not only personal transformation, but social and cultural transformation as well.

HOSTS

Patrick McGinn has worked as a civil rights attorney, also with animal rescue organizations in various roles, and for the last six years has been living and working at Buddhist retreat centers in the western United States. He moved to Land of Medicine Buddha in January 2018, first as a member of the Service Study residential program, then served as Spiritual Program Administrator, and is currently serving as Operations Manager. Patrick enjoys fostering homeless dogs, hiking, writing, listening to KSQD radio and has been hosting “Reflections on Buddhism” since early 2020.

Brigitte Reardon is a licensed Massage Therapist, Yoga instructor, musician and world traveler. She has a strong passion for holistic health, volunteerism, music and travel. Throughout her travels she’s learned about various philosophies and religions and found her deepest calling in Buddhist and Hindu practices. Brigitte is originally from Southern California and migrated up to the Bay Area in 2015. Brigitte piloted “Reflections on Buddhism,” which was picked up by KSQD and launched in February, 2019.

EPISODES

Tapping into the Power of Joy

Tapping into the Power of Joy

Joyous effort, or enthusiasm, is presented as one of the six "paramitas," or perfections of the practice of the Bodhisattvas. How do we sustain this enthusiasm for our practice and our service of...

Celebrating our Interdependence

Celebrating our Interdependence

Western culture places a great deal of emphasis on the individual, yet the reality of our existence is that we are able to do very little — even for our own survival — without relying on others....

Seeing is not Believing

Seeing is not Believing

Many of us were raised with the belief that “Seeing is Believing,” and that our sense perceptions are giving us an objective view of the world around us.  However, the mental processes involved are...

Buddhist Practice Behind Bars

Buddhist Practice Behind Bars

Ven. Tenzin has been teaching Buddhist meditation and philosophy in prisons for over 15 years. In this episode, Ven. Tenzin talks about how she got involved in this work and some of the unique...

Awakening Warriors: the Path of the Bodhisattva

Awakening Warriors: the Path of the Bodhisattva

You might have heard the word “bodhisattva” used in conversation to refer to someone who is especially kind, or altruistic. “Bodhisattva Vow” was even a song by the Beastie Boys in the mid-90’s. A...

NEXT SHOW

Sunday, November 21
6:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

HOSTED BY

Patrick McGinn

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