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Treat Yourself with Kindness: video with Peter Russell

In this short extract from a Q&A session at SAND Italy, Peter Russell suggests that kindness is a learning process, a practice to interact with people, including ourselves, in such a way that the other feels…

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Infective Heredity: You Are Not Who You Think You Are

by Shawn Radcliffe According to Charles Darwin, you are the product of your biological mother and father, just as they were the product of their biological mother and father, and so on back to the earliest…

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When Shakti Meets Shiva: video with Nadeshwari Joythimayananda

Framing her talk with two sacred mantras, Nadeshwari Joythimayananda describes the image and the symbolism and the energy of the goddess Tripura Sundari to invoke a state of being where spiritual aspiration and eros come together,…

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The Pathless Path

Stephen Bodian interviews Jean Klein   Q: What about the whole notion of the spiritual path – the idea that you enter a path, follow a certain prescribed way of practice, and eventually achieve some goal?…

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A Life of Zen: Ikkyū, the Crazy Cloud

By Surendra Please, please don’t worry. How many times do I have to say it? There’s no way not to be Who and where you are. The portrait of Ikkyū, by one of his disciples, Bokusai…

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The Fiction of Being

Every life is a work of fiction. That’s what I tell my memoir students. People come to me wanting to tell their life story, the narrative that sums them up, the myth that captures their essence….

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The Secret Language of Trees

by Shawn Radcliffe If you look at a forest through a Darwinian lens, you’ll see individual trees battling each other for finite resources like water, nutrients and sunlight. The winners take what they can and live…

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There Is No Moon If We Close Our Eyes: Chris Fields and Riccardo Manzotti

In a conversation from SAND18 Italy, two philosophers and information theorists exchange ideas about the nature of reality. Sharing the gift of using everyday objects as illustration they invoke explanations from Plato to quantum theory to…

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