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Mingyur Rinpoche - Awareness, Compassion, and Wisdom

Mingyur Rinpoche - Awareness, Compassion, and Wisdom

April 22, 2021

MingyurRinpoche_sq.jpgIn this episode, Wendy speaks with Tibetan Buddhist teacher Mingyur Rinpoche about how contemplative practice can lead us to awareness, compassion, and wisdom. Their conversation covers many topics, including:

  • his involvement in early contemplative research;
  • translating concepts between Buddhism and science;
  • what Buddhists mean by "emptiness";
  • non-conceptual meditation, open presence and foundational awareness;
  • the three kinds of self, and which one is like shaving foam;
  • the problem of othering;
  • making friends with panic and difficult emotions;
  • the experience of a "wandering" retreat;
  • and building trust through contemplative practice.

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Buju Dasgupta - Social Context & Implicit Bias

Buju Dasgupta - Social Context & Implicit Bias

April 9, 2021

BujuDasgupta_sq.jpgIn this episode, Wendy speaks with social psychologist Buju Dasgupta about her work on implicit bias, and the role of social context in shaping the mind. Their conversation covers many topics, including:

  • her path to merging science and social justice;
  • the crucial role of social context in implicit bias;
  • the malleability of implicit bias & the "wallpaper" of the mind;
  • how scientists measure unconscious processes (like implicit bias);
  • changing bias against women and underrepresented groups in STEM education;
  • links from this work into contemplative science;
  • increasing cross-disciplinary collaboration to advance research around equity;
  • the subtle ways we can change implicit bias by changing the wallpaper of our lives;
  • and turning research into social impact.

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