The Wisdom Podcast

  • The Wisdom Podcast is a Buddhist podcast that features interviews with leading thinkers from the Buddhist world. Each episode takes you on a fascinating exploration of Buddhism and meditation as our guests share stories and discuss life-changing practices, timeless philosophies, and new ways to think and live. Recent episodes have featured guests like His Holiness the Karmapa, Bhikkhu Bodhi, Robert Thurman, and Jeffrey Hopkins. Please remember to give us a rating, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Thank you for listening!


    Tara Brach: Radical Compassion

    On this episode of the Wisdom Podcast, host Daniel Aitken speaks with Tara Brach, renowned meditation teacher, psychologist, and author of several bestselling books including Radical Compassion: Learning to Love Yourself and Your World with the Practice of R.A.I.N. Tara is known for her pioneering work integrating Western psychology with Eastern spiritual traditions. In this moving discussion, Tara talks about her dedication to social activism and how it fueled her interest in meditation from a young age. She shares how living in an ashram for twelve years laid the groundwork for several Buddhist meditation practices she would later discover, such as jhana practice, vipassana, and Dzogchen. Tara compares the benefits of each of these and how each has deeply informed the development of her own unique practices, especially those focused on self-compassion. Tara and Daniel also discuss her thoughts on radical compassion and what it means for compassion to be an all-inclusive, active, and embodied expression in the world. Tara considers how we can shine a light of awareness on both our personal and political biases, and furthermore, how we might cultivate this aspiration despite our deepest conditioning.

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