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Sylvia Boorstein

Sylvia Boorstein, PhD, has been teaching Dharma and mindfulness meditation since 1985. She is a founding Spirit Rock teacher, a psychologist, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She is particularly interested in emphasizing daily life as mindfulness practice and including informed citizenship and social activism as integral to spiritual maturation.

Her books include: It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness; Don't Just Do Something, Sit There: A Mindfulness Retreat; That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist; Pay Attention for Goodness' Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness and Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life.

For more information, visit www.SylviaBoorstein.com. For audio recordings of Sylvia's talks, visit DharmaSeed.org.

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Featured Audio Talk
April 13, 2022 - Cultivating a Wonderful Mind

One way of describing wisdom and compassion is to not be held captive by your own pain so that you’ll be able to be touched by the pain of others. The most significant move is to go from “our people” to “all people.” Like Paul Farmer says, “there’s only one nation—there’s only one people.” The Bodhisattva Vow says, “May all beings everywhere be peaceful and happy and come to the end of suffering.” And “beings are numberless, and suffering is endless. I vow to end it.” But I can't possibly be running around house to house in the whole world, so what does that mean? It means that if my heart were a completely open heart, it would already be finished. Whatever house I’d be in front of, I would meet with kindness or compassion.

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