August 29, 2012

Interview with Shinzen Young

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Next week we'll begin Shinzen Young's month-long Tricycle Online Retreat "What is Mindfulness?" Through talks and guided practices, Shinzen will elucidate how mindfulness is defined from numerous points of view and discuss factors that could facilitate or inhibit a global mindfulness revolution. The practice sessions will parallel the talks and offer an experiential point of view. Retreat participants will also be guided in Breath Focus and explore how this practice develops four aspects of mindful awareness: concentration power, sensory clarity, equanimity, and insight.

In this video, Shinzen Young speaks with Polly Young-Eisendrath, a Jungian psychologist and a student of Shinzen's, about the Vipassana he teaches and why it's important for students to understand the commonalities between different forms of mindfulness practice.

Tune in Tuesday, September 4, for the beginning of Shinzen Young's retreat!

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onespirithorse's picture

Hello Dear Shinzen,
People might enjoy your guiding Polly in some aspect of her experience, deconstructing and penetrating as you do, for us to witness. As your student for over two decades, I am one of hundreds of people who have found that staying with your system through varying experiences brings an embodied sense of mindful awareness itself. You teach us how being with distress - having insight into its impermanent and impersonal nature - walks us through the dharma gates into truth beyond words, clearly and simply. The a-ha! becomes duh! and Buddhism is set on its feet without the need to call it Buddhism or anything else. And yet gratitude for the Buddha is boundless. Deep bows for this retreat. Kirtan Coan