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This is the only podcast we know of devoted to the teaching of meditation. We interview teachers and others about the process of teaching, how they became teachers, their thoughts on who should and shouldn't teach, tips for new and veteran teachers, and more. While teachers and prospective teachers of meditation will of course find lots to learn here, this is also a great resource for anyone who wants to peer behind the curtain of being a meditation teacher. You can learn more about your hosts Upali over here https://upalimeditation.com/ and about Tucker over here https://meditatewithtucker.com/

This is the only podcast we know of devoted to the teaching of meditation. We interview teachers and others about the process of teaching, how they became teachers, their thoughts on who should and shouldn't teach, tips for new and veteran teachers, and more. While teachers and prospective teachers of meditation will of course find lots to learn here, this is also a great resource for anyone who wants to peer behind the curtain of being a meditation teacher. You can learn more about your hosts Upali over here https://upalimeditation.com/ and about Tucker over here https://meditatewithtucker.com/

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United States

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This is the only podcast we know of devoted to the teaching of meditation. We interview teachers and others about the process of teaching, how they became teachers, their thoughts on who should and shouldn't teach, tips for new and veteran teachers, and more. While teachers and prospective teachers of meditation will of course find lots to learn here, this is also a great resource for anyone who wants to peer behind the curtain of being a meditation teacher. You can learn more about your hosts Upali over here https://upalimeditation.com/ and about Tucker over here https://meditatewithtucker.com/

Language:

English


Episodes

Lopon Chandra Easton: 10 years of Vajrayana Training, and Feeding Your Demons

4/9/2022
Lopön Chandra Easton is a Westerner who grew up in the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition. She did nine years of preparatory (ngondro) practices and spent 5 - 10 years training to be a teacher. She is a lineage holder under Lama Tsultrim Allione, author of the book Feeding Your Demons. She is currently on the Tara Mandala Board of Directors and the Tara Mandala Bay Area coordinating committee, through which she teaches and organizes events in the Bay Area. To learn about Chandra and connect with...

Duration:01:13:04

Henrik Norberg: Religious Buddhism, or, Teaching Retreats in Caves

3/27/2022
Henrik Norberg is a celibate, non-monastic teacher of meditation retreats, often in caves in Southeast Arizona. Hear him and Upali talk about the difference between Eastern and Western conceptualizations of stream entry, Henrik's view that Western Buddhism hyperfocuses on meditation, and what Henrik's own path looks like, which he said it primarily morality practice. Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/teachingmeditation)

Duration:00:50:14

Kynan Tan: Success As a New and Fulltime Meditation Teacher

3/4/2022
Australian teacher Kynan Tan, PhD only recently began teaching meditation and was quickly able to leave his regular job and become a fulltime teacher. In this interview, you'll hear how he prepared himself to teach, how he gets continuing education and supervision as a new teacher, and what steps he thinks allowed him to attract so many students in a short time. You can learn more about Kynan and contact him at https://kynanmeditation.net/ Support the show...

Duration:00:36:01

Vidyamala Burch: Growing a Dharma Org Without Losing The Heart

2/18/2022
Vidyamala Burch is the founder of Breathworks, has a teacher training program with over 600 alumni, has been teaching mindfulness for pain for many decades, and has been voted one of the most influential disabled people in the United Kingdom. Hear Vidyamala's story of growing up in New Zealand, moving full-time into a retreat center, and starting and steering Breathworks. She'll discuss how to keep the "heart" in an organization as it grows and how to receive feedback on teachers and...

Duration:00:48:29

Mukti: Teaching and Embodiment

2/8/2022
Mukti is a teacher in a nondual lineage. She received her authorization to teach from Adyashanti, her husband. You can learn more about Mukti over here. Mukti’s teachings invite attunement to the act of being and to the heart of awareness. Such attunement can awaken Spirit to reveal Itself as your essential self and as the essence of all of life. This revelation is known as Self-realization, and is the birth of conscious Spirit made manifest, known as embodiment.Her teaching methods for...

Duration:01:00:37

Upasaka Upali: I Can't Remember How Many Intro Classes I've Taught

6/3/2021
Upali talks about teaching intro courses vs advanced students, coping with the unfairness of the world, working with students' emotional wellbeing, and how to escape Garfunkel syndrome. Upasaka Upali is a Dharma teacher who aims to demystify meditation, provide tangible instruction, and create a rewarding experience for practitioners. Upali received transmission in a lineage that can be traced back to the Buddha through Namgyal Rinpoche (Ananda Bodhi), and he took his Upasaka vows in 2015....

Duration:00:53:10

Don & Patty: How to Run a Retreat Center

5/13/2021
Don and Patty, both dharma teachers, run the Wellbeing Retreat Center in Tazewell, Tennessee. This special episode focuses, rather than on the usual topic of teaching meditation, on how to start and manage a meditation retreat center. Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/teachingmeditation)

Duration:00:55:39

Shaila Catherine: Teaching Towards Full Liberation

4/26/2021
Shaila Catherine is the founder of Insight Meditation South Bay, a meditation group in Silicon Valley, and also Bodhi Courses, an online Buddhist classroom. She has been practicing meditation since 1980, with more than nine years of accumulated silent retreat experience. She has taught since 1996 in the USA, and internationally. She completed a one-year intensive meditation retreat with the focus on concentration and jhana, and authored Focused and Fearless: A Meditator’s Guide to States of...

Duration:01:03:46

Boaz Feldman: Freedom and Fulfillment

4/15/2021
Boaz Feldman talks with Upali from a multi-year meditation retreat and shares his personal journey of becoming a monk, returning to lay life, and becoming a psychologist. Boaz and Upali talk about the challenges and benefits of integrating ancient tradition in a modern world, and Boaz presents a framework that formulates that possibilty. To learn more about Boaz, please check out his website: http://boazfeldman.com/, and you can also learn more about Neurosystemics at neurosystemics.org...

Duration:01:04:39

Dr. Andrew Holecek: Finding Your Niche

3/29/2021
Dr. Andrew Holecek covers a lot of ground, from describing finding his niche in sleep and dream meditation, to doing a three-year retreat, and his thoughts on the frequent scandals among dharma teachers. Learn more about Andrew at www.andrewholecek.com. Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/teachingmeditation)

Duration:01:03:40

Dorothy Hunt: How Do We Teach The Ineffable?

3/16/2021
This episode touches on Christian practice, Adyashanti's lineage of Zen, and how to teach meditation from more of a non-doing, already-there perspective, rather than a technique-based one. Dorothy Hunt is the founder of the San Francisco Center for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and serves as Spiritual Director and President of Moon Mountain Sangha, Inc., a California non-profit religious corporation. Dorothy currently offers meditation and satsang gatherings, awakening groups, weekend...

Duration:01:00:39

Shinzen Young: The Greatest Dignity Is Absolute Humility

3/1/2021
Shinzen Young is an American mindfulness teacher and neuroscience research consultant. His systematic approach to categorizing, adapting and teaching meditation, known as Unified Mindfulness, has resulted in collaborations with Harvard Medical School, Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Vermont in the bourgeoning field of contemplative neuroscience. Shinzen’s interest in Asia began at the age of 14 when he decided to attend Japanese ethnic school in his native city of Los...

Duration:00:35:35

Stephen Batchelor: Teaching Dharma vs Teaching Meditation

2/15/2021
Upali interviews Stephen Batchelor, a contemporary Buddhist teacher and writer, a former monk best known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism. They talk about teaching Dharma (vs simply teaching meditation), finding authority through authorship, and plant medicine. Stephen teaches meditation around the world, and he is the author of such well-known books as Buddhism Without Beliefs, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist, After Buddhism, and most recently The Art of Solitude. You can...

Duration:01:00:34

Stephanie Nash: Building Your Own Following

2/1/2021
Tucker interviews Stephanie Nash. Stephanie has a psychology degree from Duke University and a Masters from Yale University. In addition to her career as an actress, Stephanie has had the privilege of working closely with Shinzen Young and has been a facilitator with Vipassana Support International since 1999, teaching retreats. In addition to a specialization in mindful eating, Stephanie has written several influential guides, including her well-known guide to meditation posture. You can...

Duration:01:00:58

Dr. Tucker Peck: Coping with Imposter Syndrome

2/1/2021
Upali interviews Tucker. Dr. Tucker Peck is a meditation teacher and clinical psychologist whose specialties include working with advanced meditators and using meditation to help those suffering from psychological disorders. Tucker began formal training in meditation in 2005 and has studied with Sharon Salzberg of the Insight Meditation Society and Upasaka Culadasa. Tucker received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Brown University, and he received his Masters and Ph.D. in...

Duration:00:52:05

Jeremy Graves: Can You Be A Teacher And A Normal Person?

2/1/2021
Upali interviews Jeremy Graves. Jeremy is a clinical psychologist-in-training in Berkeley, CA, as well as co-author of the bestselling meditation guide The Mind Illuminated. He's also an editor and contributor for a forthcoming book on Mahasi-style insight meditation. Over the past 15 years, he's practiced with many experienced monastics and well-known lay teachers in both the Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist traditions. He has spent a total of over two years in silent retreat. He has taught...

Duration:01:09:54

Jessica Graham: Sex, Money, and Teaching Meditation

2/1/2021
Tucker interviews Jessica Graham. Jessica is a meditation teacher, sex, relationship, and spiritual guide for couples and individuals, international speaker, and author of Good Sex: Getting Off Without Checking Out, which has been translated into several languages, and is a best seller in the Netherlands. She is also a contributing editor of the popular meditation blog, Deconstructing Yourself, and is certified in Grief Recovery coaching. Jessica can be found on many apps including; Simple...

Duration:00:50:27

Michael Taft: How Not To Become Guru

2/1/2021
Tucker interviews Michael Taft. Michael is a maverick meditation teacher, bestselling author, and podcaster. As a mindfulness coach, he specializes in secular, science-based mindfulness training in retreats, groups, corporate settings, and one-on-one sessions. Michael is the author of several books, including the bestselling The Mindful Geek, Nondualism: A Brief History of a Timeless Concept, and Ego (which he co-authored), as well as the editor of such books as Hardwiring Happiness by Rick...

Duration:00:50:50

Introduction to the podcast, with Tucker, Upali, and Shinzen Young

2/1/2021
A short episode where Tucker, Upali and Shinzen explain what the podcast will be about. Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/teachingmeditation)

Duration:00:14:57