Title: Contemplative Science: Fathoming the Human Mind and the Nature of Consciousness on Feb.16, 2019
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Our guest this week describes a seemingly chance encounter while hitchhiking as a “coincidence” that was so “stupid” that it was so much more — it was his wake-up call. What is a seemingly “stupid coincidence” that has served as a bell of awakening in your life?
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|Five Questions for Alan|
|What Makes You Come Alive?|
Above all, I love meditating, but I also find much fulfillment in writing, translating, and teaching and in listening to and learning from others.Your Greatest Inspiration?
My first meeting with HH the Dalai Lama in the autumn of 1971 at his home in Dharamsala. We had a one-on-one conversation, which I began with the question: “How can one devote oneself to cultivating virtues without feeling superior to others as a result.” His answer touched my heart, and I knew I’d found my primary spiritual mentor.An Act of Kindness You’ll Never Forget?
During my years of living in Dharamsala, India during the early 1970s, I had very little money, but a professor I knew raised $300 from his own funds and his graduate students and gave me this to live on. As I recall, it lasted more than a year, and I’ve never forgotten his kindness.One Thing On Your Bucket List?
To become a buddha for the benefit of the world.One-line Message for the World?
Let us all treat the natural environment and all beings who live in it with nonviolence and benevolence.