In the final part of this series Shinzen talks about fostering extraordinary happiness in others, which he calls teaching. Shinzen then talks about teaching from the subtle, explanatory, and explicit levels. Within the explicit level he distinguishes between the para-professional, the full-time professional, and within the professional category those teachers who can deal with the issue of sudden enlightenment experiences, and enlightenment experiences with a mixture of pathology - or DPDR. Within this "master" class there is a Buddha. Shinzen shares the traditional formulation of a Buddha, and how the next "Buddha" might be a team of people. He then does a review of his four quadrants of happiness.
In this installment of the Wise Counsel Podcast, Dr. Van Nuys interviews Shinzen Young, a meditation teacher and Buddhist scholar. As a child in Los Angeles in the 1950s, Young desired nothing more than to become Asian, and worked very hard to learn Japanese, ultimately graduating from a Los Angeles based Japanese High School in parallel with his conventional English-speaking high school.
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"A Sangha is a community of resistance, resisting the speed, violence and unwholesome ways of living that are prevalent in our society. Mindfulness is to protect ourselves and others. A good Sangha will lead us in the direction of harmony and awareness. The substance of the practice is most important. The forms can be adapted." ~ Thich Nhat Hahn