Anushka Fernandopulle, Ven. Thubten Chodron, and Kaira Jewel Lingo discuss the real meaning of “happiness” in Buddhism.
The teachers are asked how a meditator deals with episodes of depression.
Sebene Selassie, Rose Taylor Goldfield, and Guo Gu respond to the question “It seems that Buddhists are just as reactive and narcissistic as anyone else. What kinds of changes can we reasonably expect from Buddhist practice?”
Three teachers respond to the question: How would you counsel someone who is considering getting an abortion?
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, Nikki Mirghafori, and Gyokei Yokoyama answer the question: “We are encouraged to dedicate the merit of our practice to all beings. It’s a beautiful idea, but what effect, if any, does it really have? And can you offer something you’re not sure you even have?”
Konda Mason, Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, and José Shinzan Palma discuss the difficulty of aligning our work lives with our Buddhist values.
The teachers are asked whether nonviolence necessarily means a passive or non-reactive approach.
Rebecca Li, Kakumyo Lowe-Charde, and Myokei Caine-Barrett answer the question “How can one practice for the sake of all beings without inflating their ego?”
The teachers are asked “How do I know if I’m having a moment of realization or if I’m just deluding myself (still in ego)?”
I am relatively new to Buddhism and I’ve been struggling with the balance between study and practice. Is there an ideal balance between the two?