Meditating in Troubled Times (PDF)

Text of a talk by Paul R. Fleischman, March 10, 2018, Yale University

I want to talk to you about an opportunity that our times provide, to meditate and to feel calmer, more focused, and more present and available to help other people, while at the same time joining forces with a great tradition and becoming witnesses to a way of life. I am going to tell you that you can remain realistic citizens attuned to the suffering in yourself and in the world, while you also become idealistic, walking towards a goal that helps you and the world around you transform that suffering into wisdom, wonder, and the cultivation of inner peace.

The basis upon which I am talking to you is my own life. In 1974, my wife, Susan, and I took a ten day Vipassana meditation course under the guidance of Mr. S.N. Goenka at an ashram near New Delhi, India. Since that time we have been practicing Vipassana meditation as taught and formatted by our Vipassana teacher. Download the text (PDF) “Meditating in Troubled Times”

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Meditating in Troubled Times (Yale University)

Audio of a talk by Paul R. Fleischman recorded on March 5, 2018 at Yale University

 

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Meditating in Troubled Times (Cologne)

Audio of a talk by Paul R. Fleischman recorded on April 22, 2017 in Cologne, Germany

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