Great Video Clips
Here’s a selection of great video clips from the Buddhist world and beyond - teachers, thinkers, movers and shakers:
This is Water is a remarkable, humorous and penetrating speech to the 2005 graduating class at Kenyon College. With humor and brutal honesty, award winning writer, David Foster Wallace, calls us to look closely at how we construct our world, how we make meaning out of experience and how we respond to that world This is a classic.
A Good Day with Brother David Steindl-Rast - With a heart of gratefulness, the world will be blessed by you. Simply put, watch this short video every day.
How Science Reveals That “Well-Being” Is a Skill - World-renowned neuroscientist Richie Davidson on the scientific factors that shape well-being. (13 min.)
How I Relate To The Buddha - Pema Chodron talks to Bill Moyers about her relationship to the Buddha.
Giving Our Best - Here’s a lovely introduction to the “Bodhisattva ideal” by our friend Pema Chodron. While the ideal of benefiting the world is profound and worthwhile, we soon discover that we have to start at home.
A Blended World - This short, but extraordinary film clips express the depth of our global interconnection. It's not just that we depend on each other, we are each other.
A Day in the Life of the Buddha - In this short clip, acclaimed scholar, Bhikkhu Bodhi tells us what the very earliest texts describe as the Buddha's every day activity. Amazing and inspiring!
Emptiness is NOT nothingness - In this elegant and profound short teaching, scholar, monk and activist, Thich Nhat Hanh, discusses the nature of 'inter-being'. Despite there seeming to be truly existing 'me', in fact, our life that comes to be on the basis of a vast web of life that connects us with all everyone, everything and the cosmos itself. Beautiful!
How We Can Face the Future Without Fear Together - It's a fateful moment in history. We've seen divisive elections, divided societies and the growth of extremism - all fueled by anxiety and uncertainty. "Is there something we can do, each of us, to be able to face the future without fear?" asks Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. In this electrifying talk, the spiritual leader gives us three specific ways we can move from the politics of "me" to the politics of "all of us, together."
The Surprising Decline in Violence - Cognitive scientist, Steven Pinker charts the decline of violence from Biblical times to the present, and argues that, though it may seem illogical and even obscene, given Iraq and Darfur, we are living in the most peaceful time in our species' existence.
Want To Be Happy – Be Grateful - The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.
A Guided Meditation on the 4 Immeasurables with Matthieu Ricard. Here's a lovely guided meditation with one of the leading western meditation teachers.
Togden Acho on Loving Kindness and Compassion (2 min.) The ‘togdens’, a lineage of yogis who follow the tradition of Milarepa, are considered to be among the most realized practitioners alive today. In this beautiful short clip, the senior togden, Togden Acho, comments on the teaching of loving-kindness and compassion in the west.
The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage - Psychologist Susan David shares how the way we deal with our emotions shapes everything that matters: our actions, careers, relationships, health and happiness. In this deeply moving, humorous and potentially life-changing talk, she challenges a culture that prizes positivity over emotional truth and discusses the powerful strategies of emotional agility.
Building a Culture of Enlightenment - Our friend and teacher, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, talks about the challenges and opportunities we face as Buddhism comes to the west. He speaks eloquently about the need for us to become healthy human beings, and on the basis of that, engage on the 'path of liberation' that takes us beyond suffering altogether.
Why Meditation Matters with Daniel Goleman & Richard Davidson with Richard Gere. Neuroscientist Richie Davidson and psychologist/writer Dan Goleman have transformed our understanding of meditation and it’s place in American life. In this entertaining and illuminating they discuss the development of the science around meditation and it’s application to our everyday lives.
Charter For Compassion - Author and scholar Karen Armstrong talks about how the Abrahamic religions -- Islam, Judaism, Christianity -- have been diverted from the moral purpose they share to foster compassion. But Armstrong has seen a yearning to change this fact. People want to be religious, she says; we should act to help make religion a force for harmony. She asks us to help her build a Charter for Compassion -- to help restore the Golden Rule as the central global religious doctrine. -
Let Altruism Be Our Guide - What is altruism? Put simply, it's the wish that other people may be happy. Scholar, scientist and Buddhist monk, Matthieu Ricard, says that altruism is also a great lens for making decisions, both for the short and long term, in work and in life.
Play’s the Thing - “Listen,” says Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in this charming conversation with a group of children, “the most important thing in your life is to play. It is!” He swirls a hand around the temple room he’s in, indicating all of the surroundings: “This whole thing we have here is all for play. So play! To have fun is so important.”
Tsoknyi Rinpoche on Emotional Well-Being - Tsoknyi Rinpoche talks with Garrison Institute co-founder Jonathan Rose. He discusses the "subtle body" and the Western focus on thinking and material existence and a reified sense of self that can distort it. Rinpoche offers excellent insights into how to cultivate a healthy, connected sense of self, and rediscover basic, intrinsic well-being - (20 min.)
The Nature Of Reality A Dialogue Between A Buddhist Scholar And A Theoretical Physicist - Alan Wallace, a world-renowned author and Buddhist scholar and Sean Carroll, a world-renowned theoretical physicist and best-selling author, discuss the nature of reality from spiritual and scientific viewpoints. This is a remarkable peak into the divide between a scientific and contemplative understanding of mind and reality - (1:22)
2017 New Year's Greeting from out friend and teacher Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche
It's Time To Reclaim and Reinvent Religion - At a moment when the world seems to be spinning out of control, religion might feel irrelevant — or like part of the problem. But Rabbi Sharon Brous believes we can reinvent religion to meet the needs of modern life. In this impassioned talk, Brous shares four principles of a revitalized religious practice and offers faith of all kinds as a hopeful counter-narrative to the numbing realities of violence, extremism and pessimism.
The Science Of De- (And Re-) Humanisation, And Why It Matters - Neuroscientist David Eagleman explores the remarkable and extraordinarily subtle science behind how the brain determines who matters to us and who doesn't and how that determines whether our response to them is empathic, or indifferent.
The Most Important Thing - In this beautiful clip, our friend and guiding teacher, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, talks with his student and long time translator, Erik Pema Kunsang, about the most important thing in life. This is beautiful.
We'll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Psychologist, Guy Winch makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.
The World We Make with the Dalai Lama - The Dalai Lama joins neuroscientist Richie Davidson and researchers in the field of human flourishing for a discussion at The Center For Healthy Minds in Madison, Wisconsin.
A Simple Way To Break a Bad Habit - Can we break bad habits by being more curious about them? In this short TED Talk Psychiatrist Judson Brewer studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction. This is an excellent and presentation of the science of meditation that is both compelling and highly effective.
Expectations and Appreciation - In this short video recorded in India, Mingyur Rinpoche offers an in-depth look at the first few weeks of his 4 1/2 year wandering retreat. He talks in inspiring terms about how he worked with the expectations he brought with him on retreat and the near-death experience that transformed his resistance and attachment.
Awakening 24/7 Wherever You Are - Ponlop Rinpoche suggests that we have a better change of awakening at the bus stop in Seattle than in Bodhgaya, the place where the Buddha attained enlightenment. Our everyday life is the lost fertile ground for our practice.
Mind Like Space - Finding Inner Freedom through Meditation - Our friends and teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche explains how the nature of awareness is like wide open space. By exploring awareness itself, he explains, we come to see that all the fleeting thoughts and emotions that move through awareness do not alter the fundamental purity and goodness of our true nature. Meditation, then, is simply the process of getting to know awareness.
Prayers in Motion - Here’s a beautiful clip of Tsoknyi Rinpoche and the nuns of Tsoknyi Gechak Ling, his nunnery on the outskirts of the Kathmandu Valley. The nuns talk about how much the opportunity to receive an education means to them as practitioners in a woman's form. The Buddhist Center has been a close friend and long time supporter of the nuns of Tsoknyi Gechak Ling.
Two Kinds of Awareness - In this short teaching, Mingyur Rinpoche discusses the difference between normal awareness and meditative awareness. As he explains, we can cultivate meditative awareness by using every aspect of our experience as a support for awareness, even painful feelings and challenging emotions. This enables us to remain centered throughout the ups and downs of our lives.
Taking Care of the Mind - Ponlop Rinpoche talks about the importance of taking care of our most important resource, the mind, rather than abusing it and placing so many demands on it.
We Are Always Looking For Happiness - In this humorous, but profound teaching, our friend and teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche demonstrates how we can use our own desire for happiness to connect with our own true nature and to open our heart to others.
Rebuilding from the Earthquake - Here’s a beautiful, yet heartbreaking, glimpse into the remarkable work carried out by the monks from Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in supporting their local community and carrying out multiple relief missions to villages in the hardest hit areas of Nepal.
Jon Stewart - “I honestly have nothing, other than just sadness” – This is an incredibly compelling discussion about the culture of gun violence in America.
Joining Heart and Mind: with HH the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa - An evening at the New York Ethical Cultural Society during HH’s tour in the spring of 2015.
Happy Losar 2016 from Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and everyone at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Kathmandu. This is the monastery of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche whose young incarnation sends his greetings.
The Human Brain: Deconstructing Mindfulness – Friend and renowned neuroscientist, Richie Davidson discusses the present research in meditation with the director of the National Institute of Mental Health at the World Economic Forum in Davos in the winter of 2015. A fascinating conversation, particularly given the nature of the audience.
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche about Homosexuality and Buddhism: In this remarkable short talk, the preeminent Buddhist teacher, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, talks to a gathering of Bhutanese monks, nuns and lay people about the main point of the path.
Compassion and Kinship: In this moving TED Talk, Father Gregory Boyle, talks about a vision for a community of kinship, a circle of compassion that no one stands outside of. Gregory Boyle is a Jesuit priest and founder of Homeboy Industries, which, for the past 26 years has served the enormous gang population of Los Angeles. His extraordinary memoir is Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.
Watch how remarkable TED Talk "Compassion and Kinship" - Here
Listen to a wonderful interview with Father Boyle and Krista Tippett - The Calling of Delight: Gangs, Service, and Kinship - Here
Pema Talks with Oprah - Pema Chödrön recently sat down with Oprah to talk about her life, her teachings and the essential messages of the path. These are a series of clips from what turned out to be an incredibly inspiring interview.
The Pale Blue Dot - Famed astronomer, Carl Sagan, says it is "our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known." Watch this short, but extraordinary, clip of a remarkable photo taken in 1990 by Voyager 1 of Earth from more than 4 billion miles away. The transcript is - Here
Guided Tonglen - In this beautiful clip, our good friend, Pema Chödrön, leads us in a short session of the profound practice of ‘sending and taking’ (tonglen).
“Am I dying?”- Matthew O’Reilly is a veteran emergency medical technician on Long Island, New York. In this talk, O’Reilly describes what happens next when a gravely hurt patient asks him: “Am I going to die?”
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo is famed for spending more than twelve years in a cave 13,000 feet high in the Himalayas (chronicled in the book Cave in the Snow by Vicky Mackenzie). In this clip, Jetsunma discusses the practice of meditation and how we may need to alter our motivation.
Conversation on a Park Bench - Two friends of mine, Buddhist nun Ani Trime, and actor, Steve Buscemi, sit on a park bench and chat a bit about meditation.
This Precious Human Life - In this lovely short teaching, Mingyur Rinpoche says that appreciating our life is the very basis of the path to awakening.
The Meaning of Refuge - In this excellent short clip, the remarkable nun and preeminent teacher, H.E. Khandro Rinpoche, talks about the outer and inner meaning of taking the vows of refuge. This is a clear and insightful discussion of transformative power that the vows of refuge hold for us.
How Wolves Change Rivers - Here’s a short, but very powerful teaching on the power of inter-dependence. When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable "trophic cascade" occurred.
Using Meditation to Retrain Our Attention - Psychologist and best selling author, Daniel Goleman, talks about the new attention paid to meditation by the neurosciences and how to understand the real nature of meditation as ‘attentional retraining’.
The Power of Empathy - What is the best way to ease someone's pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated short, American scholar and author Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.
Healing Our Trauma and Stress - Our friend and teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche talks about how to meet our inner experience, numbness, pain, or fear, with awareness and warmth. This is the gateway to our ‘essence love’ and compassion.
Fearless Non-Theism - In this short, yet profound audio teaching, Pema Chödrön talks about the power of fully embracing the uncertain and inconvenient truth of our lives beyond the fantasy that some thing, or someone, will provide us a better alternative. This was the core message from Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche to his students as he was laying the ground for the authentic dharma to take root in the west. This is a powerful and important discussion that we will all benefit from tremendously.
Stand in Someone Else's Shoes - If you could stand in someone else's shoes... Hear what they hear. See what they see. Feel what they feel. Would you treat them differently? A video that speaks to the connections we all need.
Tulku Urgyen with HH Khyentse Rinpoche - Here’s some rare and beautiful footage of these two remarkable teachers meeting for one of the last times. Tulku Urgyen is the father of our teachers and friends, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Mingyur Rinpoche.
Open Heart, Open Mind - In this beautiful teaching from Garrison Institute, Tsoknyi Rinpoche suggests that within each of us resides a spark of unparalleled brilliance, an unlimited capacity for warmth, openness, and courage, which Rinpoche identifies as “essence love.”
The Buddha’s Brain - What Modern Science Is Revealing About the Ancient Practice of Meditation was the theme of an enlightening evening with Dr. Richard Davidson and Matthieu Ricard, moderated by Krista Tippett. Richie and Matthieu are two of the leading voices in new intersection between meditation and neuroscience. This is a wonderful discussion (80min.)
Transforming Anger Into Love - Mingyur Rinpoche suggests that everything that we do is an expression of love. Recognizing this transforms the hatred into love. This view shifts our understanding of ourselves and allows for authentic compassion for others.
Your True Nature - In this lovely video clip, Mingyur Rinpoche talks about the ‘outer’ and ‘inner’ Buddha and the nature of mind.
Becoming Familiar with Yourself - In this excellent, short, video, Khandro Rinpoche talks about meditation as getting to know yourself. Khandro Rinpoche is the daughter of the late Mindrolling Rinpoche, the head of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, and an extraordinary Buddhist teacher in her own right.
What Meditation Really Is with Mingyur Rinpoche - This is a lovely clip by our good friend and teacher, Mingyur Rinpoche. Rinpoche is the son of the late meditation master Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, and the founder of the worldwide Tergar Meditation Community.
Dharma of Compassion with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown - In this beautiful interview, Dr. Simmer-Brown, a founder of Naropa University, talks about purifying the fire of passion into expansive compassion. She also shares some of what she learned from Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and Pema Chodron. This is a must see clip.
Brilliant Moon: Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche - here’s is a beautiful introduction to HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, a towering figure in the Tibetan Buddhist world. Khyentse Rinpoche was the guru of all gurus, and was a remarkably learned and realized master. Much of what is taught at The Buddhist Center is directly influenced by his teachings and kindness.
Atheism 2.0 - Alain de Botton - What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" -- call it Atheism 2.0 -- that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.
Rethinking Thinking - Trevor Maber - Every day, we meet people and process our interactions--making inferences and developing beliefs about the world around us. In this fascinating animation, Trevor Maber introduces us to the idea of a 'ladder of inference' and a process for rethinking the way we interact.
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche - in this archival footage, Trungpa Rinpoche talks about the practice of meditation for the first time to a public audience.
Tsoknyi Rinpoche discusses the differences between teaching Asian and Western students, and why his teaching of Westerners begins with an emphasis on meditation using the body, opening the heart and discovering ‘essence love’.
Mingyur Rinpoche talks about how to do retreat in the midst of our everyday lives.
Bill Moyers on Faith and Reason with Pema Chödrön - This is a beautiful and deeply inspiring interview . 53 min
‘The Habits of Happiness’ - Matthieu Ricard at TED Talks on ‘The Habits of Happiness’ - Sometimes called the "happiest man in the world," Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, author and photographer. Matthieu says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.
Matthieu Ricard with Speaking of Faith’s Krista Tippett in a wonderful interview - Here
Archbishop Desmond Tutu talks with Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson in this beautiful, and Peabody Award winning, interview.
We Are Always Looking For Happiness - with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. In this beautiful clip, Mingyur Rinpoche demonstrates the fact that love and compassion are wired into us. This is a classic!
Mingyur Rinpoche’s YouTube channel - This is a real treasure chest of great clips of Rinpoche teaching on a number of topics.
Tsoknyi Rinpoche on Mingyur Rinpoche’s departure in the night to he begin his three years of wandering.
Remarkable archival footage of HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche from a new film on the life, along with clips of an interview with his reincarnation. Khyentse Rinpoche was the teacher of all Buddhist Tibetan Buddhist teachers, including HH the Dalai Lama. Much of what we do at The Buddhist Center is inspired by the example and teachings of HH Khyentse Rinpoche. (in 5 segments)
Here’s a lovely short interview with HH the 17th Karmapa - HH responds to questions such as, ”In regard to youth in the world today, what do you think their responsibilities are?”, and “For someone who does have knowledge of Tibet nor Buddhism can you introduce yourself and tell me a bit about your position?”
‘The Technology of the Heart’ - HH the 17th Karmapa on Ted Talks.
‘Do Ra Me’ - like you’ve never seen it before by a flashmob in a train station in Antwerp. You’ve got to see this.
The Buddha, a film by David Grubin - This documentary for PBS by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere, tells the story of the Buddha’s life, a journey especially relevant to our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion. It features the work of some of the world’s greatest artists and sculptors, who across two millennia, have depicted the Buddha’s life in art rich in beauty and complexity.
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche compares Buddhist wisdom to pure water. Different flavorings added to the water are like different forms of Buddhism ... Tibetan, Indian, American, etc. Yet the essence of each is the pure water...the pure wisdom.
Charlie Chaplain as ‘The Great Dictator’ speaks for all mankind.
The Story of Stuff - this 20-minute film that takes viewers on a provocative and eye-opening tour of the real costs of our consumer driven culture—from resource extraction to iPod incineration. Creator Anni Leonard examines the real costs of extraction, production, distribution, consumption and disposal, and she isolates the moment in history where she says the trend of consumption mania began.
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche on Panic Attacks - shares his own experience of using his own panic attacks as a basis for meditation.
Steven Pinker at TED Talks on ‘The Myth of Violence - Steven Pinker charts the decline of violence from Biblical times to the present, and argues that, though it may seem illogical and even obscene, given Iraq and Darfur, we are living in the most peaceful time in our species' existence.