Awakening Joy

Conversations with the Wise

Insights and Practices for Difficult Times

In these times we're called upon to bring as much consciousness, love and skillful action as we can into the world. One of the great blessings in my life is knowing exceptionally wise voices of consciousness. I'm asking them to share how they're navigating this difficult period as the forces of greed, hatred and confusion are creating suffering for so many and for our planet. We're offering these "Conversations" (the first one with Tara Brach) freely throughout the year.

In addition, the Awakening Joy course can help those who participate become resilient and find happiness no matter what's going on in the world. Watch this video to find out more and to register.


Tara Brach

Conversation with Tara Brach


Tara Brach is a clinical psychologist and teacher of meditation internationally. She is the founder of Insight Meditation group in Washington, DC and is author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge.

Rick Hanson<

Conversation with Rick Hanson


Rick Hanson is a neuropsychologist and author of Buddha’s Brain and Hardwiring Happiness. His online Foundations of Well-Being program gives you practical tools for hardwiring more happiness, peace, and love into the core of your being.

Guy Armstrong

Conversation with Guy Armstrong


Guy Armstrong is a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers' Council in northern California and a Guiding Teacher of Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. He is the author ofEmptiness: A Practical Guide to Meditation.


Conversation with Thanissara


Thanissara actively works for social and racial justice, animal welfare and a sustainable planet. She is a teacher, mindfulness psychotherapist and co-author of Listening to the Heart.

Linda Graham

Conversation with Linda Graham


Linda Graham, M.F.T. teaches nationwide on the integration of mindfulness, relational psychology, and neuroscience to promote resilience and well-being. She offers workships, for example, on "Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth".


Conversation with Frank Ostaseski


Frank Ostaseski is the Founder of the Metta Institute  and co-founder of Zen Hospice Project. He is one of America’s leading voices in contemplative care of the dying.


Julia Butterfly Hill

Conversation with Julia Butterfly Hill


Julia Butterfly Hill is an American environmental activist, best known for having lived in an ancient redwood tree for over 2 years throughout 1998 and 1999. She is the author of The Legacy of Luna and A Course in Courage.

Bob Doppelt

Conversation with Bob Doppelt


Bob Doppelt is a leading environmental and sustainability expert. He is Executive Director of The Resource Innovation Group at Willamette University, where he is a Senior Fellow. He is the author of Transformational Resilience and From Me to We.


Dacher Keltner

Conversation with Dacher Keltner


Dacher Keltner is a professor of psychology at University of California, where he directs the Berkeley Social Interaction Lab. He is also the founding director of the Greater Good Science Center and author of Born to Be Good and The Power Paradox.


Conversation with Terry Patten


Terry Patten  is a philosopher, author, activist, social entrepreneur, consultant and coach. His latest book is A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries.


Conversation with Sylvia Boorstein


Sylvia Boorstein is a best-selling author, psychotherapist and founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Her books include Happiness is an Inside Job.

Ruth King

Conversation with Ruth King


Ruth King is a mindfulness teacher, author and life coach. Her latest book is called Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism From The Inside Out .
Ruth King

Conversation with Jack Kornfield


Jack Kornfield is a co-founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, a psychotherapist and author of several books, including: A Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology.


Conversation with Anam Thubten Rinpoche


Anam Thubten Rinpoche is the founding teacher and spiritual advisor of the Dharmata Foundation. He is the author of The Magic of Awareness and No Self, No Problem.

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