METTA HOUR PODCAST • Episode 197 • Tsoknyi Rinpoche & Daniel Goleman

Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Daniel Goleman join Sharon for a special episode of the Metta Hour Podcast celebrating the launch of their brand new book, Why We Meditate: The Science and Practice of Clarity and Compassion. Tsoknyi Rinpoche is a beloved teacher among the new generation of Tibetan Buddhist meditation masters. Widely recognized as an outstanding meditation teacher for over twenty-five years, he is the author of Open Heart, Open Mind, Fearless Simplicity, and Carefree Dignity. Daniel Goleman is the internationally bestselling author and coauthor of several books, including Emotional Intelligence, Focus, and Altered Traits. He was a science reporter for The New York Times and was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. In this special episode, Sharon, Danny, and Rinpoche speak about:

• How Rinpoche began teaching
• The ways psychology shapes spiritual practice
• The first time Rinpoche taught in the States
• John Welwood & Spiritual Bypass
• How their new book came to be
• Finding our natural pace in a speedy culture
• The Subtle Body
• Balancing Restlessness
• Working with our “Beautiful Monsters”
• How childhood imprints affect us
• When an experience we have is real but not true
• Rinpoche’s fear of heights
• Handshake practice
• Obstacles of love and compassion
• Cultivating intrinsic okay-ness
• Grounding in the body
• The importance of “Wise Hope”

The episode closes with Rinpoche leading a guided meditation. To learn more about their new book, Why We Meditate, visit or and get your copy today in hardcover, eBook, and audiobook formats.

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