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Becoming Wise

38 EpisodesProduced by On Being StudiosWebsite

The Becoming Wise podcast offers depth and discovery in the time it takes to make a cup of tea. Each episode is curated from hundreds of big conversations with wise and graceful lives. Reset your day. Replenish your sense of yourself and the world. On Being Studios is the producer of On Being, This … read more

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July 15th, 2019


Season two of Becoming Wise is a wrap! We’re so grateful you joined us for these months of reflection and recentering. Before we go away to work on …

Releasing Anger as an Act of Self-Compassion | Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman

July 8th, 2019


The last episode of season two. Robert Thurman and Sharon Salzberg are icons of American Buddhism, and they are joyful, longtime friends. They …

Healing Through Story | Desmond Tutu

July 1st, 2019


Archbishop Desmond Tutu is one of our wisest models on the territory of reckoning with past wrongs that infuse and haunt the present. In the 1990s, …

The Daily Opportunity in Randomness | Leonard Mlodinow

June 24th, 2019


The physicist Leonard Mlodinow changes how we think about the agency we have in shaping our own destinies. As a scientist, he works with principles like Brownian motion, by which Einstein helped verify the existence of …

The Inner Life of Social Change | Ruby Sales

June 17th, 2019


Public theologian Ruby Sales opens up what it was like to be a teenage participant in the civil rights movement — including the impatience she had …

Empathy Rooted in Action | Terry Tempest Williams

June 10th, 2019


Naturalist Terry Tempest Williams brings meaning and direction to the grief around ecological loss and climate change. She’s a self-described …

Who We’re Called to Become | James Martin

June 3rd, 2019


Father James Martin is a beloved Jesuit writer and teacher who says desire ultimately is not selfish — and instead a path to understanding our …

Happiness Is Practice, Not Pleasure | Matthieu Ricard

May 27th, 2019


Matthieu Ricard is helping us redefine happiness in a culture convinced that it’s a passive experience. The French-born Tibetan Buddhist monk …

A Planetary Sense of Love | Natalie Batalha

May 20th, 2019


Astronomer Natalie Batalha embodies a planetary sense of what “love” is and means. She says her experience searching the universe for exoplanets — …

Our Lives Can Be Signposts for What's Possible | Vincent Harding

May 13th, 2019


A civil rights elder and speechwriter for Martin Luther King, Jr., the late Vincent Harding brought the wisdom of the movement to young people in hurting places. He offers the image of a “live human signpost” as a …

Art and Justice Work Together | Rami Nashashibi

May 6th, 2019


Rami Nashashibi champions how art can make humans visible to each other. He brings a new energy to Islam’s core commitment to beauty and humanity — and to the power of stories to heal and electrify us across geography …

Nurturing Our Children’s Souls | Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

April 29th, 2019


A rabbi and parent, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso wants us to think about how we might teach our children’s souls, not just their minds. She says nurturing …

The Everyday Gift of Writing | Naomi Shihab Nye

April 22nd, 2019


Naomi Shihab Nye says writing is “an act that helps you, preserves you, energizes you in the very doing of it.” She calls herself a “wandering poet,” and her words point to shining corners of beauty in the world we see …

Friendship and the Democratic Process | Kwame Anthony Appiah | Becoming Wise

April 15th, 2019


Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah offers hope for quiet, sustained culture shift through the “endless shared conversation” of friendship. The writer …

Life Beyond the Mind | Eckhart Tolle

April 8th, 2019


“There is a place inside me that is far more powerful than the continuous mental noise,” says Eckhart Tolle. The spiritual teacher began to gain …

We Believe Each Other into Being | Jennifer Michael Hecht

April 1st, 2019


“Imagine yourself alone on this planet. Would anything be the same?” Jennifer Michael Hecht is a poet, philosopher, and historian who wants to change …

The Pilgrimage of “Who Am I?” | Paulo Coelho

March 25th, 2019


Rediscover the wonder in the mundane and the everyday with writer Paulo Coelho. He reframes the practice of pilgrimage as a journey into the …

Season Two Trailer

March 11th, 2019


A preview of season two, returning on Monday March 25, 2019. Hosted by Krista Tippett.

Depth and discovery, in the time it takes to make a cup of …

Einstein Speaks to Us About Race | S. James Gates

July 25th, 2016


“His capability to ask the ‘What if?’ question opened the door to the deepest marker of humanity, and that’s empathy.” Physicist S. James Gates celebrates the scientific and social power of Albert Einstein’s …

Trauma and Resilience Land in Our Bodies | Bessel van der Kolk

July 25th, 2016


“Trauma treatment starts at the foundation of a body that can sleep, a body that can rest, a body that feels safe, a body that can move.” …

Evil, Forgiveness, and Prayer | Elie Wiesel

July 8th, 2016


“When words bring you closer to the prisoner in his cell, to the patient who is dying on his bed alone, to the starving child, then it’s a prayer.” …

We Are the Beloved Community | John Lewis

July 5th, 2016


“I discovered that you have to have this sense of faith that what you’re moving toward is already done.” Civil rights leader John Lewis on living as if the “beloved community” were already our reality. Find more at …

The Universe Participates in the Mystery of God | Guy Consolmagno and George Coyne

June 27th, 2016


“If you’re sure about something, you don’t need faith. It’s when you have the doubts that faith kicks in. And that’s true in science as well as …

I Feel, Therefore I Am | Eve Ensler

June 20th, 2016


“How in our daily lives are we connecting with ourselves and everything around us? Because that’s where real, energetic transformation comes from.” Feminist playwright Eve Ensler speaks of the affirming physicality of …

We Reclaim Abandoned Spaces | Shane Claiborne

June 13th, 2016


“There’s something magnetic about a group of people that say, ‘Hey, we don’t have it all figured out, and we need each other.'” New Monastic and Simple Way founder Shane Claiborne on bridging the gap between the …

We Choose Our Own Tribes | Seth Godin

June 6th, 2016


“The challenge of our future is to say, are we going to connect and amplify positive tribes that want to make things better for all of us?” Entrepreneur and digital wise man Seth Godin on our capacity to use connection …

Spirituality Is Enfolded Into the Act of Living | Sylvia Boorstein

May 31st, 2016


“Sometimes the pain of the world seems incomprehensible. And if there’s anything that balances it, it’s wonder at the world, the amazingness of …

The Good in the Other, the Doubt in Ourselves | Frances Kissling

May 23rd, 2016


“You’ve got to be willing to risk in order to make change. You’ve got to approach differences with the notion that there is good in the other.” …

The Inner World Is a Great, Undiscovered Terrain | Pico Iyer

May 16th, 2016


“The point of gathering stillness is not to enrich the sanctuary or the mountaintop, but to bring that reality into the motion, the commotion, of the world.” Wanderer and writer Pico Iyer on outer stillness as an …

Present to Life, Moment by Moment | Jon Kabat-Zinn

May 9th, 2016


“The more we can learn these lessons, the more we will not be running towards our death, but opening to our lives.” Mindfulness researcher Jon …

The Paradox of Suffering and Love | Kate Braestrup

May 2nd, 2016


“The question isn’t whether we’re going to have to do hard, awful things. The question is whether we have to do them alone.” UU law enforcement …

Enriched by Difference | Jonathan Sacks

April 25th, 2016


“That’s how we are as a people. It’s the authentic, the unique, the different that makes us feel enriched when we encounter it.” Rabbi and philosopher Jonathan Sacks on difference as expansive and unifying, rather than …

The Hidden Hand of the Equations | Brian Greene

April 18th, 2016


“Call it the hidden hand of God; I would simply call it the hidden hand of the equations. And that gets us from the beginning to here.” Physicist …

The Desire to Know Each Other | Elizabeth Alexander

April 11th, 2016


“Are we human beings who are in community, do we call to each other? Do we heed each other? Do we want to know each other?” Poet Elizabeth Alexander speaks of our need for language to understand our neighbors. Find more …

Compassion for Our Bodies | Matthew Sanford

April 4th, 2016


“Your body, for as long as it possibly can, will be faithful to living. That’s what it does.” Matthew Sanford, an innovator of adaptive yoga, on …

Beauty Is an Edge of Becoming | John O'Donohue

March 18th, 2016


“Beauty isn’t all about just niceness, loveliness. Beauty is about more rounded, substantial becoming.” Beloved Irish poet John O’Donohue on beauty’s true grit, and finding it in the transformational edges of our daily …

Courage Is Born from Struggle | Brené Brown

March 18th, 2016


“Hope is a function of struggle.” Brené Brown, a researcher and scholar, on the value and power of adversity to give rise to the astonishing strength …

Mapping Meaning in a Digital Age | Maria Popova

March 18th, 2016


“Critical thinking without hope is cynicism. But hope without critical thinking is naïveté. I try to live in this space between the two.” The creator and editor of Brain Pickings on the pratfalls and promise of …

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