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The Lotus in the Fire

11 EpisodesProduced by Joseph BobrowWebsite

We live in times of danger and uprising. Buddhist principles and practices are a rich source of insight, transformation, perspective and peace. What is compassionate action in the midst of injustice, brutality, and ignorance? The lotus grows from recycled refuse. We use all of what we experience—fro… read more

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Activating the Power of the Beloved Community

August 4th, 2020


Join Kazu Haga, author of Healing Resistance: A Radically Different Response to Harm,  and me as we delve into the nature of personal, social and …

Radical Change— with Roots in the Soil of Relationships

July 24th, 2020


Join me for a most stimulating conversation on the origins and nature of genuine change with Kritee, climate scientist, socioecological community …

The Power of Compassion in the Face of Anguish

July 14th, 2020


Join me for an illuminating conversation with Donald Rothberg on living  a responsive, integrated, empowered life in the face of multidimensional …

Momentum to Seed a New World

July 7th, 2020


":...If in your country, all hope is lost in the heat of summer / the snows in my country help you to get it back." —Rafael Alberti

Today I'm joined on the pod by my friend and Dharma sister Mushim Ikeda, socially …

The Undying Quality of the Human Spirit

June 21st, 2020


Join me as I welcome Tenzin Tethong, formerly H.H. The Dalai Lama's Special Envoy and Prime Minster of the Central Tibetan Administration. Tenzin and I discuss the critical importance of free media and the free flow of …

A Wild Love for the World

June 16th, 2020


The incomparable Joanna Macy—author and teacher, scholar of Buddhism, systems thinking and deep ecology—joins Joseph for a stimulating, personal, and …

Your Liberation is Bound Up With Mine

June 16th, 2020


Susan Murphy, Zen teacher and author of Minding the Earth, Mending the World: Zen and the Art of Planetary Crisis, explores responding to the Earth's suffering, which is our own, and the indigenous notion of "country," …

Eco-Activism: Human beings, Buddhism and the Biosphere

June 16th, 2020


Zen teacher, eco-activist, and philosopher David Loy explores with Joseph the sense of self, its sense of lack, and the interplay of individual awakening, social transformation, and the fate of the biosphere. David is …

Sitting in the Midst of It

June 16th, 2020


Roshi Wendy Egyoku Nakao, author of The Book of Householder Koans,  joins Joseph to explore Dharma practice in the midst of our tumultuous times, and …

Resistance, Community, and Radical Interconnectness

June 16th, 2020


Duncan Williams, author of American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War, joins Joseph and reflects on how crisis and anguish can remind  us of how connected to each other we are, how we can work …


June 8th, 2020


In this introduction I explain why I'm making the Lotus in the Fire podcast and how it might be of benefit during these times of uprising, danger, and transformation. I lay out some compelling themes and invite you to …

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