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Season 1, Episode Four: “Our Children’s Children’s Clones.”

Today’s topic: PARENTING!

You know what they say: raising a child is a little bit like tap-dancing, backwards, while wearing high heels, and covered in fire ants. Meanwhile, trying to achieve even a shred of enlightenment is challenging enough without, at the same time, attempting to keep an entire extra human alive. Jess tries to prove to Jon using tricky Buddhist math that it may, in fact, be possible to achieve spiritual fulfillment not in spite of being a parent, but perhaps even because of it.

Our super special guest: 

Kaira Jewel Lingo

A former nun from Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastery and current dharma master, Kaira Jewel shares what led her to re-enter lay life, and eventually, boldly re-imagine the concept of what it means to be a mother. 

Topics touched upon for your consideration:

Words written in water. | Star Factory’s Greatest Hits. | A man-shaped transportation device. | The Buddha’s fathering. | A very smelly necklace. | Un-erasing Buddhist mothers. | Becoming awakened when you can’t even get a good night’s sleep. | A pickle barrel packed full of loose emotions. | The Order of Interbeing. | Seeing oneself in the perpetrator, and the victim. | Other people as the path. | The monastery: everywhere. | Squeezing poetry from unpulped pages. | The fine Voltron energy of the brahmavihārās. | Gratitude as a cheat code to life. | Hi, mom! And thanks.

Plus—Jess offers a meditation in which loving-kindness is interwoven with equanimity, to create a veritable brahmavihārā spice mix, with which any of us might generously season our experiences.