If you didn’t know already, I’ve decided to start a new YouTube show called Wandering, with Thenuka! The theme of the podcast is to have conversations with people that have charted unconventional life paths. I started it as a vehicle to explore my own curiosities while sharing the journey along the way, as it happens.
My first guest is Michael McCord, the Director of the Beginner’s Mind Temple at the San Francisco Center.
About Michael: Michael started his adult life with aspirations to become a Christian minister. After spending time working on initiatives to help disabled people in Jordan, he departed from his Christian roots as he searched for a different path in life. He had stints launching an ISP in India and later becoming a manager at Citibank before being a Zen Monk.
In this conversation, you’ll learn about a variety of topics focused on Zen, technology, and mindfulness. I’ve curated 7 clips from our 1.5 hour-long conversation that you can find below.
Note: Michael is currently running a fundraiser for the San Francisco Zen Center! If you’d like to make a donation, you can do so here!
Michael’s answer to the question of what enlightenment is.
Applying Zen principles to managing our relationship with technology.
Michael’s perspective on where all of our thoughts and feelings originate from.
How Zen practices make it easier for us to be this person, in this mind, in this body at any given point in time.
How Michael grappled with the concept of enlightenment as he continued his life as a Zen monk.
If you’d like to watch the full 1.5 hour conversation, you can do so below! Click the title of the video to watch it on YouTube.com if you want to see the timestamps as well!
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