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The Brain When You Meditate


Sam Harris, Joseph Goldstein




Sam Harris and Joseph Goldstein discuss meditation's essence and its practical benefits. Delving into the complexities of mindfulness, they explore why it's crucial to understand our minds through observation. Joseph emphasizes the simplicity of this practice, devoid of rituals or ceremonies, focusing on self-understanding.


Hello, welcome to the waking up podcast. This is Sam Harris. Today I'm speaking once again to my friend Joseph Goldstein. Joseph is a meditation teacher. He started the Insight Meditation Society in barre, Massachusetts, where I did, I think most of my retreats back in the day. And he's been on two earlier podcasts, podcasts number four and 15. And if you haven't heard those, those are worth listening to because you find out who Joseph is and how he got so deeply into practice. It is no exaggeration to say that Joseph is as responsible as anyone for bringing the practice of Vipassana, otherwise known as mindfulness to the west, from India. Joseph is certainly one of the finest meditation teachers I know.

And today, we take your questions in an AMA. And we deal with some basic questions like Why meditate in the first place? And how long do negative emotions actually last when you pay attention to them, but then we get into esoterica like, selflessness, and the Buddhist concept of enlightenment, and topics that will only be of interest perhaps to a subset of you. And again, as always, if you find conversations like this valuable, you are free and encouraged to support the podcast at Sam Harris dot o RG forward slash support.

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