Monday, May 21, 2012

Upaya Dharma Podcasts - Ray Olson: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lovingkindness


A nice talk from a new teacher at Upaya Zen Center - Ray Olson brings his prison outreach experience to a talk on questioning what love and kindness really are and how can we act lovingly to those who may be hurtful or disrespectful towards us or others.

Ray Olson: 05-16-2012: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lovingkindness

Speaker: Ray Olson
Recorded: Wednesday May 16, 2012

PRESENTER BIO: Ray Olson, an internist by training, was a longtime Professor of Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. He has been a Zen student for over 30 years and received Jukai in 1989. He was ordained Novice Priest by Roshi Joan Halifax in 2009 and was made Dharma Holder at Upaya Zen Center in 2010. Ray serves as coordinator of Upaya’s Prison Outreach Project and teaches classes in both the local county jail and the local state penitentiary. He trains volunteers for work with prison inmates. Ray is long-married to Nancy; they have three grown children and four growing grandchildren.

TALK DESCRIPTION: In his debut talk here at Upaya, long-time teacher and novice priest Ray Olson encourages listeners to question what love and kindness really are and how can we act lovingly to those that may be hurtful or disrespectful towards us or others. Ray uses not only his own prison outreach experiences, but also the wisdom of ancient traditions and religions outside of Buddhism as well.

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