Professor Doug Powers News

What is Sacred Space? An Interview with Prof. Doug Powers

Oct 5, 2020

Professor Doug Powers lead daily lectures for our Fall '20 CEI on Sacred Space, and we asked him some questions about  the significance of sacred space and the brahmavihāras. I guess a good...

Open-hearted, Cooperative Relationships: Anti-racism and the Buddhadharma

Jun 19, 2020

The following is from Professor Doug Powers, in response to the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement and the recent events in Minneapolis and around the world. This is a transcribed spoken interview....

Professor Doug Powers: What is your vision for our future students' lives?

Jun 1, 2020

We asked Professor Doug Powers, "What is your vision for our future students' lives?" The following is his response.Our goal for both future and current students is relatively simple. The world that...

Is There an Alternative to My Aimless Existence?

May 3, 2020

We asked Professor Doug Powers, "Is there an alternative to my aimless existence?" The following is his response.As long as you think your existence is who you think you are, there isn’t any answer...

Professor Doug Powers: How can I make sense of what’s going on right now?

Apr 6, 2020

We asked Professor Doug Powers for advice on the current COVID-19 situation. The following is his response:How can I make sense of what’s going on right now? For cultivators, there should be...

Professor Doug Powers: What is suffering?

Mar 2, 2020

We asked Professor Doug Powers the following questions: What is the suffering that the Buddha talks about? Do I have to ride the waves of emotions at all times in my life? The following is his...

Professor Doug Powers: Does the Buddha still have preferences?

Feb 4, 2020

We asked Professor Doug Powers about the role of personal preferences for cultivators. The following is his response:Understanding preferences from the vantage points of karma and of samadhi (i.e.,...

Professor Doug Powers: What is freedom?

Jan 7, 2020

Professor Doug Powers discusses freedom of mind in the context of our modern experience:So what did Buddha have to say about our modern experience? Our fundamental problem is our crowning achievement...

Professor Doug Powers: Why Bother Meditating?

Nov 29, 2019

We asked Professor Doug Powers for some of his insights on meditation. The following is his response:The first step to these kinds of questions is having a common description that we hold together of...

Professor Doug Powers: Three Tips for Young People Today

Oct 25, 2019

We asked Professor Doug Powers to give three tips for young people today about how to live a good life. Below is his response: In young people’s minds right now, the main issue is what they can trust...