Pursuing Personal Peace

Baxter Pharr
Margaret Rush  Sundays 2 pm - 2:30 pm

Pursuing Personal Peace is an on-air book club.  The Dalai Lama said, “World peace must develop from inner peace.”  Each week Margaret and Baxter tap into the rich Buddhist literature that points toward personal peace.  In the process of exploring the books, opportunities arise for a deeper understanding of ourselves, as well as incorporating the new insights into our daily lives.

CURRENT SHOW - Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are

In this book, Jack Kornfield, one of the wise elders of American Buddhism, says that in order to experience inner peace and wisdom,we don’t need to remove ourselves from society and join a monastery. Our lives just as they are provide the fertile soil in which to sow the seeds for spiritual awakening and lasting happiness. Topics discussed in this book include meditation, politics, parenting, the perils and promises of the spiritual path, lessons from modern spiritual masters, and the future of American Buddhism. Kornfield’s gift as a masterful storyteller shows us how to apply this ancient wisdom to bring about the fruits of an awakened life in these modern times.

ARCHIVED SHOWS - The Heart is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out

In this book, His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, shares his insights on topics ranging from healthy relationships to consumerism to social action to environmental protection to food sustainability.  His hopeful message is that each of us has a noble heart which is the source of our highest aspirations for ourselves and our world.  When we connect with this noble heart and let it guide us, then we can help solve the greatest challenges facing humanity in the twenty first century.

ARCHIVED SHOWS - The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation

In The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching, Thich Nhat Hanh introduces us to the core teachings of Buddhism and shows us how to apply them to our daily lives.  With clear and poetic language, Thich Nhat Hanh imparts comforting wisdom about the nature of human suffering and how we can cultivate wholesome states of mind that lead to more well being in ourselves and our world.


This book will transform the way we think about objects, entities, and ourselves.  With characteristic freshness, Dzigar Kongtrul offers a practice he calls self-reflection.  We explore his suggestion that relaxing focus on the self and opening the attention to a much bigger picture represent feasible solutions to the stress of fixation.  The author encourages each one of us to take responsibility for how we confer meaning upon the ideas and activities generated in mind.  These seemingly plain words unpack to reveal a world in which there is considerable choice regarding everyday experience.

ARCHIVED SHOWS - Reflections on Silver River

The ancient wisdom of Tokme Zongpo, presented through the eyes of Ken McLeod in Reflections on Silver River: The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva, is as relevant now as it was in the fourteenth century. While we as human beings continue to find ourselves in difficult patterns that are remarkably similar to those of our predecessors, Ken's commentary is full of practical, simple, and inspiring descriptions of how to apply timeless truths to a modern life. In this book, a path to personal peace is presented in a deep and pithy format, one that will challenge both readers and listeners alike, providing rich substance for lively on-air book-club discussion.


ARCHIVED SHOWSDancing with Life by Phillip Moffitt is a handbook for dancing with the ups and downs of life. Phillip provides a fresh perspective on moving from suffering to new awareness, peace and joy. He offers a path through mindfulness and the Four Noble Truths, showing us how we can choose to dance with life. Join Margaret Rush and Karen Latvala as they discuss the main points of the book chapter by chapter. 

Karen Latvala
Margaret Rush