Valerie Mason John, also known as Vimalasara, teaches Buddhism in the Triratna Buddhist tradition. She joined host Xolani Kacela from her home in Vancouver, British Columbia for this episode of Take On Faith. Valerie Mason is the award-winning author of 10 books, and the co-author and co-founder of Eight Step Recovery: Using The Buddha’s Teaching to Overcome Addiction. Vimalasara shared many powerful life experiences. Those included: how they discovered Buddhism after years of life in foster care, on the streets, and in prison as a youth. Importantly, they found themselves surrounded by people who meditated. That sparked their curiosity about practicing meditation. Valerie Mason John discussed their Buddhist practice and how it helped them adopt a new mindset to overcome “stinking thinking,” which they discussed on their 2013 TEDx Talk.
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