Recently I was listening to a dharma talk called , by Joseph Goldstein. Most of you probably know of him. He's a Modern Vipassana instructor, with a pretty good sense of humor. His talks are interesting, sprinkled with examples from many different Buddhist traditions, from literature and his own life. He's one of those teachers who emphasizes commonalities between various schools, even making reference to NonBuddhist wisdom, so he may not be appreciated by everyone.
He's very practice orientated
, which for me is one of the most important things I look for in popular teachers. He has a new book out called "" which I recently heard mentioned here in another discussion. I haven't read it, but I found another website (below) with a lot more of his free audios. I've downloaded several and will be listening to them with my iPod...
"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009