Sharon Salzberg – Metta Hour – Ep. 224 – Susan Bauer-Wu

For episode 224 of the Metta Hour, Sharon sits down with Susan Bauer-Wu to talk about her new book, A Future We Can Love: How We Can Reverse the Climate Crisis with the Power of Our Hearts & Minds.

Susan is an organizational leader, clinical scientist, and mindfulness teacher whose lifework has been dedicated to alleviating suffering and fostering well-being through contemplative wisdom. Susan  is the president of the Mind & Life Institute and deeply committed to the care of our planet and to policies and personal actions that will ensure a future we can love for our children and grandchildren.

In this conversation, Sharon and Susan discuss:
  • Susan’s early career in Healthcare
  • Authentic Presence & Compassion 
  • How Susan connected to climate work
  • Interconnection means we’re the problem & solution
  • The genesis for Susan’s book, A Future We Can Love
  • The meeting of H.H. the Dalai Lama and Great Thunberg
  • The Dalai Lama’s history as a climate activist
  • How writing the book affected Susan
  • The science of climate feedback loops
  • How Buddhist teachings help us engage in climate change
  • Learning to metabolize difficult feelings
  • Being a Bodhisattva of the Environment
  • Susan’s vision for the future
Susan closes the session with a guided meditation and ecosattva vow. You can get a copy of Susan’s book A Future We Can Loveright here.