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AWAKEN Podcast


AWAKEN is a Webby Honoree podcast about the dynamic path to enlightenment and what it means to “wake up.” Throughout the series we dive into the personal stories of guests who share how they’ve experienced a shift in their awareness, and as a result, their perspective on life.

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AWAKEN Season 2

Singer and songwriter Raveena Aurora hosts the second season of AWAKEN, which explores the transformative power of art. Using a Tibetan Buddhist mandala as a guide, scientists, Buddhist teachers, writers, artists, activists, and others share how they wrestle with five challenging emotions—anger, pride, attachment, envy, and ignorance—and what those feelings can teach us if we get curious.

Guests include writer adrienne maree brown, emotion scientist Tracy Dennis-Tiwary, psychiatrist Mark Epstein, artist and activist Madame Gandhi, Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki, scientist and Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, celebrated Buddhist teacher Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, renowned chef Eric Ripert, and author and meditation teacher Sharon SalzbergLearn more about our guests.

AWAKEN Season 1

Hosted by acclaimed musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson, the first season of AWAKEN uses artworks as a jumping off point for authors, artists, wisdom bearers, and Buddhist teachers to share their personal path to enlightenment. From deep introspection to curious life-changing moments, awakening can take many forms, from the mundane to the sacred.