Killing Buddha. An Interview With Betsy Chasse (Co-Creator Of What The Bleep Do We Know!?)

March 8, 2012

Betsy Chasse is a writer, director, producer whose recent credits include: Co-Creator “What The Bleep Do We Know?!” and Producer: “Pregnant In America.”  She is also the owner Intention Media Inc. Besides that, Betsy Chasse is a loving mother who continues to cultivate a deeper understanding of who she truly is at her core on a daily basis. A noble task if I’ve ever heard of one before. In Betsy’s recent book Metanoia (Metanoia means “A transformative change of heart” or as Carl Jung put it, a “psychotic break”), she invites the reader into her innermost world, her mind. Her musings are dark, lovely, honest and insightful as she touches on doubt, fear, pain, self-love (or lack thereof), and learning to become vulnerable, the same courtesy I believe she offered me in this interview. Enjoy. 

The following interview was conucted via phone on 3/6/12

The Betsy Chasse Interview

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Love Is. An Interview With NY Times Bestselling Author Marci Shimoff

February 28, 2012

Marci Shimoff is a #1 NY Times bestselling author, a celebrated transformational leader, and one of the nation’s leading experts on happiness, success, and unconditional love. She is the author of the runaway bestsellers Love for No Reason and Happy for No Reason, which offer revolutionary approaches to experiencing deep and lasting love and happiness. These books soared to the top of many national bestseller lists including The New York Times, Amazon, and the Wall Street Journal and have been translated into 31 languages.

Marci is also the woman’s face of the biggest self-help book phenomenon in history, Chicken Soup for the Soul. Her six bestselling titles in the series, including Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul, have met with stunning success. Combined, all of her books have sold more than 14 million copies worldwide and have been on the New York Times bestseller list for a total of 118 weeks. Marci is one of the bestselling female nonfiction authors of all time. In addition, she’s the host of the national PBS television show called Happy for No Reason and she’s a featured teacher in the international film and book sensation, The Secret.
 
President and co-founder of the Esteem Group, she delivers keynote addresses and seminars on self-esteem, self-empowerment, and peak performance to corporations, professional and non-profit organizations, and women’s associations. She’s been a top-rated trainer for numerous Fortune 500 companies, including AT&T, GM, Sears, Kaiser Permanente, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Marci inspires people with her breakthrough methods for personal fulfillment and professional success.
 
As an acclaimed authority on success and happiness, Marci is often approached by media for her insights and advice. She has been on more than 500 national and regional television and radio shows and has been interviewed for over 100 newspaper articles worldwide. Her writing has appeared in major magazines, including Ladies Home Journal, SELF, and Woman’s World.
 
Marci earned her MBA from UCLA and holds an advanced certificate as a stress management consultant. She is a founding member and on the board of directors of the Transformational Leadership Council, a group of 100 top leaders serving over ten million people in the self-development market. Through her books and her presentations, Marci’s message has touched the hearts and rekindled the spirits of millions of people throughout the world. She is dedicated to fulfilling her life’s purpose of helping people live more empowered and joy-filled lives.

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The Marci Shimoff Interview

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Brad Warner- Zen Monk Wrapped In Hardcore Dipped In Sarcasm. An Interview.

February 7, 2012

Brad Warner was born in Ohio in 1964. In 1983 he met Zen teacher Tim McCarthy and began his study of Zen while he was still the bass player of the hardcore punk band Zero Defex, whose big hit was the eighteen-second masterpiece “Drop the A-Bomb on Me!” In the 1980s he released five albums of psychedelic rock under the band name Dimentia 13 (that’s the way he spelled it), though Dimentia 13 was often a one-man band with Brad playing all the instruments. In 1993 he moved to Japan, where he landed a job with Tsuburaya Productions, the company founded by Eiji Tsuburaya, the man who created Godzilla. The following year Brad met Gudo Nishijima Roshi, who ordained him as a Zen monk and made him his dharma heir in 2000. Brad lived in Japan for eleven years. In 2003 he published his first book, Hardcore Zen, followed by Sit Down and Shut Up! in 2007, Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate in 2009 and Sex, Sin, and Zen: A Buddhist Exploration of Sex from Celibacy to Polyamory and Everything in Between in 2010. He also plays bass in Zero Defex (0DFx) who will be releasing a new album soon and is looking to start a new project which he wants to be the most psychadelic, druggiest drug band around (without the drugs)  in which he’ll play guitar.
The following interview was conducted via phone on 1/10/12 

Brad Warner Interview

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Lama Surya Das And The Indie Spiritualist- An Interview.

February 5, 2012

Lama Surya Das, one of the foremost American Lamas in the Buddhist tradition, has been an integral part of Buddhism’s surge in popularity in recent years. From his first bestselling book, Awakening the Buddha Within (Broadway Books; 1997) to his newest release The Mind Is Mightier Than the Sword (Doubleday Religion; August, 2009), he has made Buddhism accessible and inspiring to serious practitioners and neophytes alike.

Surya Das has been featured in numerous publications and major media, including ABC, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, New York Post, Long Island Newsday, Long Island Business Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, The Jewish Free Press, New Age Journal, Tricycle Magazine, Yoga Journal, The Oregonian, and has been the subject of a seven minute magazine story on CNN. One segment of the ABC-TV sitcom Dharma & Greg was based on his life (“Leonard’s Return”). Surya has appeared on Politically Correct with Bill Maher, and twice on The Colbert Report. ( http://www.surya.org)
The following interview was conducted on 11/18/10.

The Lama Surya Das Interview

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Bookworming W/Marci Shimoff

December 16, 2011
Books That Have Inspired Me by Marci Shimoff

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