On Meditation Portraits
1 Season . 9 Episodes

ON MEDITATION conveys first-hand experiences of those who have developed meaningful practices and are willing to share their experiences. From teachers to everyday people to celebrities, the subjects of ON MEDITATION offer a rare glimpse into the private insights and rituals of its subjects.

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ON MEDITATION conveys first-hand experiences of those who have developed meaningful practices and are willing to share their experiences. From teachers to everyday people to celebrities, the subjects of ON MEDITATION offer a rare glimpse into the private insights and rituals of its subjects.

Practiced for thousands of years, meditation is at once profound and simple: the focused attempt to move beyond conditioned “thinking” into a deeper state of awareness.

Yet, what does that path – the path of the inner journey, which is above all a private, interior one – really look like?

ON MEDITATION is an evolving series of portrait films that explore the deeply personal practice of meditation.

Host: Peter Matthiessen, Gabrielle Bernstein, Tim Ryan, Sharon Salzberg, Elena Brower, David Lynch, The Venerable Metteyya, Giancarlo Esposito
Episode 1
6 mins
The Venerable Metteyya talks about his lifelong pursuit of enlightenment and shares his observations on the relationship between mind and body.
Episode 2
6 mins
Elena Brower talks about how meditation has become crucial to her well being and shares how meditation can be incorporated into one's life anywhere and everywhere.
Episode 3
5 mins
A student of Zen Buddhism for more than three decades, the late Peter Matthiessen talked about the calming influence of his spiritual practices at his home where he kept a zendo, a beautiful space dedicated for meditation.
Episode 4
6 mins
Giancarlo Esposito shares how meditation has transformed his personal life and informed his acting technique.
Episode 5
6 mins
Tim Ryan shares how his personal commitment to daily meditation has influenced his efforts to bring mindfulness training into the health care system and the military.
Episode 6
11 mins
David Lynch, a longtime practitioner of Transcendental Meditation, talks about how meditation has affected both his personal and professional lives in unimaginable ways.
Episode 7
6 mins
Gabrielle Bernstein shares her personal journey and struggles with addiction and how her practice keeps her healthy and happy.
Episode 8
4 mins
Sharon Salzberg explores how the practice of Loving-Kindness became a healing force in her life.
Episode 9
13 mins
Psychiatrist Mark Epstein and artist Arlene Shechet, married for more than 30 years, explore the effects of their practice on their relationship.