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Psychedelic Science

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Katherine MacLean, PhD. is an academically trained research scientist and meditation practitioner with a long-standing interest in the brain, consciousness and the science of well-being. As a postdoctoral research fellow and faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she worked on the largest study to date combining psychedelics and meditation. Her research on psilocybin and personality change suggests that psychedelic medicines may play an important role in enhancing mental health and promoting openness and creativity throughout the lifespan. In this talk from the 2014 Buddhist Geeks Conference, Katherine presents her experience of studying psychedelics. She shares personal travel stories of mystical experiences in the Himalayas, research results from facilities around the world, and potential therapies for the injured and dying using psilocybin, MDMA, and other psychedelics. A proponent of psychedelic use for therapy and mental health, Katherine encourages the audience to rethink whatever preconceived ideas they might have about the skillful use of psychedelics. Episode Links: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine ( http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/psychiatry/ ) The Secular Buddhist Episode 84: Psilocybin and Openness ( http://www.thesecularbuddhist.com/episode_084.php ) C-Realm Episode 411: The Strange, Fuzzy, Fat Brick of Everything ( http://c-realm.com/podcasts/crealm/411-the-strange-fuzzy-fat-brick-of-everything/ )

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July 25th, 2015

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“We can only see what we’ve become conscious of.” – Michaël Harboun Michaël Harboun wants to design products that find a balance between inner …

The Path of Centering Prayer

July 25th, 2015

14:24
David Frenette is a senior teacher in the Centering Prayer movement–a contemplative Christian practice that was designed by Father Thomas Keating. He’s also the spiritual director at the Center for Contemplative Living …

Meditating with God

July 25th, 2015

46:53
David Frenette is a senior teacher in the Centering Prayer movement–a contemplative Christian practice that was designed by Father Thomas Keating. He’s also the spiritual director at the Center for Contemplative Living …

It's a Jungle in There

July 25th, 2015

21:29

In this episode, taken from the Buddhist Geeks Conference 2012, Daniel Ingram talks about the ways that contemplatives could learn from the …

Mindful Binge Drinking and Blobology

July 25th, 2015

22:00
Willoughby Britton, contemplative scientist and neuroscience researcher, spoke at the Buddhist Geeks Conference 2012 about mixing Dharma with scientific enterprise. Scientific research of meditation is undoubtedly one …

Creativity Without Grasping

July 25th, 2015

17:03
In this episode, taken from the Buddhist Geeks Conference in 2012, Martine Batchelor explores the process of grasping and its amplifying/exaggerating effects. She also goes into how meditation can help us to …

McLuhan and Buddhism: How is the Medium Changing the Message?

July 25th, 2015

26:06
What is the message of Buddhism today? Self-improvement? A fulfilling life? An understanding of the mysteries of the human condition? How does …

The DNA Sutra

July 25th, 2015

31:19
Richard Eskow is a writer, consultant, and musician, who is a senior fellow with a public policy group. In this episode, Richard discusses with host …

The Emerging Science of Mindfulness Meditation

July 25th, 2015

35:52
David Vago, an instructor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, has held the position of Senior Research Coordinator for the Mind & Life …

The Angry Buddhist

July 25th, 2015

19:16
Seth Greenland is an author, playwright, and screenwriter. For two seasons he was a writer-producer on the Emmy-nominated HBO series Big Love. His …

Enlightenment is Capable of Endless Enlargement

July 25th, 2015

28:40
Gary Weber has been a scientist, military officer, senior executive in industry and academia, and is the author of the book Happiness Beyond Thought: A Practical Guide to Awakening. He has practiced Zen meditation, …

Mapping the Mindful Brain

July 25th, 2015

42:32
Dr. Judson Brewer is an assistant professor at Yale in psychiatry and a contemplative scientist studying the effects of meditation on the brain. He …

A Heart Blown Open

July 25th, 2015

26:43
Keith Martin-Smith is an author, martial artist, and ordained Zen priest. His latest book is “A Heart Blown Open”, the biography of his teacher Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi. In this episode, Vincent Horn talks with Keith …

Will the Real Buddha Please Stand Up?

July 25th, 2015

23:52
John Peacock is a scholar and Associate Director of The Oxford Mindfulness Centre. His studies of the earliest Buddhist writings have revealed to him …

Is Super Mario a Buddhist?

July 25th, 2015

29:06
Jane McGonigal is an author and game designer who wants to change the world through gaming. In this second part of a presentation recorded during the 2011 Buddhist Geeks Conference, she shares the details about games …

A Buddhist Game Designer

July 25th, 2015

36:05
Jane McGonigal is an author and game designer who describes herself as “23% Buddhist, 77% geek.” She begins the presentation, originally given at the 2011 Buddhist Geeks Conference, by asking three questions: Do …

A Mindfulness Manifesto

July 25th, 2015

23:51
Kelly Sosan Bearer speaks with Ed Halliwell, journalist, teacher, and author, about his new book The Mindful Manifesto and its themes of mindfulness, …

Climate Change is Happening on our Watch

July 25th, 2015

31:51
In this episode Rohan Gunatillake speaks with Buddhist teacher Rob Burbea on the topic of Climate Change. Rob wonders why the Western Buddhist community is largely silent on the topic, and over the course of the …

The Communication Gap

July 25th, 2015

35:18
Ken McLeod and Vincent Horn continue their conversation about the student-teacher relationship by examining communication mediums. They begin by examining the value and limitations of video chat as well as the benefits …

Crossing the Generational Divide

July 25th, 2015

29:22
Ken McLeod joins Vincent Horn for the start of a conversation examining some of the painful generational gaps that occur between students and …

Strengthening the Body-Mind

July 25th, 2015

32:01
Rob McNamara is a psychology professor, zen practitioner, and strength trainer who works at the intersection of strength training and contemplative …

Enlightenment Through an Evolutionary Lens

July 25th, 2015

25:05
In this episode, taken from the Buddhist Geeks Conference in 2011, Diane Hamilton explores Enlightenment, not as a binary state, but from a developmental point of view, as ever-expanding identification. Hamilton …

Disrupting the Awakening Industry

July 25th, 2015

24:59
Rohan Gunatillake, in this presentation taken from the Buddhist Geeks Conference in 2011, explores how Buddhism can learn from the suffering of other established systems such as the music, publishing and journalism …

What Science Can Teach Us About Practice

July 25th, 2015

19:59
In this episode, taken from the Buddhist Geeks Conference in 2011, Kelly McGonigal, PhD in Health Psychology, speaks on how the neuroscience of …

Singing Meditation

July 25th, 2015

28:18
Ari Goldfield and Rose Taylor are Buddhist teachers and translators . Goldfield is a Buddhist translator and teacher who has studied and practiced …

The Buddha Walks Into a Bar

July 25th, 2015

28:17
Lodro Rinzler is a next generation Buddhist teacher in the Shambhala tradition and author of “The Buddha Walks Into a Bar.” In our discussion we focus primarily on the ways in which Generation Y is relating differently …

The Myth of the Teacher

July 25th, 2015

19:29
Martine Batchelor joins Buddhist Geeks again, this time to explore the way that the roles of teacher and student are changing in contemporary times. …

Practicing at the Crossroads

July 25th, 2015

31:43
Martine Batchelor was a nun in a Korean Buddhist monastery for 10 years, where she followed a traditional path of practice and exploration. We speak …

Uniting Technology and Wisdom

July 25th, 2015

34:17
Vincent Horn is a co-founder and director of Buddhist Geeks. In this talk, originally given at the Pacific Asia Art Museum, he explores the …

Innovating New Forms of Buddhist Tantra

July 25th, 2015

18:40

David Chapman–writer and computer scientist–joins us again to finish our conversation about “consensus Buddhism” and the alternatives that he sees to the consensus. David speaks about some of the innovations that …

Consensus Buddhism and Mindful Mayo

July 25th, 2015

24:19

David Chapman is a writer, computer scientist, engineer and Buddhist practitioner. He shares in this episode a description of what he calls consensus Buddhism. Chapman claims that up until recently this consensus group …

Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Evolving

July 25th, 2015

25:30
David Loy, Zen teacher and author, joins us to discuss the radical implications of modern narratives on the traditional Buddhist view of the world. David, whose background includes rigorous academic training and Zen …

Seasons of Practice

July 25th, 2015

27:09
We’re joined again by spiritual teacher and author Terry Patten to discuss the multidimensional nature of practice. We speak about the form he …

The Art of Dharmic Embrace

July 25th, 2015

31:24
Terry Patten–spiritual teacher and author–joins us to speak about some of the challenging issues involve in teaching and practicing an empowering …

A Visitation from the Unknown

July 25th, 2015

23:36
We’re joined by spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen to explore the story of how he came to teach what he calls “evolutionary enlightenment.” Andrew begins …

No Yogi Left Behind

July 25th, 2015

34:43
We’re joined again on Buddhist Geeks by one of the most influential figures in the transpersonal psychology movement, Dr. Charley Tart. We cover a …

Where Science and Compassion Meet

July 25th, 2015

27:06
We’re joined this week by Dr. Kelly McGonigal, to discuss her work at Stanford University, where she is teaching compassion-based practices from the …

The Dark Night Project

July 25th, 2015

25:35
We’re joined again this week by Brown University neuroscience researcher Willougbhy Britton. Willougbhy begins this episode by going into further depth into some of the typical experiences that have been reported during …

The Dark Side of Dharma

July 25th, 2015

15:28
We’re joined this week by Brown University neuroscience researcher Willoughby Britton. In this episode Dr. Britton shares some of the details of a …

The Internet is Not Your Teacher

July 25th, 2015

17:10
This week’s episode comes from the recent Buddhist Geeks conference where Ethan Nichtern, a Buddhist teacher in the Shambhala tradition, speaks about ways in which the internet falls as a an aid in dharma. He uses the …

Enlightenment For the Rest of Us

July 25th, 2015

17:37
“You can perform neurosurgery on yourself.” – Kenneth Folk This week’s episode comes from the recent Buddhist Geeks Conference, where meditation …

There is No Enemy

July 25th, 2015

25:20
“Obstacles in your path should not be regarded as obstacles. They are simply features of the landscape which have to be negotiated.” – Ken …

To Know One Religion is to Know None

July 25th, 2015

28:23
We’re joined this week by Comparative Religion scholar and Buddhist teacher Rita Gross. Rita shares how she got into Buddhist practice, first …

The Buddhist Teachers Council

July 25th, 2015

35:55
We’re joined this week by vipassana teacher Martin Alyward to hear his perspective on the Buddhist Teachers Council, a recent gathering of Western teachers that was held at the Garrison Institute. Martin was part of the …

The End of Self-Referencing

July 25th, 2015

26:10
We’re joined again by Harvard trained social scientist Dr. Jeffery Martin. As a conclusion to our discussion on the initial findings on his research …

The Study of Non-Symbolic Consciousness

July 25th, 2015

24:08
We’re joined by Harvard trained social scientist Dr. Jeffery Martin to discuss some of the incredible research that he’s doing into the further reaches of human potential. He speaks about his initial research, done …

Tuning In to the Truth of the Moment

July 25th, 2015

20:41
We’re joined again by meditation teacher and actress Stephanie Nash, this time to explore some of the striking parallels between the disciplines of acting and meditation. Stephanie shares how a month-long Shakespeare …

The Chief Facilitator

July 25th, 2015

19:01
We’re joined this week by meditation teacher and actress Stephanie Nash, to discuss her experience of working with her Shinzen Young. Stephanie is one of Shinzen’s chief facilitators and has been working closely with …

No System Exists in a Vacuum

July 25th, 2015

18:18
We’re joined again by Yoga and Buddhist meditation teacher Michael Stone, this time to look at Buddhism as a system. We speak about the …

Connections Between Yoga & Buddhism

July 25th, 2015

29:55
We’re joined this week by Yoga and Buddhist meditation teacher Michael Stone. We begin by finding out how Michael got into spiritual practice, which happened to be at an early age through a profoundly spiritual uncle …

Organizational Enlightenment

July 25th, 2015

22:01
We’re joined again this week by organizational expert, and founder of HolacracyOne, Brian Robertson. Brian begins by describing the pit-falls of both …

Liberating the Soul of Organization

July 25th, 2015

32:13
We’re joined this week by Brian Robertson, founder of HolacracyOne, a company whose aim is to liberate the soul of organization. We discuss with …

The Aesthetic of Meditation is Broken

July 25th, 2015

26:10
We’re joined again by a regular contributor of Buddhist Geeks and blogger at 21awake.com, Rohan Gunatillake. Rohan joins us to explore three areas in …

Teaching Mindful Awareness to Children

July 25th, 2015

17:30
This week we’re joined by Susan Kaiser Greenland a leader in bringing mindful awareness to children and teens. We explore the differences between …

Emergent Buddhism

July 25th, 2015

20:28
We’re joined this week by Buddhist teacher and scholar Hokai Sobol to explore the broad, but crucial topic of Emergent Buddhism. As a preface to the …

The Practice of Contemplative Photography

July 25th, 2015

29:39
“Photography and Buddhism share essential interests: both are concerned with clear seeing.” – Andy Karr & Michael Wood We’re joined this week by Buddhist teacher and photography Andy Karr. We explore some of the …

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

July 25th, 2015

30:59
Buddhist scholar and Chaplain Danny Fisher, joins us to explore various stories, or narratives, that run through the Buddhist world. There are a …

Redesigning Zen

July 25th, 2015

22:38
We’re joined this week by Soto Zen teacher Zenkai Taiun Elliston. Along with the being the abbot of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center, Taiun is also a long-time professional designer, having trained and taught modern design. …

Optimizing Awareness in Organizations

July 25th, 2015

27:38
We’re joined this week by Rich Fernandez, who serves as the Head of Learning and Organization Development at eBay. Rich has a long history with …

Young Buddhist Vignettes

July 24th, 2015

28:54
This week we have an intimate conversation with two young Buddhist practitioners. The first vignette is with Sophie McLaren, who practices in the Shambhala community and runs an organization dedicated to bringing …

The Way of Everyday Life

July 24th, 2015

26:37
We’re joined this week by mother, author, and Zen teacher Karen Maezen Miller. Maezen speaks directly to the need to see through the dualisms that we create in our lives, and speaks specifically about the dualism of …

Secrets of Meditation

July 24th, 2015

16:08
We conclude our discussion with spiritual teacher Sally Kempton—who has her spiritual roots in the Hindu tantra tradition of Kashmir Shaivism—this time speaking about some of the crucial secrets that she has discovered …

The Tantric Cousins

July 24th, 2015

31:09
This week we speak with spiritual teacher Sally Kempton. Sally was a student of the influential Hindu guru Swami Muktananda and taught in his lineage for many years. She shares with us her journey of first being …

Carving Out a Life of Meaning

July 24th, 2015

22:03

We’re joined this week Krista Tippett, host of the award-winning radio show “Being.” Krista begins the discussion by sharing how she went from being …

Gaming as a Spiritual Practice

July 24th, 2015

22:35
Leading game designer Jane McGonigal joins guest host Rohan Gunatillake to explore the relationship between games and well-being, and see what clues …

Virtual Vajrayana

July 24th, 2015

20:12

Senior Shambhala teacher David Nichtern joins us to geek out about some of the potential consequences of our rapidly developing technologies on the …

Entrepreneur as Bodhisattva

July 24th, 2015

20:31
This week guest host Rohan Gunatillake of 21awake.com interviews spiritual entrepreneur Nick Jankel. They explore the notion of “enlightened entrepreneurship,” discussing why it is that spirituality and business often …

Resolving the Questions that Drive Us

July 24th, 2015

26:44
We finish up our discussion with meditation teacher Ken McLeod, touching on a number of fascinating and challenging topics. Ken speaks about the distinction between answering the questions that drive us, as opposed to …

Pragmatic Buddhism

July 24th, 2015

16:43
We’re joined this week by Buddhist teacher, Ken McLeod, to explore an approach he has coined “Pragmatic Buddhism.” We explore his early Buddhist training, which included 2 back-to-back 3-year retreats, completed under …

Turning the Microphone Around

July 22nd, 2015

29:43
For this 200th anniversary edition, the microphone is turned around on the regular host, Vincent Horn. Our guest host for this week’s episode is the …

The Buddha’s Enlightenment Solved His Problem

July 22nd, 2015

19:56
We’re joined this week by Insight Meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg, to talk about her latest book, “Real Happiness” and also about meditation as an …

Emerging Trends in Western Buddhist Communities

July 22nd, 2015

20:53
We’re joined this week by Ph.D Candidate and Buddhist blogger Brooke Schedneck, to explore her research into several emerging patterns in Western Buddhist communities. We begin with how, as a training academic, she got …

The Wise Use of Technology

July 22nd, 2015

16:53
Many Buddhist figures have things to say about wise engagement with technology, but many of these same figures are not technologists themselves, and …

The Technium

July 22nd, 2015

24:26
We’re joined this week by celebrated technologist and co-founder of Wired Magazine, Kevin Kelly. Kevin shares how he went from a back-to-the-lander …

Rebel Buddha

July 22nd, 2015

17:59
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche—a dynamic and engaging Gen X Tibetan Lama who has spent half of his life living in the West—joins us to explore several key points related to the development of a more contemporary Buddhism. We …

Live the Questions

July 22nd, 2015

23:23
We’re joined this week by Buddhist teacher Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel to explore some of the topics from her most recent book, The Power of an Open Question. Elizabeth speaks about the nature of questioning, and why …

The Lazy Path to Enlightenment

July 22nd, 2015

23:27
We’re joined this week by author, teacher, and Tibetologist Glenn Mullin. During our conversation with Glenn we focus primarily on a system of …

Making Joy Our Default

July 22nd, 2015

24:24
Insight meditation teacher James Baraz joins us to explore the many facets of joy, happiness, and well-being. We begin by finding out how joy became an important part of James’ practice, since in his early years with …

Living as a River

July 22nd, 2015

35:32
Bodhipaksa is a teacher from the Triratna Buddhist Community, formerly the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order. He joins us this week to explore the Buddhist teachings on impermanence and “change blindness.” We also …

Living in Buddha Standard Time

July 22nd, 2015

20:26
We speak with Lama Surya Das this week about what it takes to integrate spiritual understanding into our lives as 21st century citizens. He explores the question of whether our sense of time has sped up in the …

The Tao of Twitter

July 22nd, 2015

30:06
When it comes to leveraging the technologies of our time, Lama Surya Das is one of the most active American Buddhists around. He blogs, tweets, …

Intimacy through Practice

July 22nd, 2015

20:39
We’re joined this week by Flamenco guitarist and Zen practitioner Ottmar Liebert. Ottmar shares the story of how he broke with his childhood religion …

Non-Meditation and the Nature of Thought

July 22nd, 2015

14:11
“You need not make efforts to create non-conceptuality. You need not regard thoughts as a fault. And so that your practice does not succumb to …

A Different Way of Approaching Meditation

July 22nd, 2015

23:53
We’re joined again by meditation teacher Jason Siff to conclude our exploration of the fundamental ideas and practices behind his unique approach of …

Unlearning Meditation

July 22nd, 2015

24:17
“Meditation instructions that disallow thinking, reflection, or being open to the full range of experience usually imply a distrust of the mind.” – …

Bodhisattva, Superstar

July 22nd, 2015

30:03
We’re joined this week by filmmaker Michael Trigilo, to explore some of the themes from his newest allegorical documentary, “Bodhisattva, Superstar.” Included in our conversation are questions around what it means to be …

The Timeless Tradition of Spiritual Apprenticeship

July 22nd, 2015

29:14
In the last part of our discussion with Buddhist teacher and scholar Hokai Sobol, we wrap up our exploration on some of the important influences and …

Exchanging Dharma: Client and Colleague Mindsets

July 22nd, 2015

19:11
We’re joined by Buddhist teacher and scholar Hokai Sobol, as we continue exploring the different mindsets that we often take, while exchanging Dharma …

Exchanging Dharma: The Consumer Mindset

July 22nd, 2015

18:48
We’re joined again this week by Buddhist teacher and scholar Hokai Sobol, to continue our exploration of the hidden mindsets and cultural forces that …

The Invisible Forces that Shape Western Buddhism

July 22nd, 2015

34:10
In the first part of a multi-part discussion with Buddhist teacher and scholar Hokai Sobol, we explore the invisible, and rarely discussed, forces …

An Evidence-Based Spirituality for the 21st Century

July 22nd, 2015

27:50
We’re joined by Charles Tart, one of the founders of the branch of psychology known as transpersonal psychology. Dr. Tart’s life work has to do with …

Growing Up Versus Waking Up

July 22nd, 2015

30:09
We’re joined this week by clinical psychologist and Buddhist practitioner John Welwood. John has spent his entire adult life exploring the …

Working with Sexual Energy

July 22nd, 2015

16:21
We’re joined again by British meditation teacher, Christopher Titmuss, to continue our exploration into the powerful, and often challenging, realm of …

The Place of the Erotic

July 22nd, 2015

24:13
We’re joined this week by Insight meditation teacher and engaged activist Christopher Titmuss. Our main topic of exploration is the place of sexuality, eros, and love in the practice of Dharma. Contained within that …

The Buddhist Atheist

July 22nd, 2015

25:51
Secular Buddhist teacher Stephen Batchelor joins us to explore some of the ideas presented in his newest book, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist. We …

The Mindful Therapist

July 22nd, 2015

21:30
This week we speak to vipassana meditation teacher, and psychotherapist Trudy Goodman. Trudy completes the story of her early Zen days, and also describes how she transitioned into becoming a vipassana teacher. She also …

Zen, Vipassana, & Psychology

July 22nd, 2015

22:53
This week we speak to vipassana and Zen teacher, Trudy Goodman. Trudy shares how she got into both Buddhist meditation and psychotherapy, and uses …

The Core of Wisdom

July 22nd, 2015

23:22
We’re joined again this week by professor and meditation teacher Roger Walsh. This week we dive into his study of the common practices seen in all of the world’s wisdom traditions. He shares each of these practices, and …

A Technology of Transcendence

July 22nd, 2015

22:16
This week we speak with professor and teacher Roger Walsh. Roger shares his journey from being a hardcore neuorscientist and psychiatrist to becoming an avid meditator and mystic. Once Walsh discovered that at the core …

Enlightened Society

July 22nd, 2015

22:46
This week we’re joined by the President of Shambhala, Richard Reoch. Along with overseeing the Shambhala organization, Richard is also a long time human rights, activist, and environmental leader. With this unique …

The Most Fundamental Duality

July 22nd, 2015

21:47
We’re joined again by Zen Master Diane “Musho” Hamilton, this time to explore the most fundamental duality of masculine and feminine. Diane points …

Integral Zen

July 22nd, 2015

30:22
We’re joined by Zen Master, Diane “Musho” Hamilton, to explore an approach to spiritual practice called “Integral Zen.” In our interview we explore several related topics, including the difference between a path of …

I Vow to Feed All Hunger

July 22nd, 2015

26:29
We’re joined this week by one of the pioneers of the socially engaged Buddhist movement, Zen Master Bernie Glassman. Although he grew up in a family that valued social action, after some years of Zen practice he had an …

What Young People Want

July 22nd, 2015

22:51
“We always talk about the Sangha as part of the triple gem, but I think it is the least developed part of Buddhism in the West.” – Sumi Loundon Kim We’re joined this week by Sumi Loundon Kim, author of Blue Jean Buddha …

I'm Not Babysitting Your Ego

July 22nd, 2015

24:42
We finish up our discussion with spiritual teacher Adyashanti, focusing on several topics relevant to contemporary seekers. We start off by exploring his thoughts on questions of power & hierarchy in the …

Now That's Zen

July 22nd, 2015

20:36
We’re joined by spiritual teacher Adyashanti to discuss his 15 years of training with Zen teacher Arvis Joen Justi. He shares details from his initial awakening at 25–where he realized that he was what he was seeking–to …

Contributing to the Gross National Happiness

July 22nd, 2015

25:31
Richard Brown–a long time Buddhist and contemplative educator–joins us to share some of the details from his recent involvement in helping the small …

Happiness: There's an App For That

July 22nd, 2015

17:45
In this episode we’re joined by Soren Gordhamer, long time tech writer, and author of Wisdom 2.0: Ancient Secrets for the Creative and Constantly Connected. Soren often writes for the Huffington Post and Mashable (a …

The Jedi Mind Training of Concentration

July 22nd, 2015

28:08
In this episode we wrap up our discussion with meditation teachers Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder, two of the only lay Western teachers authorized to teach the jhana system of Pa Auk Sayadaw. They share the deeper …

Mastering the Jhanas

July 22nd, 2015

22:04

This week we speak with Theravada mediation teachers Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder. In 2005, while on a 2-month retreat, they were the first Western lay practitioners (i.e. non-monks) to complete the traditional …

Can Dharma Help Us Turn the Corner?

July 22nd, 2015

42:16
This week we share a public talk given by Integral spirituality teacher Terry Patten and Vajrayana teacher Hokai Sobol, on the question of whether …

The Zen of Zen History

July 22nd, 2015

21:20
James Zito is a Buddhist film-maker, and the director of a newly released documentary on the history of Zen Buddhism, Inquiry Into the Great Matter. James joins us to discuss his new film, focusing primarily on what he …

Unifying Developmental Enlightenment with Timeless Realization

July 22nd, 2015

29:34

We’re joined again this week by Kenneth Folk, a long-time Theravada practitioner and meditation teacher. Kenneth completes his harrowing spiritual …

Ordinary People Can Get Enlightened

July 22nd, 2015

36:40

We’re joined this week by Kenneth Folk, a long-time Theravada practitioner and meditation teacher, who describes in exquisite detail his spiritual …

The Mountain of Spirit

July 22nd, 2015

28:19
This week we’re joined by Zen-inspired dharma teacher, Michael McAlister. Michael is the leader of the Infinite Smile sangha, just east of Berkeley, in what Michael calls, “the hard edge of suburbia.” After many years …

Feminine Zen

July 22nd, 2015

27:28
Grace Schireson is a Zen master in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and is the abbess of the Empty Nest Zendo in northern California. She joins us today to explore some of the main themes in her recently released …

Returning to the Marketplace

July 22nd, 2015

33:02
This week we speak with Zen Master, Genpo Roshi, about the relationship between money and spirituality. It’s a hot topic and one that he is …

Eddies in the Stream

July 22nd, 2015

25:04
We conclude our uber-geeky conversation with neuropsychologist and dharma teacher Rick Hanson this week, exploring what might be happening in the …

Self is a Network Phenomenon

July 21st, 2015

17:28
We’re joined again by Neuropsychologist and Theravada teacher, Rick Hanson. This time we explore the Buddhist proposition of anatta, or selflessness, …

A Crash Course in Applied Neurodharma

July 21st, 2015

34:07
This week, we’re joined by trained Neuropsychologist and Theravada Buddhist teacher, Rick Hanson, to explore what he calls “applied Neurodharma.” We …

Work, Sex, Money, Dharma

July 21st, 2015

20:43
Martin Aylward continues his discussion with us how we can bring forth a more relevant, relational, and potent form of contemporary dharma practice. He begins by exploring the tendency for Western practitioners to rely …

Freestyle Awakening

July 21st, 2015

19:37
The theme of distinguishing between the Buddhist teachings and forms which lead to awakening, and those forms that are culturally inherited and …

Investing in the Future of American Buddhism

July 21st, 2015

23:05
We continue our discussion with Shambhala acharya, Judith Simmer-Brown, about how we can strategically invest in American Buddhism so that it survives in the long-term. We explored the first three areas of importance …

The Survival of American Buddhism

July 21st, 2015

21:35
This week, we’re joined by Shambhala acharya and Naropa University professor, Judith Simmer-Brown. She joins us today to discuss four areas, which …

Turning Your Back to the Buddha

July 21st, 2015

25:08
Insight Meditation teacher, Rodney Smith, joins us to explore the topic of “urban dharma”–seeing that the transformative potential of one’s life and relationships are on equal footing with silent, more passive forms of …

Stepping out of Self-Deception

July 21st, 2015

19:57
Rodney Smith, the founder of the Seattle Insight Meditation Society, joins us today to discuss several fascinating topics. We start with an exploration of how the Big Bang and the origin of life on Earth (some 3.8 …

Buddha in a Cup of Tea

July 21st, 2015

29:54
This week, we’re joined by Kenneth Cohen, a well-known qi-gong master. Along with his training in the Taoist qi-gong and tai chi chuan, Kenneth has a strong connection to the Zen tradition and to the Japanese tea …

The Mechanisms of Kensho

July 21st, 2015

32:35
"A perception, sudden as blinking, that subject and object are one, will lead to a deeply mysterious wordless understanding; and by this understanding will you awaken to the truth of Zen." – Zen Master Huang-po The …

This is your Brain on Meditation

July 21st, 2015

20:26
This week we speak with academic nuerologist and Zen practitioner James Austin. Austin, who wrote the well-known book, Zen and the Brain, joins us to …

A Surfer's Quest to Find Zen on the Sea

July 21st, 2015

22:29
This week with speak with the author of Saltwater Buddha, Jaimal Yogis. Jaimal, a Zen surfer and journalist, wrote Saltwater Buddha to chronicle his late teens and early 20’s as he learned to surf and delved into Zen. …

Reflections on 21st Century Dharma

July 21st, 2015

44:32
In this episode we have a round-table discussion, with members from the NYC-based Interdependence Project, on issues surrounding 21st century dharma in the West. Both Buddhist Geeks and the Interdependence Project tend …

Artificial Wisdom

July 21st, 2015

22:44
We’re back again with Artificial Intelligence researcher and Zen-dabbler, Ben Goertzel. We continue our exploration of some of the major themes in his non-fiction story “Enlightenment 2.0″. This precipitates a …

Enlightenment 2.0

July 21st, 2015

22:09
This week we speak with Ben Goertzel, an artificial intelligence researcher and Zen-dabbling spiritual seeker. Ben shares with us his introduction to Zen and his on-going relationship to spiritual practice. He also …

Meditation is Good for Your Life

July 21st, 2015

24:03
In this episode we speak with Karma Kagyu teacher, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. He starts off by telling us about how he got into formal Buddhist practice, at the tender age of 9. He also shares some of his initial …

The Erotic Embrace of Life and Meditation

July 21st, 2015

32:03
We’re joined today by Vidyuddeva, a young Zen teacher who spent 5 years in monastic training with Zen Master Steve Hagen. Vid is now a teacher in his …

Erik Curren: The Buddhist Politician

July 21st, 2015

29:17
Erik Curren is a business leader, community activist, author, Buddhist meditator, and politician—who is running for state legislature in Virginia …

Buddhist Chaplaincy, Buddhist Youth

July 21st, 2015

24:44
This week we’re joined by Reverend Danny Fisher–a Buddhist Chaplain and author. Danny shares with us his reasons for becoming chaplain, where the notion of chaplaincy or service to others comes from in the Buddhist …

Buddhist History 101

July 21st, 2015

29:57
This week we speak with esteemed scholar, and the former professor of Buddhist Studies at UC Berkely, Dr. Lewis Lancaster. Lewis shares with us the …

Buddhism and the Evolution of Religion

July 21st, 2015

18:33
Zen teacher Norman Fischer—a teacher in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi—joins us again to speak about the religion, evolution, and Buddhism’s …

Buddhism May Need a Plan B

July 21st, 2015

22:58
As Buddhism transitions to the West, we see that it is doing so in a couple different ways. Some forms look more like their original Asian roots, …

Peter Fenner on Entering into Natural Meditation

July 21st, 2015

23:35
This week, I speak with non-dual teacher and former Tibetan monk, Peter Fenner. Peter was a monk for nearly a decade before he disrobed, realizing that the Buddhist practices he was engaged in weren’t leading him to …

Natural Wakefulness

July 21st, 2015

28:25
This week we speak with Shambhala acharya and cultural anthropologist, Gaylon Ferguson. Gaylon speaks about the view of Natural Wakefulness, in short …

Pop Buddhism & Satori Porn

July 21st, 2015

20:47
This week we speak with Gen-X Zen teacher Brad Warner, author of the newly released Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate. We talk a little bit …

Insights at the Edge

July 21st, 2015

22:37
We’re joined again by Tami Simon–founder of the spiritual media company Sounds True and senior student of Vajrayana teacher Reggie Ray. This week we ask her about her new podcast series, Insights at the Edge, where she …

You Will Get the Dharma You Need

July 21st, 2015

25:06
In this episode we speak with Tami Simon–founder of the spiritual media company Sounds True and senior student of Vajrayana teacher Reggie Ray. Tami shares us with us the intimate details of her initial meeting with …

Dharma Music Can Sound Like Anything

July 21st, 2015

23:28
This week we speak to the Buddhist-inspired musician Ravenna Michalsen. She explains why dharma music need not sound the way we think it should …

The Evolution of the Mind and Life Dialogues

July 21st, 2015

30:35
This week, Adam Engle, the business mastermind behind the Mind and Life Institute, joins us to discuss both the evolution of the project as well as …

The Great Work of Western Magick

July 21st, 2015

25:27
Alan Chapman is a Western magick practitioner, and the author of the newly released book, Advanced Magick for Beginners. Alan found his way into the field of Chaos magick through the work of Aleister Crowley and since …

The Mystery of the Mind: Ten Zen Questions

July 21st, 2015

25:25
Dr. Susan Blackmore–a psychologist and long-time Zen practitioner–shares with us the discoveries that she made while writing her latest book, Ten Zen …

The Dharma Overground

July 21st, 2015

18:44

Daniel Ingram, Theravada meditation teacher, joins us today to discuss the online community he and Buddhist Geeks host, Vince Horn helped create, The Dharma Overground.

Daniel shares how the Dharma Overground has been a …

An Unusually Hardcore Dharma Book

July 21st, 2015

25:25

Daniel Ingram, a Theravada meditation teacher and one of our most popular guests, joins us again to discuss his recently published book, Mastering …

Western Buddhism: Megatrends & Scandals

July 21st, 2015

20:55
Lama Sarah Harding, Tibetan translator and student of the late Kalu Rinpoche, joins us again to discuss some of the major trends in Western Buddhism. Having taught a class on “Buddhism in America” for the past several …

The Traditional 3-Year Retreat: Intensive Training for a Nonexistent Job

July 21st, 2015

24:01
Lama Sarah Harding, Tibetan translator and student of the late Kalu Rinpoche, joins us to discuss the experience of doing a traditional 3-year retreat in the Tibetan tradition. She was part of a small group of people, …

The Buddha Didn't Have a Credit Card

July 21st, 2015

23:00
Insight Meditation teacher, Diana Winston, joins us to discuss an extremely relevant topic: Buddhism & Money. We explore whether or not spirituality and money are incompatible (as they are often seen) and if not how …

Different Types of Jhana: Sutta, Vishudimagga, & Vipassana

July 21st, 2015

22:33

We continue our discussion with insight meditation teacher and author, Richard Shankman. In this episode we continue to dissect the different kinds of samadhi and their respective fruits–what in the Theravada tradition …

The Power of Samadhi

July 21st, 2015

22:58
Richard Shankman–a teacher in the insight meditation tradition and the author of the recently released book The Experience of Samadhi–joins us to discuss the various teachings and approaches to what in the Theravada …

Vajrayana in Plain English

July 21st, 2015

23:55
In this episode, we continue our dialogue with Shingon teacher Hokai Sobol. We begin our conversation by dropping a difficult question on Hokai, …

Japanese Shingon: The True Word School

July 21st, 2015

26:32
In this episode we are joined by one of our favorite Buddhist Geeks, Hokai Sobol. Hokai who is a teacher in the Shingon Buddhist tradition–a form of …

Embodied Zen

July 21st, 2015

20:12
“Meditation is the royal road to the unconscious.” – Carl Jung Gerry Shishen Wick, Roshi joins us today to finish the discussion on koan training, Rinzai and Soto Zen, and on a method of training he uses to help people …

Koan Training and the Different Styles of Zen

July 21st, 2015

26:24
Gerry Shishen Wick, Roshi is a dual-lineage holder of both the Soto and Rinzai schools of Zen. His teacher Maezumi Roshi passed along both lineages, …

Joseph Goldstein on The Science of Insight

July 21st, 2015

20:39
Joseph Goldstein–one of the primary figures in the development of the Insight Meditation movement–finishes up his conversation with us by sharing his …

Joseph Goldstein on the Benefits of Long Term Practice

July 21st, 2015

22:50
Joseph Goldstein–one of the primary figures in the development of the Insight Meditation movement–joins us today to discuss the unique benefits of …

Tibetan Buddhist Lineage in the West

July 21st, 2015

25:04
Reginald Ray, Tibetan Buddhist scholar and teacher, is back with us this week to discuss some pretty big topics. We explore the break that he made, …

The Forest Dwelling Yogi

July 21st, 2015

27:40
“Enlightenment is found in the Body and nowhere else.” – famous Dzogchen saying We’re joined in this interview by Reginald Ray–author of numerous books on Tibetan Buddhism and teacher in the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa …

Enlightenment for the Rest of Us

July 21st, 2015

25:10
Shinzen Young joins us again to discuss the possibility of a new way to deliver classical enlightenment to the masses. He discusses the classic delivery systems, which included monastic and lay life. He then builds on …

Shinzen Young: The Hybrid Teacher

July 21st, 2015

30:14
Shinzen Young, professional meditation instructor and geek-extraordinaire, joins us today to share his unique journey as a contemplative. From …

Building a Dharma Successor

July 21st, 2015

21:50
Shinzen Young, professional meditation instructor and geek-extraordinaire, continues his discussion with us on the unique approach he has taken to combining the best of the scientific approach with the best of the …

Hollow Bones Zen

July 21st, 2015

19:03
Jun Po Roshi, an American Zen Master in the Rinzai Zen tradition, joins us again this week to discuss the limitations of Japanese Zen as it enters …

The Zen Tree Fort in the Sky

July 21st, 2015

25:27
Ken Wilber coined the terms “ascending” and “descending” to describe two possible orientations to spiritual practice. The ascending path has to do with transcending the world, leaving samsara behind, and fusing with the …

Psychotropics and NeuroLinguistic Zen

July 21st, 2015

22:26
Jun Po Roshi, an American Zen Master in the Rinzai Zen tradition, joins us to discuss his fascinating history with psychotropic drugs, including a form of LSD, called Clear Light, that he helped to create and distribute …

Stuart Davis: Bodhisattva Rocker

July 21st, 2015

25:53
This week we’re joined by prolific musician, artist, writer, & comic Stuart Davis. Davis, a long-time Zen practitioner, shares with us his …

The Dhamma Brothers: Vipassana Meditation in Prison

July 21st, 2015

26:56
We are joined this week by Jenny Phillips, Director and Producer of the newly released documentary, The Dhamma Brothers. The Dhamma Brothers gives an in-depth look at how a trial program of vipassana meditation courses …

The Particularities of Awakening

July 21st, 2015

22:19
The Geeks of the Round Table are back, continuing our discussion of Judy Lief’s article Glimpses of Awakening. We speculate on the language and …

The Buzz Lightyear Model of Enlightenment: To Infinity and Beyond

July 21st, 2015

26:27
In this episode we bring back the Geeks of the Round Table segment. Joining us is one of our regulars Duff McDuffee, and a new geek to the lineup, …

Horizontal and Vertical Enlightenment

July 21st, 2015

26:17
Philosopher and long-time Buddhist practitioner, Ken Wilber, continues his discussion of the meditative terrain and of his spiritual philosophy in general. He finishes off his discussion of the meditative maps with an …

The Meditative Maps: Happy Mornings and Dark Nights

July 21st, 2015

25:02
Philosopher and long-time Buddhist practitioner, Ken Wilber, shares with us a 10,000 foot view of the terrain of meditative experience. He describes several of the most common Buddhist maps and their progression, …

Buddhist Studies in the West

July 21st, 2015

27:54
Dr. Jeffrey Hopkins, one of the most important figure in the development of Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the United States, joins us to discuss the importance of academic studies. We explore what Buddhist studies are …

The Practice Adventures of Dr. Jeffery Hopkins

July 21st, 2015

17:38
Today we speak with Dr. Jeffrey Hopkins, Professor Emeritus of Tibetan & Buddhist Studies at University of Virgina. Dr. Hopkins is a prolific …

The Logistics of Being a Bodhisattva

July 21st, 2015

10:22
Join us as we finish up our dialogue with Venerable Robina Courtin, the highly energetic Tibetan Nun, who some refer to as a “Dharma CEO”. In this episode she continues to share the specific logistics behind her …

Venerable Robina Courtin: Bodhisattva CEO

July 21st, 2015

22:47
Join us this week as we converse with one of the most energetic and high-powered Nuns that we know, Venerable Robina Courtin. A long-time Nun in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Robina shares with us the importance of …

Technology Makes our Delusion More Functional

July 21st, 2015

26:50
We’re joined again by CEO and Founder of Twine.com, and long-time Dzogchen practitioner, Nova Spivack. In this episode we discuss the short-comings of the Western traditions understanding and pursuit of consciousness, …

Does the Web have Buddha Nature?

July 21st, 2015

21:31
This week we are joined by CEO and Founder of Twine.com and long-time Dzogchen practitioner Nova Spivack. Nova has been a student of many of the …

How Did Descartes Die?

July 21st, 2015

23:31
Join us this week as we speak with Dr. Peter Grossenbacher, director of the Consciousness Laboratory at Naropa University, about the difference between Eastern and Western modes of inquiry, sensory awareness practice, …

The Consciousness Labratory

July 21st, 2015

26:28
Join us this week as we speak with Dr. Peter Grossenbacher, director of the Consciousness Laboratory at Naropa University, about his research on meditation and contemplative spirituality. Along with finding out about …

Dream Practices: Comparing Dream Yoga and Lucid Dreaming

July 21st, 2015

25:05
B. Alan Wallace joins to us to compare and contrast two fantastic dream practices. One comes from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, going all the way back to India, with the yogi Naropa. This practice, called Dream Yoga, …

The Yogas of Dream and Sleep

July 21st, 2015

23:17
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, an esteemed teacher in the Bon Buddhist tradition of Tibet, joins us again to continue describing the importance of dream yoga as part of the larger system of the 6 yogas of Naropa. Rinpoche …

Sleep as a Spiritual Journey

July 21st, 2015

20:19
“Look to your experience in dreams to know how you will fare in death. Look to your experience of sleep to discover whether or not you are truly …

The Inevitable Tension: Going Deep vs. Spreading Wide

July 21st, 2015

16:30
Melvin McLeod, Editor-in-Chief of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma magazines, concludes his conversation with us, this time discussing the inevitable tensions that arise in Buddhist media. These tensions center …

Peering Under the Hood of Buddhist Media

July 21st, 2015

17:33
“Buddhism offers the most profound critique or criticism of life imaginable in it’s analysis of the role of ego, and of the nature of samsara, as …

Existential Threats and Risks: We Can't Escape Impermanence!

July 21st, 2015

14:01
“At any moment the Yellowstone caldera could blow up, wipe out %99 of the life on the surface of the planet, and probably all humans, and in our last …

Cyborg Buddhas & Techno-Utopian Pure Lands!

July 21st, 2015

15:57
With radical advances in science in technology would it be possible for us to turn our world into a so-called, “Buddha Realm” or would it be more …

Transhumanism and the Authentic Self

July 21st, 2015

18:36
“The longer our lives, the more we’ll have a chance to see that there’s no self living them.” – James Hughes What is Transhumanism and how is it …

Rebirth and Suffering: How Important Are They?

July 21st, 2015

21:15
“I do not believe in an after life, although I am bringing a change of underwear.” – Woody Allen The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche joins us again, this time to discuss the importance of the teachings of rebirth in the …

The Best Preparation for Dying Well is Living Well

July 21st, 2015

11:09
The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is the only Rinpoche we know who owns and uses a Blackberry! Rinpoche shares with us the different ways that he has …

Analytical Meditation: Going Beyond Coffee Table Dharma

July 21st, 2015

21:30
The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, one of the foremost teachers in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism, joins us to discuss his efforts in …

Zen Masters: Dressing the Donkey with Bells and Scarves

July 21st, 2015

28:45
Long-time American Zen practitioner Stuart Lachs has spent some 40 years practicing Zen. First with Suzuki Roshi at the Tassajara Monastery in California and then with Eido Shimano Roshi, Walter Nowick, and finally with …

The Darker Side of Zen: Institutions Defining Reality

July 21st, 2015

22:53
"What the teacher really offers the student is literally living proof that all this talk and the seemingly impossible goals [of Zen] can be realized in this lifetime.” – Baker Roshi in the Introduction to Zen Mind, …

Mind Like Space

July 21st, 2015

24:26
Our conversation with Susan Piver continues this week as we wrap our discussion on the relationship between meditation and writing. We also also …

Susan Piver: The Fearless Writer

July 21st, 2015

20:16
When Susan Piver’s book, The Hard Questions, hit the top of the NY Times Bestsellers list (and stayed there) she decided that she needed to deepen her practice immediately. Listen in this week as speak with Susan about …

Every Generation Creates the Dharma Anew

July 21st, 2015

30:55
The Round Table Geeks continue their exploration of Whitney Joiner’s article, “Dive-bar Dharma”. In a flurry of paradox, perspectives, humor, and exploration they tackle questions of integrating dharma into life, the …

Dive-Bar Dharma: Making it Fresh or Sensationalizing it?

July 21st, 2015

18:18
Join the Geeks of the Round Table as we discuss an article published on Salon.com entitled, Dive-bar Dharma. The geeks explore several questions, …

Everything Arises in the Mind of the Yogi

July 21st, 2015

28:48
"Real creative expression, to me, is a process of discovery … It’s entering the mystery." – Daido Roshi John Daido Loori, Roshi continues his discussion with Robert Spellman on the intersection between contemporary art …

Zen Mountain Monastery: Zen and the Arts

July 21st, 2015

22:44
John Daido Loori, Roshi abbot of the Zen Mountain Monastery in NY and well-known Buddhist author, joins us to discuss the history and development of …

The Three Faces of Spirit: Where is Awareness Locating Itself?

July 21st, 2015

26:29
Where does awareness tend to locate itself? And how is this important in our experience and understanding of the Buddhist path of awakening? This …

Discover Yourself as a Perspective Taking Being

July 21st, 2015

28:28
Diane Musho Hamilton, Zen sensei and Big Mind lineage holder, joins us to discuss her personal story on the path of awakening. From experiencing the …

Unwavering Samadhi: Meditative Achievement and Its Impact in the World

July 21st, 2015

26:06
We continue our discussion with Buddhist teacher and author, B. Alan Wallace, on the impact of the recently completed Shamatha Project. Dr. Wallace shares the astounding levels of concentration that were achieved during …

Reverberations from The Shamatha Project

July 21st, 2015

20:51
B Alan Wallace, author of “The Attention Revolution” and “Embracing Mind”, joins us to discuss the initial results from The Shamatha Project—one of …

Buddhist Magic: What is Possible with the Powers?

July 21st, 2015

24:24

Have you ever considered what it would be like to cultivate, what in the Buddhist tradition are called the siddhis or magical powers? Buddhist magic …

Geeks of the Round Table(tm)

July 21st, 2015

33:12
The Geeks of the Round Table™ continue their discussion on the Big Mind process and the criticisms from Zen teacher Brad Warner, in his article Big Mind™ is a Big Load™ of Horse Shit (link goes to SuicideGirls, an alt …

McZen: A Double Satori with Cheese

July 21st, 2015

18:58
This is an experimental dialogue called Geeks of the Round Table. In this session we speak with two young Buddhist practitioners in a round-table format about Brad Warner’s criticisms of the Big Mind process, in an …

Crazy Wisdom Saves the Day!

July 21st, 2015

11:47
Crazy Wisdom, a phrase coined by the late Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, is used to describe uncommon, unique, and even wild ways of sharing wisdom. Wes Nisker, insight meditation teacher, shares with us his connection to …

Science as the Western Wisdom Tradition

July 21st, 2015

10:14
“The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained to liberation from the self.” – …

Atto, Zepto, and Yacto: The Buddhist Marx Brothers

July 21st, 2015

14:46
We speak to insight meditation teacher and comedian Wes Nisker about humor, enlightenment, and the way that the scientific vision has impacted and informed the teachings of the Buddha. Quoting Wavy Gravy, Wes comments …

Insight Dialogue: Extending Meditation into Mutuality

July 21st, 2015

21:29
What would it be like if we were able to extend the silence & clarity of the meditative mind into our relationships? Would this impact how we …

Interpersonal Meditation: Awakening as Relational Beings

July 21st, 2015

24:26
Gregory Kramer, teacher of an interpersonal meditation practice called Insight Dialogue (and author of a book with the same title) joins us to explore the question of, “What is the path of awakening, when we realize …

Virtual Zen: Dropping Here and Now

July 21st, 2015

20:01
Jundo Cohen, student of Gudo Wafu Nishijima Roshi, and abbot of the almost completely virtual Treeleaf Zendo joined us to discuss his virtual sangha. Jundo formed the community to meet the needs of those people who were …

The Spiritual Radical

July 21st, 2015

16:11
We continue our discussion with spiritual teacher and dharma punk Noah Levine, and cover several more areas of interest, including the traditional Theravada ideal of enlightenment. We also discuss what it looks like to …

Becoming Whole: Lineage and Gender in American Buddhism

July 21st, 2015

24:57
Finishing up our discussion with scholar-practitioner, and Shambhala Acharaya, Judith Simmer-Brown we explore two very important issues for Western …

Being Human and Suffering Less Along the Way

July 21st, 2015

20:22
Noah Levine, Buddhist teacher and dharma punk, shares the intimate details of his early lifestyle of punk rock, drugs, and jail and his climb out of …

The Scholar-Practitioner: Joining Theory and Practice

July 21st, 2015

20:21
Judith Simmer-Brown, a professor of Religious Studies at Naropa University and authorized teacher in the Shambhala tradition speaks with us about the coming together of theoretical study and meditation practice in the …

Monasteries as the Conscience of Society

July 21st, 2015

15:30
We continue our discussion with the Venerable Thubten Chodron, a long time Western Buddhist Nun, and founder of Sravasti Abbey in Washington State. In this dialogue she shares with us the vision behind Sravasti Abbey, …

Marketing Mindfulness to the Youth

July 21st, 2015

29:02
In the second half of our conversation with Buddhist teacher Diana Winston we go on to discuss the various ways that Buddhism and more secular …

Reformatting the Hard Disk of the Mind

July 21st, 2015

20:24
Thubten Chodron, a long time Western Buddhist Nun, and founder of Sravasti Abbey in Washington State, took time with us to discuss her work as a teacher, including all of the work she has done with students online. She …

What Happens to the Dharma when the Boomers Die Out?

July 21st, 2015

19:05
Diana Winston, insight meditation teacher and author, took a break from a busy day of work from the UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center to join …

Bodh Gaya is "The City"

July 21st, 2015

18:14
In our final segment with Buddhist teacher and author Sharon Salzberg, she starts off by describing what it’s is like doing a retreat in the Insight Meditation tradition. She includes information about the daily …

Neuroscience and The Enlightenment Machine

July 21st, 2015

27:48

In this episode we spoke with neuroscientist and Buddhist meditator Daniel Rizzuto. Vince and he discussed a number of topics including the link …

From the Point of View of Insight Meditation

July 21st, 2015

22:59
In the 2nd part of our conversation with Sharon Salzberg, Gwen Bell speaks to her about a number of fascinating subjects. They begin with Sharon’s …

Sharon Salzberg on Now and Then

July 21st, 2015

16:21
Sharon Salzberg co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass., when she was twenty-three. In this episode Salzberg shares some of the insights that she’s discovered along the way, telling stories in a way …

How Do You Sell the Dharma?

July 21st, 2015

17:41
In our final segment with meditation instructor Ethan Nichtern, he shares his perspective on selling the dharma, transforming culture, the Shambhala …

More on Tibetan Studies at Naropa

July 21st, 2015

16:58
In this episode, Ryan continues his conversation with Troy Omafray and Cory Leistikow, two of his fellow classmates in Naropa University’s MA Indo-Tibetan Studies program. They discuss requirements of the program …

Buddhism & Money: Does Priceless Mean it's Free?

July 21st, 2015

19:57
In the 2nd part of our conversation with author, artist, and meditation instructor Ethan Nichtern we deal with the slightly off-limits topic of spirituality and money. Ethan shares his perspective on what Right …

Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Naropa University

July 21st, 2015

23:01
In this episode, Ryan chats with Troy Omafray and Cory Leistikow, two of his fellow classmates in Naropa University’s MA Indo-Tibetan Studies program. They discuss the nature of the courses, their personal experience, …

What Did Jessica Alba Eat for Breakfast?

July 21st, 2015

24:21
Ethan Nichtern, recently published author, meditation teacher and founder of the ID Project, met with Gwen Bell in Manhattan at the Om Yoga Studio. He talks in this podcast about how, in the 21st century, we’re coming …

Theory, Yoga, & Art

July 21st, 2015

20:30
In our last segment with art and meditation professor Robert Spellman he shares with us a key distinction between the theoretical and the yogic and how that important distinction relates to artistic practice. This is …

An Antidote to Seriousness

July 21st, 2015

11:34
In this episode Robert Spellman delves into the liberating nature of humor and laughter. He also touches on the question of whether a genuine spiritual practice leads to a diminishing of one’s personality. This is part …

Lacking Leadership, Lacking Conceptuality

July 21st, 2015

17:35

In our final segment, speaking with Hokai Sobol and Daniel Ingram the conversation wraps up with a criticism of what is missing from some of the …

Dharmic Throw Up

July 21st, 2015

18:59
This week, we had the great pleasure of speaking with teacher and artist Robert Spellman, who was a long-time student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. In the first part of the series Robert shares several personal vignettes …

Are You Stuck? Get Unstuck!

July 21st, 2015

20:26
In the 2nd part of this interview Vincent Horn, Daniel Ingram, and Hokai Sobol continue to explore the territory of meditation and psychology, …

Croatia, Alabama, and Colorado Collide!

July 21st, 2015

18:17

In this episode Vince Horn speaks with two of Buddhist Geeks most active users: Daniel Ingram and Hokai Sobol. They discuss the reasons that people …

Mass Producing Meditators

July 21st, 2015

18:02
In this episode Vince talks with Theo Horesh and Duff McDuffee, two S.N. Goenka practitioners. They discuss the effects of what can be called the mass production of meditators. They also explore the differences in using …

Entrepregurus and the Meditation Factory

July 21st, 2015

16:47
In this episode Vince interviews Theo Horesh and Duff McDuffee, two S.N. Goenka practitioners. They discuss the techniques of the Goenka tradition and how one might see it as a meditation factory. In the next episode, …

A Crisis of Curiosity

July 21st, 2015

10:02
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Finding the Future in the Past

April 30th, 2015

25:44
Hokai Sobol and John Peacock continue their discussion about how the Buddha and Buddhism are described in the earliest Buddhist writings. By getting …

The Dharma of Second Life

January 1st, 2010

17:04
This week we’re joined by Zen teacher Jiun Foster, who is actively involved in teaching dharma in the virtual world of Second Life. We speak with him …

Buddhist Geeks Highlights

July 1st, 2007

15:51
In this episode, the three geeks gather at the Falling Fruit studio and reminisce about the first six months of Buddhist Geeks. Each discuss their favorite podcasts and posts. They also plug the new hot and sexy …

Are you Stalking Us?!

July 1st, 2007

15:20
In this episode, the three geeks process listener feedback about podcasts and blog posts. They also discuss the future of podcasts on Buddhist Geeks and creating more dynamic conversations.

The Dualistic Conundrum: Insight Meditation and Primordial Awareness

May 31st, 2007

17:08
In the next episode with Insight Meditation teacher John Travis, he discusses how both the gradual and sudden schools of enlightenment fit in with …

With the Light Comes the Dark

May 31st, 2007

17:08
In our final podcast with insight meditation teacher John Travis, he describes the training that new teachers are going through in his tradition. He also touches on the subject of enlightenment, the shadow, and our …

Feeding the Beast

May 31st, 2007

14:38
In this episode, Warner talks about excited states like anger, the trouble with online community, and our attachment to ego. How do we “reinforce the Self” and how do we begin to work with our anger (trigger work? just …

Buddhism is Something that Old Folks Do

May 30th, 2007

16:25
Anyone that’s had the chance to study with Brad Warner knows he’s young(ish), funny and knowledgeable about the Dharma. Warner’s new book, Sit Down & Shut Up, chronicles the life and times of Dogen, author of the …

It's Like Phil Donahue!

May 30th, 2007

20:25
At 87, Nishijima Sensei, Brad Warner’s teacher, loves the fact that he can blog. In this episode, Gwen and Brad discuss the pros and cons of using the “tech factor” to spread the Dharma. In the comment section, a few …

The Vipassana Vendetta

April 29th, 2007

15:38
In this episode, Vincent Horn continues to share his reflections and experiences of a two-month meditation retreat he recently completed. In this podcast, he discusses doing karma yoga during long-term retreats, state …

Genpo "Big Mind's" Gwen

April 29th, 2007

30:39
In this final segment with Genpo Roshi, Gwen Bell is guided through the Big Mind process. This final portion of the interview gives listeners a rare opportunity to listen to the Big Mind experience happen unscripted and …

Leave the Pot on the Stove

April 29th, 2007

11:40
In this final episode with Vince Horn, he continues to share his reflections and experiences of a two-month meditation retreat he recently completed. In this podcast, he discusses the relationship between dharma study …

On Being a Dharma Bum

April 29th, 2007

21:48
In the first part of our interview with Insight Meditation teacher John Travis, he shares the story of his many years of practice and seeking in India, as well as the time after that in which he had to bring what he had …

Vince Horn on Taking the Two Month Plunge

March 30th, 2007

15:41
In this episode Ryan Oelke interviews fellow resident geek, Vince Horn, who shares his reflections and experiences of a two-month mediation retreat he recently completed. In this first podcast, Vince talks about the …

Is Zen Enough?

March 30th, 2007

22:39
In this segment, Genpo Roshi goes into an eloquent description of the role that Big Mind process, zazen, and koan practice can play in a more whole …

Genpo Roshi on Big Mind

March 30th, 2007

16:09
In this episode Gwen Bell interviews Genpo Roshi, a Western Zen teacher and lineage holder of both the Soto and Rinzai traditions. He is also the …

Take Your Seat: The Importance of Boundaries in Practice

March 30th, 2007

22:45
Fleet Maull talks about how we work with the boundaries of the self and of the heart in the maitri, bodhichitta and tonglen practices. This is part 2 …

Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Fleet Maull on Plunge Experiences

March 2nd, 2007

15:17
In this episode, Gwen Bell interviews Buddhist teacher Sensei Fleet Maull. Fleet recently spent a month on retreat with Roshi Bernie Glassman and the …

Enlightened Teachers

March 1st, 2007

12:52

In this episode, with Theravada teacher Daniel Ingram, he breaches the taboo of enlightenment by discussing the enlightenment of other teachers. Not only that but he argues for a more transparent approach to …

Where are all the Western Rinpoches?

February 28th, 2007

11:34
In this episode, Phil Stanley discusses lineage in Western Buddhism, the lack of western teachers, what it will take to develop more qualified individuals. Phil notes that we are in an awkward phase in Western Buddhism, …

Models of Enlightenment

February 27th, 2007

19:16

In our final conversation with Daniel Ingram he goes on to explore various “models of enlightenment” and weighs the relative value of these different models, which we carry around with us unconsciously. Daniel also …

The Shamatha Project

February 3rd, 2007

14:41
In 2007 Dr. Wallace will be leading a joint scientific project named The Shamatha Project. A battery of studies will be conducted in two 3-month …

You Can Do It!

February 2nd, 2007

18:49

We’re joined this week by Daniel Ingram, MD, an authorized teacher in the Theravada tradition and an avid fan of out-right honesty with regards to the spiritual path.

In this episode Daniel (aka “Dharma Dan”) shares …

We're Not the Cheerleaders of Buddhism

February 1st, 2007

15:26
In our second episode with professor Phil Stanley, Phil discusses Buddhist lifestyles in the West and how our approach to practice differs from traditional Eastern practitioners. He addresses our relationship to …

Get a PhD in Contemplative Science

January 31st, 2007

15:02
In our second episode with Alan Wallace, he presents a new model for “professional” contemplatives. Instead of trying to transplant the monastic model to the West, Dr. Wallace suggests that contemplation become an …

Phil Stanley on the Development of Western Buddhism

January 2nd, 2007

17:30
In our first episode with scholar-practitioner Phil Stanley, professor at Naropa University, he chats with us about how he became a practitioner and …

Meet the Geeks

December 31st, 2006

16:19
In our 1st episode, “Meet the Geeks” you’ll hear the three founding members of Buddhist Geeks discussing the vision behind this project. By weaving …

On Achieving Shamatha

December 31st, 2006

16:49
In our first interview featuring scholar-practitioner B. Alan Wallace, we asked Dr. Wallace to give us the low-down on his spiritual journey, as well …
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