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Insight and compassion

By mhaliett - May 01 2019
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I appreciate Vince and Emily Horne, not just as compassionate teachers (introducing me to Hokai Sobel), but also their commitment to inclusion and humility. Newest stuff on Ken Wilber is very promising. Listen to 405. Real deal. Thanks for letting me in the online class for what I could afford all those years ago, Vince. It was a transformative course for me, with Hokai stressing the integral connections that moved me forward. Michael Hallett, Florida

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By S M F W - Aug 12 2013
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Can't believe I only just discovered this podcast! Thank you!

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102
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Insight and compassion

By mhaliett - May 01 2019
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I appreciate Vince and Emily Horne, not just as compassionate teachers (introducing me to Hokai Sobel), but also their commitment to inclusion and humility. Newest stuff on Ken Wilber is very promising. Listen to 405. Real deal. Thanks for letting me in the online class for what I could afford all those years ago, Vince. It was a transformative course for me, with Hokai stressing the integral connections that moved me forward. Michael Hallett, Florida

Awesome.

By S M F W - Aug 12 2013
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Can't believe I only just discovered this podcast! Thank you!
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Buddhist Geeks

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Rank #1: How to HEAL the Brain’s Negativity Bias

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Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. He’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.
In the conclusion to his 2013 Buddhist Geeks Conference keynote address, Rick answers questions from the audience and leads them through the HEAL exercise, a process which trains the brain to reprogram its natural negativity bias towards the positive.
This is part two of a two part series.
Listen to part one: Practicing with the Brain in Mind.
Episode Links:
www.RickHanson.net

Jul 29 2015

38mins

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Rank #2: Mindfulness++

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Vincent Horn is part of a new generation of teachers translating age-old wisdom into 21st century code. In this talk given to the Buddhist Geeks Dojo and the UNC Asheville Mindfulness Club, Vincent describes Mindfulness++, a multi-paradigm programming language for the mind. The “multi” part refers to multiple training paradigms--including both Buddhist and mindfulness-based ones--and how they differ based on the ‘view’ and ‘intentions’ that power them. Finally Vincent explores using a feedback loop of Uncovering and Practicing that broadens the understanding of what it means to train, practice, and wake up.
- Wikipedia: Mindfulness [change to cohttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindfulnessrrect link]
- Wikipedia: Noble Eightfold Path [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noble_Eightfold_Path ]
- A Mindful Balance by B. Alan Wallace [ http://www.alanwallace.org/spr08wallace_comp.pdf ]
- Wikipedia: Programming paradigm [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Programming_paradigm ]
- Buddhist Geeks Dojo [ http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/dojo/ ]

Nov 02 2015

24mins

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Rank #3: Buddhism, Science, and Scientism

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Dr. Charles T. Tart has been involved with research and theory in the fields of Hypnosis, Psychology, Transpersonal Psychology, Parapsychology, Consciousness and Mindfulness since 1963. In this keynote from the 2014 Buddhist Geeks Conference, Dr. Tart shares research that supports the serious consideration of the paranormal and addresses the convergence of spirituality, science, and scientism.
Episode Links:
Charles T. Tart Home Page and Consciousness Library ( http://www.paradigm-sys.com )
The End of Materialism: How Evidence of the Paranormal Is Bringing Science and Spirit Together ( http://amzn.to/1MUQkOj )

Jul 29 2015

41mins

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Rank #4: This is your Brain on Meditation

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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 explain some of the physical mechanisms underlying both attention and the way we process reality. In terms of attention, he shares with us a very descriptive difference between “top-down” and “bottom-up” modes of attention. He also shares the difference, from the perspective of the brain, between self-centered (egocentric) processing and other-centered (allocentric) processing.
He also shares the ways in which these two are related to the different forms of meditation that are commonly seen in the Buddhist tradition. Although sometimes technical, his descriptions are extremely interesting for those who have an interest on the intersection between meditation and the brain.
This is part 1 of a two-part series. Listen to part 2, The Mechanisms of Kensho.
Episode Links:
Selfless Insight ( http://bit.ly/QRGFu )
Zen and the Brain ( http://bit.ly/KxYDq )

Jul 21 2015

20mins

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Rank #5: The Emerging Science of Mindfulness Meditation

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David Vago, an instructor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, has held the position of Senior Research Coordinator for the Mind & Life Institute, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering dialogue and research at the highest possible level between modern science and the great living contemplative traditions.
In this episode David relates how his personal mindfulness practice has integrated with his professional scientific research. He talks about the thriving community of scientists interested in mindfulness that has taken root in contemporary academia and research, and he highlights some current projects and lines of inquiry that have benefited from this uniquely supportive atmosphere.
Episode Links:
www.ContemplativeNeurosciences.com
Mind and Life Institute ( http://www.mindandlife.org )
The Dark Night Project ( http://bit.ly/1gc7P2j )
Mapping the Mindful Brain ( http://bit.ly/1gc7Weo )
Contemplative Mind in Life ( http://contemplativemind.wordpress.com )

Jul 25 2015

35mins

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Rank #6: Mapping the Mindful Brain

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Dr. Judson Brewer is an assistant professor at Yale in psychiatry and a contemplative scientist studying the effects of meditation on the brain. He and his colleagues believe they have found a way to use FMRI to give meditators real time feedback on their mindfulness practice. This feedback has led to increased efficacy and efficiency in mindfulness practice. Since making these discoveries, Brewer has joined the Contemplative Development Mapping Project in hopes of creating a common language between meditation traditions to more easily discern progress in meditation practice.
In this episode, Brewer describes to Vincent Horn how his work in addiction treatment led to these discoveries. They discuss the difficulty in objectively marking progress on the path to awakening, how that led to his participation in the Contemplative Development Mapping Project, and how using FMRI to understand mindfulness practice may eventually affect Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.
Episode Links:
The Dark Night Project ( http://bit.ly/1gc7P2j )

Jul 25 2015

42mins

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Rank #7: Virtual Vajrayana

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Senior Shambhala teacher David Nichtern joins us to geek out about some of the potential consequences of our rapidly developing technologies on the Vajrayana tradition. We speak extensively about the ramifications of greater degrees of virtual reality, how our sense experiences (what in Buddhism are referred to as the ayatanas) are already virtual, and how visualization practice, in particular, could be impacted by these developments. We also speak about the importance of “authentic presence”, or what David’s son Ethan calls “Keepin’ it Real”, as Buddhism moves forward into future generations.

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Jul 24 2015

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Rank #8: Psilocybin: A Crash Course in Mindfulness

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Roland Griffiths is the lead investigator of the Psilocybin Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins and one of the United States’ leading psychopharmacologists. In the conclusion to his conversation with host Vincent Horn, Roland provides more details on the Hopkins Meditation Study, Vincent shares his personal story of psychedelic experimentation, and they discuss the risks and benefits of mixing meditation practice with the psilocybin experience. This is part two of a two part series. Listen to part one "Meditating on Mushrooms".

Episode Links:

- Hopkins Meditation Study

- "The Trip Treatment"

- Roland R. Griffiths, Ph.D.

Jan 02 2016

37mins

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Rank #9: Rebel Buddha

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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 explore some ideas from his newest book, Rebel Buddha, including the idea that there is an essential aspect to Dharma that goes beyond culture, the ways that teachings on emptiness are often confused or misunderstood, and the nature of enlightenment and the possibility of awakening in the here and now.
Episode Links:
Rebel Buddha ( http://www.rebelbuddha.com )

Jul 22 2015

17mins

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Rank #10: A Different Way of Approaching Meditation

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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, or what he calls Recollective Awareness.
We begin with exploring what recollection, or mindfulness, is and how it can be harnessed through a practice of meditative journaling. Jason continues his deconstruction of the type of prescribed practices which suggest doing something “all of the time” and suggests instead that we find out for ourself what meditation is about and where it is leading. We wrap up the discussion by exploring a different way of developing samadhi, a method that Jason describes as “drifting off in meditation.”
This is part 2 of a two-part series. Listen to part 1, Unlearning Meditation.
Episode Links:
Skillful Meditation Project ( http://www.skillfulmeditation.org )
Unlearning Meditation: What to Do When the Instructions Get In the Way ( http://amzn.to/c0iBUm )
A Mindful Balance ( http://www.alanwallace.org/spr08wallace_comp.pdf )

Jul 22 2015

23mins

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Rank #11: Eddies in the Stream

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We conclude our uber-geeky conversation with neuropsychologist and dharma teacher Rick Hanson this week, exploring what might be happening in the run-up to the transforming moment of nirvana. In the Theravada tradition of Buddhism the moment or nirvana (or nibbana as it’s called in that tradition), and even the period leading up to it, is spiritually transformative. Using one common map of the experiences leading up to nirvana–the 8 jhanas–Rick explains what he thinks might be happening in the brain as it approaches the “event horizon” of nibbana.
He also uses the metaphor of eddies in a stream to explain the way that experience arises on a moment-by-moment basis, through the firing of neural coalitions in the brain. He also explores the parallels between the eddies of experience and self in our subjective experience with the material world.
This is part 3 of a three-part series. Listen to part 1, A Crash Course in Applied Neurodharma and part 2, Self is a Network Phenomenon.
Episode Links:
Wise Brain ( http://www.wisebrain.org )
Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom ( http://bit.ly/J4gPr )

Jul 22 2015

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Rank #12: The Mystery of the Mind: Ten Zen Questions

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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 Questions. Listen in to find out what she discovered after many, many hours of asking questions, such as: “Am I conscious now?”, “What was I conscious of a moment ago?”, & “There is no time. What is memory?”
Also, listen in to hear how she feels this type of exploration, often called Koan training in the Zen Buddhist tradition, can illuminate and inform the traditional scientific study of consciousness.
Episode Links:
The Headless Way ( http://www.headless.org )
Ten Zen Blog ( http://tenzenbookblog.wordpress.com )
Dr. Susan Blackmore ( http://www.susanblackmore.co.uk )
Ten Zen Questions ( http://bit.ly/bxloL )

Jul 21 2015

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Rank #13: Living in Buddha Standard Time

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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 “over-information age,” and how we can change our relationship to time. He also shares the outlines of what he calls the Six Building Blocks of a Spiritual Life—a post-traditional model aimed at integrating the inner and outer dimensions of life.
We conclude our discussion by looking at what he calls, “Positive Buddhism.” Positive Buddhism is a formulation of the Buddhist teachings that emphasize some of the more life-affirming aspects of the awakened life, instead of some of the more life-denying aspects, such as suffering, renunciation, and non-attachment.
This is part 2 of a two-part series. Listen to part 1, The Tao of Twitter.
Episode Links:
www.Surya.org
The Mind is Mightier Than the Sword ( http://amzn.to/cmIOru )
Positive Psychology ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Positive_psychology )
Awakening the Buddha Within ( http://amzn.to/9HeJJ0 )

Jul 22 2015

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Rank #14: Meditation is Good for Your Life

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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 challenges with anxiety, and how he was able to work with it on his first 3-year retreat. Rinpoche also shares some suggestions for meditators who are fairly new to the path, suggesting that they focus on 1) Wisdom & 2) Method. In addition to that he speaks about what makes a good teacher and whether or not it is vital to practice in a particular lineage.
We finish our interview with Rinpoche discussing the importance of Joy on the Buddhist path, and of what he calls “Boundless Joy.” Tying in with that he shares what it was like participating in the meditative research conducted by Dr. Richard Davidson, and what the results of that study were.
Episode Links:
Sitting Quietly, Doing Something ( http://happydays.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/16/sitting-quietly-doing-something/ )
The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness ( http://bit.ly/8Se7E )
Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom ( http://bit.ly/UcxEb )
The Yongey Foundation ( http://www.mingyur.org )

Jul 21 2015

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Rank #15: Psychedelics, Technology, and the Future of Meditation

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What is the future of consciousness hacking? Organic molecules, blinky machines, good old fashioned meditation, or some combination of them all? 

In this episode, recorded live in San Francisco on October 24th 2018, Michael Taft of Deconstructing Yourself, Vincent Horn of Buddhist Geeks, and host Mikey Siegel of Consciousness Hacking discuss the possibilities, the challenges, and the many ways forward in the transformation of human consciousness. 

Audience dialogue and questions took center stage in this event, so you'll hear plenty of back-and-forth between the presenters and the audience on psychedelics, technology, and the future of meditation.

Watch the full video version here: https://youtu.be/4oE6UxGmQog

Dec 13 2018

1hr 36mins

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Rank #16: Mindfulness in Action

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Carolyn Rose Gimian is the compiler and editor of The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa and the recently published Mindfulness in Action: Making Friends with Yourself through Meditation and Everyday Awareness. In this conversation with host Vincent Horn, Carolyn speaks about the role of mindfulness in the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, her relationship and work with Chögyam Trungpa, and her hopes & reflections on the future of the mindfulness movement in the West.
Episode Links:
Mindfulness in Action: Making Friends with Yourself through Meditation and Everyday Awareness ( http://www.shambhala.com/mindfulness-in-action.html )
Shambhala Archives ( http://www.archives.shambhala.org )
Carolyn Rose Gimian on Twitter ( https://twitter.com/CarolynGimian )

Jul 29 2015

31mins

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Rank #17: Happiness: There's an App For That

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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 social media blog) on the relationship between the inner world with technology and social media. He explores with us some of the potential shadow sides of technology, as well as some of the remedies that can be used in balancing our internal life with our external. He suggests that focusing more consciously on our internal world actually puts us in a position where we can use technology, instead of technology using us.
Soren also shares some details on a conference that he’s organizing, which will be bringing together luminaries from both the spiritual and technology worlds. His hope is that a conversation between the two can better answer the question of how we live a life of wisdom in the modern world.
Episode Links:
Wisdom 2.0: Ancient Secrets for the Creative and Constantly Connected ( http://bit.ly/czcde1 )
digital_nation : life on the virtual frontier ( http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/ )
4 Steps for Managing Social Media Attention ( http://mashable.com/2010/02/17/social-media-attention/ )
The Wisdom 2.0 Conference ( http://www.wisdom2summit.com )

Jul 22 2015

17mins

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Rank #18: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation

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Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei is a maverick spiritual teacher, master trainer, and founder of Center for Transformative Change. She is the author of "Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation". Sensei williams joins host Vincent Horn to continue the current series on ethics in a talk about race, love, and liberation. They address race and class in American capitalism, the construct of “whiteness” as a social form of ego structure, and how Buddhism provides the tools to uncover entrenched social structures and implicit bias.

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Jun 14 2016

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Rank #19: Befriending the Human Experience

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Dr. Reggie Ray is an author, teacher, and the Spiritual Director for the Dharma Ocean Community. In the conclusion to a recent conversation with host Vincent Horn, Reggie shares his thoughts on technology and human development, transhumanism, and the danger of not being human enough.
This is part two of a two part series.
Listen to part one BG 357: Shikantaza Practice.
Episode Links:
Dharma Ocean ( http://www.dharmaocean.org )

Jul 29 2015

32mins

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Rank #20: Strengthening the Body-Mind

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Rob McNamara is a psychology professor, zen practitioner, and strength trainer who works at the intersection of strength training and contemplative practice. In this episode McNamara explains how his experiences in the gym helped him understand the purpose of meditation, and how both inner and outer strength are deeply intertwined. He describes how strength training can stretch both the upper and lower boundaries of the ego, helping us learn how to not check out when things get uncomfortable, nor space out when we have an opportunity to relax deeply and let go.
Episode Links:
www.robmcnamara.com
Strength to Awaken ( http://amzn.to/ysYV4H )

Jul 25 2015

32mins

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A Meditation Coalition

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In this episode, Emily Horn speaks with Insight meditation teacher and co-founder of the newly established Meditation Coalition of Los Angeles, JoAnna Hardy. In their conversation, they explore the origins, values, & current activities of this new experiment in community.

Here at Buddhist Geeks we see the Meditation Coalition as part of larger emerging trend of decentralizing dharma communities. Check out our episode on the SF Dharma Collective to hear another example of a sangha that is seeking to decentralize traditional power structures.


Quotes:

“What is this Dharma?” - Emily Horn

“Everybody we come into contact with, if we’re awake enough and really paying attention, whether we agree with them or not, we’re going to learn something from them.” - JoAnna Hardy 


Links:

🔗 Meditation Coalition

🔗 JoAnna Hardy

🔗 Spirit Rock Meditation Center

📄 Ken McLeod

📄 Against the Stream Closes Doors as Investigation Finds Misconduct by Founder Noah Levine

Jan 13 2020

26mins

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Six Ways to Meditate, with Vincent Horn

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What practice(s) should I do? When should I switch-up my practice? How do I practice well, with so many choices available? Recorded during a week-long Buddhist Geeks Retreat, Vince Horn addresses these super-common questions by introducing Six Ways to Meditate. The purpose of this meditative meta-model is to give freelance meditators and DIY practitioners a way to orient to the vast diversity of techniques available in the Buddhist wisdom tradition.


Memorable Quotes:

"The untrained mind has a hard time gathering and collecting its full potential in one place.” - @VincentHorn

"If we can see what the elements of meditation are, then perhaps we can recombine those elements in new ways." - @VincentHorn


Episode Links:

🔗 Buddhist Geeks Retreats

🔗 Heart of Insight Guide

📄 Six Ways to Meditate

📄 Concentration Meditation

📄 The Feedback Loop of Concentration

📄 On Selecting a Meditation Object

📄 Kammaṭṭhāna

📄 Mindfulness Meditation

📄 Heartfulness Meditation

📄 The Brahmaviharas

📄 Inquiry Meditation

📄 Awareness Meditation

📄 Embodiment Meditation

📖 Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

🎧 Trauma and the Unbound Body with Judith Blackstone

📄Malidoma Patrice Somé teaches the earth burial practice

📄Vipassanā

📖 The Paradox of Choice

Jan 01 2020

56mins

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Yum, Yum, Yum with Ram Dass

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In this episode originally recorded in 2018 at the "Waking Up with Psychedelics" event in Los Angeles, Trudy Goodman spoke with one of the pioneers of Western spirituality and psychedelics, Ram Dass.  We're sharing this now to honor the recent passing of Baba Ram Dass, and appreciate his tremendous impact on popular, spiritual, & psychedelic culture.

We hope you enjoy this love bomb! ❤️💣


Episode links:

🎧 Existential Medicine, A recording of Part 1 of the same Waking Up with Psychedelics Event

📄 The New Wave of Psychedelics in Buddhist Practice by Matteo Pistono

🔗 RamDass.org

🔗 InsightLA

Dec 23 2019

41mins

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Toward a Fourth Turning, Pt. 2, with Ken Wilber

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In this latest addition to the Metadharma series, Ryan Oelke is joined by philosopher Ken Wilber to explore what a fourth turning of Buddhism looks like, what it includes, and why it’s needed. 

"The new Buddha is not going to be the Sangha, but the unification of the Buddha, Sangha, and Dharma in a single ongoing nondual Awareness and Awakening.” - Ken Wilber

In Part 1, Ken discusses the evolution of Buddhism through the three turnings, what each turning included and was missing, and what each subsequent turning provided. In a fourth turning, Ken speaks to the need of two main additions to the practice of Buddhism: growing up and cleaning up (waking up already being long present in the Buddhist tradition). 

In Part 2, Ken responds to how a fourth turning of Buddhism can more effectively respond to the meta-crises of the world and how practice can evolve as a response to the complexity and challenges of the world. 

Nov 04 2019

45mins

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Toward a Fourth Turning, Pt. 1, with Ken Wilber

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In this latest addition to the Metadharma series, Ryan Oelke is joined by philosopher Ken Wilber to explore what a fourth turning of Buddhism looks like, what it includes, and why it’s needed. 

"The new Buddha is not going to be the Sangha, but the unification of the Buddha, Sangha, and Dharma in a single ongoing nondual Awareness and Awakening.” - Ken Wilber

In Part 1, Ken discusses the evolution of Buddhism through the three turnings, what each turning included and was missing, and what each subsequent turning provided. In a fourth turning, Ken speaks to the need of two main additions to the practice of Buddhism: growing up and cleaning up (waking up already being long present in the Buddhist tradition). 

In Part 2, Ken responds to how a fourth turning of Buddhism can more effectively respond to the meta-crises of the world and how practice can evolve as a response to the complexity and challenges of the world. 


Episode Links

📖 The Religion of Tomorrow by Ken Wilber

🔗 The Three Turnings of Buddhism

🔗 Integral Life

🔗 The Ken Show

Oct 28 2019

1hr 15mins

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Why Metadharma?, Pt. 1, with Michael W. Taft

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In this latest addition to the Metadharma series, Vince Horn is joined by Michael W. Taft to explore the (meta)reasoning around Metadharma. Why do we need another Dharma? What does Metadharma respond to that Modern and Postmodern forms of Dharma haven’t? What do we need to jettison in order for a genuine Metadharma to emerge? And how does Metadharma relate to the very real social crises we face, including the ecological emergency, runaway capitalism, an over-dependence on rationality, growing racial resentments, and systems of oppression?

This is part 1 of a 2-part podcast series. Continue listening to the 2nd half of this discussion on Michael’s podcast Deconstructing Yourself: 🎧 Why Metadharma?, Part 2, with Vincent Horn


Episode Links:

🎧 Why Metadharma?, Part 2, with Vincent Horn

🔗 Deconstructing Yourself

📅 Metadharma Daylong Retreat in San Francisco on 8/24/19 w/ Michael Taft & Vincent Horn

🔗 San Francisco Dharma Collective

🔗 Sounds True

🎧 Kosmic Consciousness by Ken Wilber

🎧 Bonnitta Roy - Six Ways to Go Meta

📖 "The Science of Enlightenment” by Shinzen Young

📄 The Crumbling Buddhist Consensus: Overview by David Chapman

🔗 Buddhist modernism

📖 “American Dharma” by Ann Gleig

🎧 Sameness and Difference in American Dharma

📄 Mādhyamika

🔗 Death Sangha with Michael Taft

📺 What Are the Four Quadrants? by Ken Wilber

📖 “Syntheism: Creating God in the Internet Age” by Alexander Bard & Jan Soderqvist

📱 Headspace

📖 "The Mindful Geek: Mindfulness Meditation for Secular Skeptics” by Michael Taft

🔗 David Schmachtenberger

🐥 The Buddhist Geeks Farm

Aug 01 2019

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The Dharma of Collapse

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"Climate change", as a term, no longer captures the real danger that climate scientists say that we as a species, along with our fellow creatures, face today. Already the impacts of climate change have turned into a genuine ecological crisis. A growing group of people are asking out loud, if the recent string of dire government-backed climate reports are too conservative to accurately describe the real dangers ahead of us. What if, in fact, we are on the fast track toward both an ecological & civilizational collapse, and it's already too late? What would it mean to practice dharma in "the spectre of collapse?"

Vince Horn is joined in this episode by a former team member of Buddhist Geeks, current monastic resident at the Monastic Academy, and host of the Emerge podcast, Daniel Thorson to discuss the dharma of collapse.


Memorable Quotes:

“It’s collapsing into certainty, in any case, that’s the real danger here, because then we foreclose on all kinds of possibilities and opportunities that we won’t see because we think we know what’s going on.” - Daniel Thorson

“If it’s true, everything needs to change. And if we can be uncertain about it then we can play with how things might change, in order so that it doesn’t have the worst impacts we fear it might.” - Daniel Thorson

“I wonder to what degree the spectre of collapse will be a kind of strange attractor that will pull people out of this deconstructive habit, into realizing that we need to make something that works, for the sake of our lives, for our children’s lives, for the sake of life on earth.” - Daniel Thorson

“The world is ending, but at least I can breathe through it.” - Vince Horn

“There are a lot of people and communities who are trying to retreat instead of retrieve.” - Vince Horn


Episodes Links:

🎙 Emerge: Making Sense of What’s Next

🔗 What is Emerging?

🔗 The Monastic Academy

📖 "Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha" by Daniel Ingram

📖 "American Dharma" by Ann Gleig

🔗 Dharmachanics

🔗 Metamodernism

🎧 Hanzi Freinacht - Towards a Metamodern Politics

📖 “The Listening Society” by Hanzi Freinacht

🎧 Dr. Jem Bendell - The Meaning and Joy of Inevitable Social Collapse

📄 Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy by Jem Bendell

🔗 IPCC Fifth Assessment Report

🔗 Transhumanism

🔗 David Loy

🎧 Max Borders - The Coming Social Singularity

🎧 Zak Stein - A Metaphysics of Love for a Time Between Worlds

📖 “Education in a Time Between Worlds” by Zachary Stein

🔗 Ken Wilber

📄 From Western Marxism to Western Buddhism by Slavoj Žižek

🎧 Buddhism Unbundled by Vince Horn

🔗 New religious movement

📖 “Metamodern Leadership” by James Surwillo

🔗 Meaningness: The fluid mode

🎧 Bonnitta Roy - A Source Code Analysis of Power

🔗 Roy Bhaskar 

Jul 22 2019

1hr 24mins

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Sameness & Difference in American Dharma

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In this deep dive into the emerging territory of American Dharma, scholar-practitioner Ann Gleig joins with Buddhist Geeks host Vince Horn to explore a plurality of perspectives, some overlooked and marginalized, some debated for millennia. Over 2 hours of deep dialogical podcasting, Ann & Vince explore the larger territory of postmodernism in relation to American Dharma from multiple philosophical vantages, including the ‘post secular’, the ‘postcolonial’, and also in this conversation the ‘metamodern.’


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"It can be challenging to mediate closeness with critique.” - Ann Gleig


Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Evolving.” - David Loy


In a way there’s no way around it, you kind of have to do the hard confrontational work of practice.” - Ann Gleig 


Episode Links:


📖 "American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity" by Ann Gleig

🎙 Metadharma: Set & Setting by Vince Horn

📄 Postmodernism

📄 Postsecularism

📄 Postcolonialism

📄 Metamodernism

📄 Buddhist Modernism

📄 Enlightenments Beyond the Enlightenment by David Chapman

📺 From Buddhist Hippies to Buddhist Geeks by Ann Gleig

📖 "Immunity to Change" by Robert Kegan

📄 Carl Jung

📄 Ken Wilber

📄 Lawrence Kohlberg

📄 Carol Gilligan

📄 Strategic Essentialism

📄 "The Fourth Turning" by Ken Wilber

📄 "The Way of Tenderness" by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

🔗 Angel Kyodo Williams

🔗 Jeffrey J. Kripal

📄 Spiritual Bypassing: An Interview with John Welwood

📖 "Nonduality: In Buddhism and Beyond” by David Loy

📖 “Tripping with Allah” by Michael Muhammad Knight

🔗 Jorge Ferrer

🔗 White Privilege

🔗 White Awake

🔗 Inclusion 2.0

Jul 11 2019

2hr 9mins

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Metadharma: Set & Setting

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In this episode Vince Horn kicks-off a new series on Buddhist Geeks on "Metadharma." Sharing his journey from working with integral philosopher Ken Wilber in the early aughts, to deconstructing grand metanarratives with inquiry meditation and developmental psychology, to returning back to a metaphilosophical orientation in recent years.

This series, on Metadharma, will explore the ways that the three jewels of the Buddhist contemplative tradition, the Buddha, Dharma, & Sangha, may be understood in light of the emergence of a Integral/Metamodern orientation.


Memorable Quotes:

"It's totally within the history of this Buddhist dharma tradition to transcend Buddhist dharma, to go meta on it." - Vince Horn

"Yet, we do we need to adapt, we do need to change, we can't just pull something out from the past and assume that we can make Buddhism great again." - Vince Horn

"What can happen if we make ourselves the middle way? What bridge might we become? And what does the world need from us right now?" - Vince Horn


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🔗 Ken Wilber

🔗 Robert Kegan

📖 "Immunity to Change" by Robert Kegan

📖 "The Postmodern Condition" by Jean-Francois Lyotard

📖 "American Dharma" by Ann Gleig

📄 The mindfulness crisis and the end of Consensus Buddhism by David Chapman

📖 "The Birth of Insight" by Erik Braun

📺 The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

🔗 Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma

🔗 Tathāgatagarbha sūtras

🎧 The Dharma of Collapse with Daniel Thorson

🔗 Metamodernist Manifesto by Luke Turner

Apr 29 2019

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The SF Dharma Collective

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In this episode, Vince Horn is joined by Kathryn "Kati" Devaney, one of the founders of the newly formed student-led sangha, SF Dharma Collective.  In addition to being practitioner, and community organizer, Kati is also a neuroscience researcher who has specialized on studying human visual attention.  In this discussion Kati describes the origin story of the SF Dharma Collective and talks about what makes it an entirely new kind of sangha-experiment.


A short note from Vince: After visiting the SF Dharma Collective in October 2018, where I met Kati, and offering a short teaching in their beautiful space in the Mission District, I knew it'd be fun to explore this new community-led model.  It feels like an emergent form of community, and I love how their groping with questions about how to self-organize, and create healthier forms of community.  I hope you enjoy learning more about this nascent project!


A note from the members of the collective: The SF Dharma Collective seeks to build a student-led sangha with you!  If you’re in San Francisco come by for a morning silent sit, an evening guided sit and Q&A (almost every night at 7:30pm) or for sutra study on Sunday evenings. We are an all-volunteer student collective, and you can volunteer with us - host a sit, propose an event, or sit in on a Monday meeting. If you’re not in SF, you can livestream Michael Taft’s Thursday night sits on his youtube channel, and follow along for more on our twitter, facebook and instagram pages. We seek to make the dharma accessible to everyone, regardless of background, financial status, or prior experience.  Come sit with us.  


Episode Links:

🔗 SF Dharma Collective

🔗Michael Taft

Apr 10 2019

57mins

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Trauma and the Unbound Body

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In this episode Ryan Oelke speaks with Judith Blackstone, a teacher in the contemporary fields of nondual realization and spiritual, relational, and somatic psychotherapy, about her new book, “Trauma and the Unbound Body: The Healing Power of Fundamental Consciousness”.  They chat about the connection between embodiment, nondual realization, and healing, and how all three help deepen one other. 

Ryan & Judith also discuss what fundamental consciousness is, how to attune to it in, the difference between being aware of our bodies and living in and as our bodies, and what it’s like shift from a top-down experience of ourselves, to living directly within the space of our bodies.  They also explore how to heal and release patterns of constriction held in the body, so that we can allow ourselves to more deeply inhabit our physical experience, release the grip on ourselves, so that we have a more fluid experience of life.


Memorable Quotes

“The more we let go of the protective constrictions throughout our body, the more we open to and realize ourselves as the disentangled ground of fundamental consciousness.” - Judith Blackstone

“Interdependence does not eradicate individuation, individuation does not eradicate interdependence.” - Judith Blackstone


Episode Links

🔗RealizationProcess.org

📖Trauma and the Unbound Body

Mar 29 2019

38mins

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The Limits of Retreat Culture

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I had the great delight of speaking with Oren Jay Sofer, just as he was fresh off a month-long silent retreat.  The timing couldn't be better, as the bulk of what we discussed relates to silent retreat culture, both its strengths and limitations.  

We ended up discussing communication and social practice quite a bit as well, including touching on some of the practices that he teaches in his new book, "Say What you Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication."  I've known Oren now for a several years, through my wife Emily, and my respect for him as a teacher and human being continues to grow.  I hope you enjoy our conversation on the limits of retreat culture.

Jan 09 2019

1hr 6mins

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Psychedelics, Technology, and the Future of Meditation

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What is the future of consciousness hacking? Organic molecules, blinky machines, good old fashioned meditation, or some combination of them all? 

In this episode, recorded live in San Francisco on October 24th 2018, Michael Taft of Deconstructing Yourself, Vincent Horn of Buddhist Geeks, and host Mikey Siegel of Consciousness Hacking discuss the possibilities, the challenges, and the many ways forward in the transformation of human consciousness. 

Audience dialogue and questions took center stage in this event, so you'll hear plenty of back-and-forth between the presenters and the audience on psychedelics, technology, and the future of meditation.

Watch the full video version here: https://youtu.be/4oE6UxGmQog

Dec 13 2018

1hr 36mins

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No Gods Before Love

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In this episode I'm joined in dialogue by David Gold to explore the path of Love. David shares the story of meeting his beloved, Juli Reeves, and how their meeting kicked off a process of being disrupted by Love. Listen in as we inquiry into Love, Life, Trust, Emergence, & Evolution.

This is part 2 of a two-part series.


Memorable Quotes:

“Whatever stands in the way of me loving her more, may it be removed.” - David Gold

“I will not have another God before Love. I don’t know what Gods will appear in Love, or reappear through Love, but I am not going to sacrifice Love.” - David Gold

“You can’t force yourself to trust life, but you can embrace life.” - David Gold

“The truth of life’s trustworthiness is revealing itself.” - David Gold

"If samsaric logic is 'if this than that' nirvanic logic is 'just this'." - Vincent Horn

“The practices arise from primordial wisdom rather than leading to it.” - Vincent Horn

"The vipassana master whose just sitting there noticing what is, is also loving what is." - Vincent Horn


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Oct 15 2018

59mins

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Falling in Love with the Truth

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During this episode I'm joined by an old friend and mentor, David Gold, to discuss, as he puts it, his "evolution from a non-teacher to a non-teacher." We talk about our shared history, going back to my time as college student at NC State, where he was a facilitator of the Self-Knowledge Symposium. He also shares his history with American mystic, Richard Rose, and with the fallen guru, Andrew Cohen. He shares the learnings that were borne out of working with those teachers, and the way that his path has opened into "a love unimaginable."

This is part 1 of a 2-part series.


Memorable Quotes:

“I decided I was going to stick around until I figured out how this man [Richard Rose] did what he did, and I was going to learn his tricks and go take it out into the world and make a lot of money with it, or whatever. Instead, I feel in love with the truth.” - David Gold

“The radical equality of unimaginable love is so intrinsic, so natural, and so liberating.” - David Gold

“When the truth and you and your deepest desires line up to be one thing that’s pretty much as close to heaven-on-earth as I could possibly imagine.” - David Gold


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Sep 17 2018

58mins

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The Present, Past, & Future of Mindfulness

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In this episode I'm joined by my old friend and colleague, Rohan Gunatillake. Rohan is the founder of Mindfulness Everywhere, a creative studio combining meditation, technology, & design. Mindfulness Everywhere is perhaps best known for it's popular meditation app buddhify, and for it's innovative-indie approach to developing digital mindfulness products. 

In this conversation we talk about the importance of making mindfulness accessible, about the discontinuous changes that have happened to mindfulness as it enters a capitalist-based system, two different ways to scale mindfulness, Rohan's Designing Mindfulness manifesto, buddhify's new social meditation feature Transmission, and "the missing middle" of mindfulness between the for- and non-profit sectors. 


Memorable Quotes:

“Meditation, mindfulness, Buddhism has always changed. It’s a history of innovation, from the Buddha’s awakening onward.” - Rohan Gunatillake

“Mindfulness & meditation has become a content business, as opposed to a wisdom business.” - Rohan Gunatillake


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Sep 05 2018

1hr 9mins

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The Dharma of Networks

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I discovered Christoper Vitale's writing after doing a google search on the "philosophy of networks." At the time I had recently started doing the Buddhist Geeks podcast again and had formulated a new tagline for the project: Dharma in the Age of the Network. I wanted to dive deeper into what networks are, not in a specific sense (of say a "computer network"), but in more general & philosophical terms. 

What I discovered in Chris' writing was a clear philosophy of networks, and a generalized way to under what is common among all networks. I was also somewhat shocked to find that he had studied Buddhist philosophy in Nepal and had several articles on his personal site about dharma & networks!  

In this episode, which was originally a prep call, we explore the very interesting relationship between Buddhist philosophy & networks, and discuss some of the topics related to his Networkologies project. Look for more from Christopher on Buddhist Geeks soon!


Memorable Quotes:

“All the binaries start coming down when you start thinking in terms of networks, because there’s nothing binary about a network, nothing dualist.” - Christopher Vitale

“Consciousness is just what happens when really complicated matter feels itself from the inside. That’s what a brain is.” - Christopher Vitale


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Aug 29 2018

21mins

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Aya & Vajra

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In this episode I was joined by my dharma friend Lama Karma. During our time together we explored his time in Peru, using the native plant medicine ayahuasca. He said he couldn't help but relate to his experience through the lens of his vajrayana training, and shares some of how he makes sense of the experiences he had while using ayahuasca ceremonially.

We also get into a heart-felt conversation about Lama Karma's teacher, Lama Norlha, who recently passed away and who at the very end of his life was embroiled in a controversial storm with his community regarding widespread allegations of sexual misconduct. Karma shares his experience of being at the center of that storm, torn by paradox.


memorable quotes:

"For me it was this simultaneity of insanity and openness.” - Lama Karma


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Aug 01 2018

1hr 7mins

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Existential Medicine

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This episode comes from a live event on "Waking Up with Psychedelics" that occurred in Los Angeles, co-hosted by InsightLA. I was joined in this dialogue by Trudy Goodman, Spring Washam, & Dr. Charles Grob. Ram Dass joined us at the end of this dialogue, and his talk is on available for Buddhist Geeks Patrons as a bonus episode.


Memorable Quotes

"An untrained mind may go into panic, but a mind that's steeped in wisdom can start to say, 'Oh, this is the teaching right here.'" - Spring Washam

"It's a practice to be able to let the conventional self just dissolve into the not yet known." - Trudy Goodman

"Isn't it remarkable how we ingest plants in order to learn how to be human." - Ralph Metzner


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Jul 09 2018

1hr 12mins

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Collective Wisdom Rising

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I’m joined in this raw & intimate conversation by meditation teacher & author Spring Washam, as we discuss the integration of Buddhist contemplative practice with the Peruvian plant medicine ayahuasca. We begin with Springs dharma journey and the way that silent practice no longer served her deeper healing journey, and how the ultimately brought her to the jungles of Peru. I share parallels on my path of working with psilocybin and healing ancestral trauma, and we go into how a deeper collective healing process underlies each of our personal journeys. Spring shares an interesting perspective on how these “medicines of the earth" can be understood as collective wisdom rising from nature itself at a crucial point in our time on this planet.


Memorable Quotes:

“For me insight and healing are one and the same.” - Spring Washam

“I think a big part of what we are unpacking collectively is our ancestral suffering, our community suffering, our collective karma.” - Spring Washam

“Yes, our lineages are alive! Your great-great-grandparents are alive in you.” - Spring Washam


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Mar 27 2018

57mins

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Insight and compassion

By mhaliett - May 01 2019
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I appreciate Vince and Emily Horne, not just as compassionate teachers (introducing me to Hokai Sobel), but also their commitment to inclusion and humility. Newest stuff on Ken Wilber is very promising. Listen to 405. Real deal. Thanks for letting me in the online class for what I could afford all those years ago, Vince. It was a transformative course for me, with Hokai stressing the integral connections that moved me forward. Michael Hallett, Florida

Awesome.

By S M F W - Aug 12 2013
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Can't believe I only just discovered this podcast! Thank you!