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By carmeg362 - Apr 22 2020
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Tried listening for as long as I could. Terrible at laying out his words and getting to the point. His ego is too much. Close minded and and doesn’t believe in equality. This guy will argue everything to unnecessary measures over his personal opinion not facts.

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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!

iTunes Ratings

371 Ratings
Average Ratings
217
102
18
12
22

Torture.

By carmeg362 - Apr 22 2020
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Tried listening for as long as I could. Terrible at laying out his words and getting to the point. His ego is too much. Close minded and and doesn’t believe in equality. This guy will argue everything to unnecessary measures over his personal opinion not facts.

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: Where Science and Compassion Meet

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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 Buddhist tradition, taught in a way that pulls from scientific research and appeals to a secular sensibility.
As part of her work with CCARE she shares some of her background with Stanford as well as her long-standing Buddhist practice, which pulls from both the Zen and Tibetan traditions. We close the discussion by exploring some of the difficulties with teaching meditation in a secular context, as well as some of the benefits that come through framing the teachings in scientific and psychological terms.
Episode Links:
www.kellymcgonigal.com
The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It ( http://amzn.to/lcYMyR )
The Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education ( http://ccare.stanford.edu )
Cheri Huber ( http://www.cherihuber.com )

Jul 25 2015

27mins

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Rank #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: 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 #8: 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 #9: Zen, Vipassana, & Psychology

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This week we speak to vipassana and Zen teacher, Trudy Goodman. Trudy shares how she got into both Buddhist meditation and psychotherapy, and uses her story to illustrate the powerful ways that these different methods can compliment one another. Trudy also reflects on the differences between her experience in Zen training with Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn, and her practice of vipassana meditation.
This is part 1 of a two-part series. Listen to part 2, The Mindful Therapist.
Episode Links:
Zen Master Seung Sahn ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seung_Sahn )
Insight Meditation Society ( http://www.dharma.org )
InsightLA ( http://www.insightla.org )

Jul 22 2015

22mins

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Rank #10: A Crash Course in Applied Neurodharma

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This week, we’re joined by trained Neuropsychologist and Theravada Buddhist teacher, Rick Hanson, to explore what he calls “applied Neurodharma.” We begin by exploring the 1st noble truth of suffering, but from the perspective of evolutionary neurobiology. In other words, why does it appear that we’re hard-wired to suffer, and what are the mechanisms behind it?
And just as in the 4 noble truths, where we start with the diagnosis and end with a prescription, after exploring the 1st noble truth, Rick shares some suggestions for training the mind to overcome some of the hardwired tendencies we have to fixate on the negative. These suggestions come both from the Buddhist tradition, as well as directly from what we know of the distributed nervous system (and the Brain) from modern-day neuroscience.
This is part 1 of a three-part series. Listen to part 2, Self is a Network Phenomenon and part 3, Eddies in the Stream.
Episode Links:
Wise Brain ( http://www.wisebrain.org )
Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom ( http://bit.ly/J4gPr )

Jul 21 2015

34mins

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Rank #11: Mindfulness is More Than Just Paying Attention

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In this interview, host Vincent Horn speaks with Dr. Ronald Purser–professor of management at SFSU and an ordained Zen Buddhist teacher in the Korean Taego order. They explore Ronald’s research on organizational mindfulness, mindfulness in corporate settings, and how Buddhist philosophy can inform organizational theory and practice, with a particular emphasis on exploring the limitations and shadow-sides of the mindfulness movement as it moves into the business context.
Episode Links:
College of Business at San Francisco State University ( http://cob.sfsu.edu/cob/directory/faculty/ronald-purser )
Center for Creative Inquiry ( http://www.creativeinquiry.org/develop/index.php )
Korean Buddhist Taego Order ( http://www.taegozen.net )
Beyond McMindfulness ( http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ron-purser/beyond-mcmindfulness_b_3519289.html )

Jul 27 2015

36mins

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Rank #12: Meditation, Behavior Design, & Habit Building

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Tony Stubblebine is interested in meditation, app development, and behavioral design. He’s brought all three interests together in his latest project, a habit building app called Lift.
In this conversation over Google Hangouts, Tony and host Vincent Horn discuss the merits and potential shadow side to behavioural design. Tony describes how he became interested in the science of behavioural design and how that led him to create Lift as a way to bring a social aspect to building positive habits. They talk about the three components to consider when building a habit, how the QS Movement relates to behavioural design, and how to use systems like Lift to build strong positive habits like daily meditation.
Episode Links:
LIFT ( https://lift.do )
Lift’s How to Meditate page with free guided meditations ( https://lift.do/meditation )
BJ Fogg ( http://www.bjfogg.com )
Quantified Self ( http://quantifiedself.com )

Jul 27 2015

35mins

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Rank #13: Self is a Network Phenomenon

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We’re joined again by Neuropsychologist and Theravada teacher, Rick Hanson. This time we explore the Buddhist proposition of anatta, or selflessness, from the point of view of neuroscience and the brain. Rick explores whether a self actually exists using the following 4 core attributes of how a self is often defined:
1. It is unified & coherent
2. It is stable & enduring
3. It is independent
4. It is the whole of experience
Looking at current research on how the self manifests in the brain, as what Hanson calls a “network phenomenon”, he deconstructs each of these four attributes, arguing that “self is not special inside the brain.”
This is part 2 of a three-part series. Listen to part 1, A Crash Course in Applied Neurodharma and part 3, Eddies in the Stream.
Episode Links:
Wise Brain ( http://www.wisebrain.org )
Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom ( http://bit.ly/J4gPr )

Jul 21 2015

17mins

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Rank #14: Joseph Goldstein on The Science of Insight

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Joseph Goldstein–one of the primary figures in the development of the Insight Meditation movement–finishes up his conversation with us by sharing his perspective on the recent cross-pollunation of the Buddhist meditation with scientific investigation. He shares some of the recent studies that he has contributed to–including an in-depth study at the Insight Meditation Society–and also discusses a few research possibilities that he has recommended to scientists. Finally he shares an interesting idea he had for creating a “virtual bardo machine.”
This is part 2 of a two-part series. Listen to part 1, Joseph Goldstein on the Benefits of Long Term Practice.
Episode Links:
Mind and Life Institute ( http://www.mindandlife.org )
One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism ( bit.ly/kELk5 )
Insight Meditation Society ( www.dharma.og )

Jul 21 2015

20mins

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Rank #15: Intimacy & Infinity: The Dharma of Sex

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Martin Aylward is a vipassana teacher and founder of Le Moulin Meditation Centre. He has been leading retreats worldwide, teaching meditation, and supporting groups and individuals since 1999.
In this episode taken from the 2013 Buddhist Geeks Conference, Martin speaks on the relationship between the dharma and sex. He examines the general lack of dharma teachings concerning sex, the results of his own inquiry to the subject, and his belief in the potential of sexuality as a powerful tool for transformation.
Episode Links:
www.MartinAylward.com
Le Moulin Meditation Centre ( http://www.moulindechaves.org )

Jul 28 2015

23mins

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Rank #16: Mental Illness and the Dark Night

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Willoughby Britton and Daniel Ingram continue their conversation with hosts Emily Horn and Kelly Sosan Bearer to discuss helping people through the experience of the contemplative Dark Night.

To begin the second part of their discussion, Daniel describes the characteristics of Dark Night experience he has seen in the Dharma Overground community and the cycles many people experience. Emily asks whether compassion practice is a common tool to use when in the Dark Night stage. Willoughby and Daniel each describe observations of the usefulness of metta practice and attempt to answer the question: can a sniper have compassion?

Finally, the group explores the topic in context of the TIME story “Aaron Alexis and the Dark Side of Meditation”. This is part two of a two part series. Listen to part one: Varieties of Contemplative Experience Episode

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Jul 27 2015

23mins

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Rank #17: 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 #18: 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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Rank #19: Varieties of Contemplative Experience

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Willoughby Britton and Daniel Ingram join hosts Emily Horn and Kelly Sosan Bearer for Geeks of the Round Table to discuss helping people through the experience of the contemplative Dark Night.
Willoughby starts the conversation by reporting the latest updates on the rebranded Dark Night Project, now called “The Varieties of Contemplative Experience”. The group then moves on to discuss helping mindfulness practitioners through episodes of the contemplative Dark Night, how mental disease does and doesn’t get addressed in the community, and some shared characteristics of people that experience the Dark Night.
This is part one of a two part series. Listen to part two BG 302: Mental Illness and the Dark Night.
Episode Links:
TIME: Aaron Alexis and the Dark Side of Meditation ( http://healthland.time.com/2013/09/17/aaron-alexis-and-the-dark-side-of-meditation/ )
Daniel Ingram ( http://integrateddaniel.info )
The Dharma Overground ( http://www.dharmaoverground.org )
Willoughby Britton & Cheetah House ( http://www.cheetahhouse.org )
The Dark Side of Dharma ( http://bit.ly/1IBv56f )
The Dark Night Project ( http://bit.ly/1gc7P2j )

Jul 27 2015

32mins

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Rank #20: The End of Self-Referencing

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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 into “non-symbolic consciousness” Jeffery goes into the further reaches of his research participants. He speaks about the tendency for people on the higher range of his model to have a diminished sense of self-referential thoughts, emotions, and will, even to the point of being completely gone. Jeffery also covers some of the biases in his research pool, as well as the way that traditions might serve to both support and then also hinder people’s movement into non-symbolic consciousness.
This is part 2 of a two-part series. Listen to part 1, The Study of Non-Symbolic Consciousness.
Episode Links:
The Fourth Awakening ( http://www.fourthawakening.com )
Center for the Study of Non-Symbolic Consciousness ( http://www.nonsymbolic.org )

Jul 25 2015

26mins

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Regenerating Both Culture & Land, with Jason Snyder

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In this episode, Vince Horn is joined in conversation with Jason Snyder, PhD. Co-host of the Both/And Podcast and an adjunct lecturer at ASU’s Department of Sustainable Development, Jason joins Vince in a sit-down conversation, where they discuss the topics of memetic mediation, metamodernism, integral theory, responding to the meta-crisis, sensemaking and more.


Memorable Quotes:

"We are all complicit in history whether we like it or not. Both the good parts and the bad parts. I think that speaks to the notion of interconnectedness." – Jason Snyder

"How do we respond to the meta-crisis? We have to create this new kind of collective intelligence that as humans we can accurately respond to the serious transition we’re in." – Jason Snyder


Episode Links:

👤 Jason Snyder

🎙 Both/And Podcast

🎙 Both/And: Decoding Ourselves with Vince Horn

🎙 Deconstructing Yourself

📃 On Memetic Mediation & Perspectival Pidginism

🔗 Integral Life

🔗 The Evolving Self

👤 Hanzi Freinacht

👤 Clare Graves

🔗 The Bahá’í Faith

📃 New Atheism

👤 Shinzen Young

👤 Daniel Ingram

🎙 Buddha at the Gas Pump

👤 Otto Scharmer

Jun 03 2020

1hr 27mins

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Mainstreaming Knowledge of the Stages of Insight, with Daniel M. Ingram

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In this episode we’re joined again by meditator & medical doctor Daniel M. Ingram, to discuss his current efforts at helping mainstream knowledge of the common patterns of experience that unfold during contemplative practice–commonly referred to as “the stages of insight” in the early Buddhist tradition–so that this knowledge can become integrated into our modern medical systems.


Episode Links:

👤 Daniel M. Ingram

🔗 The Dharma Overground

📃 The Progress of Insight

📃 What is Exploding Head Syndrome?

📃 The Varieties of Religious Experience

🔗 Consciousness Hacking

🔗 Kathryn “Katy” Devaney

May 18 2020

39mins

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You've Got to Remember that God is an Idiot, with Vinay Gupta

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From practicing hindu tantra with a guru he met at a new age bookstore in Chicago, to building open source hexayurts on the playa of burning man, to helping launch the second biggest crypto-network, Vinay Gupta is a man on a mission. Bringing a Vaderesque approach to spiritual, social, cultural, & engineering topics, Vinay offers an ultra-compelling apocoloptimistic vision of the future. -Vince Fakhoury Horn


Memorable Quotes:

"Social problems can be fixed with social change, and engineering problems have to be fixed with better technology. And most of what's wrong with capitalism is engineering limits not social limits, and we get very confused about this." - Vinay Gupta


Episode Links:

👤 Vinay Gupta

🔗 Mattereum

🔗 The Hexayurt Project

🔗 Industrialisation

🔗 Haidakhan Babaji

Apr 24 2020

1hr 29mins

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An Open Source Economy of Abundance, with Marcin Jakubowski

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The founder of Open Source Ecology, Marcin Jakubowski, shares his journey of going from being a PhD student in Fusion Physics to meditating daily & building the modular groundwork for an open source economy of abundance.  

Mar 25 2020

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Everything the Same, Everything Different, with Diane Musho Hamilton

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In this episode, Vince Horn is joined in dialogue, once again, by Diane Musho Hamilton–Zen teacher, professional meditator, and Integral facilitator. The conversation begins with Vince's reflections on an Integral Facilitator Training that he attended with Diane, where a bulk of the training centered around facilitating small group conversations around issues related to differences of identity. After discussing a number of topics that are often taken up in the Social Justice movement, and an Integral perspective on these topics, the conversation turned toward the role of the Teacher, and on transmission, hierarchy, embodiment, feedback, and projection.


Memorable Quotes:

“I found that rather than trying to teach stage models to groups, that I like to invoke them into models.” - Diane Musho Hamilton

“We don’t challenge basketball coaches the way we challenge spiritual teachers.” - Diane Musho Hamilton

“Every moment of adulation is followed by a great disappointment.” - Diane Musho Hamilton


Episode Links:

👤 Diane Musho Hamilton

🔗 Ten Directions, Integral Facilitator Training

📄 Everything the Same, Everything Different by Diane Hamilton

📺 Saturday Night Live: Dinner Discussion

🔗 Two Arrows Zen

🔗 Black Elk

🔗 Worldcentric

📺 Future Thinkers Interviews with Ken Wilber

🔗 The Five Stages of Grief

📖 Compassionate Conversations by Diane Musho Hamilton, Gabriel Wilson, & Kimberly Loh

📺 The Role and Importance of the Teacher by Ken McLeod 

Mar 11 2020

1hr 7mins

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Eco-Meta-Dharma, with David Loy

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In this episode, Vince Horn is joined in conversation by long-time mentor and friend, David Loy, to explore his latest on, "EcoDharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis." Their discussion centers around how this EcoDharma work relates to our current exploration of Metadharma, which we describe as any approach to dharma practice that intentionally seeks to respond to the overlapping crises that humanity now faces.


Quotes:

"The real problem of humanity is the following: we have paleolithic emotions; medieval institutions; and god-like technology." - E.O. Wilson

"I see social evolution as a continuation of biological evolution." - David Loy

"The Ecological Crisis is Earth’s way of telling us, 'Grow up or get out of the way.'" - David Loy 


Links:

👤 David Loy

📖 EcoDharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis by David Loy

🎧 The Metadharma Series

🎧 The Meta-Crisis Is a Human Development Crisis, Daniel Thorson & Zak Stein

📄 How to Be an Ecosattva by David Loy

📄 Differentiation of the Cultural Value Spheres by Ken Wilber

📖 Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

📄 Dualistic cosmology

📖 The Structure of World History by Karatani Kojin

📄 Transparent Generosity

📄 Capitalism

📺 Jeremy Rifkin on the Fall of Capitalism and the Internet of Things

📖 Syntheism: Creating God in the Internet Age by Alexander Bard & Jan Söderqvist

🔗 Open Source Ecology

📺 Civilization starter kit by Marcin Jakubowski

🔗 Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center

📖 Blessed Unrest by Paul Hawken

🔗 Extinction Rebellion

🔗 Extinction Rebellion Buddhists

🔗 Sunrise Movement

🔗 350.org

Feb 12 2020

1hr 21mins

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A Meditation Coalition, with JoAnna Hardy

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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

🔗 Responsive Meditation 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, with Daniel Thorson

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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, with Ann Gleig

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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.’


Favorite Quotes:


"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, with Vince Horn

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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


Episode Links:

🔗 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, with Kathryn "Kati" Devaney

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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, with Judith Blackstone

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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, with Oren Jay Sofer

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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, with Michael Taft, Mikey Siegel, & Vince Horn

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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, with David Gold

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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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By carmeg362 - Apr 22 2020
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Tried listening for as long as I could. Terrible at laying out his words and getting to the point. His ego is too much. Close minded and and doesn’t believe in equality. This guy will argue everything to unnecessary measures over his personal opinion not facts.

Awesome.

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