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The Imperfect Buddha podcast explores the world of contemporary Western Buddhism mixing in banter with analysis, no holds barred discussion, and guest interviews. We shun Ted style talks in favour of in-depth discussion and interviews that have room to breathe. The podcast has a host site which features articles and essays on contemporary Western Buddhism, as well as show notes for each episode. Follow the link to find out more: http://imperfectbuddha.comThe podcast is sponsored by O'Connell Coaching. For support with any of the issues discussed in the podcast, check out the link for an approach that is perfectly suited to Buddhists, post-Buddhists, non-Buddhists, secular sceptics, and New Age refugees. I use Buddhist tools, modern counselling and coaching techniques and practices, along with neo-Shamanic practices and models to help folks rekindle their relationship with personal-growth, development and change work or re-evaluate a relationship with Buddhism or other spiritual paths. https://oconnellcoaching.comYou can leave comments at the Imperfect Buddha Facebook page or Twitter feed. Feel free to make suggestions for topics to cover and guests to interview.Our original theme tune was provided by RSD (Smith & Mighty)from Bristol, UK. Check him out at: https://rsdbristol.bandcamp.comOur new theme tune comes from Trieste and the artist Emerald Dream. Check out his work at: https://emeralddreams.bandcamp.com/releases Original street art Buddha image by Bristol's Banksy: http://banksy.co.uk/menu.asp

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The Imperfect Buddha podcast explores the world of contemporary Western Buddhism mixing in banter with analysis, no holds barred discussion, and guest interviews. We shun Ted style talks in favour of in-depth discussion and interviews that have room to breathe. The podcast has a host site which features articles and essays on contemporary Western Buddhism, as well as show notes for each episode. Follow the link to find out more: http://imperfectbuddha.comThe podcast is sponsored by O'Connell Coaching. For support with any of the issues discussed in the podcast, check out the link for an approach that is perfectly suited to Buddhists, post-Buddhists, non-Buddhists, secular sceptics, and New Age refugees. I use Buddhist tools, modern counselling and coaching techniques and practices, along with neo-Shamanic practices and models to help folks rekindle their relationship with personal-growth, development and change work or re-evaluate a relationship with Buddhism or other spiritual paths. https://oconnellcoaching.comYou can leave comments at the Imperfect Buddha Facebook page or Twitter feed. Feel free to make suggestions for topics to cover and guests to interview.Our original theme tune was provided by RSD (Smith & Mighty)from Bristol, UK. Check him out at: https://rsdbristol.bandcamp.comOur new theme tune comes from Trieste and the artist Emerald Dream. Check out his work at: https://emeralddreams.bandcamp.com/releases Original street art Buddha image by Bristol's Banksy: http://banksy.co.uk/menu.asp

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Gramski

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Spare me your communist garbage.

Great guests and discussion

By derekvan - Feb 05 2018
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Guests and discussion unlike what I’ve heard on other such podcasts.

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27 Ratings
Average Ratings
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2
1

Gramski

By hayduke jr - Mar 11 2020
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Spare me your communist garbage.

Great guests and discussion

By derekvan - Feb 05 2018
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Guests and discussion unlike what I’ve heard on other such podcasts.

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Rank #1: 03. IBP: the Dharma Overground get enlightened & the non-Buddhists cause a stir

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In this episode, the Dharma Oveground and Buddhist Geeks get enlightened, Francois Laurelle and the non-Buddhists speculate, Hokai Sobol and Kenneth Folk do their own thing. Matthew and Stuart cross the line and fumble over names.

This is part 2 of our first real episode exploring a number of innovative elements in contemporary western Buddhism. We move on in our discussion from Tibet to look at the Pragmatists that emerged from the Dharma Underground and the intelligent destruction of Buddhism fuelled by French and German speaking philosophers in the form of Non-Buddhism.

We also bring in some considerations of the significance of the claims of enlightenment made by a number of the Pragmatists and the importance of some of the critique made by Glenn Wallis and his cohorts.

Enjoy and leave feedback, criticisms, complaints and observations at our Facebook page, Twitter feed or even here.

The next episode will feature a special guest and discuss Buddhist cults!

All show notes can be found at the Post-Traditional Buddhism site. Click here for those: http://posttraditionalbuddhism.com/2015/07/23/2-2-new-podcast-episode-is-out-the-dharma-oveground-the-non-buddhists/

Jul 23 2015

1hr 42mins

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Rank #2: 18. IBP: David Chapman on stages of maturation, Dzogchen & the future of Buddhism

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In this episode of the imperfect Buddha podcast, we finally get round to speaking to David Chapman. For those familiar with David’s work, there is so much that could have been discussed as he writes on all manner of fascinating topics ranging from Buddhism to philosophy, psychology to Vajrayana, artificial intelligence and more. Our interests converged on the topic of maturation outside of religious and spiritual discourse with David’s recent exploration of adult development and maturation just the sort of topic that we like to explore here on the podcast.
David has built on the work of Robert Keagan, an important living psychologist, in exploring adult development and maturation through five key stages. David focuses on three of them, aligning the final stage with Buddhism, in particular Dzogchen. An understanding of these stages has important consequences for Buddhists, especially considering the potential conflict between self-development, maturation and concepts such as no self, impermanence and so on.
We cover additional topics such as the present and future of Buddhism in the West, the current state of university campuses in the Anglo-American world, the problem with SJW’s and post-modern theory, nihilism and determinism, practices that may shift people onwards through the last three levels of maturation and more.
Enjoy!

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The imperfect Buddha podcast is sponsored by O’Connell Coaching. If any of the topics in the podcast are personally relevant and/or problematic, or if you wish to explore life after Buddhism and are looking for support and guidance in personal development, an exploration of spiritual practice and transformative practices within a coaching context, follow the link to find out more: https://oconnellcoaching.com/about/

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The imperfect Buddha podcast supports up-and-coming musicians in Bristol groups. Oliver Wilde, a Bristol musician on the Howling Owl label, provides this episode’s music. Do have a listen and if you like what you hear, support the artist at the band camp site: https://oliverwilde.bandcamp.com/track/curve-good-grief

Links
David’s main site is a treasure trove for the discerning explorer of personal-development, spirituality and intelligent practice. A great act of generosity designed at clearing up much confusion in the realm of spirituality, David communicates clearly and concisely. Highly recommended, Meaningness: https://meaningness.com
Another of David’s sites, Vividness features an article on the podcast’s main topic: https://vividness.live/2015/10/12/developing-ethical-social-and-cognitive-competence/
Arot-ter site managed by David. Lots of good resources here: https://approachingaro.org/

Jan 06 2017

1hr 48mins

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Rank #3: 04. IBP: cults, cultish shennanigans & Buddhist groups

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In this episode Stuart & I discuss Buddhist cults and cultish behaviour in Buddhist groups. We look at cultish behaviours in particular and how they manifest in even innocuous Buddhist groups. We discuss the wider implications of the trade off between belonging and autonomy and the three core theories that explain why people get involved in Buddhist groups. We also look at the difference between cults and new religious movements and the difficulty in the academic world of defining a cult. To avoid such a trap, we focus on cultish behaviours instead and ask to what degree each of the organisations we discuss exhibits them. We invite listeners to consider to what degree their own Buddhist group may exhibit such behaviours and why they are present.
We cover the NKT, Rigpa, Shambhala, Michael Roach and HH, Maitreya Ron Spenser.
In this episode, someone is bound to get offended, but it's all good as Stuart and Matthew get culty.

Second additional note (07/09/2015):

Dear Listeners,
We recently put out a podcast episode covering cultish behaviour in Buddhism and discussed some of those behaviours along with how they are expressed in a number of small and large Buddhist groups. We also managed to make a mistake which needs clarifying here.
In that episode, which has since been edited to remove the offending section, we, or better I, made three assertions concerning the figure of Indy Hack. This was an unfortunate mistake on my part and I wish to clarify that mistake here so listeners who may have heard the earlier edit can be clear on the issue. Indy Hack has asked me to clarify three points and I am happy to do so here for the benefit of mutual understanding and good faith.
1. Fabrication of articles: I wrongly stated that Indy Hack fabricates articles. I have understood from Indy hack that this is not true and I apologise for stating so. This was a mistake on my part.
2. Membership of the NKT: I unwittingly assumed Indy Hack was a member of the NKT. Indy Hack has informed me that this is not true so again this was a mistake on my part. I apologise for making this assumption.
3. CIA & the Dalai Lama: I incorrectly associated a story I had heard about the CIA and Dalai Lama to Indy Hack. This was a genuine mistake. Indy Hack has not told this story and again it was a mistake on my part to have made this link.

It is worth noting that Indy Hack has been helpful in clarifying these issues and we at the Imperfect Buddha Podcast will strive to do better with future episodes. We wish Indy Hack all the best with his work. We also wish clarity and wisdom to all those venturing into the public sphere with podcasts. This is the last I will mention of this unless events take a strange turn.
Matthew O'Connell

Aug 15 2015

1hr 28mins

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Rank #4: 53. IBP: Daniel Ingram on the Practicing Life

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After the creative wonders of the Critical Turn #1, we have the magical appearance of Daniel Ingram in two conversations covering a great deal of ground. Our first conversation covers a wide range of topics from practice to waking up, from generation-X to cynicism. The second covers a series of posts from the Speculative non-Buddhism site called Trash Theory. We discuss the SNB briefly and then tackle some weird and wonderful postulates those boys have been playing with of late. That second episode will be released within the next 24 hours.

Both episodes feature the same introduction and will be released in the same week. This is because folks will likely get more out of one episode than the other; though I shall post them in the order we recorded them.

The second episode is also incomplete and Daniel and I will be recording its follow up this coming Thursday (20th June, 2019), which means you have the opportunity to chip in with your own comments, complaints or curiosities, though you’ll obviously have to be quick.

It’s possible that we will also tackle some of Ken Wilber’s work in that episode and Daniel’s take on it, so if you have any insights into why Wilber was full of it, or specific points that underline problems with Ken’s work more generally, let me have them, as I have only a superficial reading of his work and never felt motivated to read beyond a general introduction to his ideas, which seem pretty simplistic, though potentially useful.

Music is supplied by Kali Phoenix & Hundred Strong: https://hundredstrong.bandcamp.com/album/voices

Links
O'Connell Coaching: https://oconnellcoaching.com
Post-Traditional Buddhism: https://posttraditionalbuddhism.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/imperfectbuddha
Twitter: twitter.com/Imperfectbuddha

Jun 17 2019

1hr 59mins

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Rank #5: 61. IBP: Dr Michelle Haslam & her psychological report on the controversial New Kadampa Tradition

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This is our fourth foray into the land of Buddhism, Cults and Cult-like behaviours across mainstream Buddhist groups. Let’s be honest, this topic is always perversely interesting. If you missed out on our past episodes covering these topics, there are links and short intros below to those past episodes, which were a lot of fun.

For our latest journey, we interview Dr Michelle Haslam, PhD, a clinical psychologist who ran afoul of the machinations of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) and has since written a psychological report on their tactics and set up a resource site filled with testimonies from ex-followers along with articles to warn the general public about their often dysfunctional behaviour. She shares some of the horrendous tactics employed against her after leaving the group and discusses some of her psychological analysis of the NKT, their practices and group dynamics. She is also currently working in an undisclosed location despite mentioning that she has worked  in safeguarding in the interview previously.

Michelle has had a dreadful website put together by a mysterious psychologist, who doesn't actually appear to exist in the real world, immediately after publishing her report. It's defamatory and quite sad and makes awful claims about her. Be your own judge of it should you stumble on it.

The introduction involves an added presentation on cults that ties together the multiple themes from our last episodes and that concludes our forays into cult-land. If you have heard it all before, you can skip it by jumping to the interview proper at 37.10.

Note: Those who critique the New Kadampa Tradition often end up being trolled, attacked, and threatened by folks, who hide their identities and usually claim to not be any part of the NKT. It is obviously difficult to prove that they are so I am putting this here as a potential warning so that you dear listener can make up our own mind about who is to blame if this podcast should come under attack.

Here are the links to her sites, which are highly recommended;

https://newkadampatraditionreport.org/ https://info-buddhism.com/PDF/Psychological_report_on_The_New_Kadampa_Tradition.pdf https://buddhism-controversy-blog.com/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/exposingthenkt/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/talkaboutshugden/

Our past episodes on cults;

04. IBP: cults, cultish shennanigans & Buddhist groups
https://soundcloud.com/imperfect-buddha-podcast/31-imperfect-buddha-podcast-cults-cultish-shennanigans-buddhist-groups

05. IBP: Tenzin Peljor on leaving a Buddhist cult
https://soundcloud.com/imperfect-buddha-podcast/32-imperfect-buddha-podcast-tenzin-peljor-interview

27. IBP: Why not join a cult? Stuart & Matthew go deep into cult-land.
https://soundcloud.com/imperfect-buddha-podcast/151-imperfect-buddha-podcast-cults-2

Dec 05 2019

1hr 38mins

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Rank #6: 39. IBP: Dale S. Wright on Buddhist Enlightenment

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Dale S. Wright is distinguished Professor of Religion at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He is author of The Six Perfections: Buddhism & the Cultivation of Character, and Philosophical Meditations on Zen Buddhism. He is also coeditor with Steven Heine of The Koan: Text and Context in Zen Buddhism, The Zen Canon: Textual Foundations of Zen Buddhism, Zen Classics: Formative Texts in the History of Zen Buddhism, and Zen Ritual: Studies of Zen Buddhist Theory in Practice.

More importantly for our podcast, Dale is author of 'What is Buddhist Enlightenment?' A text that forms the basis for a good chunk of our conversation. We explore the notion of enlightenment in Buddhism and in particular the pluralism of definitions, a secular reframing of the thing, how western philosophy challenges Buddhist notions of enlightenment, myth and myths that are encased in different interpretations of enlightenment.

As with so many of our podcast conversations, this one heads off into places unknown, exploring questions, reflections, intuitions and interesting ground that we hope you will find as stimulating as we did.

Links
O'Connell Coaching: https://oconnellcoaching.com
Post-Traditional Buddhism: https://posttraditionalbuddhism.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/imperfectbuddha
Twitter: twitter.com/Imperfectbuddha

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Ask Her Out: https://askherout.bandcamp.com/releases

Dec 10 2018

1hr 42mins

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Rank #7: 26. IBP: Evan Thompson on Philosophy, Buddhism, & Embodied Consciousness

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Welcome back to the Imperfect Buddha Podcast. After our lively discussion of theory and practice, we embark on a new series of interviews for all you Imperfect Buddhas. Our first for 2018 features Evan Thompson, professor of philosophy at the University of British Columbia, well known for his books “Waking, Being, and Dreaming: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy”, “The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience”, co-authored with the late Francisco Varela, “Mind in Life: biology, phenomenology and the sciences of mind” as well as “Self, No Self?: perspectives from analytical, phenomenological and Indian traditions”.
Evan was invited onto the podcast due to his 2016 closing address to the ISCS and what appeared as a critical turn from Evan in the form of a critique of the fetishisation of mindfulness and its co-option for neo-liberal ends. Evan also argued for an embodied view of consciousness in his talk and critiqued the idea, popular in neuroscience work on meditators, that technology such as FMRI can give us a full or accurate picture of mind and an adequate picture of the significance of meditation and other contemplative practices.
In his writing, Evan explores cognitive science, phenomenology, the philosophy of mind, and cross-cultural philosophy, especially Buddhist philosophy in dialogue with Western philosophy of mind and cognitive science. Evan has additionally been involved with the Mind and Life institution and its dialogues between scientists and the Dalai Lama.
You can find out more about Evan by visiting his site: https://evanthompson.me

Sponsor and Music
O’Connell Coaching: http://oconnellcoaching.com
'See as the good sees' by Simone Zampieri: www.theleadingguy.com

Jan 19 2018

1hr 24mins

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Rank #8: 68. IBP - Conspiracy Afoot

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A new episode is here. The lingering challenge of conspiracies, fake news, and the emergence of information silos means that we as a global society are being confronted with a major challenge to our relationship to information, to facts, and to the epistemological challenges we have always been burdened with regarding knowledge and the act of knowing. Conspiracy Theories are with us to stay and if you look at them for longer than a glance, they begin to mutate, twisting into odd shapes that can appear familiar and alien all at once. We cannot afford to look down our nose at them any more, they are part and parcel of the world we inhabit, and we must contend with the wider issues they raise.

In this episode, recorded under quarantine, the Imperfect Buddha podcast explores the wider, hidden implications of the conspiratorial mindset and the challenges it represents. We look at its close relationship with spirituality, religion, and the New Age. We go deep into the psychology, the epistemological challenges, and explore practice ideas and the ethical duty we may all do well to consider exhibiting towards those enchanted by global conspiracy. We have tried to avoid treading familiar ground and the practice suggestions are not only for conspiracy theorists; they are for us too. For as we suggested in our episodes on cults (whose members share many characteristics with dogged conspiracy theorists), we have our own role to play in the world of conspiracies.

Feedback as always is welcomed. Feel free to support the podcast by making a small donation. O’Connell Coaching is available to those in need - Conspiracy Theorists are welcome too.

Music for this episode comes from Odd Nosdam: https://nosdam.bandcamp.com/

Links
The Imperfect Buddha site: https://imperfectbuddha.com/
O'Connell Coaching: https://imperfectbuddha.com/authors-notes/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/imperfectbuddha
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Imperfectbuddha

May 08 2020

1hr 30mins

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Rank #9: 10. IBP: "The Big Enlightenment Show"

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Stuart & I have made what may be our most controversial episode yet. We tackle "Buddhist Enlightenment" © and its taboos and do what many Buddhists would likely consider sacrilegious. A few of the questions we tackle include;

What is it?
Who’s got it?
Can it be understood, formulated in a way that could liberate the masses as a form of human practice?
Why bother? Is it the shiznit?
How would it look if unreliant on Buddhism?
What could a secular, humanist outlook as the basis for reconfiguring it produce?
Who are the top ten enlightened dudes?
How can you spot a fake?

It’s the sort of material that could drive masses of keyboard warriors to start quoting their favourite Buddhist books or teachers in a furious, emotive rant against all that is evil, for the first time encapsulated in an hour and twenty four minutes of a Soundcloud download.

If you are brave enough, download or stream the latest episode and enjoy a rather interesting take on Buddhism’s ultimate goal. We had fun with it and raised as many questions as we may have answered. Questions which one of our upcoming guests will hopefully respond to.

Come and get enlightened.

Come and listen to the Imperfect Buddha Podcast.

Apr 15 2016

1hr 24mins

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Rank #10: 60. IBP: Brooke Lavelle & Zach Walsh on the Great Transition

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In a time of environmental meltdown, political and economic crisis, what should we do? What role can practice play? How are we to envision our place in the world, as protagonists in the destruction of our home, and mere bit part players in global conflict? Can we make a difference, or should we retreat to our personal spaces and meditate and be done with it?

This new episode of the podcast explores such big themes and the work of Brooke D. Lavelle and Zachary Walsh, our two guests, as we take a look at the bifurcated road ahead of us; a Great Transition, or a Great Collapse await. While many of us may like to see life continue on as usual, I think most folks are starting to realise that business as usual is killing us slowly. It is time to make change move in a direction that sees us and the many species surviving this century, but practice remains, as Sloterdjik would remind us, and the big picture is always grounded in the lives of practitioners in this conversation.

We discuss such uncomfortable topics as love, care, practice and transformation. We touch on environmentalism, activisms, but also the underlying themes challenging these worlds of work at present and the need to both practice and think and imagine the world differently.

Zachary Walsh https://www.iass-potsdam.de/en/people/zack-walsh
Brooke D. Lavelle http://courageofcare.org/our-team-2/brooke-d-lavelle/
Responding with Love to a Civilisation in Crisis: article for Open Democracy https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/transformation/responding-love-civilization-crisis/

Enjoy! And come along to The Great Feast...

Links
Mother site: https://imperfectbuddha.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/imperfectbuddha
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Imperfectbuddha

Nov 05 2019

1hr 45mins

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Rank #11: 31. IBP: Ron Purser on neo-Liberal Mindfulness, neo-Liberal Buddhism

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In this episode, Ron Purser comes on to the imperfect Buddha podcast to talk about neoliberalism and its impact on mindfulness, Buddhism, spirituality, and the experience of all these in the individual and the impact is greater then you likely believe. You are a neoliberal subject to some degree and the ethics and manner of practice of this insipid ideology has seeped into almost all contemporary spiritual practice. Such practice can be a site of resistance to the excesses of individualism, goal achievement, productivity, and self-serving interest. Such practices can reconnect us to a social and environmental vision and experience of ourselves in the world. But this is only possible if you become aware of how neoliberalism has participated in shaping your practice in certain ways. The Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek was not wrong when he stated that Buddhism, among all the world’s religions, is the greatest companion to neoliberalism, which would prefer you to keep focusing in and on yourself; “It’s up to you they say! You must do it alone, and if you fail well, it’s all your fault!” Does this sound familiar? It should do as it’s a major part of the neoliberal ethic.

Ron and I talk about a range of interesting topics that go beyond neoliberalism and include finding the edge in practise and Time, Space & Knowledge. We cover McMindfulness, freedom, liberation free from the neoliberal ethic, and other exciting utopian topics. We talk about the alternatives to a practice informed by the near liberal ethic. So don’t panic, it’s not all naysaying, we’ve got some solutions here too!

Ron was a great guest and I enjoyed our conversation together and I think you will too.
Don’t forget to leave comments at one of our groovy locations.

Links
O'Connell Coaching: oconnellcoaching.com/
Post-Traditional Buddhism: posttraditionalbuddhism.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/imperfectbuddha
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Imperfectbuddha

You can find out more on this topic by reading the following articles which were both partially written by Ron.
https://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/34093 https://www.huffingtonpost.com/ron-purser/beyond-mcmindfulness_b_3519289.html

Ron’s personal website: http://ronpurser.com

Aug 01 2018

1hr 18mins

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Rank #12: 63. IBP: Daniel Ingram on Integral Theory

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Off we go with our first long-form interview/conversation for 2020, and it’s with returning guest Daniel Ingram! Are you ready for more? It seems that many of you are. Back in 2019 when Daniel was visiting here in Trieste, we discussed a range of material we might cover on the podcast and one topic that repeatedly came up for Mr Ingram was his take on Integral Theory. We finally got the conversation done before Christmas and here it is. For this one I play the devil’s advocate somewhat as my knowledge on Ken Wilber’s work was quite limited and I had heard mainly complaints about it from our more educated listeners. As always, however, it was a pleasurable conversation and Daniel’s take on Wilber’s core theory seems pretty attractive as a model for understanding stages of growth, both for individuals and groups. We cover sex scandals, power grabs, groupy love, spaced-out gurus, religious fundamentalists, and how we are all too human.

See what you think, and don’t forget to visit Daniel’s website; it’s called Integrated Daniel after all. https://www.integrateddaniel.info/
For those new to the podcast, and crazy for Daniel’s enlightenment stories and pragmatism, there is a plethora of past conversations to enjoy. From our first ever conversation with him years back, there’s a far more recent and fun series on non-Buddhism in which Daniel tackles the Speculative non-Buddhism project as well as an episode looking into the Practising Life; our theme for this year of podcast episodes.

55. IBP: Daniel Ingram Down the Rabbit Hole: https://soundcloud.com/imperfect-buddha-podcast/55-ibp-daniel-ingram-down-the-rabbit-hole
54. IBP: Daniel Ingram Meets Trash Theory: https://soundcloud.com/imperfect-buddha-podcast/54-ibp-daniel-ingram-meets-trash-theory
53. IBP: Daniel Ingram on the Practicing Life: https://soundcloud.com/imperfect-buddha-podcast/53-ibp-daniel-ingram-on-the-practicing-life

Our next episode will be with Adam Robbert, host of the Side View podcast and journal, before our first ever oral blog post series on…ideology.

Jan 23 2020

1hr 41mins

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Rank #13: 67. IBP: Dr Ashley Frawley on Happiness & the Present

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“In a society that has no future, the present gains exponentially in importance.”

In the time of Corona, what are we to do with happiness? Today’s guest is an expert on the subject and the well-being industry. Dr Ashley Frawley studies the relationship between the ideology of self-care, technologies of the self and wider social policy and practice. In her book, The Semiotics of Happiness, she explores the roots of happiness and its inclusion as a goal of wider society. We discuss Mindfulness, its rise, and possible wane, and the ideas that underpin the culture of self-development, as well as what might come after the Mindfulness fad. We talk about the current pandemic and the impact if might have on the obsession with the self.

“If your purpose in life is emotional well-being then any upset is an attack on your whole purpose in life.”

Topics covered include;

• Is happiness increasing or decreasing after decades of experimentation with practices such as self-esteem, self-development, and Mindfulness?
• What happens to a society that has no future, or no real collective future goals?
• Mindfulness as the acceptance that we cannot change the world, or resolve social problems: a commitment to passivity.
• Is mindfulness on the wane? If so, what magic bullet comes next?
• Spiritual narratives and the one cure to save them all; how technologies of the self escape critique.
• Mindfulness promoted as a magical bullet
• Have we given up on solving social problems in meaningful ways?
• The role of tradition and our commitment to something greater than ourselves vs freedom to apparently do whatever you want.
• Self-obsession and centering happiness within yourself leads to misery
• Our search for meaning and truth have turned inwards; as there are no external projects for meaning making people seeking meaning from self-help books, rules for life, quick cures.
• Humans need collective, future orientated projects, where we have agency and can act on the world
• Misanthropy as a consequence of the focus in on the self; profound distrust in humans

Today’s Menu

Starters: Corona virus Update 00:00-04:00
First course: Lama Surya Das & Twitter 04:00-15:40
Main course: Ashley Frawley 15:40 starts

Enjoy! And come along to The Great Feast...

Links
Mother site: https://imperfectbuddha.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/imperfectbuddha
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Imperfectbuddha

Dr Ashley Frawley’s University page: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/staff/human-and-health-sciences/allstaff/a.frawley/

Music: Odd Nosdam https://nosdam.bandcamp.com/

Apr 11 2020

1hr 7mins

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Rank #14: 50. IBP: Ken McLeod & Hokai Sobol on Practice (p.1)

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This is a quick introduction to help you on your way through the new season of the Imperfect Buddha Podcast. After a year of traipsing the globe with academics in an outrageous attempt to address the anti-intellectualism rife across Buddhism, and spirituality more generally, we have landed with both feet on the ground in the terrain of practice.

The challenge for this season is clear: to approach the whole concept of practice afresh. Not ignoring the past, but looking at it all in as contemporary a lens as possible, whilst bringing the great wealth of knowledge gained from our academics to bear on the personal, the subjective, the intimate, and the phenomenological.

Our first foray into such terrain is carried out in Kostrena, Croatia with Ken McLeod and Hokai Sobol and together we discussed all manner of topic from practice to culture wars, from Peter Sloterdjik to Jonathon Haidt, from non-conceptual mind to evil, from social duty to the great themes of our time, and the way they all interrelate with practice.

The conversation is divided into two parts. Being recorded live outside the studio, the quality is not the best but it is perfectly listenable and I hope the occasional passing car and slight echo won’t get in the way of your listening pleasure.

End music provided by The Naturals from Bristol. The track is entitled 2HGS and is rather wild.

Enjoy the episode and let us know what you think at the usual places.

Links
O'Connell Coaching: https://oconnellcoaching.com
Post-Traditional Buddhism: https://posttraditionalbuddhism.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/imperfectbuddha
Twitter: twitter.com/Imperfectbuddha

May 09 2019

1hr 24mins

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Rank #15: 24. IBP: Unfettered Mind's Ken McLeod on many things

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In this episode, I spoke to Ken McLeod, in person, in Croatia and we discussed a variety of topics, including; Vajrayana Buddhism, issues of language and his appreciation for Wittgenstein, direct experience V the conceptual mind, challenges for advanced practitioners, his ongoing relationship with practice, and more.

Ken McLeod is a senior Western translator, author, and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism. He received traditional training mainly in the Shangpa Kagyu lineage through a long association with his principal teacher, Kalu Rinpoche, whom he met in 1970. McLeod resides in Northern California, where he founded Unfettered Mind. He has currently withdrawn from teaching, and no longer conducts classes, workshops, meditation retreats, individual practice consultations, or teacher training.

Links
Unfettered Mind: http://unfetteredmind.org/
Ken’s Musings: http://musingsbyken.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1
Tricycle articles by Ken: https://tricycle.org/author/kenmcleod/
David Chapman’s review of A Trackless Path: https://vividness.live/2015/12/01/dzogchen-a-trackless-path-ken-mcleod-review/

Sponsor and Music
O’Connell Coaching: oconnellcoaching.com
Music by Gravenhurst: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravenhurst_(band)

Oct 27 2017

1hr 43mins

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Rank #16: 55. IBP: Daniel Ingram Down the Rabbit Hole

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Are we all going down it too? Daniel Ingram returns to the podcast for a third and final conversation and what a rich one it was. I believe it is well worth your time. After reading some Trash Theory, Daniel accepted Glenn Wallis’s challenge to read his book and after exploring the infamous SNB heuristic, based on the work of the rascally Frenchman Francois Laruelle, he came in for round three. We go back to the heuristic that started off the Trash Theorising, touching on Decision, Sufficiency, and the Great Feast of Knowledge, before exploring novel takes on refuge, philosophy and practice.

The first two recordings have solicited quite a lot of reaction from folks on Facebook and Twitter and at the Post-Traditional Buddhism blog. This includes Tom Wooldrige who has a new blog dedicated, it seems, to critiquing Daniel’s Pragmatic Dharma approach from a psychological perspective that has stimulated reaction too. Subsequently Evan Thompson has chimed in on Daniel’s views, as has David Chapman, and Glenn Wallis.

This is a sort of eruption and a sign of the feast taking place. I argue that we need more of these kinds of conversations. Let’s see what you think after hearing this final one in this series.

There are lots of episodes connected to this conversation, some of which you might like to give a listen to as well.

54. IBP: Daniel Ingram Meets Trash Theory: https://soundcloud.com/imperfect-buddha-podcast/54-ibp-daniel-ingram-meets-trash-theory
53. IBP: Daniel Ingram on the Practicing Life: https://soundcloud.com/imperfect-buddha-podcast/53-ibp-daniel-ingram-on-the-practicing-life
52. IBP: Critical Turn #1: https://soundcloud.com/imperfect-buddha-podcast/52-ibp-critical-turn-1
26. IBP: Evan Thompson on Philosophy, Buddhism, & Embodied Consciousness: https://soundcloud.com/imperfect-buddha-podcast/ibp-140-evan-thompson-on-philosophy-buddhism-embodied-consciousness
15. IBP: the liberating force of non-Buddhism: https://soundcloud.com/imperfect-buddha-podcast/91-imperfect-buddha-podcast-meets-non-buddhism

Links
O'Connell Coaching: https://oconnellcoaching.com
Post-Traditional Buddhism: https://posttraditionalbuddhism.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/imperfectbuddha
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Imperfectbuddha

Music provided by https://hundredstrong.bandcamp.com/album/voices

Jun 24 2019

2hr 3mins

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Rank #17: 07. IBP: Jayarava decimates rebirth & karma

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In this episode, guest Jayarava hits the Imperfect Buddha podcast with some hard truths regarding the impossibility of rebirth & karma whilst drawing on the work of Sean Carroll & his own research into Buddhism. It's not an easy pill to swallow but it may just prove liberating to those braver Buddhists willing to confront the finality of death. Whatever you end up deciding, it's a fascinating topic and Jayarava's insights are not easy to dismiss.
The interview is straddled by a very short discussion on the challenges of the material and Stuart shares his own destabilising reactions, which will no doubt be shared by many a listener.

Nov 03 2015

1hr 23mins

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Rank #18: 19. IBP: introducing post-traditional Buddhism (P.1)

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This episode starts off our exploration of post-traditional Buddhism, or better, post-traditional approaches to Buddhism. This might just be a major feature of the future of Buddhism in the West, if Buddhism actually manages to survive the rest of the century here as a powerful source for personal and social change. David Chapman may not think so, but who knows? If Buddhism was to benefit from a sufficient degree of cultural innovation, there's no reason why it shouldn't find itself once again providing meaningful responses to some of our wider concerns.

After a short preamble and our usual silliness, we get into a serious discussion of the power and appropriateness of post-traditional approaches to Buddhism, even touching on how traditional Buddhists might explore such an approach themselves. Stuart gets in yet another dig at Shambhala...but if you are a good ol' Shambhalian, do try to avoid taking it all too seriously.

We also include our end of year awards for 2016. A strictly tongue in cheek affair, it will give you the chance to hear all about the big Buddhist winners from last year with categories including; Buddhist scandal of the year, best book, best website and best German.

Jan 25 2017

1hr 30mins

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Rank #19: 43. IBP: Dr Mikel Burley on Reincarnation, Rebirth & Wittgenstein

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Does western philosophy lack imagination when thinking about rebirth and reincarnation? What would Wittgenstein say?

This episode features Dr Mickel Burley, a philosopher of religion from Leeds university in the UK. He wrote a fascinating book called Rebirth and the Stream of Life, which inspired me to have him on. He’s a big fan of Ludwig Wittgenstein too and we get to talking about a man who is widely considered the greatest philosopher of the 20th century as well as his thought and its uses for thinking about spirituality, Buddhism, rebirth and more. We also bridge the episode to our earlier discussion of karma and rebirth with Jayarava.

Mick has also written on cannibalism, animal sacrifice, Hatha-Yoga, and the lack of imagination in philosophy surrounding rebirth and reincarnation. We manage to discuss philosophy East & West too.

Many of Mick’s article are freely available and curiously titled so check out his university page for further links;

https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/philosophy/staff/30/dr-mikel-burley

Links
O'Connell Coaching: https://oconnellcoaching.com
Post-Traditional Buddhism: https://posttraditionalbuddhism.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/imperfectbuddha
Twitter: twitter.com/Imperfectbuddha

Music by Stray Dogg from their fresh new album 'Look at the Moon'
https://straydogg.bandcamp.com/

Jan 21 2019

1hr 46mins

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Rank #20: 54. IBP: Daniel Ingram Meets Trash Theory

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You’ve had the initial goods and as promised here’s the second helping of Mr Daniel Ingram. This conversation gets right to the point and tackles, in a rather condensed and humble manner, a work of collective, creative production over at the Speculative non-Buddhism site called Trash Theory; an exploration of practice beyond decision, beyond enchantment, beyond capture. Well, that’s the plan anyway.

We start out with a quick chat about the SNB, x-Buddhism and non-Buddhism, before going through a number of postulates, or principles for practice, that have been explored and are continuing to be developed by Glenn Wallis and company. We went through it pretty quickly as we just had an hour to play with, but it was fun and an interesting exploration that will be continued in a follow up conversation to be recorded this Thursday.

You’ll find a link to the original post we worked from below, though there are, at the time of writing, six posts on the theme at hand. This one is a good start for the curious and it’s pretty accessible.

Both episodes with Daniel feature the same introduction so if you have already heard the first conversation, you will want to skip it.

It’s possible that Dan and I will tackle some of Ken Wilber’s work in the follow up to Trash Theory, so if you have any insights into why Wilber was full of it, or specific points that underline problems with Ken’s work more generally, let me have them, as I have only a superficial reading of his work and never felt motivated to read beyond a general introduction to his ideas, which seem pretty simplistic, though potentially useful.

Either way, enjoy this turn of events as we continue to dive into practice on this season of the Imperfect Buddha Podcast.

Speculative non-Buddhism: Trash Theory #3: https://speculativenonbuddhism.com/2019/05/15/trash-theory-preliminary-materials-for-an-image-of-practice-3/

Music is supplied by Chaouche; https://chaouche.bandcamp.com/ ......and Kali Phoenix & Hundred Strong:
https://hundredstrong.bandcamp.com/album/voices
Links

O'Connell Coaching: https://oconnellcoaching.com
Post-Traditional Buddhism: https://posttraditionalbuddhism.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/imperfectbuddha
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Imperfectbuddha

Jun 17 2019

1hr 11mins

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