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Rainforest Mind with Kaspa Thompson

Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist Kaspa Thompson explores the mind, spirituality, wildness and ecology and the places where they intersect and overlap.Kaspa is ordained in Amida Shu, a Pureland Buddhist tradition. He recently qualified in Wild Therapy.Early episodes included: 'Christianity and Buddhism', 'Unmet Needs' and 'Wildness'

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Rainforest Mind: Depression, My Companion

I'm talking about my experience of depression, and how it is to be a Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist and have the 'black dog' as a companion on the path

17mins

4 Dec 2018

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Rainforest Mind: Gifts, transactions and why it’s hard to stay grateful

Why are gifts so important? Is everything a gift? What’s the difference between a gift economy and a transaction economy? Why is it hard to stay grateful? Today’s episode was partly inspired by Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass. I also mention this talk by Ven. Shenyn: The Life of a Wondering Monk You can view...

30mins

15 Feb 2020

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Rainforest Mind: Lessons from my puppy

A few weeks ago we got a puppy! Wow – what a whirlwind the last month has been. Moments of sheer joy, and moments of fraught overwhelm. As one book Satya was reading put it, there is the honeymoon period, the WTF have I done period, and the I couldn’t live without her period…. Today...

26mins

7 May 2019

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Rainforest Mind: Boundlessness with James Ford Roshi

What a great conversation. James and I spoke about the Unitarian Universalist movement, form and emptiness in Zen, boundlessness, spiritual fluidity and more. James is a Zen Buddhist teacher and part of the Empty Moon Network, he leads a group in Southern California. James’ most recent book is called Introduction to Zen Koans: Learning the...

51mins

21 Mar 2019

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Rainforest Mind: To the divine mother, with Clark Strand and Perdita Finn

In this episode I'm talking to Clark Strand and Perdita Finn. We talk about Zen, about different kinds of practice groups, touched on the twelve steps, talked about the importance of trees and I heard about the history and importance of rosary practice and making prayers to the divine mother... great stuff

45mins

14 Nov 2018

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