Buddhist Geeks

Buddhist Geeks

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Buddhist Geeks has been exploring the convergence of Buddhism with emerging technology and our increasingly global culture since 2007.

Episodes

Talking Race, Love, and Liberation  

Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei is a maverick spiritual teacher, master trainer, and founder of Center for Transformative Change. She is the author of "Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation". Sensei williams joins host Vincent Horn to continue the current series on ethics in a talk about race, love, and liberation. They address race and class in American capitalism, the construct of “whiteness” as a social form of ego structure, and how Buddhism provides the tools to uncover entrenched social structures and implicit bias. Links Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei - http://angelkyodowilliams.com TransformativeChange.org - http://transformativechange.org @zenchangeangel - https://twitter.com/zenchangeangel Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation - https://www.amazon.com/Radical-Dharma-Talking-Race-Liberation/dp/1623170982 Buddhist Geeks: Ethics Series - https://soundcloud.com/buddhistgeeks/sets/ethics

Secularizing Buddhist Ethics  

Stephen Batchelor is a contemporary Buddhist teacher and writer, best known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism. He is the author of "Buddhism Without Beliefs" and most recently has written "After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age". In this entry to the Buddhist Geeks series on ethics, Stephen joins host Vincent Horn to consider what it means to secularize Buddhist ethics. They discuss the process of removing early Buddhist ethics from its early Indian metaphysics, and between the ethical practice laid out by early Buddhism and more Western versions of ethics. They finish by discussing the metaphysical faith of secularism, in particular the role that rationalism & individualism play in this translation project. Episode Links: - StephenBatchelor.org http://www.stephenbatchelor.org/ - "After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age" by Stephen Batchelor http://www.amazon.com/After-Buddhism-Rethinking-Dharma-Secular/dp/030020518X - "Syntheism: Creating God in the Internet Age" by Alexander Bard & Jan Söderqvist http://syntheism.org/wp-content/syntheism_book/Syntheism.html - "Cyber Philosophy and the Void" http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/2014/03/bg-315-cyber-philosophy-void/ - "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" by Yuval Noah Harari https://www.amazon.com/Sapiens-Humankind-Yuval-Noah-Harari-ebook/dp/B00ICN066A?ie=UTF8&me=&ref_=mt_kindle - Buddhist Geeks: Ethics Series https://soundcloud.com/buddhistgeeks/sets/ethics

The Science of Compassion  

EMMA SEPPÄLÄ, Ph.D is Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. Emma joins host Vincent Horn to share the science behind compassion. She describes the current state of compassion research, and she and Vincent discuss the effects of unbundling mindfulness, compassion, and ethics in a capitalist society. Links Emma Seppala - http://www.emmaseppala.com The Happiness Track - http://www.emmaseppala.com/book/ @emmaseppala - https://twitter.com/emmaseppala

The Ethical Operating System  

James Hughes is the Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and the author of "Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future". Continuing in our series on ethics [https://soundcloud.com/buddhistgeeks/sets/ethics], James joins host Vincent Horn to discuss the ethical frameworks that underpin our social systems. From economics and social justice to conservative vs liberal values, to a newly emerging technoprogressivism, James and Vincent deconstruct and explore various ethical operating systems. Links James Hughes on Twitter - https://twitter.com/citizencyborg "Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond To The Redesigned Human Of The Future" - https://www.amazon.com/Citizen-Cyborg-Democratic-Societies-Redesigned/dp/0813341981?ie=UTF8&qid=1165506115&sr=8-1&tag=instforethiin-20 Technoprogressive Declaration - http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/tpdec2014 BG 077: Transhumanism and the Authentic Self - http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/2008/06/bg-077-transhumanism-and-the-authentic-self/ ] Jonathan Haidt - http://people.stern.nyu.edu/jhaidt/ Alexander Bard and The Syntheist Movement - http://syntheism.org Buddhist Geeks: Ethics Series - soundcloud.com/buddhistgeeks/sets/ethics

Western Buddhism is Dead (Long Live Western Buddhism)  

David Chapman is a writer, computer scientist, engineer and Buddhist practitioner. He blogs on several sites including the hypertext book Meaningness.com. In part two of a conversation on ethics with David Chapman and Vincent Horn, the discussion continues to explore a series of blog articles that David wrote on the theme of “Buddhist ethics”. They consider the usefulness of tantric ethics, examine Western Buddhism in context of Robert Kegan’s 5-stage developmental psychology model, and they speculate on how Western Buddhism might move into a next stage (stage 5: reconstructive postmodernism) of development. This is part two of a two part series. Listen to part one “Buddhist Ethics is a Fraud”. - http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/2016/04/buddhist-ethics-fraud/ Links Meaningness.com http://meaningness.com/ David Chapman on Twitter https://twitter.com/Meaningness “Buddhist ethics” is a fraud by David Chapman https://meaningness.wordpress.com/2015/09/23/buddhist-ethics-is-a-fraud/#summary Consensus Buddhism and Mindful Mayo http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/2011/12/bg-239-consensus-buddhism-and-mindful-mayonnaise/ Robert Kegan https://www.gse.harvard.edu/faculty/robert-kegan In Over Our Heads: The Mental Demands of Modern Life. Harvard University Press, 1994. (Paperback, 1995). (German translation, Kindt Verlag, in press),(1994) by Robert Kegan http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674445888 "The Further Reaches of Adult Development" - Robert Kegan https://youtu.be/BoasM4cCHBc

Buddhist Ethics is a Fraud  

“Shakyamuni Buddha, 2,500 years ago, taught exactly the same ethics that was only rediscovered in California 30 years ago. He was a feminist, and sexually liberal, and environmentally conscious, and anti-racist. So great, we've got this religion that completely validates all the correct ethical positions and it's 2,500 years old.” - David Chapman David Chapman is a writer, computer scientist, engineer and Buddhist practitioner. He blogs on several sites including the hypertext book Meaningness.com. Beginning a season of episodes on the theme of ethics, Vincent Horn welcomes David to explore a series of blog articles that David wrote on the theme of “Buddhist ethics.” Together they question some long held secular, leftish beliefs about Buddhist ethics, they explore the distinction between morality and ethics, and they examine how Buddhist ethics are practiced in the modern age. This is part one of a two part series. Episode Links: Meaningness.com - http://meaningness.com David Chapman on Twitter - https://twitter.com/Meaningness “Buddhist ethics” is a fraud by David Chapman - https://meaningness.wordpress.com/2015/09/23/buddhist-ethics-is-a-fraud/#summary “Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction” by Damien Keown - http://www.amazon.com/Buddhist-Ethics-Very-Short-Introduction/dp/019280457X Is “Buddhist ethics” Buddhist? by Amod Lele - http://loveofallwisdom.com/blog/2015/10/is-buddhist-ethics-buddhist/ ] Mindfulness is More Than Just Paying Attention (with Ron Purser) - http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/2013/06/bg-288-mindfulness-is-more-than-just-paying-attention/ “Ethics” is advertising by David Chapman - https://meaningness.wordpress.com/2015/10/05/buddhist-ethics-is-advertising Consensus Buddhism and Mindful Mayo - http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/2011/12/bg-239-consensus-buddhism-and-mindful-mayonnaise

Psilocybin: A Crash Course in Mindfulness  

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 "BG 377: Meditating on Mushrooms". Episode Links: - Hopkins Meditation Study [http://hopkinsmeditation.com] - "The Trip Treatment" [ http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/02/09/trip-treatment ] - Roland R. Griffiths, Ph.D. [ http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/profiles/results/directory/profile/1311852/roland-griffiths ] - BG 377: Meditating on Mushrooms [ http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/2015/12/bg-377-meditating-on-mushrooms/ ]

Meditating on Mushrooms  

Roland Griffiths is the lead investigator of the Psilocybin Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins and one of the United States’ leading psychopharmacologists. In this episode Roland describes his research into the medicinal uses of psychedelics. He explains his history in the field, his current research around psychedelics and meditation, and he extends an invitation to the Buddhist Geeks audience to consider becoming a part of a meditation on psilocybin study at John Hopkins. This is part one of a two part series. Listen to part two "BG 377: Psilocybin: A Crash Course in Mindfulness". [ http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/2016/01/bg-378-psilocybin-crash-course-mindfulness ] Episode Links: - Hopkins Meditation Study [http://hopkinsmeditation.com] - "The Trip Treatment" [ http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/02/09/trip-treatment ] - Roland R. Griffiths, Ph.D. [ http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/profiles/results/directory/profile/1311852/roland-griffiths ]

The Mindfulness Reality Tunnel  

Caroline Contillo is a multidisciplinary artist, performer, & writer. In the conclusion to their conversation, Caroline and Vincent Horn examine the rewards and perils of storytelling in our daily lives. They share the concept of mindfulness as a Reality Tunnel and consider what happens when we forget that mindfulness is also part of a larger story that influences what reality is. This is part two of a two part series. Listen to part one "BG 375: The Story of Things as They Are". [ http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/2015/12/bg-376-the-mindfulness-reality-tunnel ] links - Caroline Contillo on Twitter [https://twitter.com/spacecrone] - Space Crone [ http://spacecrone.com ]

The Story of Things as They Are  

Caroline Contillo is a multidisciplinary artist, performer, & writer. She joins host Vincent Horn for a free flowing conversation about mindfulness, science fiction, and the human penchant for telling stories. Together they make connections between mindfulness and story-telling, and examine the way that mindful practice can uncover certain kinds of “reality tunnels”, while introducing its own unique story line. This is part one of a two part series. Listen to part two "BG 376: The Mindfulness Reality Tunnel". [ http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/2015/12/bg-376-the-mindfulness-reality-tunnel ] links - Caroline Contillo on Twitter [https://twitter.com/spacecrone] - Space Crone [ http://spacecrone.com ] - "The World is Made of Stories" [ http://www.wisdompubs.org/book/world-made-stories ]

Mindfulness++  

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/ ]

The Gate of Tears  

Dr. Jay Michaelson is a meditation teacher, academic, and the author of several books including "The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path". In this conversation with host Vincent Horn, Jay discusses "The Gate of Tears" and its themes of sadness, grief, and loss on the path. They talk about the practice of co-existing with emotions without being swept away, whether spiritual practice actually makes people more compassionate, and the intersection of dharma practice with social justice. Links - Jay Michaelson [http://www.jaymichaelson.net] - "The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path" [ http://www.jaymichaelson.net/gateoftears/ ] "The Next Generation of Enlightenment" [ http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/2013/12/bg-303-next-generation-enlightenment/ ] - "Playboy Interview: Dick Cheney" [ http://www.playboy.com/articles/playboy-interview-dick-cheney ]

The Mind Illuminated  

Culadasa (John Yates, Ph.D.) is the director of Dharma Treasure Buddhist Sangha in Tucson, Arizona and author of "The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Using Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science". He joins host Vincent Horn to discuss the themes in "The Mind Illuminated", and to describe how his life as a professor of physiology and neuroscience intersected with Buddhism. UPDATE: This is an edited version of a much longer interview. The rest of the interview--detailing the 10 stages of concentration--will be released soon in the Buddhist Geeks Dojo. Culadasa will be joining the Dojo community on October 6th for a Practice AMA (“ask me anything”). You can get a trial month to check it out and join that event. Links - Culadasa.com [http://culadasa.com/] - "The Mind Illuminated : A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science" [ http://amzn.to/1V0tdtx ] - Dharma Treasure [ http://dharmatreasure.org ]

The Progress of Insight  

Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. In his first visit to the podcast, Jack joins host Vincent Horn to describe the map of meditation practice called The Progress of Insight, and to share his thoughts on the many facets of awakening. Episode Links - Jack Kornfield [ http://www.jackkornfield.com ] - "A Path with Heart" [ http://amzn.to/1V9piuz ] - "Enlightenments" [ http://www.inquiringmind.com/Articles/Enlightenments.html ]

The Buddhist Geeks Dojo  

Emily Horn and Vincent Horn are meditation teachers and partners in life and the Buddhist Geeks. In the final part of this reflective series, they explain events leading up to the current Buddhist Geeks Dojo project as well describe the forthcoming Fall Training Period (“FTP”) inside the Dojo. The FTP will be a chance to spend the entire month of October either establishing a regular practice, going deeper in your current one, or even practicing like your hair is on fire. The program details are here [http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/dojo/ftp/] and we’d love for any of you to join us during this time to deepen your practice. This is part two of a two part series. Listen to part one "When Rebels Mature". https://soundcloud.com/buddhistgeeks/bg-369-when-rebels-mature Episode Links (pt 2): The Buddhist Geeks Dojo [ http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/dojo/ ] The Fall Training Period [ http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/dojo/ftp/ ] The Buddhist Geeks Community [http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/2013/07/the-buddhist-geeks-community/] Dojo Facilitators [ http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/dojo/facilitators/ ]

When Rebels Mature  

Emily Horn and Vincent Horn are meditation teachers and partners in running the Buddhist Geeks organization. In the first part of this special series, Emily and Vincent describe the growth of Buddhist Geeks from a podcast to a conference to a community. They share some of the design principles that have shaped earlier projects and continue to shape their thinking today. And finally they do a live post-mortem analysis of their last project, the Buddhist Geeks Community. In the process they explore the way that Buddhism is changing in the 21st century--with such a collision of perspectives--and how Buddhist Geeks is a small reflection of that cultural process. This is part one of a two part series. The Buddhist Geeks Dojo [http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/dojo/] The Buddhist Geeks Conference [http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/conference/buzz/] Life Retreat: Reinventing the Retreat Model [http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/2013/03/life-retreat-reinventing-the-retreat-model/] Buddhist Geeks, Bitcoins, and Ukrainian Domain Pirates [http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/2014/01/buddhist-geeks-bitcoins-ukrainian-domain-pirates/] The Buddhist Geeks Community [http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/2013/07/the-buddhist-geeks-community/]

A Contemplative Science of Sleep  

Evan Thompson is an author and philosopher in the fields of cognitive science, philosophy of mind, phenomenology, and cross-cultural philosophy. Continuing a discussion between Evan and host Vincent Horn, this episode moves into an exploration of sleep states and the themes in Evan’s book "Waking, Dreaming, Being". Describing characteristics of the hypnagogic state, common dreaming, lucid dreaming, and dreamless sleep, Evan shares some fascinating thoughts on the nature of consciousness and the emerging contemplative science of sleep. This is part two of a two part series. Listen to part one "BG 367: Cognitive Science and the Wandering Mind". Episode Links: Evan Thompson (http://evanthompson.me) "Waking, Dreaming, Being" (http://amzn.to/1P3PDD4) “Waking, Dreaming, Being” Talk at CIIS (https://youtu.be/IZyJODW4lQs) "The Embodied Mind" (http://amzn.to/1P3PMpW) "Embodied Cognition" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embodied_cognition)

Cognitive Science and the Wandering Mind  

Evan Thompson is an author and philosopher in the fields of cognitive science, philosophy of mind, Phenomenology, and cross-cultural philosophy. Speaking with host Vincent Horn, Evan discusses his academic interest and background in Buddhist studies, and the intersections between Buddhist philosophy, contemplative practice, and cognitive science. This is part one of a two part series. Episode Links: Evan Thompson (http://evanthompson.me) "Waking, Dreaming, Being" (http://amzn.to/1P3PDD4) “Waking, Dreaming, Being” Talk at CIIS (https://youtu.be/IZyJODW4lQs) "The Embodied Mind" (http://amzn.to/1P3PMpW) "Embodied Cognition" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embodied_cognition)

Meditation Going Mainstream  

Adreanna Limbach is a meditation teacher with the Interdependence Project, and Lodro Rinzler is a practitioner and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. In this conversation recorded during the 2015 Aspen-Snowmass Wanderlust Festival, host Vincent Horn, Lodro, and Adreanna discuss the challenges of making meditation accessible to a mainstream audience. Episode Links: Adreanna Limbach ( http://www.adreannalimbach.com ) Lodro Rinzler ( http://lodrorinzler.com ) How to Love Yourself (And Sometimes Other People) ( http://amzn.to/1CJIcjc ) The Interdependence Project ( http://www.theidproject.org ) “Meet the Man Who Calls Himself ‘the Slut Whisperer’” ( http://www.marieclaire.com/sex-love/a14731/the-slut-whisperer-kirill-bichutsky/ ) Wanderlust Festival ( http://wanderlust.com )

Advances in Meditation Research  

David Vago, Rael Cahn, and Sonia Sequeira are contemplative scientists and co-organizers of the upcoming conference called “Advances in Meditation Research: Genetics, Neuroscience and Clinical Applications”. The group joins host Vincent Horn to describe the themes that will be explored at the conference, the current state of meditation research, and how they each relate to the subject as practitioners and researchers. Episode Links: Advances in Meditation Research: Genetics, Neuroscience and Clinical Applications ( http://meditation2015.com ) David Vago ( http://davidvago.bwh.harvard.edu ) Rael Cahn ( http://usc.academia.edu/RaelCahn ) Sonia Sequeira ( http://reflectionsyoga.com/about-us/teachers-2/sonia-sequeira )

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