In this episode of Buddhist Geeks, we're re-sharing a conversation that happened on the Meta-Perspective show, hosted by James Landoli, in which James invited Vince F Horn and Daniel Ingram into a far-ranging dialogue, exploring some of the meta-perspectives and real human complexity that goes along with discussing dharma lineage in the 21st century.
👤 Daniel Ingram
🔗 The Emergent Phenomenology Research Consortium
🎧 Shinzen Young on Remembering William (Bill) Hamilton
In this dharma talk–taken from a Pragmatic Dharma Retreat–Kenneth Folk speaks about Bahiya, the best student in the history of the world, and about the worst student in the history of the world, none other than the Buddha himself.
At the end, Kenneth leads this 4-part practice:
1) Inventory - Ask yourself: is there any unpleasant tension in the body? "Yes, there's tension in my neck, forehead, arm pits, mid-back, right hip, etc."
2) Release tension consciously
3) Surrender fully to the experience
4) Releasing & surrendering are last ditch efforts to control. Things are as they are, "in the sensed is only the sensed."
Episode Links:Kenneth FolkBahiya Sutta
"Mara doesn't get to have an opinion about that." – Kenneth Folk
In this dharma teaching, given to a cohort of teachers-in-training, Vince F. Horn gives a broad strokes introduction to the 2nd Great Turning, or Iteration, of Buddhism, known as Mahayana Buddhism. Vince speaks about the 2nd Iteration's emphasis on emptiness (sunyata), the understanding of emptiness as interdependence, and the two equal wings of liberation: emptiness & compassion. Finally, he explores the primary ideal of the Mahayana tradition, the Bodhisattva.
👤 Vince Fakhoury Horn
📄 Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma
👤 Judith Simmer-Brown
📄 Mūlamadhyamakakārikā (Root Verses on the Middle Way)
🔗 The 10 Fetters in Early Buddhism
"Compassion is the movement of emptiness." - Joseph Goldstein
"The alarming fact is that any realization of depth carries a terrible burden: those who are allowed to see are simultaneously saddled with the obligation to communicate that vision in no uncertain terms: that is the bargain. You were allowed to see the truth under the agreement that you would communicate it to others (that is the ultimate meaning of the bodhisattva vow). And therefore, if you have seen, you simply must speak out. Speak out with compassion, or speak out with angry wisdom, or speak out with skillful means, but speak out you must." – Ken Wilber
In this dharma teaching / guided meditation–given during a Pragmatic Dharma Retreat in 2018–Kenneth Folk re-enacts the Anupada Sutta, an early Buddhist text in which the Buddha recounts a tale of Sāriputta moving through each of the 8 jhanas (meditative absorptions), completing the series with the attainment of nibanna. May you awaken while contemplating these instructions!
👤 Kenneth Folk
📜 The Anupada Sutta
Kevin Owocki, founder of GitCoin–a decentralized platform & organization focused on building and funding the open web–joins Vince Horn co-founder of Buddhist Geeks, to explore the potential of bringing together the world of Dharma and the world of DAOs (Decentralized Autonomous Organizations).
📄 What is Web 3.0?
📄 Decentralized autonomous organization
📄 NFTs, explained
💡 Join the SanghaDAO Group
In this pragmatic dharma retreat talk Vince Fakhoury Horn explores Meditation Track A–the gradual track–and Meditation Track B–the sudden track.
In this conversation, Vince Fakhoury Horn is joined by Buddhist meditation teacher Kate Johnson, author of Radical Friendship, a newly released book which found its roots in a talk that Kate gave in 2013 at an in-person Buddhist Geeks Conference, entitled Waking Up to Power & Privilege in Our Communities. Vince & Kate speak about a variety of topics related to practicing dharma and living together in an unjust world.
👤 Kate Johnson
📖 Radical Friendship: Seven Ways to Love Yourself and Find Your People in an Unjust World by Kate Johnson
🎙The Dharma of Difference, with Kate Johnson
📺 Waking Up to Power & Privilege in Our Communities, with Kate Johnson
In this talk, recorded during a Pragmatic Dharma Retreat, Kenneth Folk lays out a meta-system for understanding the different understandings of deep Jhana or meditative absorption and their relationship to the Theravada Buddhist system, the progress of insight knowledges (aka Ñanas).
💬 "So we could call this olympic level, nut job jhana." – Kenneth Folk
💬 "The insight knowledges are jhanic states." – Kenneth Folk
🔗 Kenneth Folk Dharma
🎙 Meditating in the Goldilocks Zone, with Vince F. Horn
📄 The Progress of Insight by The Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw
In this special guided meditation, recorded during a Pragmatic Dharma Retreat, Kenneth Folk does a masterful job of pointing out the four progressive stages of meditative absorption, colloquially known as jhana. For best results, we suggest finding a place to listen to this episode, where you can remain undistracted.
episode links:Kenneth FolkMindfulness Retreats Online
"Like a skilled wine taster, one day you will learn to recognize these flavors." – Kenneth Folk
In this dharma talk, Vince Fakhoury Horn talks about the Goldilocks Principle as it's applied to meditation. He illustrates this Goldilocks Zone–just the right amount–by talking about a spectrum between Concentration and Investigation. How do find the middle way, i.e. the Goldilocks Zone, in our own practice?
Teaching by Noliwe Alexander, given during a Mindfulness Retreat Online.
This Open Source Dharma content is offered using a Creative Commons by attribution 4.0 license.
In this episode of the Buddhist Geeks Podcast Vince Horn is interviewed by Tasshin Foggleman. The episode originally appeared on Tasshin's Reach Truth Podcast, and is now airing here on Buddhist Geeks.
During the interview Tasshin asks Vince to share about the evolution of the Buddhist Geeks organization, including an in-depth exploration of Transparent Generosity, Holacracy, & Open Source Dharma–three of the elements of the Buddhist Geeks organization that make it particularly unique. This conversation is framed in terms of the evolution of dharma, looking at how dharma evolves not just through updates to the language of its teachings and practices, but also through the very structure in which those things are packaged.
👤 Tasshin Foggleman
👤 Vince Fakhoury Horn
📺 Reach Truth Podcast
🔗 Tasshin @ Twitter
🔗 Vince @ Twitter
🔗 Transparent Generosity
🎙 Liberating the Soul of Organization
🎙 Organizational Enlightenment
🔗 Open Source Dharma
📖 Education in a Time Between Worlds, by Zak Stein
📖 Integral Spirituality, by Ken Wilber
In this episode Vince Fakhoury Horn is joined by Gabriel Menegale Wison, one of the authors of the recently released book, “Compassionate Conversations: How to Speak and Listen from the Heart.” In this dialogue, we explore Gabriel’s background as an Integral Zen practitioner & Facilitator, looking specifically at how he brings the art of conversation into difficult areas of relationship. Our conversation centers particularly around how to have difficult conversations related to racial identity.
“I want to engage in the exploration of more radical identities that can cohere us cooperatively so that we can forge worlds together.” - Gabriel Wilson
“I think there is a lot of beauty to the creative frictions between our different identities and I think if you want to work with them, they will literally produce more dynamic identities that can include those differences.” - Gabriel Wilson
👤 Gabriel Menegale Wilson
📖 “Compassionate Conversations: How to Speak and Listen from the Heart” by Diane Musho Hamilton, Gabriel Menegale Wilson, and Kimberly Loh
🎧 Everything the Same, Everything Different, with Diane Musho Hamilton
👤 Diane Musho Hamilton
👤 Kimberly Loh
In this episode Vince Fakhoury Horn is joined in dialogue with Lama Rod Owens, author of the newly released book, Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation.
“To begin with this is not a mindfulness book on how to bypass anger and focus on happiness. Nor is this a book about using any other spiritual path to transform the nature of anger into something more profound or transcendent. This book is about facing our anger and welcoming it as a teacher and friend so it can help us to benefit ourselves and others.” – Lama Rod Owens
👤 Lama Rod Owens
👤 Lama Rod on Twitter
📖 Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation by Lama Rod Owens
📖 Black and Buddhist - Lama Rod Owens (contributing author)
🔗 Dr. Joy Degrew’s theory on Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome
In this episode Vince Fakhoury Horn is joined in dialogue with CEO and Head Teacher at the popular meditation app Brightmind, Toby Sola.
"The broader mission of Brightmind is to help you establish positive feedback between your meditative practice and your ability to make the world a better place." - Toby Sola
📱 Brightmind Meditation
👤 Toby on Twitter
🔗 Monastic Academy
👤 Shinzen Young
👤 Soryu Forall
🔗 Tom Brown Jr.’s Tracker School
🔗 Forte Labs
📖 Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein
In this timely episode–released just weeks before the 2020 US Election–host Vince Fakhoury Horn is joined by human rights advocate, public intellectual, and old friend Theo Horesh. Theo is a long-time meditator, was one of the earliest guests on Buddhist Geeks, and is author of several books, including the one that serves as the basis for this conversation: “The Fascism this Time : And the Global Future of Democracy.” During this conversation Vince & Theo explore what Fascism is–both historically & philosophically–how nihilism and despair are playing out in global society right now (especially in America), the many dimensions of human identity that are at play for us all, and the way that our current “split-level development” involves both a profound regression, as well as the potential for transcendence in service of the public good.
“Marx once noted that all great historical events repeat themselves, the first time as tragedy, and the second as farce. And what we’re seeing now is a farce, but we should take it seriously, because it’s the same nihilistic drives that lie behind it.” - Theo Horesh
“Fascism is going to end in destruction for a couple of key reasons. One is it’s driven by nihilism. The second thing is that what sustains it, is its insulation from reality. So, it’s not just going to be irrational in its approach to things, it’s going to be completely divorced from reality, and as time goes on it’ll be more and more divorced.” - Theo Horesh
📖 The Fascism this Time : And the Global Future of Democracy
📖 Convergence: The Globalization of Mind
🎙 Convergence (Theo Horesh’s Talk from the 2014 Buddhist Geeks Conference)
📃 The revenge of the 'Oxy electorate' helped fuel Trump's election upset
In this episode Vince Fakhoury Horn is joined in dialogue with journalist, educator, & scholar Greg Thomas to meditate together on race. Greg’s work is informed by Integral Theory, the philosophies of Albert Murray and Ralph Ellison, and draws upon the rich history of the African American experience and Jazz. In this dialogue, Greg shares his reflections on race, from an integral perspective, exploring the potential for liberation–especially from racial ignorance & animus–on personal, cultural, & institutional levels.
“Race is just one more tool of the ego to separate and to create structures–whether it’s subjective, inter-subjective or objective structures–to separate, divide and categorize.” - Greg Thomas
“There is a truth to the fact that we all are one, and that we share in the ineffability of the source, of the fullness of emptiness. And all these things that signify–because we’re using human language–that our origins, our source, from and through which all things come and flow, and towards which we’re moving. But in-between time, on this human level, in this particular incarnation we have to deal with the reality of materiality, of the material plane that we’re on. That materiality itself, is going to bring suffering. Duality will do that. Non-duality is Oneness. We have to navigate skillfully, using skillful means. And that’s where we get to Wisdom. Wisdom allows us to be able to play with these dualities. ... [Wisdom] takes into consideration I, We, & It, it takes into consideration the dual & the non-dual, it takes into consideration the reality of the oneness and the particularity of the many.” - Greg Thomas
“They have planted and we ate. We plant and others will eat.” - Siddho Ahmad Fakhoury, Vince’s Great-Grandfather on planting olive trees
👤 Greg Thomas’s Online Portfolio
👤 The Jazz Leadership Project
👤 Greg Thomas @ Integral Life
🔗 Integral Life
👤 Diane Musho Hamilton
👤 Anthony Appiah
👤 Danielle Allen @ Twitter
📃 Ralph Ellison
📖 “My Grandmother’s Hands” by Resmaa Menakem
📖 “Turning the Wheel: Essays on Buddhism and Writing” by Charles Johnson
👤 Bell Hooks
📖 “Mindful of Race” by Ruth King
📃 Jazz vs. Racism by Greg Thomas
📖 “The Ethics of Identity” by Kwame Anthony Appiah
In this episode, Vince Fakhoury Horn is joined in conversation with Richard D. Bartlett. Rich is the author of Patterns for Decentralised Organising and a contributing author for Better Work Together. He is a co-founder of Loomio and The Hum. He is a Director and longstanding member of Enspiral. In finding where convergence resides among them, Vince and Rich explore many interesting topics including Decentralised Organising, Microsolidarity, Fractal Narcissism, and the Occupy Movement.
“In a time of massive disruption, where the stakes are really high and everyone has skin in the game, who is saying stuff that feels sensible? That feels like it’s giving me guidance?” - Richard D. Bartlett
“The world is great when there is a huge variety of different ways of being and they form some complex, uncontrollable network. That we’re all enmeshed together and we’re all playing different parts…” - Richard D. Bartlett
👤 Richard D. Bartlett, aka Rich Decibels
👤 Rich @ Twitter
👤 Rich @ Medium
📖 Better Work Together
📖 Patterns for Decentralised Organising
🔗 The Hum
In this episode, Vince Fakhoury Horn is joined by long-time partner, and Teaching Lead of Buddhist Geeks, Emily Horn, to meditate together on race. They discuss the unique opportunity for transformation presenting itself to white people, and share some of their personal stories regarding racial conditioning, and how/why this largely invisible conditioning makes this conversation on difference so difficult to engage in.
“I know that trust is earned, I can’t just put up a sticker on my wall and call it safe, no matter how much I’m dedicated to diversity & inclusion.” - Emily Horn
“As an individual my experience didn’t just come from nowhere. It’s actually part of this heritage, this 4.5 billion year heritage, that goes back to the Big Bang.” - Vince Fakhoury Horn
🔗 Black Lives Matter
🔗 Naropa University
📺 Integral Justice Warriors
📄 Transparent Generosity
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.
"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
👤 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