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.
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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
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.
👤 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
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
"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
👤 Vinay Gupta
🔗 The Hexayurt Project
🔗 Haidakhan Babaji
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.
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.
“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
👤 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
📺 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
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.
"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
👤 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
📺 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
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.
“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
🔗 Meditation Coalition
🔗 JoAnna Hardy
🔗 Spirit Rock Meditation Center
📄 Ken McLeod
📄 Against the Stream Closes Doors as Investigation Finds Misconduct by Founder Noah Levine
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.
"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
🔗 Buddhist Geeks Retreats
🔗 Responsive Meditation Guide
📄 Six Ways to Meditate
📄 Concentration Meditation
📄 The Feedback Loop of Concentration
📄 On Selecting a Meditation Object
📄 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
📖 The Paradox of Choice
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! ❤️💣
🎧 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
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.