Episodes

  • We're joined in this episode by Writer-Director-Actor-Comedian-Songwriter and run of the mill fucked up human, Stuart Davis, as he shares his deep experience of navigating what is generally referred to as "the phenomenon." Both in his work as the host of the Artists & Aliens Podcast and as the convener of The Experiencer Group–a virtual learning community for people who've had anomalous experiences–Stuart is helping people confront and confer with the high strangeness of our shared reality.

    Episode Links:

    👤 Stuart Davis

    👽 Artists & Aliens 

    🔗 The Experiencer Group

     📖 A CE-5 Handbook: An Easy-To-Use Guide to Help You Contact Extraterrestrial Life

    👤 Steven M. Greer

    📰 Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program

    📺 Navy pilots describe encounters with UFOs

    📺 Ten Tools for Sovereignty

    🖋 ET PRESENCE & THE FORFEITURE OF HUMAN SOVEREIGNTY by Stuart Davis

    🌐 Buddhist Geeks Network

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    Kimberly Theresa Lafferty's Three Parter on Tantra, Non Human Entities, how transitory states become enduring stages of consciousness, how human contact with non-human entities impacts the attachment cycle in human development, the use of consorts in monastic Tantric tradition, and how we make meaning of the things that make no sense. A cautionary tale of what happens when you fail to make cakes for the spiritual denizens of your retreat cabin.

    Part One: https://youtu.be/Wz1juIwK5aUPart Two: https://youtu.be/amlajXh3viQPart Three: https://youtu.be/a5v_I1sxFY8

    And, magician Gordon White on how to protect your home spiritually by turning it into a Human Dwelling: 

    Part One: https://youtu.be/sYpdE2lTabkPart Two: https://youtu.be/9HM_-_5xJAc

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  • In this episode of Buddhist Geeks, Vince Fakhoury Horn is joined in dialogue with Kaira Jewel Lingo, mindfulness meditation teacher, mentor, and author of the recently released book, "We Were Made For These Times". Here they discuss the unique times of peril and opportunity that humanity current faces, and how the teachings on equanimity, or inclusiveness, might just be the only thing that we can reliably fall back on.

    Episode Links:

    👤 Kaira Jewel Lingo

    📖 "We Were Made For These Times: 10 Lessons for Moving Through Change, Loss, and Disruption" by Kaira Jewel Lingo

    🔗 Mindfulness Retreats Online

    🔗 Plum Village

    📺 The Social Dilemma

    📺 Why Facebook is More Powerful than Cultures, Markets, AND Governments

    🔗Upekṣā

    👤Thomas Hübl

    📰 A Lynching Memorial Is Opening. The Country Has Never Seen Anything Like It.

    👤 Resmaa Menakem

    📖 "The World We Have: A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology" by Thich Nhat Hanh

    Memorable Quotes:

    "If we can figure out how to be embodied and know what our bodies are telling us we can find out way back to each other." – Kaira Jewel Lingo

    "Part of why we don't protect what we have is because we're not really alive to it–we don't really see the beauty of our world." – Kaira Jewel Lingo

    "You can only really have equanimity if you really care." – Kaira Jewel Lingo

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  • In the 2nd part of our conversation with the Evolving Ground crew, we talk about the importance of comparing and contrasting what we're up to in our respective Sanghas. We explore some of the obvious overlaps between Evolving Ground and Buddhist Geeks, in terms of our mutual commitment to meta-systematicity, bringing up the tantalizing question of why MetaSangha–a Sangha of Sanghas–matters today.

    Episode Links:

    🔗 Evolving Ground

    🔗 Buddhist Geeks Network

    📄 The Cofounders by David Chapman

    📄 Meta-Sanghas by Vince Horn

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  • In 2020 Charlie Awberry & Jared Janes came together to start a new kind of Vajrayana Sangha, called Evolving Ground. In this conversation, Vince Horn, was joined by both Charlie & Jared, as well as by Charlie's partner David Chapman–who has been becoming more involved in the project as of late–to explore what they've been up to this past year. In addition, they discuss some of the similarities between what is happening in Buddhist Geeks and with Evolving Ground, both of which are communities that are striving to approach things from a meta-systematic point of view.

    Episode Links:

    🔗 Evolving Ground

    🔗 Evolving Ground Roles

    🐥 Evolving Ground on Twitter

    🔗 Meaningness

    👤 Robert Kegan

    🔗 Buddhist Geeks Network

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  • 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.

    Episode Links:

    📺 Meta-Perspective

    👤 Daniel Ingram

    🔗 The Emergent Phenomenology Research Consortium

    🎧 Shinzen Young on Remembering William (Bill) Hamilton

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  • 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

    Memorable Quotes:

    "Mara doesn't get to have an opinion about that." – Kenneth Folk

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  • 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.

    Episode Links:

    👤 Vince Fakhoury Horn

    📄 Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma

    👤 Judith Simmer-Brown

    👤 Nāgārjuna

    📄 Mūlamadhyamakakārikā (Root Verses on the Middle Way)

    🔗 Bodhicitta

    🔗 The 10 Fetters in Early Buddhism

    👤 Śāriputra

    Memorable Quotes:

    "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

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  • 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!

    Episode Links:

    👤 Kenneth Folk

    📜 The Anupada Sutta

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  • 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).

    Episode Links:

    🔗 GitCoin

    📄 What is Web 3.0?

    📄 Decentralized autonomous organization

    📄 NFTs, explained

    💡 Join the SanghaDAO Group

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  • In this pragmatic dharma retreat talk Vince Fakhoury Horn explores Meditation Track A–the gradual track–and Meditation Track B–the sudden track.

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  • 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.

    Episode Links:

    👤 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

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  • 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).

    memorable links:

    💬 "So we could call this olympic level, nut job jhana." – Kenneth Folk

    💬 "The insight knowledges are jhanic states." – Kenneth Folk

    episode links:

    🔗 Kenneth Folk Dharma

    🎙 Meditating in the Goldilocks Zone, with Vince F. Horn

    📄 The Progress of Insight by The Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw

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  • 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

    memorable quotes:

    "Like a skilled wine taster, one day you will learn to recognize these flavors." – Kenneth Folk

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

    Episode Links:

    👤 Tasshin Foggleman

    👤 Vince Fakhoury Horn

    📺 Reach Truth Podcast

    🔗 Tasshin @ Twitter

    🔗 Vince @ Twitter

    🔗 Transparent Generosity

    🔗 Holacracy

    🎙 Liberating the Soul of Organization

    🎙 Organizational Enlightenment

    🔗 Open Source Dharma

    📖 Education in a Time Between Worlds, by Zak Stein

    📖 Integral Spirituality, by Ken Wilber

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  • 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.

    Memorable Quotes

    “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

    Episode Links

    👤 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

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  • 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.

    Memorable Quotes

    “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

    Episode Links

    👤 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

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  • In this episode Vince Fakhoury Horn is joined in dialogue with CEO and Head Teacher at the popular meditation app Brightmind, Toby Sola. 

    Memorable Quotes

    "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

    Episode Links

    📱 Brightmind Meditation

    👤 Toby on Twitter

    🔗 Monastic Academy

    👤 Shinzen Young

    👤 Soryu Forall

    🔗 Tom Brown Jr.’s Tracker School

    🔗 Forte Labs

    📖 Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein

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  • 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.

    Memorable Quotes

    “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

    Episode Links

    📖 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

    📃 Cosmopolitanism

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