64 episodes

The Imperfect Buddha podcast explores the world of contemporary Western Buddhism mixing in banter with analysis, no holds barred discussion, and guest interviews. We shun Ted style talks in favour of in-depth discussion and interviews that have room to breathe.

The podcast has a host site which features articles and essays on contemporary Western Buddhism, as well as show notes for each episode.

Follow the link to find out more: http://imperfectbuddha.com

The podcast is sponsored by O'Connell Coaching. For support with any of the issues discussed in the podcast, check out the link for an approach that is perfectly suited to Buddhists, post-Buddhists, non-Buddhists, secular sceptics, and New Age refugees. I use Buddhist tools, modern counselling and coaching techniques and practices, along with neo-Shamanic practices and models to help folks rekindle their relationship with personal-growth, development and change work or re-evaluate a relationship with Buddhism or other spiritual paths. https://oconnellcoaching.com

You can leave comments at the Imperfect Buddha Facebook page or Twitter feed. Feel free to make suggestions for topics to cover and guests to interview.

Our original theme tune was provided by RSD (Smith & Mighty)from Bristol, UK. Check him out at: https://rsdbristol.bandcamp.com

Our new theme tune comes from Trieste and the artist Emerald Dream. Check out his work at: https://emeralddreams.bandcamp.com/releases

Original street art Buddha image by Bristol's Banksy: http://banksy.co.uk/menu.asp

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The Imperfect Buddha podcast explores the world of contemporary Western Buddhism mixing in banter with analysis, no holds barred discussion, and guest interviews. We shun Ted style talks in favour of in-depth discussion and interviews that have room to breathe.

The podcast has a host site which features articles and essays on contemporary Western Buddhism, as well as show notes for each episode.

Follow the link to find out more: http://imperfectbuddha.com

The podcast is sponsored by O'Connell Coaching. For support with any of the issues discussed in the podcast, check out the link for an approach that is perfectly suited to Buddhists, post-Buddhists, non-Buddhists, secular sceptics, and New Age refugees. I use Buddhist tools, modern counselling and coaching techniques and practices, along with neo-Shamanic practices and models to help folks rekindle their relationship with personal-growth, development and change work or re-evaluate a relationship with Buddhism or other spiritual paths. https://oconnellcoaching.com

You can leave comments at the Imperfect Buddha Facebook page or Twitter feed. Feel free to make suggestions for topics to cover and guests to interview.

Our original theme tune was provided by RSD (Smith & Mighty)from Bristol, UK. Check him out at: https://rsdbristol.bandcamp.com

Our new theme tune comes from Trieste and the artist Emerald Dream. Check out his work at: https://emeralddreams.bandcamp.com/releases

Original street art Buddha image by Bristol's Banksy: http://banksy.co.uk/menu.asp

    64. IBP: Side View's Adam Robbert on Philosophy as a Way of Life

    64. IBP: Side View's Adam Robbert on Philosophy as a Way of Life

    Podcast meets Podcast. Adam Robbert from the Sideview boards the Imperfect Buddha to discuss the work of Pierre Hardot, author of Philosophy as a Way of Life, along with a long list of our shared favourite topics. We get into the nitty-gritty of the practising life, contemplation, reflection, embodied consciousness and martial arts, the path ahead, challenges on the way, and more.

    This is most definitely a Great Feast conversation.

    Links
    The Imperfect Buddha site: https://imperfectbuddha.com/
    O'Connell Coaching: https://imperfectbuddha.com/authors-notes/

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/imperfectbuddha
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Imperfectbuddha

    More on Adam's philosophically minded work can be found at the Sideview: https://thesideview.co/

    • 2 hrs 2 min
    63. IBP: Daniel Ingram on Integral Theory

    63. IBP: Daniel Ingram on Integral Theory

    Off we go with our first long-form interview/conversation for 2020, and it’s with returning guest Daniel Ingram! Are you ready for more? It seems that many of you are. Back in 2019 when Daniel was visiting here in Trieste, we discussed a range of material we might cover on the podcast and one topic that repeatedly came up for Mr Ingram was his take on Integral Theory. We finally got the conversation done before Christmas and here it is. For this one I play the devil’s advocate somewhat as my knowledge on Ken Wilber’s work was quite limited and I had heard mainly complaints about it from our more educated listeners. As always, however, it was a pleasurable conversation and Daniel’s take on Wilber’s core theory seems pretty attractive as a model for understanding stages of growth, both for individuals and groups. We cover sex scandals, power grabs, groupy love, spaced-out gurus, religious fundamentalists, and how we are all too human.

    See what you think, and don’t forget to visit Daniel’s website; it’s called Integrated Daniel after all. https://www.integrateddaniel.info/
    For those new to the podcast, and crazy for Daniel’s enlightenment stories and pragmatism, there is a plethora of past conversations to enjoy. From our first ever conversation with him years back, there’s a far more recent and fun series on non-Buddhism in which Daniel tackles the Speculative non-Buddhism project as well as an episode looking into the Practising Life; our theme for this year of podcast episodes.

    55. IBP: Daniel Ingram Down the Rabbit Hole: https://soundcloud.com/imperfect-buddha-podcast/55-ibp-daniel-ingram-down-the-rabbit-hole
    54. IBP: Daniel Ingram Meets Trash Theory: https://soundcloud.com/imperfect-buddha-podcast/54-ibp-daniel-ingram-meets-trash-theory
    53. IBP: Daniel Ingram on the Practicing Life: https://soundcloud.com/imperfect-buddha-podcast/53-ibp-daniel-ingram-on-the-practicing-life

    Our next episode will be with Adam Robbert, host of the Side View podcast and journal, before our first ever oral blog post series on…ideology.

    • 1 hr 41 min
    62. IBP: Introducing 2020

    62. IBP: Introducing 2020

    What's coming up in 2020 in the coming months? Find out by listening to this tidy little introduction and update on the podcast.

    Music provided by Funki Poricini: https://funkiporcini.bandcamp.com/

    • 16 min
    61. IBP: Dr Michelle Haslam & her psychological report on the controversial New Kadampa Tradition

    61. IBP: Dr Michelle Haslam & her psychological report on the controversial New Kadampa Tradition

    This is our fourth foray into the land of Buddhism, Cults and Cult-like behaviours across mainstream Buddhist groups. Let’s be honest, this topic is always perversely interesting. If you missed out on our past episodes covering these topics, there are links and short intros below to those past episodes, which were a lot of fun.

    For our latest journey, we interview Dr Michelle Haslam, PhD, a clinical psychologist who ran afoul of the machinations of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) and has since written a psychological report on their tactics and set up a resource site filled with testimonies from ex-followers along with articles to warn the general public about their often dysfunctional behaviour. She shares some of the horrendous tactics employed against her after leaving the group and discusses some of her psychological analysis of the NKT, their practices and group dynamics. She is also currently working in an undisclosed location despite mentioning that she has worked  in safeguarding in the interview previously.

    Michelle has had a dreadful website put together by a mysterious psychologist, who doesn't actually appear to exist in the real world, immediately after publishing her report. It's defamatory and quite sad and makes awful claims about her. Be your own judge of it should you stumble on it.

    The introduction involves an added presentation on cults that ties together the multiple themes from our last episodes and that concludes our forays into cult-land. If you have heard it all before, you can skip it by jumping to the interview proper at 37.10.

    Note: Those who critique the New Kadampa Tradition often end up being trolled, attacked, and threatened by folks, who hide their identities and usually claim to not be any part of the NKT. It is obviously difficult to prove that they are so I am putting this here as a potential warning so that you dear listener can make up our own mind about who is to blame if this podcast should come under attack.

    Here are the links to her sites, which are highly recommended;

    https://newkadampatraditionreport.org/
    https://info-buddhism.com/PDF/Psychological_report_on_The_New_Kadampa_Tradition.pdf
    https://buddhism-controversy-blog.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/exposingthenkt/
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/talkaboutshugden/

    Our past episodes on cults;

    04. IBP: cults, cultish shennanigans & Buddhist groups
    https://soundcloud.com/imperfect-buddha-podcast/31-imperfect-buddha-podcast-cults-cultish-shennanigans-buddhist-groups

    05. IBP: Tenzin Peljor on leaving a Buddhist cult
    https://soundcloud.com/imperfect-buddha-podcast/32-imperfect-buddha-podcast-tenzin-peljor-interview

    27. IBP: Why not join a cult? Stuart & Matthew go deep into cult-land.
    https://soundcloud.com/imperfect-buddha-podcast/151-imperfect-buddha-podcast-cults-2

    • 1 hr 38 min
    60. IBP: Brooke Lavelle & Zach Walsh on the Great Transition

    60. IBP: Brooke Lavelle & Zach Walsh on the Great Transition

    In a time of environmental meltdown, political and economic crisis, what should we do? What role can practice play? How are we to envision our place in the world, as protagonists in the destruction of our home, and mere bit part players in global conflict? Can we make a difference, or should we retreat to our personal spaces and meditate and be done with it?

    This new episode of the podcast explores such big themes and the work of Brooke D. Lavelle and Zachary Walsh, our two guests, as we take a look at the bifurcated road ahead of us; a Great Transition, or a Great Collapse await. While many of us may like to see life continue on as usual, I think most folks are starting to realise that business as usual is killing us slowly. It is time to make change move in a direction that sees us and the many species surviving this century, but practice remains, as Sloterdjik would remind us, and the big picture is always grounded in the lives of practitioners in this conversation.

    We discuss such uncomfortable topics as love, care, practice and transformation. We touch on environmentalism, activisms, but also the underlying themes challenging these worlds of work at present and the need to both practice and think and imagine the world differently.

    Zachary Walsh https://www.iass-potsdam.de/en/people/zack-walsh
    Brooke D. Lavelle http://courageofcare.org/our-team-2/brooke-d-lavelle/
    Responding with Love to a Civilisation in Crisis: article for Open Democracy https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/transformation/responding-love-civilization-crisis/

    Enjoy! And come along to The Great Feast...

    Links
    Mother site: https://imperfectbuddha.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/imperfectbuddha
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Imperfectbuddha

    • 1 hr 45 min
    59. IBP: Clair Brown on Buddhist Economics

    59. IBP: Clair Brown on Buddhist Economics

    Our year long-series on practice continues and we stray further into the world of politics and economics with this episode's guest. Economics is a form of human practice of course, and not a solid, eternal fixed inevitability. Like politics, it's a topic often resisted by spiritual and religious folks. In a democracy, we would all do well to educate further on this topic, so why not combine a conversation on Buddhism and economics?

    That's just what we have done in this episode with Clair Brown, who is an economist at U.C. Berkley. In this episode we discuss Buddhist Economics, the name of her book on the topic. Clair has been active in seeking to construct and teach alternatives to the free market, neo-liberal economic model we are still living under and Buddhism, along with the work of E.F. Schumacher, plays a role.

    Using real world evidence and data, she has been developing policies towards an economics more suited to our 21st century plight and a reduction of suffering globally.

    Clair has a dedicated website on the topic with a reading group section for those interested in working with her book. https://buddhisteconomics.net/

    Links
    Imperfect Buddha Site with Coaching info: https://imperfectbuddha.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/imperfectbuddha
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Imperfectbuddha

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

homunculus2000 ,

good but problematic

quite worth listening to because of the guests and the conversations, but the host spends too much time talking about & defending jordan peterson, swerving conversations towards sometimes trivial discussions of nonproblems like “identity politics” & “postmodernism”. peterson has some great ideas, but is a sloppy thinker whose conclusions are tinged with fear/aversion and a return to the past. host would do well to investigate why he feels the need to take such a strong, even defensive, stance on a problematic thinker. that said, i’m grateful to PTB for it’s contribution to the discussion.

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