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The Guru Viking Podcast specializes in in-depth interviews with remarkable figures in the world of meditation, spirituality, and self development.

Steve travels internationally teaching somatic practices and meditation, and leads explorations in contemplative, mystic, & relational realms.

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    • Religion und Spiritualität

The Guru Viking Podcast specializes in in-depth interviews with remarkable figures in the world of meditation, spirituality, and self development.

Steve travels internationally teaching somatic practices and meditation, and leads explorations in contemplative, mystic, & relational realms.

    Ep61: Dr. Ian Wickramasekera - Devolving The Self

    Ep61: Dr. Ian Wickramasekera - Devolving The Self

    In this episode I am joined by Dr. Ian Wickramasekera, Bön Buddhist practitioner and associate professor of Mindfulness Based Transpersonal Counseling at Naropa University.

    We discuss how a violent, childhood near-death experience propelled Ian onto the path of meditative exploration, and how psychedelics played a part in unraveling deep seated racial conditioning.

    We learn how early encounters with Glenn Mullin and Robin Kornman profoundly shaped Ian’s contemplative and academic trajectories.

    Ian recounts his first meditation retreats with the Shambala organisation, his opinion of the Sakyong, and why he left that lineage.

    Ian also explores dualistic and non dualistic epistemologies, the intersection of psychology and religion, and his academic work in the field of hypnosis.



    Video version: https://www.guruviking.com/ep61-dr-ian-wickramasekera-devolving-the-self/

    Audio version of this podcast also available on iTunes and Stitcher – search ‘Guru Viking Podcast’.



    Topics Include

    0:00 - Intro
    0:53 - Childhood mystical experiences
    4:18 - Violent near-death experience as a child
    10:08 - Ian’s love for Catholic ritual and prayer
    16:30 - Ian’s relationship with his Sri Lankan father
    19:17 - Early racial conditioning and experiments with LSD
    27:00 - First encounter with Tibetan Buddhism
    31:27 - Ian discusses Glenn Mullin’s
    37:34 - Meditation misconceptions
    40:58 - First retreat at the Shambala Centre
    48:32 - Meeting Robin Kornman
    59:52 - The secret of space
    1:03:13 - Devolving not evolving the self
    1:09:31 - Space or spiritual materialism?
    1:12:08 - Spacious equanimity vs setting personal boundaries
    1:18:19 - Trends in psychology
    1:22:52 - Non-dual perspectives in counselling and psychology
    1:25:40 - Meeting Albert Ellis
    1:31:41 - Dualism in science, personality disorders, and meditation studies
    1:45:49 - Criticism from Buddhists about Ian’s work
    1:48:39 - Comparing Dzogchen to hypnosis
    1:54:40 - Counsellors and scientists who practice non-dual traditions
    1:56:53 - Ian’s experiences on his first month-long retreat
    2:06:45 - Meeting the Sakyong and leaving the Shambala organisation
    2:14:04 - In search of a teacher



    Audio version of this podcast available on iTunes and Stitcher – search ‘Guru Viking Podcast’.




    To find our more about Ian, visit:
    - https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ian_Wickramasekera2
    - https://www.naropa.edu/faculty/ian-wickramasekera.php



    For more interviews, videos, and more visit:
    - http://www.guruviking.com

    Music ‘Deva Dasi’ by Steve James

    • 2 Std 17 Min.
    Ep60: Frank Yang - Full Natty Arhat

    Ep60: Frank Yang - Full Natty Arhat

    In this episode I am joined by Taiwanese Youtube Fitness star Frank Yang who on May 25th 2020, declared himself to be an arhat - the highest level of enlightenment in Theravada Buddhism.

    Frank discusses his intense spiritual quest, from his early days as a bodybuilder struggling with sex addiction, to a multi-year deep dive into Buddhist meditation practice.

    We learn about Frank’s initial awakenings, kundalini phenomena, encounters with entities, and journeys to astral dimensions.

    Frank lifts the lid on his successful Youtube channel of over 160k subscribers, and shares his personal advice for all those who seek enlightenment.



    https://www.guruviking.com/ep60-frank-yang-full-natty-arhat/

    Audio version of this podcast also available on iTunes and Stitcher – search ‘Guru Viking Podcast’.



    Topics Include:

    0:00 - Intro
    0:46 - The collective dark night of the pandemic
    1:46 - Bodybuilding, sex addiction, and beginning meditation
    8:33 - Plato and the link between physical training and meditation
    10:48 - Frank’s relationship to his body
    12:25 - Sex and philosophy
    14:33 - Discovering Daniel Ingram and experiencing the Arising and Passing
    16:54 - Frank’s first dark night
    19:40 - Psychedelic explorations
    23:54 - Stream entry on second Goenka retreat
    31:18 - Frank’s meditation influences
    32:07 - Kundalini awakening
    37:16 - The affects of Frank’s Kundalini awakening
    38:17 - Attaining 3rd path
    41:16 - Attaining 4th path
    51:14 - Controversy around attainments
    52:38 - The effects of enlightenment on Frank’s sex addiction
    57:34 - Stream entry to arhat in 1 year
    58:42 - Out of body experiences and astral realms
    1:01:06 - Frank’s encounters with negative entities
    1:04:01 - Sensing energies in people and places
    1:05:38 - Changes to personal relationships after awakening
    1:08:10 - Why Frank is sometimes lonely
    1:08:36 - Frank’s bi-polar diagnosis and his meditation path
    1:11:15 - Frank’s Youtube channel and his creative vision
    1:19:06 - Advice to those seeking enlightenment




    Audio version of this podcast available on iTunes and Stitcher – search ‘Guru Viking Podcast’.




    To find our more about Frank, visit:
    - https://www.youtube.com/c/frankyang/featured



    For more interviews, videos, and more visit:
    - http://www.guruviking.com

    Music ‘Deva Dasi’ by Steve James

    • 1 Std. 20 Min.
    Ep59: Sang-gyé A-tsal - Santeria to Sang-gyé

    Ep59: Sang-gyé A-tsal - Santeria to Sang-gyé

    In this episode I am joined by Sang-gyé A-tsal, an ex-dancer, jazz club owner, and Brevet Lama in the Aro gTer lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

    We discuss Sang-gyé’s personal journey through Santeria, Sufism, and Vedanta before meeting her future teacher, Ngak’chang Rinpoche.

    Sang-gyé discusses her transformative time spent in Nepal with Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche, and recounts her completion of the esoteric practice of phowa under the guidance of Jomo Sampel.

    We learn about how to practice Vajra Romance outside of a partnership, and explore Sang-gyé’s passion for the physical practices of Kum Nye.



    Video version: https://www.guruviking.com/ep59-sang-gye-a-tsal-santeria-to-sang-gye/

    Audio version of this podcast also available on iTunes and Stitcher – search ‘Guru Viking Podcast’.



    Topics Include:

    0:00 - Intro
    0:42 - Sang-gyé’s childhood meditation parties and explorations of spiritual traditions
    3:47 - ‘Sleepy Shiné’ and learning to meditate
    7:29 - Vedanta, Sufism, and Santeria
    10:45 - Unusual experiences in Santeria
    12:20 - Moving to New York to open a jazz club
    13:20 - Meeting Ngak’chang Rinpoche and becoming an Aro gTer apprentice
    23:15 - Stories about Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche
    29:09 - Sang-gyé on ‘emptiness’ and relating to a great Lama
    34:45 - Working with neurosis as an artist and practitioner
    40:15 - Vajra Romance as a single person
    44:52 - Sang-gyé’s phowa retreat under the guidance of Jomo Samphel
    49:52 - Sang-gyé’s retreat schedule and achieving the sign of completion
    55:19 - Practice sequencing on retreat
    59:08 - Plans for the continuation of the Aro gTer lineage
    1:04:31 - Sang-gyé’s passion for the physical practices of Kum Nye
    1:08:47 - How to learn Kum Nye Sang-gyé online
    1:09:53 - Modern relevance of the Gö Kar Chang Lo'i Dé



    To find our more about Sang-gyé A-tsal, visit:
    - https://www.facebook.com/movingbeing.naturalbeing
    - https://www.instagram.com/movingbeing/
    - movingbeing111@gmail.com

    Previous Aro gTer episodes:
    - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlkzlKFgdknxvlIXraR8zs4j4vNebA8os

    For more interviews, videos, and more visit:
    - http://www.guruviking.com

    Music ‘Deva Dasi’ by Steve James

    • 1 Std. 11 Min.
    Ep58: Glenn Mullin - Mystics, Psychosis, & Madame Blavatsky

    Ep58: Glenn Mullin - Mystics, Psychosis, & Madame Blavatsky

    In this episode I am once again joined by Tibetologist, author, and Tantric Buddhist lama Glenn Mullin.

    We discuss a fascinating range of topics, including Theosophists Madame Blavatsky, Colonel Olcott, and Alice Bailey; and controversial American spiritual teacher Adi Da.

    We explore the line between mystical experience and psychotic delusion, and how mystics from various traditions have related to hearing voices and seeing visions.

    Glenn comments on the role of teachers and lineage in keeping mystics on track, reveals the 5 different ways to achieve clairvoyance, and discusses why the West produces so many self-initiated adepts.



    Video version: https://www.guruviking.com/ep58-glenn-mullin-mystics-psychosis-madame-blavatsky/

    Audio version of this podcast also available on iTunes and Stitcher – search ‘Guru Viking Podcast’.



    Topics Include

    0:00 - Intro
    0:41 - Helena Blavatsky’s influence and Glenn’s history with the Theosophical Society
    14:31 - Mysticism or psychosis? The paranormal powers of the Theosophical Society
    31:07 - Nicholas Roerich and Glenn’s up-coming book
    32:50 - Adi Da, 5 means of achieving clairvoyance, and the pitfalls of self-made mystics
    38:14 - The benefit of a strong living tradition
    45:47 - How do Tibetan cave yogis stay sane? Advice for long retreat.



    Audio version of this podcast available on iTunes and Stitcher – search ‘Guru Viking Podcast’.



    Previous Glenn Mullin episodes:
    - https://www.guruviking.com/guru-viking-interviews-ep9-glenn-mullin/
    - https://www.guruviking.com/ep19-glenn-mullin-guru-viking-interviews/
    - https://www.guruviking.com/ep26-glenn-mullin-illusory-body-yoga-of-waking-sleep-and-death/
    - https://www.guruviking.com/ep28-glenn-mullin-dream-yoga-solo-retreat-guide-and-unlocking-the-human-potential/
    - https://www.guruviking.com/ep42-glenn-mullin-death-divination-and-sacred-relics/
    - https://www.guruviking.com/ep47-glenn-mullin-tales-of-translation/
    - https://www.guruviking.com/ep51-glenn-mulin-ufos-lineage-holders-tantric-secrecy/

    To find our more about Glenn, visit:
    - https://www.runawayjourneys.com/
    - http://www.glennmullin.com/
    - https://www.facebook.com/Maitripa.Glenn

    For more interviews, videos, and more visit:
    - http://www.guruviking.com

    Music ‘Deva Dasi’ by Steve James

    • 54 Min.
    Dimensions Of The Heart - Exploring Meditation Practices Of Compassion (Full Workshop Recording)

    Dimensions Of The Heart - Exploring Meditation Practices Of Compassion (Full Workshop Recording)

    To support people in this pandemic, I decided to release the full workshop recording of 'Dimensions of the Heart - Exploring Meditation Practices Of Loving Kindness And Compassion'.

    The video version includes important slides and visual aids, and can be viewed here: https://www.guruviking.com/dimensions-of-the-heart-meditation-practices-of-compassion-full-workshop/



    'Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.’ - Abraham Lincoln



    Everyone likes to feel good.

    Much of the time how we feel is determined by our environment and circumstances.

    This can leave our emotions at the mercy of external conditions beyond our control.

    Many people don’t know that it is possible to deliberately choose to feel good, even in difficult circumstances.



    In this 3hr online workshop we explore meditation approaches that cultivate positive states such as compassion and loving kindness.

    With practice, these natural states can be more readily felt and with greater richness, profundity, and consistency.


    Timestamps:

    0:00 - Intro
    1:08 - Lecture about Compassion Meditation practices
    32:26 - 3D Loving Kindness - Guided Meditation
    54:28 - Question: What if negative emotions arise during compassion practice?
    56:19 - Question: Explaining the use of smiling in meditation
    58:35 - Brahma Vihara Practice - Guided Meditation
    1:49:35 - Steve summarises the techniques covered so far + tips for ongoing practice
    1:54:00 - Question: What is the point of mindfulness meditation vs mantra meditation?
    2:00:02 - Question: Steve demonstrates and explains the use of mudra in meditation (hand and body positions)
    2:06:26 - Question: How to work with suffering when the conditions can’t be improved?
    2:11:09 - Question: Tips for compassion practice with strangers
    2:13:34 - Question: The ‘M. Night Shyamalan plot twist’ of the Brahma Viharas
    2:16:31 - Question: Discussion about equanimity, helping the world, and the word ‘karma’
    2:25:40 - Question: Is it okay to wish your enemies happy for your own benefit?
    2:29:02 - Question: Process vs outcome in meditation practice
    2:31:34 - Question: The pain of feeling compassion
    2:37:09 - Question: An ‘aha’ about equanimity
    2:40:44 - Question: Equanimity with others’ suffering and spiritual bypassing
    2:49:48 - Question: Comments on equanimity as empowerment, and the humanising influence of the heart
    2:55:02 - A story about relating to one’s enemies
    3:02:59 - Congratulations and closing remarks

    ....

    The Guru Viking Meditation Club started as a free Zoom class to support people in the pandemic - each Wednesday we meet to explore meditation and practice together on Zoom.

    Once a month we take a 3hr deep dive into themes like this one, chosen by members.

    To join the club, visit:

    - https://www.guruviking.com/guru-viking-meditation-club/

    • 3 Std 4 Min.
    Ep57 Ron Serrano - The Dharma Mechanic

    Ep57 Ron Serrano - The Dharma Mechanic

    In this interview I am joined by Ron Serrano who, after securing financial freedom, turned away from the business world and declared the rest of his life a retreat, turning his full attention to spiritual awakening.

    Ron is a long time meditation practitioner and co-founder of the online meditation group Dharma Mechanics.

    We discuss Ron’s rigorous practice schedule, including his advanced lucid dreaming approach, and discover the one technique that increases lucid dreams by 20x.

    Ron also discusses his close association with Yale neuroscientist Judd Brewer, who scanned the brains of many meditation masters, and reveals the surprising results of those many years of research.



    Video version: https://www.guruviking.com/ep57-ron-serrano-the-dharma-mechanic/

    Audio version of this podcast also available on iTunes and Stitcher – search ‘Guru Viking Podcast’.



    Topics include:

    0:00 - Intro
    0:49 - The kundalini yoga of Swami Kripalu
    10:10 - Achieving financial freedom and discovering meditation
    13:07 - Meeting Leigh Brasington and learning the jhanas
    14:50 - Ron’s rigorous practice schedule and declaring permanent retreat
    20:35 - The practice of recalling mystical experiences
    23:53 - Meeting Judd Brewer and encountering meditation masters
    30:03 - Buddhist Geeks, Dharma Mechanics, and discovering Dzogchen
    33:41 - Meeting Tsoknyi Rinpoche
    36:33 - Ron’s take as a businessman on sustainable Dharma
    40:51 - Inside stories on Judd Brewer’s brain research on meditation masters
    43:50 - What is meditation really about
    47:09 - Ron’s 20+ year lucid dreaming practice
    54:17- Prophetic and diagnostic dreams, and clear light sleep yoga
    1:06:24 - Ron’s family’s surprising reaction to his rigorous practice schedule
    1:08:26 - Sleep science and lifestyle effects on lucid dreaming success
    1:13:09 - Ron’s love of maps of awakening and his current practice orientation



    To find out more about Ron and Dharma Mechanics, visit:
    - https://www.facebook.com/groups/Dharmachanics/

    For more interviews, videos, and more visit:
    - www.guruviking.com

    Music ‘Deva Dasi’ by Steve James

    • 1 Std. 18 Min.

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