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    Nagarjuna and Hegel | with Quinn Whelehan

    Nagarjuna and Hegel | with Quinn Whelehan

    I’ve wanted to have Quinn Whelehan on for a while, and now it’s finally happened. This week Quinn joins me on Samsara Audio to talk about studying at a Buddhist university, understanding the basic structure of Nagarjuna’s four-fold logic, and how to put Buddhist philosophy in dialogue with Hegel.
    If you’d like to hear more from Quinn, I recommend his excellent presentations “Hegel, Buddhism, and the Becoming of Spirit,” and “The Living Contradiction.” You can interact with Quinn, myself, and other quality interlocutors by joining the seminars at PhilosophyPortal (we’re reading Lacan’s Écrits right now). The community at PhilosophyPortal is truly unique, drawing a diverse group of thinkers I wouldn’t have been able to encounter otherwise — people like Quinn!
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    • 48 min
    Zen in the Midwest | with Shinkyū

    Zen in the Midwest | with Shinkyū

    I’m joined on Samsara Audio this week by my long-time Twitter mutual Shinkyū, a working class Zen practitioner and a teacher at the Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple. You can follow Shinkyū on Twitter/X, and you can find some of his dharma talks on his YouTube channel.
    This week’s conversation brings the reader into a different religious perspective — Zen in small town America where the ancient tradition of Buddhism finds itself in dialogue with Christian (and post-Christian) culture.
    Shinkyū introduces us to the different ways to interpret re-birth, why dependent origination actually demands a higher moral standard, and what’s it like to practice meditation for two decades before finally finding a teacher.
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    • 47 min
    Liberating Love Politically | with Dimitri Crooijmans (#6)

    Liberating Love Politically | with Dimitri Crooijmans (#6)

    Two episodes in one month? It’s been crazy here at Samsara Audio, and I couldn’t be more excited to welcome my friend Dimitri Crooijmans to the podcast to discuss not only his work on a Hegelian “forward return to the self,” but also his latest piece “How to Regrow the Soul’s Wings.”
    I highly recommend Dimitri’s written work at Actual Spirit, but I would be remiss to pass over his high quality material on YouTube, such as “The Birth of the Spirit Child“ and “Hegel’s Concept of True Infinity.” Dimitri is doing yeoman’s work closely reading and applying Hegel’s work to our contemporary understanding.
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    • 57 min
    Holding space for doubt | with Minnow Park

    Holding space for doubt | with Minnow Park

    Minnow Park joins us this week for an unforgettable episode of Samsara Audio. I had Minnow on to discuss his journey deconstructing and reclaiming his Christian faith, as well as the role that the writing collective Foster has played in that ongoing process of reconciling writing, truth, and God.
    Foster will be launching season 4 of their writing cohort on October 16th, 2024, but there is still time to learn more and apply to join the cohort. If you’re looking for a quality community of humans to partner with you on your writing journey, Foster just might be the place for you.
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    • 53 min
    Compassion, as a kind of dying | with Javier Rivera

    Compassion, as a kind of dying | with Javier Rivera

    This month's episode of Samsara Audio brings Javier Rivera into our studio for a conversation on the necessity of the negative, the discomforts of compassion, and the abyssal act of forgiveness.




    Javier Rivera is a writer on Substack, a veteran, and a student of religion at the University of Arizona. He has a forthcoming book called Ruptures releasing near the end of the year.




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    • 42 min
    Encountering Emptiness | with Vivid Void

    Encountering Emptiness | with Vivid Void

    Samsara Audio is back, and for this episode I sat down with Vivid Void, a writer and mystic I've been following for a while. It was a delight to talk with him about healing from trauma, the disaster of encountering the emptiness of things too soon, and also asking what the word 'spiritual' really means.

    Follow Vivid Void on Twitter and at his Substack. Hopefully this isn't the last time we'll have Gabe on Samsara Audio.

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    • 47 min

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