12 episodes

The Wise Studies podcast is an extension of our audio library of courses at wisestudies.com. You want to study the world’s great wisdom traditions in more depth but you don’t want to have to go to university to do it. At Wise Studies, we partner with leading scholars, practitioners, and experts in their field to produce high-quality audio courses, ebooks, and podcasts to bring reliable wisdom into your life. This podcast features the authors we work with. Choose a course at https://wisestudies.com

The Wise Studies Podcast Ryan Spielman

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The Wise Studies podcast is an extension of our audio library of courses at wisestudies.com. You want to study the world’s great wisdom traditions in more depth but you don’t want to have to go to university to do it. At Wise Studies, we partner with leading scholars, practitioners, and experts in their field to produce high-quality audio courses, ebooks, and podcasts to bring reliable wisdom into your life. This podcast features the authors we work with. Choose a course at https://wisestudies.com

    Zen with John Danvers

    Zen with John Danvers

    In this episode I speak with John Danvers about his 55+ years of Zen teaching and practice. We discuss the history of Zen, awakening experiences, the art of sitting and more.

    You can listen to his entire Wise Studies course An Introduction to Soto Zen at wisestudies.com

    John Danvers has over fifty-five years’ experience of Zen meditation. He has no affiliation to any particular school or tradition.  Whilst he has learned a great deal from historical teachers and from people he has met over the years, both Buddhist and non-Buddhist, experience has been his main teacher – especially the experience of zazen – Zen sitting meditation, which he began in 1965.
    For seven years he practiced zazen alone, sitting for long hours and studying what texts he could find. In the early 1970s he undertook retreats at Throssel Hole Priory in Northumberland (a Soto Zen centre), and around 1975 he had some direct teaching from a Japanese Soto Zen monk who was travelling in the UK. Since then, he has guided retreats, workshops and seminars, and has undertaken other retreats, including with Thich Nhat Hanh in 2012.
    In 2012 he retired as Associate Professor in Philosophy and Art Practice at Plymouth University, UK. Since then, he has been the Buddhist chaplain, and honorary associate professor, at Exeter University. In 2016 he established the Exeter Meditation Circle – one of the few secular Buddhist / secular Zen groups in the UK.
    Books:
    Picturing Mind: Paradox, Indeterminacy and Consciousness in Art & Poetry. Rodopi: Amsterdam/New York.Agents of uncertainty: mysticism, scepticism, Buddhism, art and poetry. Rodopi: Amsterdam/New YorkInterwoven Nature: relatedness and identity in a changeful world. Whitewick Press: UK.To see the light: 100 poems. Whitewick Press: UK.Artist Website: http://johndanversart.co.uk/
    Exeter Meditation Circle Website: http://www.meditationcircle.org.uk/

    • 42 min
    Early Christianity with Ann Conway-Jones

    Early Christianity with Ann Conway-Jones

    In this episode I am speaking with Ann Conway-Jones about some of the developments in  early Christianity. What was the transition like between Jews and Gentiles who went from identifying with the customs and traditions of the time to becoming followers of Christ? What defined early Christian contemplative practice? Ann teaches biblical studies, early Jewish–Christian relations, and the development of mystical theology for The Queen’s Foundation; Woodbrooke Quaker Studies Centre; Birmingham Church of England diocese; and Oxford University Department of Continuing Studies.  For six years she taught biblical Hebrew in the Department of Theology and Religion.

    You can hear her course Moses, Mount Sinai and Early Christian Mystics at wise studies.com

    • 32 min
    What is the Relationship Between Yoga & Buddhism? with Karen O'Brien-Kop

    What is the Relationship Between Yoga & Buddhism? with Karen O'Brien-Kop

    In this episode I am speaking with Dr. Karen O’Brien-Kop. Karen is Lecturer in Asian Religions and Ethics at the University of Roehampton. She was formerly Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Religions and Philosophies at SOAS University of London. Her doctoral research at SOAS was on the intertextuality of Pātañjala yoga and Buddhist yoga in the classical era. She was a co-founder of the Sanskrit Reading Room and is a committee member of the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies.
    You can hear Karen’s excellent 4 hour audio course The Philosophy of the Yoga Sutra at wisestudies.com
    In this conversation we discuss the relationship between Classical Yoga and Buddhism

    • 31 min
    The Truth Within with Gavin Flood

    The Truth Within with Gavin Flood

    In this episode I am speaking with Gavin Flood. Gavin is a Professor of Hindu Studies and Comparative Religion in the Theology and Religion Faculty and academic director of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. Gavin read Religious Studies and Social Anthropology at Lancaster University and taught at the universities of Wales (Lampeter) and Stirling before coming to Oxford. He was elected to membership of the British Academy in 2014. His research interests are in medieval Hindu texts (especially from the traditions of Shiva), comparative religion, and phenomenology. Two recent books are The Importance of Religion: Meaning and Action in Our Strange World (Oxford: Blackwell, 2013) and The Truth Within: A History of Inwardness in Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism (Oxford University Press, 2014) which are the starting point for our conversation.

    You can listen to Gavin's audio course Tantra: Theory and Practice at wisestudies.com

    • 35 min
    The Pali Canon with Sarah Shaw

    The Pali Canon with Sarah Shaw

    In this episode I speak with Sarah Shaw. Sarah received her PhD in English from Manchester University. After studying Pali and Sanskrit at Oxford, she began teaching and writing on Buddhist subjects. She has written several books on meditation theory and practice, and Jātaka literature. She is the author of several books including Introduction to Buddhist Meditation, The Jātakas: Birth Stories of the Bodhisatta and her most recent book, The Spirit of Buddhist Meditation. She is a member of the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, and Wolfson College. She is a fellow of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies. You can hear her two most recent audio courses The Early Teachings of the Buddha and Lives of the Buddha at wisestudies.com

    In this discussion Sarah gives us a brief introduction to the Pali Canon, the collected teachings of the Buddha:
    Learning Sanskrit and PaliSynthesis between scholarship and practiceLay practice and traditionBackground to the composition of the Pali CanonOral and textual traditionsThe three basketsHistorical authorship of the Pali CanonHistorical accuracy of The Buddha's lifeChanting the Pali CanonThe VinayaThe SuttasThe AbhidhammaHow to read the texts

    • 41 min
    Purusha & Prakriti with Karen O'Brien-Kop

    Purusha & Prakriti with Karen O'Brien-Kop

    In this episode I am speaking with Dr. Karen O'Brien-Kop. Karen is Lecturer in Asian Religions and Ethics at the University of Roehampton. She was formerly Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Religions and Philosophies at SOAS University of London. Her doctoral research at SOAS was on the intertextuality of Pātañjala yoga and Buddhist yoga in the classical era. She was a co-founder of the Sanskrit Reading Room and is a committee member of the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies. 
    You can hear Karen’s excellent 4 hour audio course The Philosophy of the Yoga Sutra at wisestudies.com

    In this conversation we discuss the concepts Purusha and Prakriti found in Samkhya philosophy in the Indian tradition.

    • 49 min

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