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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

The Imperfect Buddha Podcast The Imperfect Buddha Podcast

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.5 • 37 Ratings

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

    Last Act @Soundcloud: Moving to a New Home

    Last Act @Soundcloud: Moving to a New Home

    The Imperfect Buddha Podcast is moving on to new terrain and a new home over at the New Books Network, a location for intelligent conversations. Here's the link:

    https://newbooksnetwork.com/category/academic-partners/the-imperfect-buddha

    Past episodes will remain here at Soundcloud for the next six months. You can also listen to all episodes at the host site fro now and forever and catch writings and think piece too, as well as check out my work on coaching. Scroll down for the player:

    https://imperfectbuddha.com/

    It will also continue to be available through Stitcher, itunes and even Spotify.

    To all those who signed up here to catch regular episodes, a big thank you. I hope you will continue to follow the podcast at its new home. New episodes coming out there continue with the theme of Secular Buddhism with an interview with Stephen Batchelor, followed by another with secular maestro Winton Higgins, and a think piece on Doubt.

    What you waiting for. Head on over!

    • 3 min
    82. IBP: Richard K. Payne on Securalizing Buddhism

    82. IBP: Richard K. Payne on Securalizing Buddhism

    From immanent Buddhism to cruel optimism, from secular subjectivity to the unconscious material running through your personal practice, today's episode features a returning guest in the figure of Richard K. Payne who is here to discuss his latest work and the contributions made by many great authors thinking deeply and critically about contemporary Buddhism.

    Published by Shambhala Publications, Secularizing Buddhism was released on the 3rd August, so if you like what you hear, why not consider getting a copy. It features contributions from Ron Purser, David L. McMahan, Bikkhu Bodhi, Sara Shaw, Gil Fronsdal and many more.

    Richard K. Payne's first interview with us on Critical Reflections on Buddhism https://soundcloud.com/imperfect-buddha-podcast/48-ibp-richard-k-payne-critical-reflections-on-western-buddhism

    Links
    The Imperfect Buddha site: https://imperfectbuddha.com
    O'Connell Coaching: https://imperfectbuddha.com/authors-notes
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/imperfectbuddha
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Imperfectbuddha

    • 1 hr 3 min
    81. IBP: You need non-practice!

    81. IBP: You need non-practice!

    Something like a provocation, something of an introduction; this audio-cast presents a recent piece of work over at the Imperfect Buddha site on non-practice for all those interested in how to apply the non- to the practising life.
    Built on Complex world, Complex Practice and prior to a series on applied practice, this is the audio version of an elaboration of the opening shots of a revolutionary practice.
    See what you think, do the warm up and get ready for the main meal.
    Background music by Funki Porcini
    https://funkiporcini.bandcamp.com/

    Accompanying texts;
    Complex World, Complex Practice
    https://imperfectbuddha.com/2021/03/24/complex-world-complex-practice/
    You Need Non-Practice!
    https://imperfectbuddha.com/2021/06/07/you-need-non-practice/

    • 28 min
    80. IBP: Tina Rasmussen PhD Concentrating on Practice

    80. IBP: Tina Rasmussen PhD Concentrating on Practice

    Tina Rassmussen is one of our first meditation teachers on in a long while. Well, being a practice based series, this was inevitable. Tina was co-author of a book on jhana states and concentration that I have had on my shelf for a long time. Concentration is not the topic of our conversation, however. Here are some of the themes we explored;

    • Compatibility issues between neo-Advaita and Buddhism
    • Generational conceptions of practice; from Boomers to Millennials
    • The need to evolve our understanding and ways of thinking about and describing awakening/enlightenment
    • The phases and stages of a practising life
    • Roadblocks, hurdles, maturation; limitations
    • Critiquing the language we use to talk about self, ego, awakening
    • The way belief shapes practice, perception, expectations and the contours of subjectivity

    Enjoy the spring everyone and let’s all wish a swift end to this pandemic.

    https://luminousmindsangha.com/

    • 1 hr
    79. IBP: Jane Affleck PhD on the Environment & Art as Practice

    79. IBP: Jane Affleck PhD on the Environment & Art as Practice

    Who will think on Buddhism? Who has the chops to do so? What does it mean to place Buddhism in a configuration of contemplation alongside other thought and one’s personal experience of living a life in some way intimate with Buddhism as practice, as culture, as being and becoming?

    Although this season of the podcast is practice focussed, this does not mean a return to the warm bosom of feeling, perception and awareness minus thought. The mind demands expression. We are thinking, feeling, acting beings. To think better is a desire that Buddhism has expressed and struggled with throughout its history. Western Buddhism, especially in the States, has evolved in a variety of expressions and forms, and in many ways that expression has channelled the wider anti-intellectual trend in American popular culture, as well as the return to feeling and intuition, and even the lingering New Age focus in on the self.

    Sitting is doing is a view shared by today's guest Jane Affleck. An artist, occasional academic, and writer. My desire to get Jane onto the podcast was inspired by a piece she wrote for the Side View. It had a title that caught my attention; Meditative Awareness and the Symbiotic Real. The basic idea was that meditation and meditative relationships with the environment can behave as an antidote to anthropocentrism; an extension, if you will, of our over-focus on the selfing process that Buddhism is so concerned with. If ideology is collective selfing, anthropocentrism is species level selfing; this theme is set to be a central one in practice as this century unfolds so expect more guests on here to discuss it. With Jane, we talk about the intimate relationship with the environment that can be fostered and the way that relationship can challenge experiences of selfhood and many of the traps that accompany a self focussed approach to the practising life. We explore how art and the process of creation are integral to this process too.

    https://www.jane-affleck.com/

    P.S. I chatted with the Side View’s founder a while back and had a rather unusual conversation with him you might like to revisit after this one.

    https://soundcloud.com/imperfect-buddha-podcast/64-ibp-adam-robbert-on-philosophy-as-a-way-of-life

    • 48 min
    78. IBP: Glenn Wallis on Personal Practice & Anarchism

    78. IBP: Glenn Wallis on Personal Practice & Anarchism

    Down the country path we stroll for another practice episode, this time with our regular guest Glenn Wallis. We go through the personal questions I've been posing to all the guests this season, but we also make time to talk about the non-buddhism practice group, Incite events, and Glenn's new book An Anarchist Manifesto.

    The episode has a written primer that you may find stimulating: https://imperfectbuddha.com/2021/02/20/nothin-exists-outside-the-podcast/

    Links
    Glenn Wallis: https://www.glennwallis.com/
    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

    • 1 hr 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

wyode ,

Reflection

I’ve listened to many of your podcasts. Your interest into delving into the deep questions of existence is engaging for sure. As a 74 year old woman, I am gleaning from the discussions that generation X is a bit cynical and not hopeful about our future. Basically the idea is we have tried every approach from an individual standpoint and a group or societal standpoint to make the world a better and happier place but nothing works. It seems a bit nihilistic. Humans have found contentment and joy in living personally and as a group many times in history. I hope young people don’t give up.

Chrislopher ,

Great podcast

Always look forward to new episodes.

The Cognazor ,

Great podcast!

This is a great podcast for intellectual and critical discussions on contemporary Western Buddhism and contemplative practice more generally. Great guests, great conversations, highly recommended!

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