55 episodes

Dedicated to liberation in all its forms, Deconstructing Yourself is passionate about fearlessly investigating, attempting, and questioning all things to do with awakening, meditation, mindfulness, brain hacking, consciousness, neurofeedback, and more.
Your host Michael W. Taft interviews some of the most interesting thinkers, authors, and teachers around, as well as other offerings. In this hard-hitting, radical, and fun podcast we look at secular post-, non-, un- Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta, Hindu Tantrism, philosophy, the neuroscience of the sense of self, neurofeedback and the consciousness hacking movement, aspects of artificial intelligence, entheogens, and much more.
If you’re looking for fresh directions, free from dogma and conformism, think of the Deconstructing Yourself podcast as the radical cafe where you can hear from the most interesting luminaries either from the outside edges of dharma, or a fresh take from more traditional teachers. If you’re interested in more, check out the Deconstructing Yourself website at https://deconstructingyourself.com.

Deconstructing Yourself Michael W. Taft

    • Buddhism
    • 4.9 • 289 Ratings

Dedicated to liberation in all its forms, Deconstructing Yourself is passionate about fearlessly investigating, attempting, and questioning all things to do with awakening, meditation, mindfulness, brain hacking, consciousness, neurofeedback, and more.
Your host Michael W. Taft interviews some of the most interesting thinkers, authors, and teachers around, as well as other offerings. In this hard-hitting, radical, and fun podcast we look at secular post-, non-, un- Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta, Hindu Tantrism, philosophy, the neuroscience of the sense of self, neurofeedback and the consciousness hacking movement, aspects of artificial intelligence, entheogens, and much more.
If you’re looking for fresh directions, free from dogma and conformism, think of the Deconstructing Yourself podcast as the radical cafe where you can hear from the most interesting luminaries either from the outside edges of dharma, or a fresh take from more traditional teachers. If you’re interested in more, check out the Deconstructing Yourself website at https://deconstructingyourself.com.

    Vajrayana and Deity Yoga with Chandra Easton

    Vajrayana and Deity Yoga with Chandra Easton

    Buddhist Teacher and author Lopön Chandra Easton talks with Michael Taft about Vajrayana, her own pilgrimage and experiences in India, the struggle to bring motherhood, sexuality, the feminine, and the female voice into spiritual life, the power of yidam or deity yoga, how Westerners relate to deity yoga, and a look into the practice of the 21 Taras.

    • 55 min
    Evolving Ground with Rindzin Pamo and Jared Janes

    Evolving Ground with Rindzin Pamo and Jared Janes

    Host Michael Taft speaks with Rin’dzin Pamo and Jared Janes about their new project, entitled “Evolving Ground,” which is a community of practitioners that seeks to reinterpret and revitalize Vajrayana practice in a contemporary Western context.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    A Conversation with Ken McLeod

    A Conversation with Ken McLeod

    A wide-ranging conversation between writer, translator, teacher, and business consultant, Ken McLeod and host Michael Taft about meditation, Vajrayana, and more.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Paranoia, Conspiracy, and Covid, with Erik Davis

    Paranoia, Conspiracy, and Covid, with Erik Davis

    Author, podcaster, award-winning journalist, and cultural historian Erik Davis speaks with host Michael Taft about paranoia and conspiracy in the current moment.

    • 57 min
    Effortlessness in Meditation, with Jud Brewer

    Effortlessness in Meditation, with Jud Brewer

    Neuroscientist and mindfulness expert Jud Brewer speaks with host Michael Taft about his research into mindfulness meditation and effortlessness.

    • 44 min
    Awakening and the Path of Liberation, with Dan Brown

    Awakening and the Path of Liberation, with Dan Brown

    Psychologist, author, translator, and meditation teacher, Dan Brown talks with host Michael Taft about the three levels of practice from a taste of awakening to "full buddhahood," and much more.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
289 Ratings

289 Ratings

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One of the best podcasts, ever.

The host has done decades of personal practice that enable him to bring richly insightful questions, and pauses, to the show. Even if you aren’t super interested in the dharma, his way of choosing and interacting with guests is worth a listen.

Nishagra ,

What a delight!

Thank you for the uplifting and clear conversations, simply awesome!

Jed-I jester ,

Meta-modern mind-craft, so to speak

I’m just delighted to have been steered to this rich body of conversations! Deep bow of gratitude to Michael Taft for the evident devotion invested in production and all the leg-work upstream. Hip, humble and honest. The 5/20/20 episode with Dan Brown is astonishing for the esoteric implications.

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