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One practitioner’s four-year journey to become a professional in Mindfulness and Secular Buddhism, without getting all mysterious and solemn about it.

Join Shannon M Whitaker, co-host Jeff Street, and guests as we discuss the science, philosophy, culture, and practice of mindfulness: What’s the latest fMRI research actually telling us about the effects of Loving-Kindness on the brain? Why is Loving-Kindness a terrible translation of the Pāli word “Metta”? How are other practitioners navigating their practice in the real world?

You won’t get a real PhD from listening to this podcast. But don’t worry, we don’t have one either.

Dharma PhD Shannon M Whitaker

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One practitioner’s four-year journey to become a professional in Mindfulness and Secular Buddhism, without getting all mysterious and solemn about it.

Join Shannon M Whitaker, co-host Jeff Street, and guests as we discuss the science, philosophy, culture, and practice of mindfulness: What’s the latest fMRI research actually telling us about the effects of Loving-Kindness on the brain? Why is Loving-Kindness a terrible translation of the Pāli word “Metta”? How are other practitioners navigating their practice in the real world?

You won’t get a real PhD from listening to this podcast. But don’t worry, we don’t have one either.

    John Peacock's "Buddhism Before the Theravada" Part 4 - EP5

    John Peacock's "Buddhism Before the Theravada" Part 4 - EP5

    Welcome to Dharma PhD!
    In this episode we talk about John Peacocks' talk, "Buddhism Before the Theravada, Part 4".
    We talk about how our experience is troubled because we misunderstand how our minds work (avijjā) and how much of our daily activities are actually more habit than will (sankhāra).
    A few things referred to:
    Dr. Judson Brewer (drjud.com) and his book The Craving Mind. (https://tinyurl.com/y4hs8vmm)
    The concept of Learning in Public. (https://www.swyx.io/learn-in-public/)
    Hedonic Tone, also called "feeling tone" is my preferred translation of the Pāli word "vedanā". I talked about it over on my other podcast in a few episodes: https://www.buddha-bites-podcast.com/episode/buddha-bites-ep23
    The Google ad we were referring to was titled "Reunion". (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHGDN9-oFJE)
    A random Tumblr search for you: https://www.tumblr.com/search/grogu/recent.
    Michael Gazzaniga's amazing book Who's in Charge. (https://tinyurl.com/y2kyaxpa)
    Dr. BJ Fogg and his Tiny Habits program. (https://www.tinyhabits.com/)
    and finally, Charles Duhigg's The Power of Habit. (https://tinyurl.com/y3qt2vtc)
    A transcript of and link to John Peacock's talk is available here: https://dharmaphd.com/2021/01/07/john-peacock-buddhism-before-the-theravada-part-4-2011-09-03/
    And a transcript of this podcast episode is available here: https://dharmaphd.com/2021/01/08/dharma-phd-the-podcast-episode-5/
    Want to get in touch? We'd love to hear from you! Email us at hello@dharmaphd.com.

    • 37 min
    John Peacock's "Buddhism Before the Theravada" Part 3 - EP4

    John Peacock's "Buddhism Before the Theravada" Part 3 - EP4

    Welcome to Dharma PhD!
    In this episode we talk about John Peacock's talk, "Buddhism Before the Theravada, Part 3".
    We highlight the Tilakkhana, the Three Marks of Existence. Shannon offers a new translation of Dukkha (22:24), and we talk about applying ancient insights to modern lives.
    Promised links:
    A transcript of and link to John Peacock's talk is available here: https://dharmaphd.com/2020/11/13/john-peacock-buddhism-before-the-theravada-part-3-2011-09-03/ (https://dharmaphd.com/2020/11/13/john-peacock-buddhism-before-the-theravada-part-3-2011-09-03/.)
    Maslow's Hierarchy, including the sixth apex, is discussed here: https://dharmaphd.com/2020/11/13/john-peacock-buddhism-before-the-theravada-part-3-2011-09-03/ (https://dharmaphd.com/2020/11/13/john-peacock-buddhism-before-the-theravada-part-3-2011-09-03/.)
    Search around on YouTube for "Change Blindness". Here's the one we talked about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EARtANyz98Q (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EARtANyz98Q).
    And if you'd like the https://www.buddha-bites-podcast.com (Buddha Bites) episodes on anicca (impermanence), they are https://www.buddha-bites-podcast.com/episode/buddha-bites-ep28 (EP28), https://www.buddha-bites-podcast.com/episode/buddha-bites-ep29 (EP29), and https://www.buddha-bites-podcast.com/episode/buddha-bites-ep30 (EP30).
    Finally, an AI-produced, human-touched up transcript of this episode is available here: https://dharmaphd.com/2020/11/13/dharma-phd-the-podcast-episode-4/ (https://dharmaphd.com/2020/11/13/dharma-phd-the-podcast-episode-4/).
    Want to get in touch? We'd love to hear from you! Email us at hello@dharmaphd.com.

    • 54 min
    John Peacock's "Buddhism Before the Theravada" Part 2 - EP3

    John Peacock's "Buddhism Before the Theravada" Part 2 - EP3

    Welcome to Dharma PhD!
    In this episode we talk about John Peacocks' talk, "Buddhism Before the Theravada, Part 2".
    We highlight Peacocks' discussion of ethics in Mindfulness and Secular Buddhism. We discuss some definitions of ethics (05:51), we talk about why Shannon became dis-enchanted with pop-mindfulness (35:24), and we talk about how different translations of the precepts can affect how one approaches practice and daily life (53:38)
    A transcript of and link to John Peacock's talk is available here: https://dharmaphd.com/2020/08/26/john-peacock-buddhism-before-the-theravada-part2-2011-09-03/ (https://dharmaphd.com/2020/08/26/john-peacock-buddhism-before-the-theravada-part2-2011-09-03/)
    And a transcript of this podcast episode is available here: https://dharmaphd.com/2020/10/02/dharma-phd-the-podcast-episode-3/ (https://dharmaphd.com/2020/10/02/dharma-phd-the-podcast-episode-3/).
    Want to get in touch? We'd love to hear from you! Email us at hello@dharmaphd.com.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    John Peacock's "Buddhism Before the Theravada" Part 1 - EP2

    John Peacock's "Buddhism Before the Theravada" Part 1 - EP2

    Welcome to Dharma PhD! Conversations about the science, philosophy, and culture of Mindfulness and Secular Buddhism.
    We're excited to be christening this podcast with a series of six talks by John Peacock: "Buddhism Before the Theravada". Today is Part 1.
    The blog post that accompanies this episode is https://dharmaphd.com/2020/09/15/commentary-on-john-peacocks-buddhism-before-the-theravada-part-1/ (here).
    John Peacock's original talk is hosted on AudioDharma.org, the entire series (of which this is the first) is here: https://gate.sc?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.audiodharma.org%2Fseries%2F207%2Ftalk%2F2602%2Fandtoken=81aee1-1-1598300816778 (www.audiodharma.org/series/207/talk/2602/).
    The transcript of Peacock's talk is available on the Dharma PhD website: https://dharmaphd.com/2020/07/18/john-peacock-buddhism-before-the-theravada-part-1-2011-09-03/ (https://dharmaphd.com/2020/07/18/john-peacock-buddhism-before-the-theravada-part-1-2011-09-03/)
    Bodhi College, of which you'll be hearing more: https://gate.sc?url=https%3A%2F%2Fbodhi-college.org%2Fandtoken=78c121-1-1598300816779 (bodhi-college.org/)
    If you actually want to know more than I do about John Peacock, a great place to start is his bio on the Bodhi College website: https://gate.sc?url=https%3A%2F%2Fbodhi-college.org%2Fmission-statement%2Fcore-teachers%2Fandtoken=996c74-1-1598300816779 (bodhi-college.org/mission-statement/core-teachers/)
    The book by Douglas Hofstadter I referred to is Surfaces and Essences. It's amazing, both as text and audiobook: https://gate.sc?url=https%3A%2F%2Fsmile.amazon.com%2FSurfaces-Essences-Analogy-Fuel-Thinking%2Fdp%2F0465018475%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fdchild%3D1%26keywords%3Dsurfaces%2Band%2Bessences%26qid%3D1598008467%26sr%3D8-1%26tag%3Dduckduckgo-ffab-b-20andtoken=302c09-1-1598300816779 (smile.amazon.com/Surfaces-Essence…duckgo-ffab-b-20)
    And, finally, a moment of errata: Theravadan monks have 227 rules and nuns have 311. I do not believe that the words "monk" and "nun" are the best translations for the words "bhikkhu" and "bhikkhuni", but that won't surprise anyone who listens to this talk.
    May you be well!

    • 31 min
    Welcome to Dharma PhD! - EP1

    Welcome to Dharma PhD! - EP1

    Welcome to Dharma PhD! We're very happy to be here. And we're happy you're here, too!
    Want to get in touch? Shoot us an email at hello@dharmaphd.com.
    May you be well!

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

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kris10yagerduarte ,

So exciting!

I am thrilled to have found this as a new student of mindfulness who’s also decidedly secular. I have had trouble finding an introduction to some of these concepts, but this host seems to explain them just beautifully while being neither esoteric nor condescending. The banter between her and her cohost is light, entertaining, and very useful for bridging her obviously broad knowledge with his layperson’s curiosity. I am excited for upcoming episodes!

Skidtz ,

A Bright and Cheerful Take

Such a fun host and co-host! I love their rapport. Bringing a fresh new voice to the Dharma. Keep ‘em coming!

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