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The Guru Viking Podcast specializes in in-depth interviews with remarkable figures in the world of meditation, spirituality, and self development.

Steve travels internationally teaching somatic practices and meditation, and leads explorations in contemplative, mystic, & relational realms.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.6 • 56 Ratings

The Guru Viking Podcast specializes in in-depth interviews with remarkable figures in the world of meditation, spirituality, and self development.

Steve travels internationally teaching somatic practices and meditation, and leads explorations in contemplative, mystic, & relational realms.

    Ep155 - Hardcore Zen - Brad Warner

    Ep155 - Hardcore Zen - Brad Warner

    In this episode I am joined by Brad Warner, Zen teacher and best-selling author of ‘Hardcore Zen’ and ‘The Other Side of Nothing’.

    Brad recounts his unusual childhood, his passion for Punk rock ethics, and reveals what thwarted his teenage desire to become a born again Christian.

    Brad describes his first encounter with Zen, shares the secret of his decades of daily practice, and explains why he is at odds with the culture and institutions of mainline American Zen.

    Brad also discusses his awakening experience, the significance of dharma transmission, his new book on ethics, and what Dogen’s mysterious metaphors have in common with the TV show ‘Ancient Aliens’.



    Video version: www.guruviking.com/podcast/155-hardcore-zen-brad-warner

    Also available on Youtube, iTunes, & Spotify – search ‘Guru Viking Podcast’.



    Topics include:

    00:00 - Intro
    00:48 - Brad’s writing process
    01:54 - ‘I’m not saying it was Aliens, but it was Aliens’
    03:25 - Brad’s unusual upbringing
    06:22 - Finding Zen and moving to Japan
    09:38 - Punk rock ethics
    11:38 - Trying to become a Christian
    14:39 - Practice vs belief
    18:09 - At odds with institutional Zen
    20:57 - Brad’s Zen vs American Zen
    25:08 - American Buddhist politics
    26:25 - The secret of Brad’s daily meditation practice
    36:01 - Meditation consequences permanent or temporary?
    39:11 - The danger of stopping practice after awakening
    40:56 - Nishijima Roshi cutting Brad down
    46:36 - Brad’s awakening experience
    49:37 - Receiving Dharma transmission
    54:01 - Links to SFZC
    55:09 - Dharma transmission wars and institutional power
    01:02:06 - Secret lineage of transmission
    01:05:06 - Will Brad give dharma transmission?
    01:09:35 - What if Nishijima Roshi had moved to the USA?
    01:13:41 - Does Brad have a teacher now?
    01:17:15 - Brad’s new book about ethics and non-duality
    01:25:13 - Dogen’s elusive metaphors
    01:30:44 - Brad on race and being a foreigner



    To find out more about Brad Warner, visit:
    - http://hardcorezen.info/
    - https://www.youtube.com/c/HardcoreZen

    For more interviews, videos, and more visit:
    - www.guruviking.com

    Music ‘Deva Dasi’ by Steve James

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Steve James On The Man Reimagined Podcast

    Steve James On The Man Reimagined Podcast

    Richard Ayling recently interviewed me on his 'Man Reimagined' Podcast.

    Topics include:

    00:00 - Rich on Steve and interesting topics
    03:07 - Steve’s background
    08:46 - What is average?
    11:06 - Growing up on the Shetland Islands
    13:41 - Discipline and delayed gratification
    22:54 - Guru Viking Meditation Club
    34:10 - Strong determination sitting
    36:51 - Dedication from enjoyment
    43:07 - ‘Masculine and feminine’
    01:00:36 - Fundamentalism trap
    01:03:08 - Rich’s doubts about men’s work
    01:07:30 - Rich’s professional trajectory
    01:18:36 - Methods are limited + Steve on men’s work
    01:29:03 - Enquiry over imposition
    01:34:23 - Movement Koan Method
    01:42:43 - Meditation vs movement practices
    01:44:40 - About relationship
    01:49:27 - On conversation
    01:51:42 - Steve’s future

    Richard Ayling: https://www.re-align.co/

    Other times I have been interviewed: https://www.guruviking.com/podcast/category/Steve+Interviewed

    • 2 hr
    Ep154: Faith And Science - Dr Jonathan Lunine, Shinzen Young, & Chelsey Fasano

    Ep154: Faith And Science - Dr Jonathan Lunine, Shinzen Young, & Chelsey Fasano

    Special guest Dr Jonathan Lunine, distinguished American planetary scientist and physicist, joins the ongoing discussion with:

    - Shinzen Young, meditation teacher and neuroscience research consultant
    - Chelsey Fasano, a Columbia University neuroscience student

    Dr Lunine is the David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Sciences and Chair of the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University. Dr Lunine has published over 380 research papers and is at the forefront of research into planet formation, evolution, and habitability.

    Dr Lunine’s work includes the Cassini mission to Saturn, the James Webb Space Telescope, and the Juno Mission to Jupiter. Dr Lunine is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has participated in and chaired advisory and strategic planning committees for the Academy and for NASA.

    In this episode, the group question the compatibility of faith and science, explore the writings of St Thomas Aquinas and the radical theology of T.S Eliot, and consider the controversial theories of Sir Roger Penrose.

    Dr Lunine also discusses his research into life on other planets, reveals the possibility of cyanide-based life, and speculates about the role of God in the universe of the Big Bang.



    Video version: www.guruviking.com/podcast/ep145-faith-and-science-jonathan-lunine-shinzen-young-chesley-fasano

    Also available on Youtube, iTunes, & Spotify – search ‘Guru Viking Podcast’.


    Topics Include:

    00:00 - Intro
    01:23 - Faith and Reason
    04:42 - How big is life?
    07:57 - Physics & God
    08:57 - Buddhist exceptionalism
    09:33 - Are science and faith compatible?
    13:59 - The Society of Catholic Scientists
    15:17 - Georges Lemaître and the Big Bang
    16:03 - Dr Lunine’s search for life on other planets and moons
    17:36 - Titan’s methane seas and hydrogen bonding mechanisms
    20:03 - Cyanide-based life and information molecules
    28:52 - Future missions to Titan
    30:57 - Definition of a habitable zone
    33:20 - Detecting water on extra-solar planets
    37:04 - How big is life and where is information stored?
    43:55 - Is life on Earth the ultimate pinnacle of self-organisation?
    45:42 - Meta-life and Sir Roger Penrose
    48:04 - The radical theology of T.S Eliot
    50:24 - Aquinas on diversity as an expression of order
    52:14 - Time and timelessness
    55:44 - God as the Infinite and eternal foundation of all reality
    56:46 - Chaos and Dr Sanguinetti



    Previous episodes in this series:
    - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlkzlKFgdknxjhwG5wmXRVfrkeGczVPVI


    To find out more about Dr Lunine, visit:
    - https://astro.cornell.edu/jonathan-lunine


    To find out more about Shinzen, visit:
    - https://www.guruviking.com/ep37-shinzen-young-pandemic-edition-guru-viking-podcast/
    - www.shinzen.org

    To find out more about Chelsey, visit:
    - www.chelseyfasano.com


    For more interviews, videos, and more visit:
    - www.guruviking.com

    Music ‘Deva Dasi’ by Steve James

    • 59 min
    Ep153: Kundalini & The Occult - Mary Shutan

    Ep153: Kundalini & The Occult - Mary Shutan

    In this episode I am joined by Mary Shutan: author, occultist, and spiritual teacher.

    Mary shares her journey from a traumatic early childhood to adoption into an upper-middle class family, and how spiritual overwhelm in her teenage years, and a subsequent kundalini awakening, drove her to in-depth study of spiritual themes.

    Mary details her own kundalini experience, including challenging side effects, kundalini traps, and the role of sacrifice on the spiritual path.


    Mary also discusses her love of reading and magical realism, recounts her time as a ritual magician working with the dark feminine, advises on encounters with entities and extra-terrestrials, and describes the different types of spiritual protection employed by institutions and public figures.



    Video version: www.guruviking.com/podcast/153-mary-shutan-kundalini-and-the-occult

    Also available on Youtube, iTunes, & Spotify – search ‘Guru Viking Podcast’.



    Topics include:


    00:00 - Intro
    01:03 - Prolific publications
    01:41 - Mary’s writing process
    02:35 - Upper-middle class upbringing as an adoptee
    04:56 - Early childhood trauma
    08:28 - Spiritual overwhelm during teenage years
    13:03 - Magical realism and Mary’s writing influences
    17:29 - Spiritual truths in fiction
    18:41 - Pan’s Garden, elementals, and Clive Barker
    20:34 - Magic in art
    22:37 - Mary’s kundalini awakening
    26:04 - What is kundalini?
    28:04 - Challenging side-effects of Mary’s kundalini awakening
    32:35 - Active vs passive surrender
    34:49 - Common misconceptions about kundalini
    37:59 - What triggers kundalini awakening?
    40:58 - Spontaneous kundalini awakenings
    42:46 - Direct methods to awaken kundalini
    45:40 - Kundalini traps
    48:07 - Sacrifice on the spiritual path
    49:48 - Losing martyrdom and other identity markers
    52:31 - Years in ritual magic and occultism
    55:31 - Misogyny in Western Occultism and the dark feminine
    59:01 - How to know if an occult ritual has worked
    01:01:29 - Are occultists hired by governments and celebrities?
    01:07:12 - Different types of spiritual protection employed by institutions and public figures
    01:09:09 - Mary’s near death experience
    01:12:23 - Working with non-corporeal teachers and other entities
    01:14:39 - Voluntary possession practices
    01:18:06 - Encounters with extra-terrestrials
    01:20:25 - Adi Da’s ‘Knee of Listening’
    01:22:38 - Working with Mary



    To find out more about Mary Shutan, visit:
    - http://maryshutan.com/

    For more interviews, videos, and more visit:
    - www.guruviking.com

    Music ‘Deva Dasi’ by Steve James

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Ep152: Voice of Bhutan - Ashi Kunzang Choden

    Ep152: Voice of Bhutan - Ashi Kunzang Choden

    In this episode I travel to the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, where I visit world renowned Bhutanese author Ashi Kunzang Choden at her family seat of Ogyen Choling in the Tang Valley, Bumthang.

    Ashi gives a tour of her home, which her family have occupied for hundreds of years, including a rare look into a remarkable multi-story temple with rich religious frescos, sacred artefacts, and entire floors dedicated to Tara and Guru Rinpoche.

    Ashi also recounts her remarkable life that embodies so much of Bhutan’s recent history.

    Ashi was born into a family of feudal lords, witnessed the reformations of the 1950s, was educated in Catholic convents in India, and worked for the United Nations, before returning to her family home which she now runs as a cultural centre and guest house.

    Ashi also recalls the spiritual advice given to her by Dudjom Rinpoche, reveals why her exposure to Christianity opened her up to the heart of Buddhism, and discusses the impact of feminist thought on her perspective of Bhutanese culture and her place in it.



    Video version: www.guruviking.com/podcast/152-voice-of-bhutan-ashi-kunzang-choden

    Also available on Youtube, iTunes, & Spotify – search ‘Guru Viking Podcast’.




    Topics include:

    00:00 - Intro
    01:13 - About Ogyen Choling
    04:53 - Entering the temple
    06:15 - The main temple featuring Buddha Shakyamuni, Dorje Lingpa, & Longchenpa
    08:55 - Bardo Thodol fresco
    09:28 - Sacred relics
    12:49 - Frescoes of Guru Rinpoche and Kalachakra Shambala
    16:53 - The Tara temple with unique family statues
    18:36 - Frescos of the 84 Mahasiddhas, Avalokiteshvara, & the Buddha
    20:44 - History of Ashi’s family temple
    22:26 - Preservation of Dorje Lingpa’s texts
    26:43 - Tour of the family museum
    28:14 - About the local spirits
    30:48 - Pre-reformation life of self-sufficiency
    32:44 - Effects of global warming on crops
    35:14 - Rice, grain, and alcohol practices
    38:16 - History of Ashi’s family
    42:44 - Ashi’s memories of Bhutan’s reformations
    46:43 - Education at Catholic convents for 11 years
    50:28 - Opening to Buddhism to through Christianity
    53:41 - Meetings with great Lamas and the advice of Dudjom Rinpoche
    01:00:03 - Ashi on feminism
    01:06:28 - Ashi’s writing career
    01:11:19 - Ashi’s closing remarks 

…

    To find out more about Ashi Kunzang Choden, visit:
    - https://www.olingheritagehouse.com/about
    - https://www.riyangbooks.com/



    For more interviews, videos, and more visit:
    - www.guruviking.com

    Music ‘Deva Dasi’ by Steve James

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Ep151: Scottish Mystic - David McMurdo

    Ep151: Scottish Mystic - David McMurdo

    David recounts his upbringing in Scotland, and how a lifetime of frustrated spiritual seeking was resolved in a profound spiritual experience that changed everything.

    David details the results of this transformative experience and discusses themes such as religiosity, the zeal of the convert, falling into the spirit of God, advice for prayer and meditation, and the mystic’s view of identity.




    Video version: https://www.guruviking.com/podcast/151-scottish-mystic-david-mcmurdo

    Also available on Youtube, iTunes, & Spotify – search ‘Guru Viking Podcast’.



    Topics include:

    00:00 - Intro
    00:37 - David’s upbringing in Scotland
    03:50 - David’s love of the Scottish town of Thurso
    05:56 - Frustrating spiritual seeking
    07:57 - A life-changing spiritual experience
    10:56 - Piercing the roof of the intellect
    12:32 - Jesus Christ
    15:43 - The Mystery
    18:01 - Changes in David after the experience
    20:06 - Gnosis and experiential spirituality
    21:55 - Zeal of the convert
    26:50 - Disagreement with the doctrine of the trinity
    30:52 - Zealots aren’t fun
    31:48 - Leaving the tribe
    34:12 - Falling into the spirit of God
    36:43 - The ultimate truth
    40:04 - Depression and the Dark Night of the Soul
    42:13 - What is God?
    47:04 - Heaven, hell, and the afterlife
    49:57 - Experiential vs intellectual knowledge
    54:35 - Advice for spiritual practice
    59:56 - Prayer and meditation
    01:02:39 - How to meditate
    01:04:51 - What is love?
    01:09:26 - Pacifism and conflict
    01:14:35 - Repentance and purification
    01:17:57 - The mystic’s view of identity
    01:23:25 - David’s YouTube channel



    To find out more about David McMurdo, visit:
    - https://www.youtube.com/c/DavidMcMurdo

    For more interviews, videos, and more visit:
    - www.guruviking.com

    Music ‘Deva Dasi’ by Steve James

    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

Plasma Platypus ,

Amazing Guest!

Amazing guests with amazing questions. All coming from a grounded and experienced host, the space given to these teachers and researchers of spiritual teachings is unparalleled. Always a delight to see new and old names pop up here.

Masterthegameoflife ,

Excellent podcast!

It has been difficult for me to find podcasts that take a deep dive into eastern practices and traditions. This one has done it... and the host provides very thoughtful questions that has a grounding quality to the topics being discussed.

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Sounds culty to me

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