Interviews with profound, yet down-to-earth spiritual teachers. Hear their life stories and nuggets of wisdom that you can apply to your spiritual search. If the great mysteries of life intrigue you, then you will enjoy this show. Some of the questions we explore: Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going? What is the self? Is there a soul? What is enlightenment? What is death? What is the difference between meditation for relaxation and meditation for self inquiry?
Bernadette Roberts on How it Works – diving into the Unmanifested
This episode’s reading is an essay by Bernadette Roberts titled “How it Works.” In just a few paragraphs, Bernadette dives deep into the paradox of the unmanifested, manifesting, and manifested. It’s from her book The Experience of No-Self. Though Bernadette considered herself a Christian writer and seemed perpetually irritated with anyone trying to take her … Continue reading "Bernadette Roberts on How it Works – diving into the Unmanifested"
“Transmission” by Bart Marshall: The Induction Series #1
What is Zen transmission? Today’s reading is from Bart Marshall’s essay called “Transmission” published in the book Beyond Mind, Beyond Death. Bart has appeared on this podcast and was featured in my film Closer Than Close, so I’m sure many of you are familiar with his work. It’s a brilliant essay, striking a bell that’s … Continue reading "“Transmission” by Bart Marshall: The Induction Series #1"
The Lecture of Questions – Revisited
The first time I saw Richard Rose, I heard him give his Lecture of Questions. It began with “What do you know for sure? Does a man own a house or does a house on him?” and continued, question after question, challenging my assumptions, beliefs, and hopes about every aspect of life. I was both … Continue reading "The Lecture of Questions – Revisited"
Pat The Barber Crowley: the power of intuitive intelligence
The one thing I didn’t ask Pat “The Barber” Crowley in our interview was how he got his nickname. I’ll blame that on the Irish gift for storytelling, in full evidence with Pat Crowley, which mesmerized and transported me to the wild seashores of Ireland and into the heart of Pat’s hunger for Truth. Pat … Continue reading "Pat The Barber Crowley: the power of intuitive intelligence"
Art Ticknor: the essence of confrontation
My last interview with Art Ticknor was nearly 15 years ago, so I thought it time to catch up and see what’s new. Nothing much, in the sense that Art is still as uncompromising and ever a truth-seeking gadfly. In addition to audio, there is video available for this interview. Check it out below. Art … Continue reading "Art Ticknor: the essence of confrontation"
John E Davis Interview
John E Davis II is a spiritual teacher who passed away in 1984 , leaving behind an audiotaped interview and a few poems that appeared in a TAT Journal shortly after his passing. I resurrected that interview for this month’s podcast because it’s refreshingly far removed from the increasingly homogeneous mass of spiritual teachings on … Continue reading "John E Davis Interview"
Inspiring and Informative
These are incredibly inspiring and informative podcasts. They stand out for two reasons. One is the teachers that are interviewed. They're open and straightforward about their spiritual path and what they found, and they have insightful observations about what's useful, and not so useful, in the search. The other reason is that the interviewer, Shawn Nevins, listens well and asks penetrating questions that draws out each teacher's unique perspective and insights. I highly recommend them for anyone interested in the spiritual path.