69 episodes

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

Post-Traditional Buddhism Podcast The Imperfect Buddha Podcast

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.5, 28 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

    69. IBP: The Wonkiness One (Preamble ahoy)

    69. IBP: The Wonkiness One (Preamble ahoy)

    Ok, I went and did something a little bit different. I spoke directly to the time we live in. It may work. It may not.

    This is the first in a short series of audio articles. You can read the text version if you prefer over at the Imperfect Buddha site.

    It steers a path towards the practising life through the tumultuous times we inhabit...in stages.

    This is the preamble...and this is the intro to the it from the site;

    "And so it begins. This is clearly the preamble, but to what? A short series on the world we currently inhabit with a view to ho the practising life might engage it. Can we think away from the enticing polarised landscape we are often pulled into by social media, the media and the politics of the moment. It's not enough to remain aloof, or indifferent, so what do we do? Not, what should we do, that's not up to me, but how could we relate, openly, with curiosity, with presence, with care, with intellectual honesty, with a refusal to kowtow to the unthinking games of politics on display. Engage politically, but avoid the allure of merging with the crowd, and the cheap payoffs promised, or dive deeply into a tribe and swim in their idealogical formations and performance; both can be worth a try if you can hold your shit together as you do so. Heaven forbid I should advise you to do otherwise.
    What I will do though is explore out-loud, and possibly fail. Either way, I'm willing to have a go.
    This is not only a paper bound, screen bound written affair. If you'd prefer to listen, there's an audio version of this text, with a twist. Here it is if you want to head off in that direction. If not, read on."

    Links
    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

    • 34 min
    68. IBP - Conspiracy Afoot

    68. IBP - Conspiracy Afoot

    A new episode is here. The lingering challenge of conspiracies, fake news, and the emergence of information silos means that we as a global society are being confronted with a major challenge to our relationship to information, to facts, and to the epistemological challenges we have always been burdened with regarding knowledge and the act of knowing. Conspiracy Theories are with us to stay and if you look at them for longer than a glance, they begin to mutate, twisting into odd shapes that can appear familiar and alien all at once. We cannot afford to look down our nose at them any more, they are part and parcel of the world we inhabit, and we must contend with the wider issues they raise.

    In this episode, recorded under quarantine, the Imperfect Buddha podcast explores the wider, hidden implications of the conspiratorial mindset and the challenges it represents. We look at its close relationship with spirituality, religion, and the New Age. We go deep into the psychology, the epistemological challenges, and explore practice ideas and the ethical duty we may all do well to consider exhibiting towards those enchanted by global conspiracy. We have tried to avoid treading familiar ground and the practice suggestions are not only for conspiracy theorists; they are for us too. For as we suggested in our episodes on cults (whose members share many characteristics with dogged conspiracy theorists), we have our own role to play in the world of conspiracies.

    Feedback as always is welcomed. Feel free to support the podcast by making a small donation. O’Connell Coaching is available to those in need - Conspiracy Theorists are welcome too.

    Music for this episode comes from Odd Nosdam: https://nosdam.bandcamp.com/

    Links
    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 30 min
    67. IBP: Dr Ashley Frawley on Happiness & the Present

    67. IBP: Dr Ashley Frawley on Happiness & the Present

    “In a society that has no future, the present gains exponentially in importance.”

    In the time of Corona, what are we to do with happiness? Today’s guest is an expert on the subject and the well-being industry. Dr Ashley Frawley studies the relationship between the ideology of self-care, technologies of the self and wider social policy and practice. In her book, The Semiotics of Happiness, she explores the roots of happiness and its inclusion as a goal of wider society. We discuss Mindfulness, its rise, and possible wane, and the ideas that underpin the culture of self-development, as well as what might come after the Mindfulness fad. We talk about the current pandemic and the impact if might have on the obsession with the self.

    “If your purpose in life is emotional well-being then any upset is an attack on your whole purpose in life.”

    Topics covered include;

    • Is happiness increasing or decreasing after decades of experimentation with practices such as self-esteem, self-development, and Mindfulness?
    • What happens to a society that has no future, or no real collective future goals?
    • Mindfulness as the acceptance that we cannot change the world, or resolve social problems: a commitment to passivity.
    • Is mindfulness on the wane? If so, what magic bullet comes next?
    • Spiritual narratives and the one cure to save them all; how technologies of the self escape critique.
    • Mindfulness promoted as a magical bullet
    • Have we given up on solving social problems in meaningful ways?
    • The role of tradition and our commitment to something greater than ourselves vs freedom to apparently do whatever you want.
    • Self-obsession and centering happiness within yourself leads to misery
    • Our search for meaning and truth have turned inwards; as there are no external projects for meaning making people seeking meaning from self-help books, rules for life, quick cures.
    • Humans need collective, future orientated projects, where we have agency and can act on the world
    • Misanthropy as a consequence of the focus in on the self; profound distrust in humans

    Today’s Menu

    Starters: Corona virus Update 00:00-04:00
    First course: Lama Surya Das & Twitter 04:00-15:40
    Main course: Ashley Frawley 15:40 starts

    Enjoy! And come along to The Great Feast...

    Links
    Mother site: https://imperfectbuddha.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/imperfectbuddha
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Imperfectbuddha

    Dr Ashley Frawley’s University page: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/staff/human-and-health-sciences/allstaff/a.frawley/

    Music: Odd Nosdam https://nosdam.bandcamp.com/

    • 1 hr 7 min
    66. IBP: Facing the Coronavirus: the practising life in a time of crisis

    66. IBP: Facing the Coronavirus: the practising life in a time of crisis

    The Practising Life in many ways starts when there is a crisis. Our capacity to walk the talk, make our practice more than a mere means for survival, or for managing the banality of our existence is tested. Buddhism has many resources for facing crisis, but there is another tradition that is just as good, if not better; Stoicism. And some of its proponents lived through their own pandemics, and faced them head on. Albert Camus makes an appearance too.
    In this short, improvised episode of the Imperfect Buddha Podcast, I provide a dispatch from Italy and life at the start of a third week under quarantine. I also provide thoughts, suggestions and ideas on the practising life in a time of crisis.
    There are also a number of predications on the sort of future we might face at the end.
    This is my small act of kindness, a theme that is fundamental in making sure that we live this crisis rather than merely survive it, and I hope you find something of value in this topical episode and live well the days, weeks, and months to come.

    Feel free to get in touch if you'd like support and coaching in facing this crisis.

    Links
    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

    • 37 min
    65. IBP: The Ideological Turn (a pedagogical platter)

    65. IBP: The Ideological Turn (a pedagogical platter)

    This Turn takes us deep, deep down into the deep dark world of ideology to show why it's such a fundamental concept for understanding ourselves and the world, and the entanglement between the two, in an articulation of the concept of interdependence that rarely gets explored by Buddhists or spiritual folks alike.

    Three Europeans will help us on our way and after regular requests, I provide some practice tips, a new Bodhisattva vow and more. Though practise tips are actually present throughout and the more discerning listener will see just how much gold dust and nuggets can be sifted from this enduring topic: too often dismissed or merely articulated in its grossest form.

    If it’s all too much, you might want to listen in more than one sitting and ponder the goods served up by these great thinkers and my own humble attempt to make their ideas as relevant and contemporary as possible to practitioners like you, and why not, if needed, wash it all down with a nice cup of Ted Meissner tea.

    Menu of the Day: Great Feast Specials

    01. Overview of the themes that ideology forces us to confront.
    02. Antonio Gramsci; ideas that capture populations and Buddhist groups, cultural hegemony...interdependence of the underappreciated kind.
    03. Antoine Destutt de Tracy: coining ideology, the science of ideas, the sensual nature of ideas, ideaophobes...feelings are wrapped in ideology (who would’ve thought it).
    04. Louis Althusser: identification, capture, the naturalness of it all...how ideology is in your subjective experience and on your meditation cushion.
    05. Practise tips: entering the Great Feast, the bodhisattva vow...committing to the world beyond our dreams and fantasies.

    Background music is provided by some wonderful local musicians from Trieste; Riccardo Morpurgo Trio, a jazz ensemble, and Amorth, a music producer and electronic music artist. Along with these two dynamos, we have a fantastic Trip Hop artist still going strong from the UK, Funki Porcini.

    Links
    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 34 min
    64. IBP: Side View's Adam Robbert on Philosophy as a Way of Life

    64. IBP: Side View's Adam Robbert on Philosophy as a Way of Life

    Podcast meets Podcast. Adam Robbert from the Sideview boards the Imperfect Buddha to discuss the work of Pierre Hardot, author of Philosophy as a Way of Life, along with a long list of our shared favourite topics. We get into the nitty-gritty of the practising life, contemplation, reflection, embodied consciousness and martial arts, the path ahead, challenges on the way, and more.

    This is most definitely a Great Feast conversation.

    Links
    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

    More on Adam's philosophically minded work can be found at the Sideview: https://thesideview.co/

    • 2 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

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!

9to5'r ,

Self Righteous and Cliched

Life is hard and we live in perilous time. This listener came looking for wisdom but found in episode 67 only contempt and a sort of self righteous intellectualism. The moderator is sensitive and articulate however, he at no point challenged his guest who used an incredible amount of verbiage to say, in the most condescending manner,
next to nothing.

hayduke jr ,

Gramski

Spare me your communist garbage.

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