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The Freedom Place podcast is a platform for distributing the teachings of Traktung Khepa. Spiritual adept, visionary, poet, farmer, Traktung Khepa is an American-born sage who has taught students in America, Europe, and Cuba since 1990. For 30 years he has guided Tsogyelgar, a contemplative community outside Ann Arbor, Michigan. Equally able to explore the most esoteric aspects and methods of the Tantric path or discuss Existentialism, Santeria, Alchemy, Political Philosophy, or Art History, t.k.’s style of teaching is immediate and relevant.

As a child, t.k. traveled with his parents from Marrakesh to Istanbul exploring modern and ancient cultures, museums, churches, whirling dervishes, gypsy caves, healers in the Black Forest, and mysteries of Greek ruins. As a teen he had encounters with spiritual aspirants and adepts of every sort from Jesuit priests and Franciscan monks to Krishnamurti, 32nd degree Freemasons, Sufi and Zen masters and more. At the same time he picnicked on the White House lawn with Reagan and joked with Nixon and Kissinger as they played Happy Birthday for his mother on the piano.

t.k’s lifelong passion for exploring spiritual traditions and life’s meaning has seamlessly melded with his profound realization accomplished through the non-monastic Tantric path. The Adept Thinley Norbu Rinpoche repeatedly encouraged him share his wisdom and realization to, “Help Westerners clarify the inner meanings of Tantra without distortions.”

The Freedom Place Traktung Khepa

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The Freedom Place podcast is a platform for distributing the teachings of Traktung Khepa. Spiritual adept, visionary, poet, farmer, Traktung Khepa is an American-born sage who has taught students in America, Europe, and Cuba since 1990. For 30 years he has guided Tsogyelgar, a contemplative community outside Ann Arbor, Michigan. Equally able to explore the most esoteric aspects and methods of the Tantric path or discuss Existentialism, Santeria, Alchemy, Political Philosophy, or Art History, t.k.’s style of teaching is immediate and relevant.

As a child, t.k. traveled with his parents from Marrakesh to Istanbul exploring modern and ancient cultures, museums, churches, whirling dervishes, gypsy caves, healers in the Black Forest, and mysteries of Greek ruins. As a teen he had encounters with spiritual aspirants and adepts of every sort from Jesuit priests and Franciscan monks to Krishnamurti, 32nd degree Freemasons, Sufi and Zen masters and more. At the same time he picnicked on the White House lawn with Reagan and joked with Nixon and Kissinger as they played Happy Birthday for his mother on the piano.

t.k’s lifelong passion for exploring spiritual traditions and life’s meaning has seamlessly melded with his profound realization accomplished through the non-monastic Tantric path. The Adept Thinley Norbu Rinpoche repeatedly encouraged him share his wisdom and realization to, “Help Westerners clarify the inner meanings of Tantra without distortions.”

    Listener Questions #2 - The Potential for Liberation

    Listener Questions #2 - The Potential for Liberation

    Welcome to the fifteenth episode of The Freedom Place podcast featuring interviews with American-born sage, Traktung Khepa. For more information about t.k. and his work, visit https://www.TraktungKhepa.com.

    In this interview, t.k. answers questions sent in by a listener of the podcast. We love listener questions, so to have t.k. answer your questions in an upcoming episode, please send them to me, Greg Kaminsky, via Facebook Messenger, or email them to info@tsogyelgar.org.

    The questions answered in this episode are:

    1. Is it possible to achieve liberation from the fetters of greed, hatred, and delusion in this lifetime? Is this level of freedom possible? If so, in what sense, and what are the most important means for achieving it?

    2. A second question is about the importance of meditation. I have a career, children and a girlfriend. However, enlightenment is very important to me and I am interested in advice as to how I can best progress within my own circumstances. I have maybe 5 or 6 hours available a day during the week. How would that time best be spent if my goal is to progress towards freedom and awakening?

    The intro music is "Devotion" by David Modica and the outro music is "As if in a dream." A haunting beautiful wisdom poem by Thinley Norbu Rinpoche that reminds us of the ephemeral quality of this appearance-emptiness we call our lives. It is sung by Tsochen Khandro and was recorded at Tsogyelgar. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQ3rzUm5gqk

    • 46 min
    Pranayama - Breathing as as Aspect of Spiritual Practice

    Pranayama - Breathing as as Aspect of Spiritual Practice

    Welcome to the 14th episode of The Freedom Place podcast featuring interviews with American-born sage, Traktung Khepa. For more information about t.k. and his work, visit https://www.TraktungKhepa.com.

    In this interview, t.k. discusses breath. How does one work with breathing for spiritual work? What is the human subtle body and how does this process structure relate to breath? What are the inner and secret aspects of air that allow spiritual practitioners to access the life force? And many more questions are answered in this exceptional teaching provided by t.k.

    If you have any additional questions or comments about what has been presented here, even if it's to ask for the name of or link to a source, please contact us at info@tsogyelgar.org.

    The intro music is "Devotion" by David Modica and the outro music is "Beyond Words" by Just A Tourist from their excellent album, "In the Woods of Nowhere" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yKIP7NtcOE.

    • 46 min
    Magic: A Conversation on Sorcery & the Realization of Philosophic Wisdom

    Magic: A Conversation on Sorcery & the Realization of Philosophic Wisdom

    Welcome to the 13th episode of The Freedom Place podcast featuring interviews with American-born sage, Traktung Khepa. For more information about t.k. and his work, visit https://www.TraktungKhepa.com.

    In this interview, t.k. discusses magic. What is magic? How is it practiced? What are the differences between wisdom magic and mundane magic? Additional highlights include a consideration of different approaches to practicing magic, why wisdom magic is much more powerful than magic performed without wisdom, sex magic, plant magic, and why it is only worthwhile pursuing a magical practice in the context of an authentic spiritual path. Now, I've been studying and practicing magic in a variety of contexts for the past 15 years or so. During that time, I've read innumerable books on the subject, performed countless rituals and meditations, and spoken with hundreds of teachers and other practitioners. However, after meeting t.k. and his friends, I witnessed and experienced magic of such an exquisite and sacred nature that it was truly astounding. And since then, the displays of this magical power I've been privy to have been reality-shattering in a number of ways. As a result, I've been wanting to record an interview with t.k. on this topic for more than 2 years. But I advise caution if you're someone that has ideas about how magic can serve you, what constitutes an authentic magical practice, or are a follower of Aleister Crowley, what is said here may come as a bit of a shock. But I implore you to listen with an open mind and accept my recommendation that what you're about to hear is the most accurate and wise exposition on the subject of magic that I've been blessed to encounter.

    If you have any questions or comments about what has been presented here, even if it's to ask for the name of, or link to a source please contact us at info@tsogyelgar.org.

    The intro music is "Devotion" by David Modica and the outro music is "Unmade and Made" by Just A Tourist from their masterful album, "Sunlight Revealed." https://youtu.be/kIGU4AvHvQo

    • 59 min
    Meaningfulness

    Meaningfulness

    Welcome to the twelfth episode of The Freedom Place podcast featuring interviews with American-born sage, Traktung Khepa. I'm your host, Greg Kaminsky. For more information about t.k. and his work, visit https://www.TraktungKhepa.com.

    In this interview, t.k. discusses meaning. What is meaning? Where can it be found? Does it come from outside us, do we create it, or is it found outside of relationality? In this conversation, t.k. presents meaning, not as a particular meaning of this or that, but meaningfulness itself as divinity. Please leave us questions or comments, or send them to info@tsogyelgar.org.

    The intro music is "Devotion" by David Modica and the outro music is "Ultimate View Meditation and Action" by Honey Rain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Qm1ViBRKpE&t=90s

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    • 48 min
    Know Thyself

    Know Thyself

    Welcome to the eleventh episode of The Freedom Place podcast featuring interviews with American-born sage, Traktung Khepa. For more information about t.k. and his work, visit https://www.TraktungKhepa.com.

    In this interview, t.k. discusses Socrates' ancient aphorism, "Know Thyself." He describes the way in which delusion arises as a process structure and how this process structure, mistakenly perceived as an individual (a subjective self in a world of objects) engages in unconscious lying in order to armor and protect itself. This self-lying is the pivot point for one who is on a spiritual path as the place where one can engage in the work of knowing thyself.

    The intro music is "Devotion" by David Modica and the outro music is "Land of Unmaking" by Just a Tourist, from their album Narrow Canyons. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1w74JJlor0w

    • 55 min
    On Spiritual Authority and the Importance of Questioning

    On Spiritual Authority and the Importance of Questioning

    Welcome to the tenth episode of The Freedom Place podcast featuring interviews with American-born sage, Traktung Khepa. I'm your host, Greg Kaminsky. For more information about t.k. and his work, visit https://www.TraktungKhepa.com.

    In this interview, t.k. discusses the notion of spiritual authority and the value of holding an attitude of questioning. One of the teachings here is that it is the quality and integrity of the spiritual teaching that invests the teacher with authority, not the other way around. Also, it is vitally important that students and those seeking to learn not accept what they are taught at face value, but deeply consider the teachings and then ask questions to ensure their understanding.

    The intro music is "Devotion" by David Modica and the outro music is "How Will You Live?" by Just a Tourist from their excellent recent album, Ruined for Business. https://open.spotify.com/album/730Z2u5jv0wefNUcgIUH0t

    • 44 min

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