98 episodes

The Imperfect Buddha podcast has been addressing anti-intellectualism and ideological capture in western Buddhism and spirituality more broadly since its inception. It provides a space for dynamic conversations designed to bring out what is so often hidden and so often despised by critics and intellectuals engaging with contemporary forms of practice. Matthew O’Connell hosts the Imperfect Buddha podcast and writes at The Imperfect Buddha site. Email: imperfectbuddha@outlook.com. Twitter: @imperfectbuddha. Facebook: @imperfectbuddha. Original street art Buddha image by Bristol's Banksy.

The Imperfect Buddha Podcast The Imperfect Buddha Podcast

    • Religion & Spirituality

The Imperfect Buddha podcast has been addressing anti-intellectualism and ideological capture in western Buddhism and spirituality more broadly since its inception. It provides a space for dynamic conversations designed to bring out what is so often hidden and so often despised by critics and intellectuals engaging with contemporary forms of practice. Matthew O’Connell hosts the Imperfect Buddha podcast and writes at The Imperfect Buddha site. Email: imperfectbuddha@outlook.com. Twitter: @imperfectbuddha. Facebook: @imperfectbuddha. Original street art Buddha image by Bristol's Banksy.

    98 Being Buddhist and Some Thoughts on "Identity"

    98 Being Buddhist and Some Thoughts on "Identity"

    The Think Pieces continue. This month, it is a look back at a piece on being Buddhist and identity. The text version can be found below. Themes picked up on in this episode include:

    Identity in an age of identity politics

    Playing identity politics, or not

    The discomfort of committing to the Buddhist identity

    True me versus contextual me

    The therapeutic age

    Buddhism as capture V Buddhism as liberating force


    More reflective exploration of the themes of post-traditional Buddhism and non-buddhism can be found at the Imperfect Buddha Site.
    Original Blog post here.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 28 min
    97 Buddhist Medicine and Buddhish

    97 Buddhist Medicine and Buddhish

    In this episode, Pierce Salguero comes on to discuss two of his books: Buddhish, A Guide to the 20 Most Important Buddhist Ideas for the Curious and Skeptical (Beacon Press, 2022) and A Global History of Buddhism and Medicine (Columbia UP, 2022).
    Pierce is a transdisciplinary scholar of health humanities, fascinated by historical and contemporary intersections between Buddhism, medicine, and crosscultural exchange. He has a Ph.D. in History of Medicine from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (2010), and teaches Asian history, medicine, and religion at Penn State University’s Abington College, near Philadelphia.
    The major theme in his scholarship is discovering the role of Buddhism in the global transmission and local reception of knowledge about health, disease, and the body.
    After graduating in 1996, he lived in Asia for four years — more than two years in Thailand, with extended stays in India, China, and Indonesia as well. During this time, he trained as a practitioner of Traditional Thai Medicine (TTM). Pierce participated in extended stays at Buddhist meditation centers and monasteries in Northeast Thailand and India, including a summer as ananāgārika (white-robed monastic resident) in a Thai Forest-tradition monastery.
    Matthew O'Connell is a life coach and the host of the The Imperfect Buddha podcast. You can find The Imperfect Buddha on Facebook and Twitter (@imperfectbuddha).
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 hr 27 min
    96 Doubt: Part 5

    96 Doubt: Part 5

    And so it continues. The fifth and final installment in this series on doubt continues to explore an enlightened vision of practice in the 21st century. It explores the call to practice, honesty, doubt’s place and epistemic humility. It also looks at how to practice with doubt through suggestions for meditation practices and contemplative exploration.
    What’s more, this episode serves as a launch pad for a series of Think Pieces that will intersperse interviews with guests.
    Each Think Piece has a text version that can be located at the Imperfect Buddha site, where comments are welcome, along with ideas for guests.
    Text version here.
    Matthew O'Connell is a life coach and the host of the The Imperfect Buddha podcast. You can find The Imperfect Buddha on Facebook and Twitter (@imperfectbuddha).
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 30 min
    95 Intercultural Buddhism and Philosophy: A Discussion with Jin Y. Park

    95 Intercultural Buddhism and Philosophy: A Discussion with Jin Y. Park

    Welcome to the new season of the Imperfect Buddha Podcast. After a well-earned and challenging summer filled with drought, war, political strife and ridiculous heat, we’re back in the saddle and raring to go with some intellectual stimulation aimed at the practicing life. Four episodes are lined up with Buddhist scholars, philosophers and practitioners.
    First off we have Jin Y. Park. She is Professor and Department Chair of Philosophy and Religion at the American University and also served as Founding Director of the Asian Studies Program from 2013-2020. She specializes in East Asian Buddhism, Buddhist and comparative ethics, intercultural philosophy, and modern East Asian philosophy. We touch on Derrida, non-western philosophy, Merleau-Ponty, and two fascinating figures from Korea she has carried out research on; Kim Iryop and Pak Ch’iu, philosopher-practitioners well-worth taking a look at for their unique engagement with Buddhism.
    Matthew O'Connell is a life coach and the host of the The Imperfect Buddha podcast. You can find The Imperfect Buddha on Facebook and Twitter (@imperfectbuddha).
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 hr 11 min
    94 Derrida Meets Nagarjuna, with Peter Salmon

    94 Derrida Meets Nagarjuna, with Peter Salmon

    In an historic event, the second Buddha himself Nagarjuna returns from the dead to team up with Jacques Derrida, non-Buddha, perhaps, to take on emptiness. They clash with identity politics. Bump into Jordan Peterson and the misses, and go for a coffee with John Gray. What you say? All of that in a single episode! Yes, dear listener. All of that in a single episode. You are called to enjoy the second part of my extended conversation with Mr Peter Salmon; awesome author of An Event, Perhaps.
    Added bonus: Episode features a discussion and a moment of hauntology. Pay attention so you don’t miss it…at the end.
    Peter’s book An Event, Perhaps: A Biography of Jacques Derrida (Verso, 2021) is currently discounted here. 
    Matthew O'Connell is a life coach and the host of the The Imperfect Buddha podcast. You can find The Imperfect Buddha on Facebook and Twitter (@imperfectbuddha).
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 hr 56 min
    93 Doubt: Part 4

    93 Doubt: Part 4

    The fourth installment in this series on doubt continues to explore an enlightened vision of practice in the 21st century. It explores the call to practice, honesty, doubt’s place and epistemic humility.
    Text version here.
    Matthew O'Connell is a life coach and the host of the The Imperfect Buddha podcast. You can find The Imperfect Buddha on Facebook and Twitter (@imperfectbuddha).
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 23 min

Top Podcasts In Religion & Spirituality

Ascension
AccessMore & Candy Rock
D-Group
Ascension Catholic Faith Formation
The Basement
Joel Osteen

You Might Also Like

Domyo Burk
Tricycle: The Buddhist Review
Ten Percent Happier
Hidden Brain
New York Magazine
Derek Beres, Matthew Remski, Julian Walker