The new episode of the podcast is up and can be downloaded or listened to freely online at Soundcloud and Mixcloud.
In this two-part episode, we start a meander along the road of contemporary western Buddhism stopping to introduce some of those who are attempting innovation in one manner or another. We talk about Reggie Ray and his continuation of Chogyam Trungpa’s project of westernising Buddhist Tantra. We discuss the Aro-Ter and their eccentric approach and Ken McLeod and his Unfettered Mind.
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Part 2.2 looks into the Buddhist Geeks, Dharma Overground, Daniel Ingram & Kenneth Folk, and the bad boys of the American scene, the Speculative non-Buddhism posse of Glenn Wallis, Tom Pepper and Matthias Steingass, as well as the remains of their controversial project.
A hint was made some time ago that a podcast was in the works. Well, finally, it’s made its way into the world. It’s an odd little child which will need time to grow and gain a form that will serve a role in the contemporary Buddhist landscape. For now, it’s an experiment: an attempt to share conversations between two long-term Buddhists that have not been particularly good at towing the line and doing the normal Buddhist thing. In this podcast we mix banter, uncompromising discussion and down-to-earth enquiry on all manner of topic related to Western Buddhism.
The first episode is short and sweet, offering an introduction to the hosts, the podcast and the direction we intend to take. It is only about five minutes long so it’s probably best considered a mini episode. The second episode will involve a discussion of the contemporary, alternative Western Buddhist landscape, which will be followed by an episode on cults in Buddhism.
The big picture involves us looking to interview figures, who are relatively well-known in the contemporary Western Buddhist scene and that are doing things differently, as well as more fringe figures whose voices haven’t yet been heard but who in our opinion have something very important and interesting to share.
Ultimately, this podcast plans to go where other Buddhist podcast fear to tread. As non-experts, and not being Buddhist teachers, we enjoy the sort of freedom that lends itself to uninhibited discussion of the sorts of topics often avoided by others in the Buddhist world. As with any successful podcast project, it will be as much for our own pleasure and curiosity as for the wider community. There exists a clear line of tension between these two and we will explore that line as the series goes on. We hope that some of you will enjoy accompanying us as we explore and experiment. If you have suggestions on potential guests who are unknown, drop us a line.
Finally, for now, episodes can be downloaded from soundcloud or listened to on mixcloud. We also have a dedicated Facebook page and Twitter feed where comments can be made, criticisms can be given and compliments are welcome too. Enjoy.