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57. IBP: The Political Turn (The Great Feast)

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It took a long time to get this one done and I hope it was worth it. Please note that the creative extras took up very little of that time, rather, it was finding a way to talk about big issues as a living practice beyond partisan politics and ideological capture.

This podcast episode tackles politics as living culture and suggests that complexity marks our age in a way that we cannot ignore, but almost always do. From Twitter to CNN and Fox News, very little thought seems to go into public discourse these days. It’s all about the hits, whether emotional or site visits.

This podcast episode invites you to change games and provides you with some tools for doing so. It also offers some meta positions on it all & doesn’t forget to include Buddhism in the discussion.

It will no doubt disappoint some, excite others, anger a few, and turn off others. For some of you, it may be a small act of sanity in a world going increasingly off the rails.

There are extensive show-notes covering the music and background of the episode. You’ll find them here: posttraditionalbuddhism.com/2019/08/08/…/#more-1522

Feel free to leave comments, complaints, praise, or indifference. Follow up guests will tackle politics, practice and Buddhism.

Enjoy! And come along to The Great Feast…

Links
O’Connell Coaching: oconnellcoaching.com
Post-Traditional Buddhism: posttraditionalbuddhism.com

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The Political Turn: Entering the Great Feast

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Coming up next week, before I disappear to Tuscany for a week, is the first Political Turn.

Where does it all begin? Well, in Greece of course, the home to western democracy and western philosophy, and we get there after a brief, improvised introduction. Our final destination is somewhere else though. In fact, it’s a place where any citizen of this planet can find themselves with ease. You’ll get some practice tips along the way and some experimental ideas as this episode is ultimately an act of practice itself in this yearlong series on practice. Your engagement with it will therefore be a practice too; one you may enjoy, or hate! The episode will not be all things to all people however and throughout I do my best to provide context, so that you know what is going on.

The first Political Turn takes listeners to the Great Feast with an emphasis on practice and since politics is a hot topic with many dangers littered across the path, specific current affairs and current concerns will be tackled with guests in the coming months.

This episode is primarily concerned with the Great Feast as that great gathering of all human knowledge and its potential role in our polarised times to liberate us. The episode is accompanied by instructions. If you follow them, you might actually get something out of it. If not, do try to find something to like about it…for example, the music…or the goats…or the Gods…

The music is central to this episode and I want to honour the artists who were so generous to provide their music by mentioning their work below. Have a listen if you like what you hear in this episode and support the artists by buying a download or limited edition vinyl. If they turn up in your town, go and see them play.

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56. IBP: Cleo Kearns on Ritual & Resistance

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It’s been another busy period but finally it’s time for Cleo Kearn’s interview to be released into the world before I head off on holiday.

Ritual and Resistance is the title of our conversation as we tackle ritual, religion, Buddhism, resistance and change. We discuss the following topics in the first half; Continental Philosophy, Anthropology and Religion, religious sacrifice, Shamanism and Catholicism, Durkheim and Lacan.

And then go deep into discussing ritual; its ubiquity, its role in societies, why some survive and others don’t, its role in social formation and dissolution, freeing and managing desire, selfhood, challenges to ritual in our age, Buddhism and Tantra, death, activism, innovation and more.

Enjoy!

Links
O’Connell Coaching: oconnellcoaching.com
Post-Traditional Buddhism: posttraditionalbuddhism.com

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Twitter: twitter.com/Imperfectbuddha

55. IBP: Daniel Ingram down the rabbit hole

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Are we all going down it too? Daniel Ingram returns to the podcast for a third and final conversation and what a rich one it was. I believe it is well worth your time. After reading some Trash Theory, Daniel accepted Glenn Wallis’s challenge to read his book and after exploring the infamous SNB heuristic, based on the work of the rascally Frenchman Francois Laruelle, he came in for round three. We go back to the heuristic that started off the Trash Theorising, touching on Decision, Sufficiency, and the Great Feast of Knowledge, before exploring novel takes on refuge, philosophy and practice.

The first two recordings have solicited quite a lot of reaction from folks on Facebook and Twitter and at the Post-Traditional Buddhism blog. This includes Tom Wooldrige who has a new blog dedicated, it seems, to critiquing Daniel’s Pragmatic Dharma approach from a psychological perspective that has stimulated reaction too. Subsequently Evan Thompson has chimed in on Daniel’s views, as has David Chapman, and Glenn Wallis.

This is a sort of eruption and a sign of the feast taking place. I argue that we need more of these kinds of conversations. Let’s see what you think after hearing this final one in this series.

There are lots of episodes connected to this conversation, some of which you might like to give a listen to as well.

  1. IBP: Daniel Ingram Meets Trash Theory: https://soundcloud.com/imperfect-buddha-podcast/54-ibp-daniel-ingram-meets-trash-theory
  2. IBP: Daniel Ingram on the Practicing Life: https://soundcloud.com/imperfect-buddha-podcast/53-ibp-daniel-ingram-on-the-practicing-life
  3. IBP: Critical Turn #1: https://soundcloud.com/imperfect-buddha-podcast/52-ibp-critical-turn-1
  4. IBP: Evan Thompson on Philosophy, Buddhism, & Embodied Consciousness: https://soundcloud.com/imperfect-buddha-podcast/ibp-140-evan-thompson-on-philosophy-buddhism-embodied-consciousness
  5. IBP: the liberating force of non-Buddhism: https://soundcloud.com/imperfect-buddha-podcast/91-imperfect-buddha-podcast-meets-non-buddhism

Links
O’Connell Coaching: https://oconnellcoaching.com
Post-Traditional Buddhism: https://posttraditionalbuddhism.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/imperfectbuddha
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54. IBP: Daniel Ingram Meets Trash Theory

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You’ve had the initial goods and as promised here’s the second helping of Mr Daniel Ingram. This conversation gets right to the point and tackles, in a rather condensed and humble manner, a work of collective, creative production over at the Speculative non-Buddhism site called Trash Theory; an exploration of practice beyond decision, beyond enchantment, beyond capture. Well, that’s the plan anyway.

We start out with a quick chat about the SNB, x-Buddhism and non-Buddhism, before going through a number of postulates, or principles for practice, that have been explored and are continuing to be developed by Glenn Wallis and company. We went through it pretty quickly as we just had an hour to play with, but it was fun and an interesting exploration that will be continued in a follow up conversation to be recorded this Thursday.

You’ll find a link to the original post we worked from below, though there are, at the time of writing, six posts on the theme at hand. This one is a good start for the curious and it’s pretty accessible.

Both episodes with Daniel feature the same introduction so if you have already heard the first conversation, you will want to skip it.

It’s possible that Dan and I will tackle some of Ken Wilber’s work in the follow up to Trash Theory, so if you have any insights into why Wilber was full of it or a genious, or specific points that underline problems with Ken’s work more generally, let me have them, as I have only a superficial reading of his work and never felt motivated enough to read beyond a general introduction to his ideas, which seem pretty simplistic, though potentially quite useful.

Either way, enjoy this turn of events as we continue to dive into practice on this season of the Imperfect Buddha Podcast.

Speculative non-Buddhism: Trash Theory #3: https://speculativenonbuddhism.com/2019/05/15/trash-theory-preliminary-materials-for-an-image-of-practice-3/

Music is supplied by Chaouche; https://chaouche.bandcamp.com/ ……and Kali Phoenix & Hundred Strong: https://hundredstrong.bandcamp.com/album/voices

Links
O’Connell Coaching: https://oconnellcoaching.com
Post-Traditional Buddhism: https://posttraditionalbuddhism.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/imperfectbuddha
Twitter: twitter.com/Imperfectbuddha

 

53. IBP: Daniel Ingram on the Practicing Life

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After the creative wonders of the Critical Turn #1, we have the magical appearance of Daniel Ingram in two conversations covering a great deal of ground. Our first conversation covers a wide range of topics from practice to waking up, from generation-X to cynicism. The second covers a series of posts from the Speculative non-Buddhism site called Trash Theory. We discuss the SNB briefly and then tackle some weird and wonderful postulates those boys have been playing with of late. That second episode will be released within the next 24 hours.

Both episodes feature the same introduction and will be released in the same week. This is because folks will likely get more out of one episode than the other; though I shall post them in the order we recorded them.

The second episode is also incomplete and Daniel and I will be recording its follow up this coming Thursday (20th June, 2019), which means you have the opportunity to chip in with your own comments, complaints or curiosities, though you’ll obviously have to be quick.

It’s possible that we will also tackle some of Ken Wilber’s work in that episode and Daniel’s take on it, so if you have any insights into why Wilber was full of it, or specific points that underline problems with Ken’s work more generally, let me have them, as I have only a superficial reading of his work and never felt motivated to read beyond a general introduction to his ideas, which seem pretty simplistic, though potentially useful.

Music is supplied by Kali Phoenix & Hundred Strong: https://hundredstrong.bandcamp.com/album/voices

Links
O’Connell Coaching: https://oconnellcoaching.com
Post-Traditional Buddhism: https://posttraditionalbuddhism.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/imperfectbuddha
Twitter: twitter.com/Imperfectbuddha