Buddhist Geeks
Buddhist Geeks
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More left leaning political garbage. Not for me.
Anonymous 9658
I can’t believe I’m hearing propaganda from a so-called Buddhist podcast. Saying that Obama era was one of peace and prosperity. Really?. The housing crisis, bombing seven countries, building the detention centers for immigrants that are being used, don’t forget Obama was the DePorter in chief. I thought this was a Buddhist podcast not a propaganda podcast. Did you know that Trump started no new wars he’s bringing troops home he’s brought industry back to the United States, he’s funded black colleges, he’s made new opportunity zones in black neighborhoods,He’s made animal abuse a federal crime. There’s so much more Maybe you don’t know it because the media doesn’t cover it because it’s so biased.Being Buddhist has nothing to do with supporting the Democrats. Talk about living in an illusion.
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Tonight I chose to listen to the “Meditating On Race” and I was absolutely blown away
i hadn’t planned on listening to this particular episode because i have definitely been on a break from watching and/or listening to more conversations about the tragedy and trauma concerning race in America. I’ve just had enough of giving my attention to the horrific and devastating TELEVISED MURDER of men who look like my father, brother, cousins. I just feel so drained...like my actual body can’t take any more. It’s so deep because as traumatic as this is to see on television, this blatant disregard for my humanity (based on my skin color) has been present in a million different ways my entire life. For example I was fortunate to have attended private schools growing up. I was ALWAYS one of only a handful of black students in school. I experienced So MANY incidents of Indirect discrimination, ignorant racist comments, hurtful prejudice assumptions and constant subtle reminders that I was “different” and “other” because I was black. That dynamic was part of my daily reality.....period Living that kind experience daily embedded a specific contracted sensation that i can only describe as the feeling deep betrayal and humiliation and shocking whiplash combined. And with every situation and every comment I felt forced to try to just “deal with it”.....SILENTLY!!! and at least not appear hurt... It is only recently I have begun to acknowledge and heal the vestiges of trauma that are always a part of what it means to be black in this country. Its conversations like these....the ones where I hear a genuine willingness to listen to my experiences (and my pain) without eye rolling and/or belittling or by accusing me of the using the infamous “race card” that assist with healing. It just means so much to be heard in this kind of space. I appreciate the warmth and authenticity that you offered in this episode. It’s necessary and it’s healing!.... Thank you!
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Tried listening for as long as I could. Terrible at laying out his words and getting to the point. His ego is too much. Close minded and and doesn’t believe in equality. This guy will argue everything to unnecessary measures over his personal opinion not facts.
Insight and compassion
I appreciate Vince and Emily Horne, not just as compassionate teachers (introducing me to Hokai Sobel), but also their commitment to inclusion and humility. Newest stuff on Ken Wilber is very promising. Listen to 405. Real deal. Thanks for letting me in the online class for what I could afford all those years ago, Vince. It was a transformative course for me, with Hokai stressing the integral connections that moved me forward. Michael Hallett, Florida
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Not impressed
Podcast on tripping and meditation by a guy who says he’s tripped a handful of times? Interview people who have actually been there. Boring. Amateur hour.
Excellent podcast
I have listened to Buddhist Geeks for many years. One of the best podcasts for those interested in secular meditation, psychedelics, and much more. Highly recommended!
The Cognazor
Everything I hoped it would be
This podcast is excellent. It covers a variety of topics around mindfulness as its practice intersects other fields ranging from neurology to ayahuasca. If you are a Buddhist purist, you may object to the idea of such overlap, but I find these discussions broaden my perspective. I am looking forward to many more episodes!
Pop Rouge
Promotes drug use
The Buddha, though he didn't think intoxicants were "bad," discouraged their use because they cloud the mind and lead to unwholesome behaviors/states. Encouraging LSD use has nothing to do with what he taught and is potentially harmful, especially to people turning to Buddhism out of desperation, as is not uncommon these days.
Leftover Jared
Best meditation podcast!
Great content and guests
Positive intention, unfortunate attitude
Buddhist Geeks is an intelligent collective of young minds which has a lot of potential to engage with Buddhism is a contemporary way. Over time I have only felt sorrow, seeing that they continue their trend of demonizing traditional practices in favor of 'clever approaches' and personal critiques of dharma roots. Listening to the recent episode about 'Buddhist ethics is a fraud' I am reminded of when they invited critics of Buddhism to be key speaker at their conference in Colorado. I respect that not everyone has the benefit an education which elucidates the roots of Buddhist traditions and that there are ways which Buddhism has not yet met western audiences, but I feel the trend here is to try to rip up the metaphorical tree of dharma to replace it with mindfulness, neuroscience and perpetual skepticism. I don't think this is intentional but the disrespect will only block their way. I hope this trend changes.
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Unique and fascinating
I was delighted to find out there are other people out there with this niche interest. This podcast explores the convergence of science and spiritually in a diverse way, hosting many interesting people from various fields. Vince the host is awesome.
Mike Sh.
Is Vincent Horn a Buddhist?
In his most recent pocast, "Buddhist Ethics Is a Fraud," Horn and his guest said that they didn't believe in renunciation as a necessary part of Buddhist practice. Given that the Third Noble Truth states clearly, "Cessation of craving brings cessation of suffering," I have to wonder what kind of Buddhism they're talking about. The path to Nibbana requires renouncing sensual craving -- not embracing it in "a healthy way" or whatever. Supposedly Tantric Buddhism offers a way around the entire "renunciation thing." Go ahead and give it a shot. But maybe rename your podcast to, "Semi-Buddhist Geeks?"
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Marginally Aware
Great podcast
I have listened to every single Buddhist Geeks episode. Highly recommended for anyone interested in Buddhism.
Jacob Gotwals
Amazing, I've always had an attraction to wisdom as a child, now Buddhist culture. I too wanted to enhance the culture through the use of interfacing with technology. But that was a small idea. It's beautiful to have found that someone has done what I had considered doing. Thank you for doing you!
Fantastic Insights into Life
I’ve been listening to Buddhist Geeks for several years. Vince Horn (the host) does a fantastic job of navigating the emerging faces of Buddhism. Each episode is jam-packed with insights and engaging conversation. Well worth your time. My personal practice has deepened immensely as a result of listening.
Not really Buddhism
While the show interviews many people who call themselves Buddhists, the overall message is: the religious side of Buddhism is useless (rituals, beliefs, culture, etc) and one should just learn meditation "techniques." (Mainly the popularized Vipassana Movement -- which is American ) There is also a strong message that baby boomer generation of teachers should move out of the way to make room for a "new" and more relevant kind of Buddhism the Geeks recommend. The general conversations lack information about the variety of authentic practices of Buddhism, which are vast and just beginning to enter the United States. I'm all for the average non-buddhist to learn mindfulness, but this show seems to go a step further and deems traditional lineages irrelevant. The show seems to push science and technology as a magic answer to Enlightenment. I'm thinking that perhaps technology has actually contributed to the average person's distraction, stimulus addiction, and inability to look inward.
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Can't believe I only just discovered this podcast! Thank you!
Bad Audio quality
The quality of the show seems good, but the audio quality was unbearable in the latest episode. After a lot of echos and horror movie type sounds in the background especially when the guest was speaking, I just had to turn it off. It's a pity since the topic seemed interesting.
Good hosts. Inspiring and insightful guests. Good quality all around, and a nice way to revitalize a practice. Recommended and two thumbs up.
Put your listening ears on
The host talks too long, most often reiterating points already made. While its clear he is articulate, brevity brings out the soul of wit- neither are on display here.
Michelle Raspa
nice content, but...
two minutes of ads to start every episode is a bummer.
Great for young Buddhists and those new to practice
I love this podcast! I've been led to many great authors and resources through the many interviews and discussions Vince and co. have had on this show. If you are new to Buddhism like I am you owe it to yourself to check it out. There is no leaning towards any single sect or tradition and all views are given their fair share or credit. It's Buddhism for the 21st Century!
Mostly Interesting Stuff
Great angle on Buddhism, wonderful interviews, and interesting topics. It is, in my opinion, not a skeptical enough delivery of Buddhism for 21st century geeks - we are not just technophiles we also hold science to a higher standards then they did 1 - 2 thousand years ago. If Buddhism is to be relevant today it must be held to that standard and scrutinized accordingly. Somethings will get dropped by the waysides, others will flourish. I don't think we should worry about the future of Buddhism, it has undergone this internal restructuring several times in history (it's introduction to China being the chief example). As a result what I just said some of the content on this podcast is a little disappointing, but a lot of it is great. The episode that distinguished science from scientism, for example, was pure gold, as was the one were a neuroscientist taught simple techniques for coming the mind before meditation, like touching one's lips with one's fingertips.
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Not really for people craving a lot of stable, stationary information
I work a job where i can listen to podcasts all day long. I am just trying to get back into sitting after being absent from it for a few years, and was hoping that taking in some podcasts would help me. Unfortunately, my attention span is longer than this podcast seems to want it to be; and at least 3 minutes of the podcast itself are taken up with a constant reminder (read verbatim with each 15-22-minute episode) about an upcoming event, awful blues music, radio silence, and requests for donations. Granted, this is just the first 6 months of casts I have been able to listen to today; but I shouldn't be able to listen to 6 months' worth of a program regarding a subject that is so varied and in-depth in one single day. My other issue is the cutting up of interviews. I would have liked to hear these en totale, but rather than make the entire interview available, they were edited and dispersed here and there so that interviews run into each other. This podcast is all over the place. I would like to give this another shot; the hosts seem affable, their guests are good, and when there is a good discussion, it's a good discussion. I just can't be stopping my work to continually hit 'next'. Unlike the current gene ratio, I do NOT have a short attention span. I like my interviews whole and unedited. Allow the listener to sit with the information you're trying to convey, don't jerk them around to the next interview subject for 17 minutes, and THEN go back to the other person you were talking to. Sign me interested but disappointed so far I may or may not continue to give this more chances, but it looks like this trend continues up until recent episodes. You folks have good information, I just wish you'd let me listen to ALL of it, at one time. You wouldn't cut off a conversation in the middle of it with a human being in real life, would you? Give me the time to process the big picture; give me the full interview please!
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Worth your time, for sure
Engaging and diverse, it touches all the topics that matter in modern life. This podcast really opens the door to expose and connect with so many ideas and teachers out there, otherwise probably not know to you
For sale
Buddhism for sale is not buddhism
Fantastic podcast
What a gift! This podcast is incredibly interesting. As a new practioner I am fascinated with all of the different aspects of tradition and how different teachers and science are integrating them. The interviews are very well done with interesting thought provoking questions. After writing this review I will be heading to their website to make a donation. Thank you so much !!! teachers
Suz 1
Thank you
Thanks for sharing dharma with me and the world for free. I hope you all get merit and a higher rebirth.
Outstanding content
You have really created a wonderful thing here. Thank you.
there is only one
if you only have time for one Buddhist podcast, this is the one!
Innovative and thought provoking
They really want to show as many facets of buddhism as possible. The guests are diverse and the questions are honest. They seek perspectives from different generations as well as show how buddhism is making use of current technology and trends.
Just the best
Five stars
The best Buddhist podcast out there.
Totally Awesome!
I'm completely grateful for this gift of a podcast. These three young, open-minded, well-practiced, well-knowledgeable people put together a podcast interviewing the top heart-minds of our generation, all as a gift to us, a gift of the dharma thrown down on our iPods and ipads, a truly unprecedented event in the history of western Buddhism. The wisdom, patience, and silent kindness of theses younger interviewers is promising. We all look at the world and sometimes see little promise. But the youth today aren't stupid and aren't anything remotely close to the way a small minority of them have been portrayed in the media. We are so lucky to be alive today, and I think this podast awakens us to this fact. Holy Toledo!!!
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21st century
Great podcast! Vince et al interview teachers and writers from various traditions, neurologists, etc. My favorites are the interviews with the practitioner/neurologists; using science to confirm what the Budddha discovered. I've found information and purchased books by some of the interviewed authors that have changed my practice dramatically! Cool!! Easy to listen to, informative, deep, wonderful podcast!
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Excellent Podcast
This is an amazing podcast. I am learning so much and I am so entertained. I am so glad I found it!
Seriously Brilliant
My first non-text connection to the sangha (Buddhist community). Fresh, amusing, playful, honest, and warm. Guests, who always share insight, come from varied traditions/experiences within and outside Buddhism so content is always innovative and interesting. Free to download but well worth donating to!
Outstanding, entertaining & informative
I listen nearly every night and so enjoy the variety of people, topics, and traditions featured on the show. Thanks for bringing dharma study right to my door! Well worth making a donation on their website. - Rachael in Montpelier, VT
Rachael Rice
Great program for the serious Buddhist who is seriously geeky.
Jamie G.
I love this!
I am a teenager, and I can follow this (for the most part)! I think it's a great podcast, and it is very captivating and interesting. five stars and two thumbs up! :D
Seriously Entertaining Dharma
Geez, I'm so glad I found this podcast! I find myself grinning as I listen to it in my car or on my exercise path. The hosts are smart, funny, and clearly dedicated to helping others understand the complexities of dharma, especially in a Western context. The only disagreement I have with Enlightenment Magazine's take on this podcast is that a person doesn't have to be young to enjoy it. ;-)
Great work!
Dana is on its way. Hope you guys make your way on public radio with weekly show. Lex Hixon use to run something similar back in the day. You guys as questions with tack and depth, keep up the good work.
OMG this is SO Jedi...
Fantastico! I wish this podcast were around when I was a meditation-obsessed San Fernando Valley kid with Obi Wan Kenobi and Yoda as my only spiritual role models. I've read and attended talks with several of these teachers, but these interviews feel more like you're hanging out with them after a retreat and going on "the deep dive." Keep on, BuddhistGeeks, your backpacks' got jets.... - Andrew in Boulder
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Thanks for interviewing Reggie Ray!
Thank you so much for interviewing such a great and down to earth, accessible, western teacher of Varjayana Buddhism! I am so glad I clicked on this episode - I LOVE Reggie Ray and your show - great support for all practicing Buddhists! Namaste, xox Alissa Kriteman
Listen to Buddhist Geeks
Buddhist Geeks give new perspectives on learning to meditate, the history Buddhism and study of the Darma. They always interview interesting people and ask interesting questions. I recommend the progam to everyone who is interested in and/or practicing Buddhism.
Buddhist Geeks Rock
The Buddhist Geeks offer one of the best Dharma podcasts around, with big names in the Buddhist world stopping by for great discussions every week. Check them out - they're free.
William Harryman
Very inspiring…
This is my favorite podcast. The only problem with it, that there isn’t enough of it. I wish you could make them more often. I listen to them while running, and I run every day… Very inspiring… Often after listening, all want to do is to sit and keep sitting on a regular basis You are doing a great job! Thank you.
Laura Castelli
A Show that Impacts People's Practice
It has been a great priveleage to produce this podcast, and we consistently here from listeners that the content of this show directly impacts their practice. We've met folks who have gone on to do retreats with the teacher's we've intervieweed, those who have read books that have impacted their understanding of practice, and even those who have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in Buddhist Studies. It is a great honor to have been able to bring something to life that has a direct impact on people's relationship to the Buddhadharma, and I think this speaks more highly of our listeners then it does of us as hosts. So, thank you.
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Whether you are new to buddhism or have studied for years--this podcast is sure to inform and augment your current perspective. They have amazing guests, and the hosts are quite knowledgable. The show has supported my personal meditation practice and I look forward to listening each week. It has recently started airing live --online -- which adds a new flavor and encourages participation from listeners. I have throughly enjoyed tuning in and would recommend this podcast to anyone. It helps that the production quality sounds professional and they clearly put their hearts into their work.
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