IDP Podcast

21st Century Buddhism and Meditation Podcast

Our podcast features lectures and discussions related to mindfulness, meditation, and multi-lineage Buddhism.  We feature interviews with authors and guest speakers, as well as teachers.

Recent podcasts include Sharon Salzberg, Ed Catmull, Dan Harris, Dr. Heidi Marben, and Venerable Pannavati. 

 

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Podcast Interview with David Loy (Podcast)
Monday, February 8, 2010 - 12:24pm

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David Loy Interview - Part 1

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David Loy Interview - Part 2

ID Project Founder Ethan Nichtern interviews David Loy, author of The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory and Money, Sex War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution.. Their conversation touches on institutionalized greed, the effects of the media on our lives, making love to corporations, non-self and Avatar.

Podcast IDP Radio - Word Association #1 Interdependence (Podcast)
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - 3:41pm

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Word Association - Interdependence

We're introducing a new segment to our podcast titled "IDP Radio". It will feature documentation of events, sound collages, interviews and segments created by IDP community members.

This week is the first installment in a series of Word Association Collages that asked participants to react to our favorite five syllable word "Interdependence."

Produced by Brian Naas

Podcast Dealing with Anger with Ethan Nichtern (Podcast)
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 12:45pm

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Dealing with Anger Pt. 1 with Ethan Nichtern

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Dealing with Anger Pt. 2 with Ethan Nichtern

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Dealing with Anger Pt. 3 with Ethan Nichtern

The Buddhist philosophical and psychological teachings include in-depth instructions on the destructive power of anger, as well as the possibility of channeling it to unvail insight and compassion. This three week series focused on an understanding of what anger is from the standpoints of Buddhist psychology and iconography, as well as the Tantric Buddhist approach to anger.

Podcast Desire with Ethan Nichtern (Podcast)
Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - 11:48am

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This talk was recorded on November 14th, 2009 at the IDP in NYC.

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Podcast Guest Lecture - Buddhism and Shamanism: Working with Energy with Robert Chender (Podcast)
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 - 6:20pm

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Buddhism is a path to seeing things as they are, to wisdom and compassion. Shamanism can mean many different things, but one way to describe it is the idea of sacred world, that if we relate to our world as intrinsically sacred we can harmonize our relationship with our environment and connect and work with the energies underlying the physical world.

In order to be able to do this we need to train our minds, work with our habitual patterns and learn to become completely present, which is an outcome of Buddhist meditation practice. The two need not be separate; in Tibet the shamanic path is a way to help remove obstacles to spiritual practice, and some Buddhist practices involve working with the energies of the phenomenal world. The proper motivation to undertake both a true shamanic path, and the Buddhist path, is to help others – shamanic practices will lead naturally to higher spiritual practices if they are based on compassion.

Robert Chender has been a practitioner and teacher in the Shambhala tradition for many years, and is also a student and practitioner of certain shamanic traditions, including the Munay-ki initiations of the Inca shamanic tradition.

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Podcast Acharya Gaylon Ferguson's Natural Wakefulness with Juan Carlos Castro and Crystal Gandrud (Podcast)
Friday, October 16, 2009 - 12:38pm

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Natural Wakefulness - with Juan Carlos Castro

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Natural Wakefulness - with Crystal Gandrud

"Wakefulness is our natural state: enlightened, complete, perfect in wisdom and compassion. It’s not something outside ourselves that we need to attain or become. But it’s also true that some effort is required to get in touch with it—and that effort is what spiritual practice is about." - From Acharyan Gaylon Ferguson's "Natural Wakefulness"

These classes explore the concept of "Natural Wakefulness" as it relates to the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist community and was a student of Chogyum Trungpa Rinpoche. He is currently faculty at Interdisciplinary Studies at Naropa University.

Podcast Reflections on 21st Century Dharma with Ethan Nichtern, Julia May Jonas and The Buddhist Geeks (Podcast)
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 3:24pm

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This week on the ID Project Podcast is a special cross-over round table discussion with Vince and Ryan from the Buddhist Geeks Podcast. IDP Founder Ethan Nichtern is joined by One City Blogger Julia May Jonas to share their “Reflections on 21st Century Dharma”.

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Podcast The Sanity We are Born With - Four Part Series with Jessica Rasp (Podcast)
Monday, September 7, 2009 - 7:57pm

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Jessica Rasp Sanity_01

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Jessica Rasp Sanity_02

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Jessica Rasp Sanity_03

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Jessica Rasp Sanity_04

This four part series investigates a Buddhist approach to psychology as expressed in the book of teachings by Chogyum Trunpa Rinpoche titled "The Sanity We are Born With"

The talks were recorded in NYC on August 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st, 2009. You can Subscribe to our podcast via iTunes here

If you would like to follow along at home, the reading can be broken up in the following sections:

Part 1
"Intro & Overview"

pp. vii-12 (34pgs)

Part 2
"Meditation & the Four Foundations of Mindfulness"
pp.15-60 (45pgs)

Part 3
"Mind, Ego & Intellect"

pp. 63-93, 99-112 (43 pgs)

Part 4
"Psychology, Intrinsic Health, Sane Environments & Maitri"
pp. 137-188 (51 pgs)

Geek reading pg 94-98, 113-134 (25pgs)

Podcast GUEST LECTURE: "The Mindful Leader" with Michael Carroll (Podcast)
Friday, August 14, 2009 - 11:09am

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"Confidence and vulnerability are the exact same thing." - Michael Carrol

This week on the ID Project Podcast we have Part 1 of a very lively Guest Lecture by Michael Carroll. Michael is author of Awake at Work and The Mindful Leader and speaks at length in this talk about and bringing mindfulness to the workplace. He mentions that in a Buddhist approach to livelihood Sanity, Dignity, Health and Well Being are Fundamental issues for success.

Part One Contains the main talk. Part Two contains meditation instruction as well as an intimate question and answer session.

"Let the greatness infuse every detail" - Michael Carrol

This guest lecture is underwritten by the Trust for the Meditation Process, a charitable foundation supporting contemplative practice among Christians and encouraging dialogue among all contemplative traditions.

Intro music courtesy of Kodomo and Five Points Records.

Podcast Practice Like You Hair is On Fire with Ethan Nichtern (Podcast)
Friday, July 24, 2009 - 3:18pm

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In this week's podcast Ethan Nichtern takes us through the many obstacles to developing a regular meditation practice, how to overcome them and what the benefits are to doing so.

What are the things we tell ourselves to avoid meditation? What do you actually physically need to meditate on a regular basis? Why are we going through all this trouble?

Listen up to get the full discussion.

Many Thanks to Kodomo and 5 Points Records for the Intro Music.

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Podcast How Karma Works: The 12 Nidanas with Juan-Carlos Castro (Podcast)
Saturday, July 18, 2009 - 12:47pm

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This week on the ID Project Podcast, Juan Carlos-Castro takes us through the 12 Nidanas, a structure in Buddhist Philosophythat helps us to understand the "links in the chain of conditioned co-production", or put another way, the structure of relationships that inform our perception of reality. That image above is a diagram of the 12 Nidanas set up by Reggie Ray in his book
Indestructable Truth
to help clarify some of these concepts. (Click here for a larger version) The color coding was added by Juan-Carlos to distinguish the parts of the chain that symbolize Past, Present and Future.

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Podcast Understanding Karma with Crystal Gandrud (Podcast)
Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 11:09am

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This week on the ID Project Podcast Crystal Gandrud takes us past many of the common misconceptions surrounding the Buddhist Definition of Karma to a deeper understanding that reveals important connections between the concepts of interdependence, non-self and Karma.

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Podcast Space is Grace with Jessica Rasp (Podcast)
Friday, July 3, 2009 - 12:47pm

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Space is Grace

Inspired by reading the life story of Yogi Ransuratkumar and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's "Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior", Jessica Rasp takes us on a journey into an insight from a recent solitary retreat, encapsulated in the phrase "Space is Grace."

Podcast Guest Lecture - "Contemplative Prayer in Christianity" with Father Thomas Ryan (Podcast)
Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 1:01pm

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This week on the ID Project podcast is an inspiring Guest Lecture by Father Thomas Ryan. In it, he leads our community through a form of Christian Contemplative Meditation known as Lectio Divina ("Active Listening"). He also provides some historical background that highlights many of the shared goals between Buddhism and Contemplative Christian Practice. "Continue reading" below for a text breakdown of the Lectio Divina process.

Stages of Lectio Divina

Statio - Coming to Rest, Sitting.
Lectio - Reading or Listening to passage of scripture until something jumps out at you and "Touches the heart".
Meditatio - Reflect on what you might be being invited to hear. Ask yourself : "How does this apply to my life now?"
Oratio - Feeling at the level of affectivity. Allow the words to touch your deepest self and talk back to your heart.
Contemplatio - Natural emergence of space, contentment, simply coming to be. (Similar to Shamata practice)
Collatio - Sharing of meditation experience with a spiritual community (Sangha)
Actio - Back in the world into action (The "Rise Up" half of "Sit Down, Rise Up")

Podcast Guest Lecture - "The Role of the Teacher on the Spiritual Path" with David Nichtern (Podcast)
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 1:01pm

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Listen ya'll, you've got to give something up to get the teachings!

David Nichtern, who wrote "Midnight at the Oasis", and who is also is a former student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, stopped by the ID Project a couple of weeks ago to speak about "The Role of the Teacher on the Spiritual Path". His 30+ years of teaching Meditation Instruction and Buddhist Philosophy provided insight into the importance of the Student/ Teacher relationship in the Mahayana tradition.

He also laid on us some great simple meditation instructions...

David Nichtern's Meditation Instruction:
1. Take your seat
2. Place your attention to our own unmanipulated breathing.
3. When you notice that your awareness has drifted away - Label it "thinking" and bring your attention back to the breath.

Podcast Fame, Success, and Other Illusions with Ethan Nichtern (Podcast)
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 1:39pm

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In the Buddhist tradition, the mind states of Hope and Fear are talked about as two sides of the same coin. While we often hear a more positive spin put on "Hope" in our society (I'm looking at you Barack). The Buddhist teachings emphasize that both Hope and Fear are states of aversion.

The Eight traps of Hope and Fear
are broken up into four sets of two, with a fear and hope aspect to each set:

Hope of Success.......Fear of Failure

Hope of Fame........Fear of Disrepute

Hope of Praise...........Fear of Blame

Hope of Pleasure..........Fear of Pain

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Podcast The Wisdom of No Exit with Jessica Rasp (Podcast)
Monday, May 11, 2009 - 1:22pm

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The topic for our open Monday discussions this month all center around Pema Chodron's book Comfortable with Uncertainty. Jessica Rasp recently led a class on "The Wisdom of No Exit" and kicked things off with an except from a great 1994 interview between Leonard Cohen and the Shambala Sun.

"...there is the consolation of no exit, the consolation that this is what you're stuck with. Rather than the consolation of healing the wound, of finding the right kind of medical attention or the right kind of religion, there is a certain wisdom of no exit: this is our human predicament and the only consolation is embracing it...(continued below)"

(full except from the Leonard Cohen Interview)
"The first reality is that there is a wound and there is suffering, a deep sense of unsatisfactoriness with life. There is no question about it. The Buddhist theology presents it as the first noble truth. We live in a world that is not perfectible, a world that always presents you with a sense of something undone, something missing, something hurting, something irritating. From that minor sense of discomfort to torture and poverty and murder, we live in that kind of universe. The wound that does not heal - this human predicament is a predicament that does not perfect itself.

But there is the consolation of no exit, the consolation that this is what you're stuck with. Rather than the consolation of healing the wound, of finding the right kind of medical attention or the right kind of religion, there is a certain wisdom of no exit: this is our human predicament and the only consolation is embracing it. It is our situation, and the only consolation is the full embrace of that reality.

What about love, though?

I believe we know that love is a terrible wound itself, and that it presents a bewildering landscape to stumble over. Love is a fire: it burns everyone, it disfigures everyone...

I think in people's hearts they understand that the heart is cooking like shish kabob in your breast, and no matter what you do, the passions come and go and they sear you, they burn you. If it's not your lover, it's your children; if it's not your children, it's your job; if it's not your job, it's growing old; if it's not growing old, it's getting sick. This predicament cannot be resolved. That is the wound that does not heal, and rather than approach it from the point of view of stitching or cauterizing it, there is a kind of wisdom of living with the wound.

Then what about compassion?

You know, we come up with all kinds of things, but still the wound does not heal, still the reality is suffering. We come up with all kinds of new drugs, all kinds of new approaches. Yes, there are all kinds of human decencies to embrace, and we should really try to be nice to one another, but nothing dissolves this sense of irritation and unsatisfactoriness that we all feel. Nobody gets over that." - Exceprt from From 1994 Interview with Shambala Sun.
Here is the full interview.

Podcast No Fear of Fear with Juan Carlo Castro (Podcast)
Monday, May 4, 2009 - 1:01pm

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This Hope and Fear image was designed by IDP Teacher Juan-Carlos Castro to accompany his talk called "No Fear of Fear", which addresses the fear of space and tactics of avoiding space.

Podcast Logic vs. Feeling with Ethan Nichtern (Podcast)
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 1:01pm

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What dynamic exists between our logical mind and our intuitive mind? What practices can we develop to more mindfully navigate our concepts and experience?

In this week's Podcast "Logic vs. Feeling", Ethan leads a discussion to explore some of these questions.

(This episode was recorded on April 20, 2009 in New York City.)

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Podcast Studying Untruth with Jessica Rasp (Podcast)
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - 1:39pm

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This week on the IDP Podcast, Jessica Rasp leads a talk about "Studying Untruth" as it relates to Daniel Goleman's idea of "Destructive Emotions".

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