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What makes us human? What is the nature of our happiness and suffering... and where do we rile up the energy to do all of this!? How does awakening unfold on the tri-level of our body/mind/spirit continuum and transfer into society? This podcast is for truth-seekers and those who wish to gain wisdom - not just 'dry, book knowledge'. We cover topics like: how awakening affects us on a societal level in science, art, & economics; Buddhism, Hinduism, & ancient knowledge; plant entheogens; and spiritual practice. Email me at curiousbodhi@zoho.com
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I recently gave up my past history after 11 years in London (mundane job, rented flat, water and electric bills, less time for loving life) to move off-grid in Portugal. We bought a plot of land and imported four large shipping containers for the basic structure of our home. If you are thinking of doing something similar, I give advice about my experiences so far with: basic survival guidelines, unexpected consequences of new terrain and weather, creating a water system and harnessing rain, the magic of buckets, how time is different and managing expectations, and how-in-the-hell this connects with the Dharma! In part 2, we will talk about more progress on building and innovations, our new solar panel system, and possibly what we intend to do about making money. Because I'm not officially working... but it would be cool to be a mendicant, where people feed you because they respect "the person searching for enlightenment"... otherwise known as "professional unemployment". Namaste.
What is this mysterious "not-self" (Anatta) we keep hearing about in Buddhism? Does this mean complete obliteration into a black hole, or nihilism? Well, it can't be! The Buddha was the best dualist AND non-dualist simultaneously. He taught the Middle Way between eternalism: a complete and unchanging entity -- and nihilism: a complete nothingness void of any meaning. So, what does his teaching on not-self really mean, and how can we compare this with ancient Vedantic teachings? The answer is stranger than you might think... please leave a message at curiousbodhi@zoho.com with comments or questions, and I will answer them on our next show. Bless you. Namaste.
This is a meditation on our friend, the Medicine Buddha. Let this meditation stream on, and finish when you are ready. After this, you will feel more positive and relaxed about yourself and the world we inhabit. Om. Enjoy!
This talk gives a taste of the reasons why Dharma is "a best path" - for those who truly desire to learn on their way to enlightenment. Dharma is for absolutely every human being on the planet, as we all have the common denominator: Consciousness. The question is: Do you want to make the effort from your own initiative? Please visit patreon.com/curiousbodhi/ to help us continue our show!
51 - The Dharma of Death

51 - The Dharma of Death

2019-10-1400:23:42

This Dharma talk focuses on death -- how death can become a great motivator to see our lives in a larger context. This can reduce fear, anxiety, depression, and mental fog. We are much larger than we think we are! Drop me a line at curiousbodhi@zoho.com with comments on this episode and please consider supporting on Patreon by visiting patreon.com/curiousbodhi
The Curious Bodhi recently moved to Portugal! Hurray! This is my first episode in my new home country, and I decided to give a Dharma talk. Buddhism is all about practicality and notions we can use in our everyday lives and experience. In each moment, no matter how subtle or gross - liking and disliking run our experience, as we seek to make it different. Check it out, and don't forget to drop me a line at curiousbodhi@zoho.com. 
Shambhavi runs Jaya Kula, a centre focusing on the Trika Shaivism and Dzogchen traditions with centres in Portland, Oregon and San Rafael California -- Jaya Kula is a vibrant community which keeps to the roots of the traditions while increasing freedom and presence for everyone who practices. Shambhavi has been practicing for 30+ years and we talk about "waking up while living in a messy world". Check out www.jayakula.org and her podcast called "Satsang with Shambhavi" on iTunes, Spotify, and more.
"My theory is... 'okay, so I live in a prison. I'm not going to be able to stop thinking. So instead of a prison, why don't I make it a palace?!" ~ Alan Gordon. This is, after all, what every great ancient wisdom tradition seeks to do -- and to share the love, residing in our own minds, with every other living being. Alan combines his years of experience and background with science and ancient wisdom to guide us on the exact steps to take positive action with our own minds. The mysterious subconscious and its relentless control over our lives is the focus of Alan's work, and he illumines us on its reprogramming capability. Since Buddhism and mind are inevitably intertwined, I thought I'd share another perspective on this vast and great topic. Visit Alan at www.cycleofmind.com -- he will also be launching his own "Cycle of Mind" podcast soon on September 24th, so be on the lookout! Love, namaste.
Short episode on what is really going on here... *If you'd like to get in touch, email me at curiousbodhi@zoho.com - ask questions, get curious, and I will answer them on the show.
Rob Cobbold runs consciousevolution.co.uk, a global awareness movement that knows our true potential. He caught on that we are at the cusp of being able to fully consciously evolve as both human beings and societies. Gone are the days when we need our primal instincts to drive our behaviour, yet they still function; if we can harness the power of knowing ourselves by looking at where we have come from and have vision on where we are going, then we will be able to consciously choose rather than react. In this episode, we talk about evolution... we talk about spiral dynamics and human behaviour... and we talk about money. Enjoy! *Please help keep our show free by donating on Patreon if you support awakening, awareness, & society. Om, namaste, and blessings!
What is true non-judgment and non-discrimination, at the root of it all? We go over the practical ways in which you can practice and see everyone and everything as "equal" -- this is in sharp contrast to how we normally view the world and see "other" in every aspect of life, from our 6 senses, to people, and to our own imaginations and mind-wanderings in meditation. Om Namah Buddhay!
44 - Satta Sutta: A Being

44 - Satta Sutta: A Being

2019-09-0700:05:17

Sutta  reading -- part III in a series of the three most crucial suttas to  begin to understand the Dhamma. (Tipitaka: Samyutta Nikaya: SN23)
Sutta reading -- part II in a series of the three most crucial  suttas to begin to understand the Dhamma. (Tipitaka: Samyutta Nikaya:  SN56)
Sutta reading -- the first part in a series of the three most crucial suttas to begin to understand the Dhamma. (Tipitaka: Samyutta Nikaya: SN22)
How do we know we are learning genuine spiritual teachings and are not being taken a fool? Here, we talk about spiritual fads in relation to gurus, teachings, and paths and how to spot them. For example, Tantra has been co-opted to remain synonymous with sex, while its origins are extremely complex and broad, ranging from manipulating inner energies and winds, to perfectly imagining mandalas, to literally becoming a Vajrayana god or goddess.  I open with an astonishing claim that the Buddha uttered himself about his own 8-fold path and its truths. Join me and tune in to look at your own experience to see if what I'm saying is true -- don't just believe me or any authority!
Why can we trust the Vedas and the Upanishads over the scriptures and books of other religions? If experience is of the utmost importance, as it is in Buddhism, then what role does experience play in Sanatana Dharma and knowing Krishna as the highest? Why do we have this material body? What is unconditional love, and why does God desire it? How does personal intuition play into Sanatana Dharma? In this practical and philosophical interview which encourages free-thinking and reflection, Sri Acharya shares his knowledge and wisdom with ease. Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya is a Dharmi who is serious about changing the way societies across the world function to bring restoration of the "Eternal, Natural Way" from the dark age of Kali Yuga into the Coming Golden Age as predicted by the Vedas. Sri Acharya has been teaching solely in the United States after he was ordained a Vedic Brahmana over 40 years ago in India. Included in a long list of credentials, Acharyaji earned his PhD at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in "Languages and Cultures of Asia" and has spoken at Harvard, Cornell, Rutgers, and other prestigous universities and is learned in Sanskrit, Philosophy, Vedic Studies, and South Asian Affairs. Please visit dharmacentral.com and visit Dharma Nation on Youtube to become fascinated by Acharyaji's approach to life and spirituality.
Eric battled his former problem of addiction with meditation. Here, we talk about the way we both use meditation and our experiences. As a practice, meditation is so open to interpretation, so this episode may give you a new perspective on what meditation can do.With much experience under his belt, Eric Zimmer has interviewed hundreds of guests on his own podcast and has had the privelege of meeting the likes of Sharon Salzburg, Lama Surya Das, and many other amazing human beings. He is well-renowned for his TedX talk called The Battle of Changing Your Behavior and now runs The One You Feed Podcast, named one of the “Best Podcasts of 2014” by iTunes and also named one of the "Best Health Podcasts of All Time" by the Huffington Post.
Devananda of the Essence of Dharma podcast talks with us in a free-flowing conversation about the nature of consciousness and Buddhism in a 'non-sectarian' sense and what this is like, breaking boundaries and barriers in this thing called "the world", Sadhana and realisation, emptiness, and existence in its largest sense. 
My first awakening was as a teenager. I opened a book after having a psychological break (you know, the world ends with everything when you're young), and I read the sentence out loud: "We are all One". With that sentence, I lost my sense of self completely. Tears ran down my face, and I became one with the universe and all my pain and suffering was relieved. Long story short -- ever since, I have searched for God beyond conventional reality. Why? Because that experience was isolated and did not carry itself until final liberation. This is a very common pitfall: temporary enlightenment. Spiritual bypassing is another trap. What else? As an adult, the ego becomes solidified and strong. I even remember standing in my kitchen (again, as a moody teenager) while listening to the radio. A scientist on the broadcast mentioned that "by age 30, 99% of thoughts are no longer creative but are programmed and mechanical." I remember thinking, "I can't even think for myself when I grow up? I hope that never, ever happens to me!" Well, I've breached the barrier and became 31. As an avid painter and musician, at least some creative thought still belongs to me. And psychedelics have helped me realise that society doesn't actually exist, so there's that! But for many adults and people my age, awakening isn't easy. Adulting comes with baggage: childhood baggage, mortgage baggage, relationship baggage, job expectation baggage, socialising baggage, and anti-creative mind programming to top off the entire 30+ cake. Western culture teaches us that we are going somewhere, and we can't stop to breathe until we get there. It's covered up in bank balances, responsibilities, and social prestige/conditioning. But really, we are all just looking for ourselves! The "real me". Reality. The truth of what it means to be human. Love: real, unconditional love for ourselves and each other. So, we have to essentially unravel all the conditioning from the time we were born until this very moment to have any sort of epiphany and take all these layers off to become naked. What adult feels comfortable standing in a crowd naked? As a child, we did it, and we were damn proud of ourselves! But, awakening takes courage. This episode is about why it's difficult and what traps we can run into along the way. Sneaky ego! Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ https://anchor.fm/curiousbodhi/message  
Veda: Knowledge (n). Akshay was born in India and now lives and breathes in New York City, though he still keeps his connections to India. He is well-versed in Sanskrit, the Vedas, and Hindu scriptures, where we go through his wealth of knowledge and wisdom. We touch on Vedic stories, Ayurveda, history, and more. Though the Vedas can seem daunting to touch at first, here are key resources to become familiar with Vedic literature and thought: The Bhagavad Gita As It Is - by Srila Prabhupada, The Upanishads - of 108, 10-13 of which are considered major: Brihadaranyaka, Chandogya, Taittiriya, Aitareya, Svetasvatara, Isha, Kena, Katha, Prasna, Mundaka, Mandukya, Kausitaki and Maitrayaniya, & great Vedantan Swami Vivekananda.
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