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Today's episode brings us to the exciting conclusion of our six-part series on esoteric philosophy, the psychology of meditation, and the use of mandalas in esoteric practices. In the first two episodes of this chapter, we investigated the psychology behind meditation, mandalas, and the mystical experience. In the two episodes that followed, we analyzed Mahayana Buddhism as a case study of these topics. Then, in the fifth and previous article of this series, we turned our attention to another case study: that of Pythagorean Tetractys. Now, in this episode, we synthesize everything we’ve covered so far in order to lay out a grand concept of human civilization as a collective mandala of the human soul. I hope you enjoy. Stay tuned for the next chapter in my ongoing book project titled "Philosophy: Its Origins, Purpose, and Destiny" - it's on Plato's vision of the Philosophic Empire. - Alex Sachonwebsite: www.alexsachon.comsubstack: www.thewisdomtradition.substack.comstore: www.thewisdomtradition.bigcartel.comyoutube: link
In today's episode, we are continuing our series on the philosophy of meditation and its use of mandalas by investigating, as a case study, a mandala sacred to the Pythagoreans: the Tetractys. As we will be covering, in the simple ten dot pyramidal design of the Tetractys is concealed many of the most important teachings of esoteric philosophy. I hope you'll tune in to find out more.See my website for links to all the sections in this chapter and to all the other chapters in my ongoing book "Philosophy: Its Origins, Purpose, and Destiny".website: www.alexsachon.comwritten articles: thewisdomtradition.substack.comestore: thewisdomtradition.bigcartel.comThank you,Alex Sachon
Hey folks,In today's episode we continue our series on the philosophy and psychology of meditation. In this episode (part 4 of a 6 part series), we focus on the meaning behind two important mandalas from Esoteric Buddhism: The Diamond and Matrix Mandalas, or as they are sometimes called "The Mandala of the Two Realms". The aim of this episode is to offer an introduction and overview of how these two mandalas fit into the larger esoteric practices and worldview of the Mahayana sect.Please see the written version of this article for visuals of the mandalas being discussed. You can find it at my Substack: See also my website: you for listening. Also, keep an eye out for the final two episodes of this chapter, which should follow over the next couple weeks.- Alex Sachon
Hey everyone, in today's episode we are continuing with our series on Mandala Design and the philosophy of meditation. This episode is part 3 in a 6-part overall series.Here we go deeper into the philosophy of meditation, prayer, and faith by discussing how these elements are conceived and practiced in Mahayana Buddhism. Of particular note is how these disciplines integrate with the Buddhist concept of the afterlife state.Thank you for tuning in, I hope you enjoy.- Alex www.alexsachon.comFor the written article, see my Substack: thewisdomtradition.substack.comAlso, a video version of this episode is available on my YouTube. See my site for a link.
Hi everyone, welcome back to The Wisdom Tradition podcast. In today's episode, we will be picking up where we left off in Part 1 of our series on "Mandala Design and the Philosophy of Meditation". The particular theme of this episode is on "the occult science of visualization". Visualization exercises utilizing mandalas were an important part of the meditation disciplines utilized by the ancient Mystery Schools. In this episode we will be exploring various angles on how these exercises work and what psychological principles they leverage.For the written article, please see my Substack. Link here.  Thank you, -
Note: the written version of this episode can be found on my Substack. everyone, with today's episode I'm excited to be introducing the newest chapter in my ongoing book project titled "Philosophy: Its Origin, Purpose, and Destiny". This chapter builds off material covered in our previous articles/episodes in order to discuss the psychology and philosophy of meditation. This discussion of meditation is centered around the use of "mandalas", which were implemented by the ancient Esoteric Schools as meditational guides for their initiates and disciples. The material in today's episode sets the foundation for this discussion of mandalas, which will unfold across five subsequent articles/epsiodes in this series. I hope you'll stay tuned for them all. Thank you and God Bless.- Alex
Today I'm excited to be presenting the concluding episode of our ongoing series on Pythagorean Philosophy. As with each of the earlier episodes in this series, today's show is based around a written article that you can read (for free) on my Substack/blog. The main topic of this episode is on the Golden Ratio (i.e. the Golden Section or Divine Proportion). Over the next 90+ minutes, I explain what the Golden Ratio is, how it's measured, and why, in Esoteric Philosophy, it is considered significant and sacred. As part of our discussion, we'll be going into the work of Scott Olsen (author of the excellent book "The Golden Section: Nature's Greatest Secret") to show how the Golden Ratio is cleverly referenced - in a vague and concealed manner - in works written over 2000 years ago by the great Athenian philosopher Plato. In these writings, Plato points us toward the esoteric significance of Phi and hints at why it was regarded with such high regard by the Mystery Schools, who forbade him and others from discussing it in an open and straightforward manner. I hope you'll stay tuned for this discussion. Please also check out the written article, linked above.Thank you, - Alex
Hey everyone,Thank you for tuning back in. After a brief pause, I'm excited to be continuing our series on Pythagorean Philosophy. Originally, I had planned this series to be four parts, but I have extended this now to five, meaning there is one additional episode coming after this one.In this current episode (part 4), we are going to be delving further into the Pythagorean principles of the Triad and Pentad in order to explore how the thinking of modern "Systems Science" interfaces with these ancient ideas. As we will see,  Systems Science's triad of "supersystems, systems, and subsystems" interfaces nicely with the Pythagorean sect's doctrine of numerical philosophy. I hope you'll stay tuned to find out how it all fits together. Here's a link to the original article this presentation is based off of: LINKA video version of this episode is on YouTube. Here's a link to my YT page. My website: www.alexsachon.comThank you, - Alex
Hey everyone,Today I have a special episode: an analysis of a classic Manly Hall lecture titled "The Feminine Factor in World Religion". Here we will be investigating the topic of the Divine Feminine, which we've already tackled in some detail in our previous series on Mahayana Buddhism and Pythagorean Philosophy. In this lecture, Manly Hall simplifies the core ideas of these doctrines, making them accessible to anyone.Throughout this lecture, Hall offers an inspiring vision for how human society can be regenerated by re-embracing something we once had but lost: an understanding of and reverence for God the Mother - i.e. "the Mother Goddess".At the end of this lecture, Manly Hall hints at somewhat of a prophecy for our time and place, one that foresees a coming restoration of Divine Feminine in human life. This is an episode that's not to be missed.Thank you,- Alex Sachonwww.alexsachon.comVideo link:
In this episode we continue our exploration of Pythagorean philosophy and its study of Divine Number. Here, we concentrate on the relationship between the  Pythagorean numbers of the Triad (3), Tetrad (4), and Pentad (5) - also known as God the Father, God the Mother, and God the Child. This series on Pythagoras is based around a corresponding series of articles that you can find on my Substack. There are lots of visuals included there that you won't find in the audio version, so be sure to check it out.Video version available on YouTube.See my website for more info:
*NOTE* Embarrassingly, I had originally uploaded the wrong episode (a Manly P. Hall lecture that was sharing desktop space with my intended audio file). The actual episode (42b) is now available. My sincere apologies for the confusion I'm sure this mistake caused. I'm very proud of this episode, I hope you enjoy.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------In this episode we continue our exploration of Pythagorean philosophy and its study of Divine Number. Here, we concentrate on the fundamental numerical principles 0, 1, 2, and 3. This series on Pythagoras is based around a corresponding series of articles that you can find on my Substack. There are lots of visuals included there that you won't find in the audio version, so be sure to check it out.Video version available on YouTube.See my website for more info:
With today's episode, I'm excited to begin a new series on Pythagorean philosophy. This is Part One of a Four Part series, with the latter three parts soon to follow. These episodes will be based around the article series that I'm publishing on my Substack, with the first article that this current episode is based on already published there. For more, see my website.  There you can find a list of all the articles, with links, to the entire series of articles that I'm putting together which will together comprise 13 chapters of a book titled "Philosophy: Its Origins, Purpose, and Destiny."Thank you for listening. - AlexYoutube version also available.
Here we conclude our series on Mahayana Buddhism, focusing finally now on the specific meaning of its Messianic Prophecy of Maitreya, the www.alexsachon.comarticle link:
We continue our series on Mahayana www.alexsachon.comarticle link:
I'm very excited to be presenting the newest chapter in my ongoing series, which is actually a book I'm publishing serially titled "Philosophy: Its Origin, Purpose, and Destiny." This present chapter, the sixth overall is titled "Maitreya, the Buddha to Come." It features an in-depth exploration of the philosophy of the religious philosophy of Mahayana Buddhism, focusing particularly on its emanationist doctrine of Buddha manifesting itself, through mind, into a Divine Being or Divine Self (Vajrasattva in their language). As a result of the sheer volume of material we'll be covering on this topic, I decided to break its content into three parts. This is Part 1 of 3; the other 2 are available now.Make sure to check out the actual article for this one, as there are lots of visuals and charts. You can find it on my Substack (which is like a blog). The video version features visuals of the article alongside me on audio (see my YouTube via my site)Thank you, - AlexWebsite:
In this episode we will be furthering our study of Mahayana Buddhism by analyzing one of Manly Hall's many lectures on the topic, one called "Mahamaya, Mother of the Buddha". It goes back over some of the content we covered in the previous episode, while also introducing and exploring new aspects of the philosophy. I will shortly have a new article also on the topic of Mahayana Buddhism that further analyzes its philosophical teachings, with this article's particular focus being on Mahayana Buddhism's doctrine of spiritual cosmology and on its Messianic prophecy of the Buddha-to-Come, Maitreya.Video version (w/ lecture notes) on YouTube: see for a link.Substack which hosts my articles: My e-store: thewisdomtradition.bigcartel.comThank you and God Bless, - Alex
This episode continues  our series (which will eventually be a 13 chapter book), moving our story up through time from the Aryans to the Brahmans to the Buddhists to Buddhism's second birth in the form of Mahayana Buddhism. With the Mahayana School, Buddhism comes into full  maturity as a philosophical system. By investigating its core framework of teachings, there is much we can learn.Note: for those who sign up to get the emails of these articles, I often update the article after I first send the link out, so if you want the latest version of the article don't read the one in your Inbox but click on the link and read it from the site if you can.Cheers and God Bless, - (new "publications" section now up) (subscribe)link to video version on YouTube via my site
In this episode we continue our investigation of the history, purpose, and destiny of philosophy by examining its connection to a great social reform project that first emerged out of the Atlantean priesthood. This sect of Atlantean reformists was termed "the Arya". At a remote point in history, waves of Aryan migrations proceeded out from a secluded homeland in the Himalayas to catalyze a transformation of postdiluvian civilization away from the habits of its Atlantean forebearers and toward the attainment of a new ideal: a "New Atlantis".The essay this episode is based on can be read at my Substack: http://thewisdomtradition.substack.comMy site: www.alexsachon.comInstagram: @thewisdomtraditionTwitter: @SixDaysWorkVideo version available on YouTube. See my site for a link.
In this episode we continue in our ongoing series of investigations of the ancient institution of the Mystery Schools and its relationship to philosophy. In the previous article/episode of this series, we tracked philosophy's birth out of the Mystery Schools during the Axial Age. In this article, we backtrack from this critical period and look back at the origin of the Mystery Schools themselves, tracking their existence back to the lost antediluvian empire of Atlantis. In the articles that follow, we're going to return to the Axial Ages to take a deeper look at a few lingering threads, and then in future episodes we're going to progress in time toward Francis Bacon and the birth of science.Thanks for tuning in! - Alexwebsite: www.alexachon.comSubstack: thewisdomtradition.substack.comestore: thewisdomtradition.bigcartel.comIG: @thewisdomtraditionYouTube: see for a link
Hey all, in this episode we look into my newest Substack article "The Birth of Philosophy". This is part of an ongoing series that investigates the history of the Mystery Schools and the role that philosophy, a creation of these Schools, is destined to play in the great reformation of human society that is to come. In time, I plan on bundling together the articles in this series into a publication. Material covered in this series in also covered in publication "Atlantis and the Origins of Civilization" which is available at my estore. Website: www.alexsachon.comSubstack: thewisdomtradition.substack.comEstore: thewisdomtradition.bigcartel.comYouTube version is available on my channel titled "The Wisdom Tradition Podcast". See my website for a link.
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