Curious Bodhi

Curious Bodhi

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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 [email protected]


54 - Understanding “Not-self” in Buddhism
Nov 28 • 25 min
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…
53 - Guided Vajrayana Medicine Buddha Meditation
Nov 15 • 11 min
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!
52 - Dharma Doors: Is Dharma the Best Path?
Oct 30 • 22 min
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…
51 - The Dharma of Death
Oct 14 • 23 min
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 [email protected]
50 - The Dharma of Liking, Disliking, Self & Not-self
Oct 11 • 28 min
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…
49 - Trika Shaivism and Waking Up: Interview with Shambhavi
Oct 2 • 53 min
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…
48 - The Cycle of Mind: Interview with Alan Gordon
Sep 17 • 43 min
“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…
47 - Feeling Fear? Good News!
Sep 14 • 5 min
Short episode on what is really going on here… *If you’d like to get in touch, email me at [email protected] - ask questions, get curious, and I will answer them on the show.
46 - Conscious Evolution! Interview with Rob Cobbold
Sep 10 • 71 min
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…
45 - Non-Judgement, The Buddhist Way!
Sep 7 • 18 min
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…
44 - Satta Sutta: A Being
Sep 7 • 5 min
Sutta reading — part III in a series of the three most crucial suttas to begin to understand the Dhamma. (Tipitaka: Samyutta Nikaya: SN23)
43 - Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta: Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion
Aug 31 • 10 min
Sutta reading — part II in a series of the three most crucial suttas to begin to understand the Dhamma. (Tipitaka: Samyutta Nikaya: SN56)
42 - Anatta-lakkhana Sutta: The Discourse on the Not-self Characteristic
Aug 26 • 6 min
Sutta reading — the first part in a series of the three most crucial suttas to begin to understand the Dhamma. (Tipitaka: Samyutta Nikaya: SN22)
41 - Navigating Through Spiritual Fads
Aug 22 • 27 min
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…
40 - God, Dharma, & Vedic Spirituality for all Seekers: Interview with Sri Acharya
Aug 7 • 58 min
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…
39 - On Meditation: Interview with Eric Zimmer
Jul 30 • 34 min
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…
38 - The Essence of Dharma with Devananda
Jul 23 • 56 min
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”,…
37 - Waking Up Isn’t So Easy!
Jul 19 • 19 min
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…
36 - Vedic Living: Interview with Akshay Kanade
Jul 14 • 55 min
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…
35 - Psychedelic Integration: Interview with Greg Lawrence
Jul 9 • 44 min
Greg Lawrence is a certified transformational and psychedelic integration coach who works with his clients in the preparation and integration stages of using psychedelic medicines. In our episode, we talk about psychedelic care; what to expect when taking…
34 - McMindfulness: The New Capitalist Spirituality with Ron Purser
Jul 4 • 56 min
It’s no secret: “modern mindfulness” is in — especially in the United States, and it is spreading rapidly also within Europe. We chat to Ron Purser, head of the Mindful Cranks Podcast and author of McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became The New Capitalist…
33 - The Pantheistic Approach: Interview with Anish
Jul 2 • 67 min
Anish Banskota was born in Nepal and moved to the United States at a young age, where he began to question the Christian narrative which brought him back to his pantheistic roots. We dabble in what Hinduism means to him and also his experiences with…
32 - Key Buddhist Terminology
Jun 27 • 36 min
Here, we whittle down the most fundamental and important Buddhist terms without the “fluff”. What do they actually mean in a practical way? Emptiness ; Non-duality ; Nibbana ; Dukkha ; Sankhara. Send me a voice message - make it easy, @…
31 - Near-death & New Life Experience: Interview with Artisha Bolding
Jun 24 • 45 min
Artisha nearly left this earth in 2018 and came back a new woman; we go through what brought her to the brink of death, her experiences interacting with another plane of consciousness, and the attitude it left her with today. We also share ways in which…
30 - Ayahuasca & San Pedro in Peru: Interview with Lane Belone
Jun 22 • 34 min
Lane Belone has been called to be a positive force in the world through his extensive experiences with travel; after exploring over 40 countries, he explains how he integrates his brand new mind with what he’s learned through his awareness of other people…
29 - What is Advaita Vedanta? Interview with Swamini Brahmaprajnananda
Jun 19 • 30 min
Swamini B resides in Mumbai, India, where she has been trained under H.H. Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati ji (1930-2015) who has been known as the greatest Advaita teacher of his time. She is well-versed in the Vedas, and specifically the Upanishads, and…
28 - Music & Buddhism: Interview with Bill Protzmann
Jun 13 • 67 min
In this episode, we go over how Buddhism is interrelated with music and Bill’s usage of music as a gateway to transform both himself and others through an emotional release/connection, letting go, being together in a crowd, and also being in the present…
27 - Realisations Lately…
Jun 7 • 12 min
What have you realised about your own consciousness, recently? Here, I go over a spontaneous insight that tumbled out and snowballed into many, until I had to write them all down. I distinguish “insights” from “thoughts and feelings”, because insights are…
26 - Living Life as the Tao: Interview with Harry Sherwood
Jun 6 • 53 min
Harry Sherwood spent time with a multiplicity of yogis, masters, monks, and witnessed various sacred ceremonies and practices all around the world to search for the great Enlightenment - then he found what he was looking for, ten years on… Harry gives…
25 - The Prospective Billionaire Who Walked Away: Interview with Danny Levin
May 30 • 60 min
While many of us don’t have opportunities to be rich or famous… we are still not always that humble ;-) What if it had been handed to us, in our karma — in our deck of life’s playing cards — to dine with the wealthiest and run a billion dollar company?…
24 - Gentle Guided Meditation on Death
May 22 • 11 min
A gentle and relaxing meditation on the experience of the death of the body and the gross mind. Don’t be afraid! It’s very uplifting. Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ https://anchor.fm/curiousbodhi/message
23 - Just Walk! A Guided Meditation
May 12 • 8 min
Walking meditation can’t get any simpler than “just sitting” Zazen… whether you’re on your way to work and a mission — or you specifically set out to just walk — these are the basic foundations of walking, noticing, and finding yourself in your experience…
22 - The Cycle of Birth, Death, & Caffeination
May 3 • 20 min
Waking up can be tricky business! Why, when we start to awaken, do we backslide instead of flowering fully into that non-dual presence we know is possible? Here, we share what the Buddha found while on his final step into liberation, a few tips about how…
21 - Energy, Tantra, and Awakening with Julie Jancius
Apr 26 • 50 min
Are you intrigued by what carrying a “higher vibration” means? How does it affect our personality and our moods? Special guest, Julie Jancius of the “Angels & Awakening” podcast, comes on the show to talk with me about energy, Tantra, Kundalini,…
20 - Buddhism is not a Religion!
Apr 12 • 27 min
Buddhism is not a religion… nor a philosophy or a set of rigid values to uphold. Did you know that Buddhist morality is not mandatory but merely sets the stage so that you may awaken easier? With this ease in mind, Buddhism seeks to help liberate all…
19 - Building an Ecological House: Part II
Mar 21 • 25 min
As promised, here is what I am personally going to do to change the high-strung city lifestyle I now lead, to integrate the knowledge and awareness I have gained about life. With our rising population and hyper-focus on technology, I believe we need…
18 - The Economy, Cities, & Our Big Brains: Part I
Mar 18 • 23 min
As the population is projected to reach 10 billion by 2050, our economy will inevitably change: there will be less jobs, more machines and technology taking on human roles, and we will be an evermore intelligent species. What will we do with this changing…
17 - Hinduism is not a Religion: Perspective with Karthik
Mar 13 • 47 min
In this episode, I speak with a friend who has grown up in India — the land of the “Hindus”. Where did this term come from? Who gave it to India’s vast population, and what comes with embracing this title? What’s up with the holy books such as the Vedas…
16 - Internet Series: Effects on our Consciousness
Feb 15 • 24 min
A few days ago, I stumbled on a documentary about “Just Eat” and how it’s changing the way we order food. We can now sit online and order just about anything without having to move from the house. What repercussions will this and other internet behaviours…
15 - Is There Security In The Material?
Feb 4 • 9 min
Can there ever be security in the material forms we surround ourselves with? What about our homes and environment? In this short episode, I ask what you think about our need for fulfillment… Send me a voice message - make it easy, @…
14 - The 8-Fold Path & The 4 Noble Truths
Jan 29 • 35 min
When the Buddha was enlightened under the Bodhi tree, he became aware of the 4 Noble Truths and the 8-Fold Path. Ultimately, he got this beautiful information by his own initiative. If we are willing to take a look at our own conscious experience, we…
13 - Samsara Explained; Getting off the Wheel
Jan 6 • 12 min
Are we living in a “dream”? How do we know, and what are the examples that point to this? What is the true nature of life? I will explain, in this episode, the rationality behind Samsara and what it means to be caught up in The Wheel and one way out… Send…
12 - Going to the Roots of “Being”
Dec 30, 2018 • 17 min
Are you a human being or a human doing? What is “being”, anyway? In this episode, we go over what being is in all practicality and how you can train yourself to find your own being-ness. After all, every holy scripture points to this very essence, which…
11 - Interview with Hans Wilhelm On Our Pre-birth Plan and Reincarnation
Dec 25, 2018 • 48 min
In this episode, I talk to a very special guest who has helped uplift humanity through his books, videos, and unique illustrations: best-selling author, Hans Wilhelm. We go through the ‘tough’ subject of our pre-birth plan and why we decide to incarnate…
10 - The God Button: Bufo Alvarius
Dec 18, 2018 • 27 min
In this emotional interview, I catch up with a friend who came face-to-face with Reality via Bufo Alvarius from the Amazonian jungle. “Bufo”, for short, is an altogether transcendent experience for the soul, illuminating the gifts that God bestows on…
9 - Manifestation Takes Time, So Keep Going
Dec 9, 2018 • 6 min
I recorded this short episode after a long run outdoors, when insights often arise about the nature of life — what is the difference between recurring thoughts and those of manifestation? When thoughts and feelings, aka “inspiration” about a project…
8 - Internet Series: De-Google Yourself!
Dec 3, 2018 • 21 min
The internet and Google are a huge part of how we co-create our reality, but I have to stop to wonder… is this the way we want to see ourselves going and interacting on a personal level in the future? The Native Americans say, “look 7 generations ahead of…
7 - Interview with Artist Demi on Italian Politics And Ego Death
Nov 26, 2018 • 51 min
In this episode, I talk to artist Gianluca (Demi) who gets straight into what’s bugging him about Italian fascism right this very moment. Then we go on to penetrate spirituality from the point-of-view of a free soul living in the city with hopes of a…
6 - All People and Phenomena Are Empty!
Nov 20, 2018 • 13 min
Inspired by a trip in Paris, I recorded this episode in a teeny hotel room. I deconstruct our tendency to remember ourselves as “separate people” and just how this is created by memory and a very specific “my” viewpoint on a situation. This is applicable…
5 - Interview with Tattooist Jeffrey Segundo on Following Instincts
Nov 14, 2018 • 53 min
I interview Jeffrey Segundo, a tattoo artist from Australia who speaks about how hard times can turn into gold from the perspective of the absolute. We met through a series of serendipities, and it was his attraction to our tattoo studio’s spiritual vibe…
4 - Interview with Jana Rosenbergova on Freedom
Nov 7, 2018 • 34 min
In this episode, I speak with Jana Rosenbergova, a top London massage therapist about what freedom means to her. We have a cup of coffee and go into the nitty-gritty of the thoughts and emotions having to do with spirituality and healing in real-time.…
3 - Organic & Spontaneous Satsang in London
Oct 28, 2018 • 19 min
In this organic Satsang, which means “sacred gathering”, we will traverse together to see if we connect on the insights that have been handed my way as of lately. This episode touches on the notions of “nothing” and non-separation; little paradoxes;…
2 - Buddhist Methods of Awakening
Oct 19, 2018 • 36 min
In this very practical guide to various Buddhist methods of awakening, we will take a brief walk through the Vedas, Zen, Advaita, Theravada, Tantra, and Mahayana to explain what you can pull from these traditions to hone your spiritual practice and bring…
1 - Introduction: Spirituality is Realistic
Oct 14, 2018 • 20 min
Food for every level of awareness, starting right at the beginning: somewhere or nowhere at all. It doesn’t matter. Since we’re all unique beings in various ages and contexts on this planet, we will all be in different stages of our spiritual development.…