In this episode I am speaking with Professor Bee Scherer. Bee is a long-time practitioner of Buddhism and a global Buddhist lay teacher.
Bee has studied Indic and Tibetan philology, published on karma, Nāgārjuna and early Mind-only Buddhist schools. In recent years Bee has worked on transnational Tibetan Buddhism; radical, reform and socially engaged Buddhism in Asia; and on Buddhist perspectives on gender and sexuality.
You can hear Bee’s course The Essentials of Buddhist Philosophy at wisestudies.com
- Buddhism and the modern world
- Nāgārjuna the person and his philosophy
- Queer theory and queering Buddhism
In this episode I speak with Gwilym Beckerlegge. Gwilym studied religions at the Universities of Oxford and Lancaster. He is the author of The Ramakrishna Mission: The Making of a Modern Hindu Movement (2000) and Swami Vivekananda’s Legacy of Service: A Study of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission (2006). You can find his course, Vivekananda and His Legacy at wisestudies.com
- Vivekananda, a man of his time
- Advaita Vedanta practices
- Saint or Sage?
In this episode I am speaking with Graham Burns. Graham is a yoga teacher and lecturer. He received his masters and PhD at SOAS, the School of Oriental and African studies at London University where he is now a senior teaching fellow. We discuss:
- Introduction to the Upanishads
- 3 schools of thought in Vedanta, Advaita, Dvaita, Vishishtadvaita
- Dualism vs non-dualism
- Comparing Vedanta with Sankya & Yoga
- Common themes in the Upanishads
Graham’s website is http://www.samanayoga.com/
Angela Voss, PhD, SFHEA is Programme Director for the MA in Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.
In this podcast we discuss:
- Her interest in the Renaissance philosopher MarsilioFicino
- The relationship between art, religion and science
- Who were the neoplatonists?
- Neoplatonic ritual
- The neoplatonic goal
- The prominence of its practice
- The influence of neoplatonic ideas on contemporary esoteric, spiritual and scientific thought
Some of her publications can be found at https://canterbury.academia.edu/AngelaVoss Her latest publication is Re-enchanting the Academy, co-edited with Simon Wilson. You can hear her Wise Studies course at https://wisestudies.com/product/the-neoplatonic-imagination-with-angela-voss/
In this episode I am speaking with Reverend Dr. Nicholas Buxton. Nicholas is the Director of St Antony’s Priory, in Durham, and founder of ‘Just Meditation’ and the Newcastle Meditation Centre. He has a PhD in Buddhist philosophy from the University of Cambridge and is an experienced meditation teacher and retreat leader. Publications include The Wilderness Within: Meditation and Modern Life (Canterbury Press, 2014), and Tantalus and the Pelican: Exploring Monastic Spirituality Today (Continuum, 2009).
Topics discussed are:
- Christian contemplatives throughout history
- What is the focus of Christian contemplative practice compared to other meditative traditions?
- Who were the Desert Fathers?
- Is there a place for austerity in modern life?
- How Nicholas understands Jesus, the man, and the story of Christ?
- Is there a distinction between religious and spiritual?
- Do you see religious practice on a spectrum moving from an exoteric to a deeper esoteric dimension?
- Is your mission to promote the contemplative side of Christianity today?
- What is the difference between a meditation technique and prayer?
- What does the Christian tradition uniquely offer to spiritual practice?
- How do you structure life on a typical retreat at St Antony’s Priory?