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Deconstructing Yourself

Michael W. Taft

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Deconstructing Yourself

Deconstructing Yourself

Michael W. Taft

36
Followers
195
Plays
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Dedicated to liberation in all its forms, Deconstructing Yourself is passionate about fearlessly investigating, attempting, and questioning all things to do with awakening, meditation, mindfulness, brain hacking, consciousness, neurofeedback, and more.

Your host Michael W. Taft interviews some of the most interesting thinkers, authors, and teachers around, as well as other offerings. In this hard-hitting, radical, and fun podcast we look at secular post-, non-, un- Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta, Hindu Tantrism, philosophy, the neuroscience of the sense of self, neurofeedback and the consciousness hacking movement, aspects of artificial intelligence, entheogens, and much more.

If you’re looking for fresh directions, free from dogma and conformism, think of the Deconstructing Yourself podcast as the radical cafe where you can hear from the most interesting luminaries either from the outside edges of dharma, or a fresh take from more traditional teachers. If you’re interested in more, check out the Deconstructing Yourself website at https://deconstructingyourself.com.

Latest Episodes

Love Unveiled with A. H. Almaas

Spiritual teacher A. H. Almaas speaks with host Michael Taft about the centrality of love to our spiritual nature, how to tell the difference between emotional love and spiritual love, how the wounds of love can become openings for awakening, various “flavors” of love, and the necessity of love to approach truth.

48 min2 w ago
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Love Unveiled with A. H. Almaas

Vajrayana and Deity Yoga with Chandra Easton

Buddhist Teacher and author Lopön Chandra Easton talks with Michael Taft about Vajrayana, her own pilgrimage and experiences in India, the struggle to bring motherhood, sexuality, the feminine, and the female voice into spiritual life, the power of yidam or deity yoga, how Westerners relate to deity yoga, and a look into the practice of the 21 Taras.

55 minSEP 22
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Vajrayana and Deity Yoga with Chandra Easton

Evolving Ground with Rindzin Pamo and Jared Janes

Host Michael Taft speaks with Rin’dzin Pamo and Jared Janes about their new project, entitled “Evolving Ground,” which is a community of practitioners that seeks to reinterpret and revitalize Vajrayana practice in a contemporary Western context.

73 minAUG 25
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Evolving Ground with Rindzin Pamo and Jared Janes

A Conversation with Ken McLeod

A wide-ranging conversation between writer, translator, teacher, and business consultant, Ken McLeod and host Michael Taft about meditation, Vajrayana, and more.

80 minAUG 4
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A Conversation with Ken McLeod

Paranoia, Conspiracy, and Covid, with Erik Davis

Author, podcaster, award-winning journalist, and cultural historian Erik Davis speaks with host Michael Taft about paranoia and conspiracy in the current moment.

57 minJUL 14
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Paranoia, Conspiracy, and Covid, with Erik Davis

Effortlessness in Meditation, with Jud Brewer

Neuroscientist and mindfulness expert Jud Brewer speaks with host Michael Taft about his research into mindfulness meditation and effortlessness.

44 minJUN 8
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Effortlessness in Meditation, with Jud Brewer

Awakening and the Path of Liberation, with Dan Brown

Psychologist, author, translator, and meditation teacher, Dan Brown talks with host Michael Taft about the three levels of practice from a taste of awakening to "full buddhahood," and much more.

36 minMAY 21
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Awakening and the Path of Liberation, with Dan Brown

Vajrayana, Compassion, and the Importance of the Teacher, with Ken McLeod

EWriter, translator, teacher, and business consultant, Ken McLeod speaks with host Michael Taft about Coronavirus, social distancing, nature doing what it does, overcoming cultural conditioning, enlightenment as a "system change," practices for overcoming cultural conditioning and developing compassion, the importance of the teacher-student relationship, the viability of Vajrayana practice in the West, and much more.

59 minAPR 23
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Vajrayana, Compassion, and the Importance of the Teacher, with Ken McLeod

Why Do Narcissists Become Spiritual Teachers, with Stephan Bodian

Nondual teacher and psychotherapist Stephan Bodian and host Michael Taft discuss how and way narcissists rise to the top of spiritual organizations, and more.

48 minMAR 21
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Why Do Narcissists Become Spiritual Teachers, with Stephan Bodian

Questioning Assumptions about Buddhism, with Evan Thompson

Evan Thompson discusses his new book, “Why I Am Not a Buddhist” with host Michael Taft.

52 minFEB 16
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Questioning Assumptions about Buddhism, with Evan Thompson

Latest Episodes

Love Unveiled with A. H. Almaas

Spiritual teacher A. H. Almaas speaks with host Michael Taft about the centrality of love to our spiritual nature, how to tell the difference between emotional love and spiritual love, how the wounds of love can become openings for awakening, various “flavors” of love, and the necessity of love to approach truth.

48 min2 w ago
Comments
Love Unveiled with A. H. Almaas

Vajrayana and Deity Yoga with Chandra Easton

Buddhist Teacher and author Lopön Chandra Easton talks with Michael Taft about Vajrayana, her own pilgrimage and experiences in India, the struggle to bring motherhood, sexuality, the feminine, and the female voice into spiritual life, the power of yidam or deity yoga, how Westerners relate to deity yoga, and a look into the practice of the 21 Taras.

55 minSEP 22
Comments
Vajrayana and Deity Yoga with Chandra Easton

Evolving Ground with Rindzin Pamo and Jared Janes

Host Michael Taft speaks with Rin’dzin Pamo and Jared Janes about their new project, entitled “Evolving Ground,” which is a community of practitioners that seeks to reinterpret and revitalize Vajrayana practice in a contemporary Western context.

73 minAUG 25
Comments
Evolving Ground with Rindzin Pamo and Jared Janes

A Conversation with Ken McLeod

A wide-ranging conversation between writer, translator, teacher, and business consultant, Ken McLeod and host Michael Taft about meditation, Vajrayana, and more.

80 minAUG 4
Comments
A Conversation with Ken McLeod

Paranoia, Conspiracy, and Covid, with Erik Davis

Author, podcaster, award-winning journalist, and cultural historian Erik Davis speaks with host Michael Taft about paranoia and conspiracy in the current moment.

57 minJUL 14
Comments
Paranoia, Conspiracy, and Covid, with Erik Davis

Effortlessness in Meditation, with Jud Brewer

Neuroscientist and mindfulness expert Jud Brewer speaks with host Michael Taft about his research into mindfulness meditation and effortlessness.

44 minJUN 8
Comments
Effortlessness in Meditation, with Jud Brewer

Awakening and the Path of Liberation, with Dan Brown

Psychologist, author, translator, and meditation teacher, Dan Brown talks with host Michael Taft about the three levels of practice from a taste of awakening to "full buddhahood," and much more.

36 minMAY 21
Comments
Awakening and the Path of Liberation, with Dan Brown

Vajrayana, Compassion, and the Importance of the Teacher, with Ken McLeod

EWriter, translator, teacher, and business consultant, Ken McLeod speaks with host Michael Taft about Coronavirus, social distancing, nature doing what it does, overcoming cultural conditioning, enlightenment as a "system change," practices for overcoming cultural conditioning and developing compassion, the importance of the teacher-student relationship, the viability of Vajrayana practice in the West, and much more.

59 minAPR 23
Comments
Vajrayana, Compassion, and the Importance of the Teacher, with Ken McLeod

Why Do Narcissists Become Spiritual Teachers, with Stephan Bodian

Nondual teacher and psychotherapist Stephan Bodian and host Michael Taft discuss how and way narcissists rise to the top of spiritual organizations, and more.

48 minMAR 21
Comments
Why Do Narcissists Become Spiritual Teachers, with Stephan Bodian

Questioning Assumptions about Buddhism, with Evan Thompson

Evan Thompson discusses his new book, “Why I Am Not a Buddhist” with host Michael Taft.

52 minFEB 16
Comments
Questioning Assumptions about Buddhism, with Evan Thompson
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