Spiritual Practice and Mindfulness

Spiritual Practice and Mindfulness


Interviews with scholars of spiritual practice and mindfulness about their new books.

The Enlightenment of the Body, with Naomi Worth

June 9, 2024

The Enlightenment of the Body

Naomi Worth
Hosted by Pierce Salguero

In this episode, Dr Pierce Salguero sits down with Naomi Worth, a scholar and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism’s postural yoga tradition. We dive into…

Reiki and the Subtle Body, with Justin B. Stein

May 4, 2024

Reiki and the Subtle Body

Justin B. Stein
Hosted by Pierce Salguero

Dr Pierce Salguero sits down with Justin B. Stein, a specialist in modern Japanese religion and the preeminent historian of Reiki. We discuss Justin’s…

Holly Woods, "The Golden Thread: Where to Find Purpose in the Stages of Your Life" (New Degree Press, 2020)

March 29, 2024

The Golden Thread

Holly Woods
Hosted by Elizabeth Cronin

Purpose serves as your GPS, guiding your life trajectory, whether you listen or not. It can help you reach for the seemingly unattainable and stop com…

Making Sense of Yogacara with William Waldron

March 23, 2024

Making Sense of Yogacara with William Waldron

William Waldron

Professor William Waldron teaches courses on the South Asian religious traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism, Tibetan religion and history, comparative …

Anna Dako, "Dances with Sheep: On RePairing the HumanNature Condition in Felt Thinking and Moving towards Wellbeing" (Intellect Books, 2023)

March 3, 2024

Dances with Sheep

Anna Dako
Hosted by Brandon Sward

Anna Dako,'s book Dances with Sheep: On RePairing the HumanNature Condition in Felt Thinking and Moving towards Wellbeing (Intellect Books, 2023) pres…

Nate Klemp, "Open: Living with an Expansive Mind in a Distracted World" (Sounds True, 2024)

February 19, 2024


Nate Klemp
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

With the avalanche of information we get every day, closing down our minds and hearts seems to be the only way to survive. We close down to our inner …

Seth Zuiho Segall, "The House We Live in: Virtue, Wisdom, and Pluralism" (Equinox, 2023)

February 8, 2024

The House We Live in

Seth Zuiho Segall
Hosted by Jack Petranker

The values of liberalism, pluralism, and democratic governance are under sustained attack from right-wing Christian fundamentalists, white ethnonation…

Tara Brach, "Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha" (Random House, 2004)

January 17, 2024

Radical Acceptance

Tara Brach

It can be so easy to feel like we’re not enough or that we’re somehow insufficient. According to meditation teacher Tara Brach, this feeling of unwort…

Oren Jay Sofer, "Your Heart Was Made for This: Contemplative Practices for Meeting a World in Crisis with Courage, Integrity, and Love" (Shambhala, 2023)

December 10, 2023

Your Heart Was Made for This

Oren Jay Sofer

What is the role of contemplative practice in times of crisis? And how can meditation actually support us in meeting the greatest challenges of our ti…

David McMahan on Rethinking Meditation

December 4, 2023

David McMahan on Rethinking Meditation

David L. McMahan

If anything, the Imperfect Buddha Podcast has been a rallying cry for the disruption of the myths that abound in the world of Buddhism and meditation.…

Lama Rod Owens, "The New Saints: From Broken Hearts to Spiritual Warriors" (Sounds True, 2023)

November 19, 2023

The New Saints

Lama Rod Owens

Lama Rod Owens is an author, activist, and authorized lama in the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. In his new book, The New Saints: From Broken…

Jenny Odell, "Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock" (Random House, 2023)

November 18, 2023

Saving Time

Jenny Odell

In her first book, How to Do Nothing, artist Jenny Odell examined the power of quiet contemplation in a world where our attention is bought and sold. …

Ross Gay, "The Book of (More) Delights: Essays" (Algonquin Books, 2023)

November 17, 2023

The Book of (More) Delights

Ross Gay

In 2016, poet Ross Gay set out to document a delight each day for a year. After he published The Book of Delights, his friend asked him if he planned …

Patrick Laude, "Surrendering to the Self: Ramana Maharshi's Message for the Present" (Hurst, 2021)

October 12, 2023

Surrendering to the Self

Patrick Laude
Hosted by Raj Balkaran

The Indian sage Ramana Maharshi (1879- 1950) is perhaps the most widely known Indian spiritual figure of the last century, second only to Gandhi. Patr…

Anne Klein, "Being Human and a Buddha Too: Longchenpa's Seven Trainings for a Sunlit Sky" (Wisdom Publications, 2023)

August 31, 2023

Being Human and a Buddha Too

Anne Klein

When Anne C. Klein (Rigzin Drolma) first read that everyone, including her, was already a buddha, she was so shocked that she put down the book she wa…

Meditating Three Minutes a Day: A Conversation with Richard Dixey

August 22, 2023

Meditating Three Minutes a Day

Richard Dixey

After a month or two of absence, the podcast returns for a new season, beginning with an unexpectedly wide ranging conversation with Dr. Richard Dixey…

Yael Schonbrun, "Work, Parent, Thrive: 12 Science-Backed Strategies to Ditch Guilt, Manage Overwhelm, and Grow Connection" (Shambhala, 2022)

August 10, 2023

Work, Parent, Thrive

Yael Schonbrun
Hosted by Dan Hill

Today I talked to Yael Schonbrun about her book Work, Parent, Thrive: 12 Science-Backed Strategies to Ditch Guilt, Manage Overwhelm, and Grow Connecti…

Erin Newman, "The Answer Within: How to Access Your Spirit Guides for Alignment and Abundance" (Llewellyn Publications, 2023)

August 6, 2023

The Answer Within

Erin Newman
Hosted by Elizabeth Cronin

Find the answers to all your important, real-world questions by connecting with your spirit guides. Erin Newman teaches you how to safely work with th…

Cathy-Mae Karelse, "Disrupting White Mindfulness: Race and Racism in the Wellbeing Industry" (Manchester UP, 2023)

July 23, 2023

Disrupting White Mindfulness

Cathy-Mae Karelse
Hosted by Clayton Jarrard

Disrupting White Mindfulness: Race and Racism in the Wellbeing Industry (Manchester UP, 2023) offers a timely commentary on the dominant narratives th…

Awakening the Body (with Willa Baker)

July 8, 2023

Awakening the Body

Willa Baker
Hosted by Pierce Salguero

Dr Pierce Salguero sits down with Willa Blythe Baker, a writer, translator, and teacher of meditation based on Himalayan Buddhist tradition. We talk a…