The Monk on a Motorbike

The Monk on a Motorbike

By Danny Hill
This podcast is all about transformation-mindfulness and mental health, community and sharing. Real people, real stories.....and loads of other lovely stuff. Hosted by Danny Hill, the Monk on a Motorbike.
Inspire, empower, transform.
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Magick: it's not what you think! An interview with Daniel Ingram Part One
If you’re interested in Magick, what it is, and just as importantly what It isn’t, then you have to tune into this interview with Daniel Ingram This is the second time Daniel has appeared on my show. Daniel is famous for his teachings on Buddhist meditation and his controversial views about meditative attainments-but is less well known as a practitioner of Magick, something which he has been doing for years As  a former critical care doctor and  a data-crunching researcher, he is a well-grounded in scientific rationalism as well as being an expert in conservative, systematic meditation practices So I figured it would be very interesting to get his perspective on a subject that many, if not most people, would consider pretty out there if not downright scary or wrong or evil or all of the above This is a fascinating interview and its really turned my head around to the reality of Magick and has me fired up to start some practices as well as realizing how much I am already practicing it without knowing I’ve divided the interview into three parts. Each part builds on the other so it’s worth listening all the way through. Feel free to stop and start. There are show notes on my website -www.monkonamotorbike.com - with timings so you can pick up where you left off or go back and forth If you enjoy this interview please take a little time to leave a review on Apple Podcasts. Thanks
43:20
June 18, 2020
Magick: it's not what you think! An interview with Daniel Ingram Part Two
If you’re interested in Magick, what it is, and just as importantly what It isn’t, then you have to tune into this interview with Daniel Ingram This is the second time Daniel has appeared on my show. Daniel is famous for his teachings on Buddhist meditation and his controversial views about meditative attainments-but is less well known as a practitioner of Magick, something which he has been doing for years As  a former critical care doctor and  a data-crunching researcher, he is a well-grounded in scientific rationalism as well as being an expert in conservative, systematic meditation practices So I figured it would be very interesting to get his perspective on a subject that many, if not most people, would consider pretty out there if not downright scary or wrong or evil or all of the above This is a fascinating interview and its really turned my head around to the reality of Magick and has me fired up to start some practices as well as realizing how much I am already practicing it without knowing I’ve divided the interview into three parts. Each part builds on the other so it’s worth listening all the way through. Feel free to stop and start. There are show notes on my website -www.monkonamotorbike.com - with timings so you can pick up where you left off or go back and forth If you enjoy this interview please take a little time to leave a review on Apple Podcasts. Thanks
52:59
June 18, 2020
Magick: it's not what you think! An interview with Daniel Ingram Part Three
If you’re interested in Magick, what it is and just as importantly what It isn’t, then you have to tune into this interview with Daniel Ingram This is the second time Daniel has appeared on my show. Daniel is famous for his teaching on Buddhist meditation and his controversial views about meditative attainments-but is less well known as a practitioner of Magick, something which he has been doing for years As  a former critical care doctor and  a data-crunching researcher he is a well-grounded in scientific rationalism as well as being an expert in conservative, systematic meditation practices So I figured it would be very interesting to get his perspective on a subject that many, if not most people, would consider pretty out there if not downright scary or wrong or evil or all of the above This is a fascinating interview and its really turned my head around to the reality of Magick and has me fired up to start some practices as well as realizing how much I am already practicing it without knowing I’ve divided the interview into three parts. Each part builds on the other so it’s worth listening all the way through. Feel free to stop and start. There are show notes on my website -www.monkonamotorbike.com - with timings so you can pick up where you left off or go back and forth If you enjoy this interview please take a little time to leave a review on Apple Podcasts. Thanks
1:14:21
June 18, 2020
How to become Indistractable! An interview with Nir Eyal
Today my guest is Nir Eyal. Nir is a bestselling author, tech entrepreneur university lecturer and investor who literally wrote the book on how to build habit-forming products The model he described in his first book Hooked has been used by countless tech startups such as Fitbod to build a huge customer base But in is his latest book, Indistractable, he explains how to stop getting distracted by tech and get on with the business of living a fulfilling life Here he talks about his own journey to becoming indistractable, how getting on with our stuff is less about the external distractions than about out our own inner state and how wasting time isn’t always a waste of time If you find you can’t keep away from Facebook or Netflix and knuckle down to do whatever it is you’d really like to be doing then listen in As always there are show notes on my website www.monkonamotorbike.com.  Enjoy
44:34
June 2, 2020
An Interview with Suvaco
Today I'm talking to former Buddhist monk, therapist and climate change activist, Suvaco. Suvaco spent twenty years living as a monk in the jungles of northeast Thailand, getting up before three in the morning, meditating for many hours a day and walking for miles to beg for one meal a day. Born in Denmark and raised in Italy he now lives in the UK and works as a psychotherapist. Here he talks about the benefits and limitations of his tough monastic training, why transformation is always messy, and why in the current global crisis we need to follow our conscience and our hearts and do what we are here to do, not what we are told to  do by society This is  a long interview so feel free  to pick it up and put it down. There are show-notes on my website www.monkonamotorbike.com with timings of what is being said and when May you be happy!
1:37:12
April 27, 2020
Everyday shamanism. An interview with Ya'Acov Darling-Khan
This time round I’m talking to shaman and healer, Ya’Acov Darling Khan. Ya’acov is very much a 21st century shaman. Based in Devon in the UK, he is a bestselling author and founder of the School of Movement Medicine. He has devoted the last 30 yeas of his life to bringing together ancient shamanic practices from different indigenous cultures around the world to make what he calls everyday shamanism Here he talks about the benefits of being buried alive,  Coronavirus, cultural misappropriation, plant medicine, the need for occasional heartbreak and how shamanism can be used to help heal and change our lives For shownotes and more see my website www.monkonamotorbike.com
1:29:25
April 13, 2020
An Interview with Daniel Ingram Part Four
If you’ve ever wondered what happens after you die, how the world looks when you’re enlightened, or can’t understand why you’re spending all this time meditating but still seem to get anxious and angry, then you absolutely, positively, 100% have to tune into this episode of the Monk on a Motorbike podcast This time around I’m talking to former critical care doctor, Daniel Ingram, who very controversially claimed he was an arahat or fully enlightened a number of years ago. Here he talks about how being enlightened isn’t all its cracked up to be, the uproar his announcement caused, why he did it, magical powers, life after death, psychedelics and pretty much anything else connected with this long and winding spiritual path we are all walking Daniel knows more about meditation and other spiritual practices than practically anybody I’ve met and he’s articulate and funny and explains things in a way that are really easy to relate to We ended up talking for a long time and I’ve divided the episode into four parts so do yourself a favour, whether you’re stuck at home on lockdown during Coronavirus or wondering what the f*ck is going on in these dark days, use your time well and  tune into some of this awesome wisdom!
1:20:19
March 27, 2020
An Interview with Daniel Ingram Part Three
If you’ve ever wondered what happens after you die, how the world looks when you’re enlightened, or can’t understand why you’re spending all this time meditating but still seem to get anxious and angry, then you absolutely, positively, 100% have to tune into this episode of the Monk on a Motorbike podcast This time around I’m talking to former critical care doctor, Daniel Ingram, who very controversially claimed he was an arahat or fully enlightened a number of years ago. Here he talks about how being enlightened isn’t all its cracked up to be, the uproar his announcement caused, why he did it, magical powers, life after death, psychedelics and pretty much anything else connected with this long and winding spiritual path we are all walking Daniel knows more about meditation and other spiritual practices than practically anybody I’ve met and he’s articulate and funny and explains things in a way that are really easy to relate to We ended up talking for a long time and I’ve divided the episode into four parts so do yourself a favour, whether you’re stuck at home on lockdown during Coronavirus or wondering what the f*ck is going on in these dark days, use your time well and  tune into some of this awesome wisdom!
1:29:59
March 26, 2020
An Interview with Daniel Ingram Part Two
If you’ve ever wondered what happens after you die, how the world looks when you’re enlightened, or can’t understand why you’re spending all this time meditating but still seem to get anxious and angry, then you absolutely, positively, 100% have to tune into this episode of the Monk on a Motorbike podcast This time around I’m talking to former critical care doctor, Daniel Ingram, who very controversially claimed he was an arahat or fully enlightened a number of years ago. Here he talks about how being enlightened isn’t all its cracked up to be, the uproar his announcement caused, why he did it, magical powers, life after death, psychedelics and pretty much anything else connected with this long and winding spiritual path we are all walking Daniel knows more about meditation and other spiritual practices than practically anybody I’ve met and he’s articulate and funny and explains things in a way that are really easy to relate to We ended up talking for a long time and I’ve divided the episode into four parts so do yourself a favour, whether you’re stuck at home on lockdown during Coronavirus or wondering what the f*ck is going on in these dark days, use your time well and  tune into some of this awesome wisdom!
49:55
March 26, 2020
An Interview with Daniel Ingram Part One
If you’ve ever wondered what happens after you die, how the world looks when you’re enlightened, or can’t understand why you’re spending all this time meditating but still seem to get anxious and angry, then you absolutely, positively, 100% have to tune into this episode of the Monk on a Motorbike podcast This time around I’m talking to former critical care doctor, Daniel Ingram, who very controversially claimed he was an arahat, or fully enlightened, a number of years ago. Here he talks about how being enlightened isn’t all its cracked up to be, the uproar his announcement caused, why he did it, magical powers, life after death, psychedelics and pretty much anything else connected with this long and winding spiritual path we are all walking Daniel knows more about meditation and other spiritual practices than practically anybody I’ve met and he’s articulate and funny and explains things in a way that are really easy to relate to We ended up talking for a long time and I’ve divided the episode into four parts so do yourself a favour, whether you’re stuck at home on lockdown during Coronavirus  or just wondering what the f*ck is going on in these dark days, use your time well and  tune into some of this awesome wisdom!
50:08
March 26, 2020
Mindfulness, Knitting and Rebellion: An Interview with political activist and textile artist Rachael Matthews
To celebrate International Women’s Day, I’m launching a new season of Monk on a Motorbike podcasts with an interview with political activist, textile artist, and author Rachael Matthews. Rachael first came to fame in the 1990s when she was organizing knit-ins on the London Underground, and in clubs, pubs, museums and open spaces around the city. Here she talks about knitting as a politically subversive act, her spiritual journey through wool, selling knitted willy warmers and dealing with burn out!! Rachael is the author of the beautifully written book the Mindfulness in Knitting. She teaches textile design and knitting at London’s prestigious Central St Martin’s School of art and design
1:30:33
March 8, 2020
Doing Time, Doing Mindfulness
Today my guest is Paul Douglas. Jailed at the age of 16 for his part in a murder Paul spent 12 years in prison where he learned mindfulness. Here he talks openly about the constant violence and the endless fear and depression of life behind bars. and how he eventually discovered meditation which he says transformed his life. Now he has been released he is training to teach mindfulness in the prison system himself
1:43:42
September 1, 2019
Trouble in Paradise
Today I’m talking to Venerable Candavissudhi. Ven Canda is a Buddhist nun in the Theravadan Thai forest tradition. Born and raised in England Ven Canda went to Asia at the Age of 19 where she discovered Vipassana meditation. She spent the next 10 years practicing mostly with her teacher  S N Goenkaji at his centres in India before becoming a nun and moving to Burma to deepen her practice and commitment to the Dhamma Here she came across the teachings of Ajahn Brahm an English monk, based in Australia and she moved over to study with him in Perth, Western Australia Under his supervision she received the training and rules to become a Bhikkhuni, or fully ordained Buddhist nun. Only a few nuns in Asia and the west have been given full ordination, and the practise has been condemned by many especially in Thailand. On the face of it this may seem quite niche and of interest only to those involved in Buddhism, but actually many see it as a huge victory for gender equality round the globe Asian Buddhism is traditionally very patriarchal, with monks enjoying a much higher status than nuns, who for centuries have been viewed as secondary to their male counterparts.  Spiritual life is arguably at the core of any culture and is often the driver of positive change. In a world that seems to be out of control restoring the feminine to its rightful place in spirituality is seen as an important move in the efforts to restore balance to the world at a time of crisis If you'd like to know more about the project or would like to help please visit the website at  https://anukampaproject.org/ or email   team@anukampaproject.org 
1:24:06
July 6, 2019
Mindfulness Behind Bars
In this episode I'm talking to mindfulness teacher Sonya Russo. Sonya teaches mindfulness to prisoners in London's overcrowded and often violent jails.   Here she tells the story of turning her back on a successful career in journalism when,  after struggling with drug addiction and mental health issues she was introduced to mindfulness in rehab.  Cynical about it at first she credits the practice with changing her life and from there she went on to set up her her award-winning business, Plan B Mindfulness, teaching meditation in jails.  Initially treated with suspicion her courses are now oversubscribed and prisoners are flocking to her classes where they can find a measure of peace in their difficult lives. This has in turn lead to a reduction in levels of violence and depression  behind bars.
1:25:18
June 23, 2019
Trading the City for Peace
In this episode I'm talking to former city Trader  Johnny Walter about being signed off work with dangerously high levels of cholesterol and stress and his journey to healing with mindfulness and diet 
1:15:53
June 9, 2019
It's not what you think
In this episode  I'm talking to Greenpeace scientist Dr Kevin Brigden about how he dealt with perfectionism and panic attacks using CBT and mindfulness
1:02:13
May 19, 2019
Love in the Time of Extinction
In this episode hear internationally respected meditation teacher, Yanai Postelnik, talking about Buddhism and breaking the law, his involvement with Extinction Rebellion, getting arrested twice during  protests against climate change in London. his spiritual path, living solely on donations from his students, going back to protest whilst on bail, and loads of  other interesting stuff, 
1:41:20
April 14, 2019
Me and my podcast!
In this episode I talk a about myself, who I am and how I spend my days, and about my podcast-why I decided to do it, how and how I hope it will change peoples' lives. 
09:27
March 24, 2019
Dealing with emotional health problems with mindfulness
This is one of a series of interviews with people who have dealt with mental and emotional health problems using mindfulness and other practices and gone on to flourish
1:11:21
March 23, 2019