The Process & The Path

Episode 15 - Something About Nothing

An episode of The Process & The Path

By Duane Toops
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My name is Duane Toops. I'm not an expert, I'm not an authority. I'm just a guy in love with learning out loud. When I decided to start practicing meditation and I started delving into Buddhism and Zen, I started making content as a way document the 'Process' of practicing this 'path' (clever, right? lol). We're going to be talking about philosophy, Zen, Buddhism, meditation, religion, and ideas. If you're here then you're riding shotgun and this is now a shared journey. So thanks for being here.
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My name is Duane Toops. I'm not an expert, I'm not an authority. I'm just a guy in love with learning out loud. When I decided to start practicing meditation and I started delving into Buddhism and Zen, I started making content as a way document the 'Process' of practicing this 'path' (clever, right? lol). We're going to be talking about philosophy, Zen, Buddhism, meditation, religion, and ideas. If you're here then you're riding shotgun and this is now a shared journey. So thanks for being here.
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The Insight of the "Other"...
I am a person guilty of harboring a multitude of character flaws but, if there is one thing I am especially guilty of it is being an ungrateful @$$hole. I am a naturally “Glass half-empty” kind of guy but, I still have so much to be thankful for. Last month I decided to make it a point to create spaces and opportunities to be more purposefully and intentionally grateful. In his book Against Happiness, Eric G. Wilson writes that “When a person views the world only through his own experience, he divorces himself from the polarized flow of existence, that persistent dialogue between self and other, familiar and unfamiliar.” I am grateful for Eric Wilson’s writing. I’m grateful for what I’ve learned from it. Grateful that he was actually willing to be a guest on my podcast. And, I am so grateful for what I learned from the insights garnered from our conversation together. When we fail to engage with the perspective of another, when we neglect the opportunity to see the world from an alternate view, we fail to see the fullness of the human experience, the fullness of the world, the fullness of “Being” itself. Every one of us are on our own specific journey. Everyone knows something individually that we collectively don’t. Everyone has experienced something that I haven’t. Anytime we get to bridge the gap between ourselves and another person, it can only be fruitful, it can only be enlightening, it can only be insightful. We live in an amazing time. The opportunities for connection and communication have never been more abundant, more alive, more vibrant, and more readily available. Kwame Anthony Appiah writes that “the worldwide web of information…means not only that we can affect lives everywhere but that we can learn about life anywhere”.  Tim Harford explains that “the modern world gives us more opportunities than ever to forge relationships with people who do not look, act, or think the same way that we do.” Every encounter with another person is an opportunity to get an insight that we didn’t have before, to get access to knowledge we wouldn’t have come across any other way. Jean-Paul Sartre says “The Other holds a secret – the secret of what I am”. The insight of the Other is insight into ourselves. Revealed in the portrait of the Other is a picture of who we are. To gaze into the eyes of the Other is to glimpse into the reality of Being. To begin to understand the Other is to begin to understand everything. If you want to keep up with what I'm up to and what I'm working on - check out my website. If you want to support what I do, get access to behind-the-scenes content, and get shout-outs in podcasts and video, head over to my Patreon page. Thanks to my Patrons and supporters: Jim Martin - https://theunusualbuddha.com/ Ben Bridges - https://www.myfpvstore.com/ Jerome Shaw - https://anchor.fm/jshaw Rev. Jerry Maynard - https://www.facebook.com/revjerryhtx/ Rajan Shankara - https://rajanshankara.com/
17:21
December 7, 2019
Confessions of the "Quality" Obsessed...
I didn't start making videos because I wanted to be a film maker. I never wanted to be a videographer or a cinematographer. As much as I love the art form, as creatively invigorating as it is to film and edit, it's not my primary aspiration. It's not my passion. And yet, I've found myself becoming increasingly obsessed with camera angles, camera settings, lenses, aperture, frame rates, lighting, audio, mic placement, B-roll, cinematic sequences, setting, background, etc, etc, etc.  In other words, I've become overwhelmingly obsessed with the production, the "quality". I've also been unhealthily obsessed with "the numbers"; the subscriber count, the views, the listens, the plays, the likes, the shares, the comments, and the things. We all know the numbers shouldn't matter. We've all either said ourselves or heard other creatives say "don't create for the numbers", "the numbers don't matter" but, saying it and believing it are two different things. Implicitly, in the back of nearly every creators mind, the numbers matter. A lot of us, especially me, will attach our value as a creator, the value of what we create to those numbers. We will interpret those numbers as a numeric representation of how much our work matters, and we start judging the quality of our work based on those numbers. At least, that's what's happened for me. I think I lost my connection to an even more important question, "why did I start?" "What did I start doing this for?" It's so easy to get lost in the minutia of techniques and all the things that touch the thing you're doing but, what's the core of what you're doing? What's the heart beat of why you do what you do? If you lose touch with the thing that made you want to start doing what you're doing then you've lost the whole drive, you've lost the whole aspiration, the whole motivation, the whole operative significance of the thing. I started doing this because I'm in love with ideas. I'm in love with the kind of ideas that James Victore might call "Dangerous Ideas". Oscar Wilde said that " An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all". That is my core. It's gotten buried in the process but, its still there, and I'm trying to find my way back to it. How do I get back? I don't know. I don't have it all figured out yet. But, this is an attempt to get back to the dangerous ideas, and maybe that's a dangerous idea in itself. I hope that it is. I don't know what comes next, but i never have. All I can tell you is that I'm still in the process. If you're still here then, we're in the process together. Keep showing up, Keep doing the work, FAIL BOLDLY, and let's make something meaningful. Shout out to my Patrons and Supporters: Jim Martin - https://theunusualbuddha.com/ Ben Bridges - https://www.myfpvstore.com/ Rev. Jerry Maynard - https://www.facebook.com/revjerryhtx/?epa=SEARCH_BOX Jerome Shaw - https://anchor.fm/jshaw Rajan Shankara - https://rajanshankara.com/ If you want shout outs in podcasts and videos, if you want access to all my behind-the-scenes, patron only content, if you want early access to all my videos, and if you want to be a part of a community of creativity and curiosity, the check out my Patreon page - https://www.patreon.com/duanetoops
22:28
November 23, 2019
A Transfer of Enthusiasm W/ Daniel Midson-Short
In this episode I interview writer, speaker, and Digital Marketing Expert Daniel Midson-Short. We talk about his journey into marketing, his trek from Australia to the Unites States, and his leap into starting his own agency. Through the process of this conversation we discuss the nuances of marketing and sales, the role of storytelling, and the necessity of integrity and authenticity. We dive deep into the experience of failure "when things don't go well", and we even get into his creative process.  I hope you like it! You can find Daniel at the links below: https://midsonshort.com/ https://www.facebook.com/midsonshort/ https://twitter.com/midsonshort/ https://www.instagram.com/midsonshort/ https://www.youtube.com/user/LifestyleRevolution Shout out to my Patrons and Supporters: Jim Martin - https://theunusualbuddha.com/ Ben Bridges - https://www.myfpvstore.com/ Rev. Jerry Maynard - https://www.facebook.com/revjerryhtx/?epa=SEARCH_BOX Jerome Shaw - https://anchor.fm/jshaw Rajan Shankara - https://rajanshankara.com/ If you want shout outs in podcasts and videos, if you want access to all my behind-the-scenes, patron only content, if you want early access to all my videos, and if you want to be a part of a community of creativity and curiosity, the check out my Patreon page - https://www.patreon.com/duanetoops Keep Showing up. Keep Doing the work, FAIL BOLDLY, and let's make something meaningful.
1:42:39
October 25, 2019
The Child Who Survived Adulthood W/ Jerome Shaw
This is a special episode for me because not only is Jerome Shaw a talented creator and an inspiring podcaster but, he's also one of my Patrons. His support and his encouragement means the world to me, so I'm excited to share this conversation with you! We talk about his theater arts background, his metamorphosis into a marketing Entrepeneur, and his creative journey into podcasting. He offers details about his meditation practice and gives us a glimpse into his creative process. This dialogue takes a lot interesting twists and turns, and ultimately I think its a beautiful adventure. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Be sure to check out his podcast - https://anchor.fm/jshaw And be sure to connect with him on Social Media: https://twitter.com/jromeshaw https://www.facebook.com/jerome.shaw.9 https://www.instagram.com/jromeshaw/ https://www.youtube.com/user/Peralisis/videos Shout out to my Patrons and Supporters: Jim Martin - https://theunusualbuddha.com/ Rev. Jerry Maynard - https://www.facebook.com/revjerryhtx/ Ben Bridges - https://www.myfpvstore.com/ Rajan Shankara - https://rajanshankara.com/ If you'd like to get a shout out in podcasts and videos then be sure to check out my Patreon page - https://www.patreon.com/duanetoops For $3/month you get all the behind the scenes blogs, videos, and photos, plus shout-outs, plus early access to all my YouTube videos! Check out my website: http://www.duanetoops.com/  and hit me up on social: https://youtube.com/duanetoops https://twitter.com/duanetoops https://www.facebook.com/duanejtoops/ https://www.instagram.com/duanetoops/ Keep showing up, Keep Doing the Work, FAIL BOLDLY, and let's make something meaningful
1:19:46
October 11, 2019
Episode 18 - Is it True? W/ Rajan Shankara
Recently, I had the good fortune of interviewing Rajan Shankara. Rajan is a former Hindu monk who lived the monastic life for 12 years. Almost a year ago he left the monastery and returned to the world. He’s now a personal trainer, a meditation teacher, and a life consultant. He and I began chatting near the end of year after we had both been guests on the Project Mindfulness podcast. (You can find Rajan’s episode here and mine here) We wanted to collaborate together in some way but, we just weren’t sure how. Since our initial contact I started my podcast and the time was finally right for us have a recorded conversation. Rajan was an absolute pleasure to speak with. We talk about what pushed him into the process of taking up a spiritual path. We discuss his time spent as a monk, and what inspired him to leave monastic life. We compare notes between Zen and Hinduism, and we even touch on some big topics like 'Enlightenment'. We had a great time and I really hope you enjoy it! Be sure to connect with Rajan on Social Media: Facebook Business - https://www.facebook.com/Rajanshankaraofficial/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/rajan.shankara.5 Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/rajanshankaraofficial/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/rajan_shankara Shout out to my Patrons and Supporter: Jim Martin - https://theunusualbuddha.com/ Ben Bridges - https://www.myfpvstore.com/ Jerome Shaw - https://anchor.fm/jshaw Jerry Maynard - https://www.revjerrymaynard.org/ Rajan Shankara - https://rajanshankara.com/ If you want shout-outs in podcasts and videos, if you want to get early access to videos, and if you'd like exclusive access to Patron only content, then check out my Patreon Page. For $3/month you get it all! Be sure to check out my Website to stay up to date with what I'm up to, and feel free to hit me up on Social media - links below. YouTube - www.youtube.com/duanetoops Twitter - https://twitter.com/duanetoops Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/duanetoops/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/duanejtoops/ Keep showing up, keep doing the work, FAIL BOLDLY, and let's make something meaningful. #zen #hindu #Buddhism #Hinduism #mindfulness #meditation #spirituality #spiritual #enlightenment #creativity #creative #art #artist #writing #writer #blog #blogger #vlog #vlogger # videography #cinematography #youtube 
1:39:22
September 9, 2019
Episode 17 - Lessons of Liberation W/ Rev. Jerry Maynard
This week I sit down with Rev. Jerry Maynard. Rev. Jerry is a Priest, activist, and Interfaith Minister. He works within the Int’l Church of Mary Magdalene, which a ministry of the Independent & Progressive Catholic Religious Order, Order of Mary Magdalene, He is the founding pastor of The People's Church. In this conversation we talk about theology, atheism, activism, "liberation", and so much more. I think you're going to love it! If you want to connect with Rev. Jerry you can find his social links below: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/revjerryhtx/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/revjerryhtx The People's Church on Twitter - https://twitter.com/ThePplsChurch Shout out to my Patrons and supporters Jim Martin from The Unusual Buddha, Ben Bridges, and Jerome Shaw from The Open Palm Podcast. If you want shout-outs in podcasts and videos, early access to YouTube videos, and access to Behind-the-scenes Patron only videos, blogs, and photos, then check out my Patreon page. For $3/month you get it all! Check out my website to see what I'm up too and be sure to connect with my at the social links below: YouTube - https://youtube.com/duanetoops Twitter - https://twitter.com/duanetoops Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/duanetoops/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/duanejtoops/ Keep showing up, Keep doing the work, FAIL BOLDLY, and let's make something meaningful.
1:22:45
August 26, 2019
Episode 16 - A Purposeful Purposelessness...
I received some great feedback and some really interesting push-back from fellow podcaster, Jerome Shaw, regarding last week's episode. I thought it might fun to dive into his feedback and share what I hope will be a thoughtful and interesting reply. I hope you like ti! Let me know what you think! Be sure to check out Jerome's podcast - The Open Palm Podcast If you want to support what I do, if you'd like to help create a community of curiosity, if you'd love to get shout-outs in videos and podcasts, and if you'd like to get access to exclusive patron only content then check out my Patreon page. For $3/month you get it all!! If you want to connect hit me up on Social Media: YouTube Instagram Twitter Facebook Keep showing up, Keep doing the work, FAIL BOLDLY, and Let's make something meaningful! #podcast #zen #mindfulness #meditation #creativity #creative #podcasting #podcaster #spiritual #spirituality #buddhism #shikantaza #videography #cinematography #blog #blogger #blogging #youtube #content #contentcreator #creator 
18:19
August 9, 2019
Episode 15 - Something About Nothing
I'm trying something a little different in this episode, at least, different for me. I think I've been going through a bit of a creative shift and I've been doing some experimenting with my YouTube videos. I even wrote a blog about it earlier this week, you can read it here. I wanted to try to bring that same kind experimental playfulness to the podcast. So I though I'd try to talk a little bit about what I think pushed me to start playing with my creative process, and I wanted to try to do it in a more relaxed, conversational tone. I really hope you like it! In this episode I talked about a particular vlog on Daniel Pascual's YouTube Channel, you find that video here. Here's a link to the video that was kind of inspired by Daniel's video - https://youtu.be/A45rbN1Xnv8 I also mentioned the interview I did with Stuart Carter from the Simply Mindfulness YouTube Channel, you can find it here. Shout out to my Patrons and supporters Jim Martin and Ben Bridges. Thank you both so much!! If you want to support what I do, if you want shout-outs in videos and podcasts, and if you'd like acceSs to exclusive patron only content then check out my Patron page. For $3 a month you get everything! Keep showing up, keep doing the work, FAIL BOLDLY, and let's make something meaningful. #zen #mindfulness #spiritual #spirituality #creativity #creative #vlog #blog #youtube #writer #artist #buddhism #videography #cinematography #acceptance 
20:33
August 2, 2019
Episode 14 - Meaning & Melancholy W/ Eric G. Wilson
First off, Shout-outs to mt patrons and supports Jim Martin and Ben Bridges. I completely forgot to give you a shout out in the episode, my apologies! To make up for it I'm giving you top billing here, lol. I'm so excited to share this episode. I got the amazing opportunity to interview one of my favorite writers and thinkers, Eric G. Wilson. A few months back I made a video and a podcast talking a little bit about one his books, Against Happiness. If you want to watch the video you can find it here, and if you want to listen to the podcast episode you can find it here. That video put me in touch with both Eric and his podcasting partner, Joel Tauber. I was fortunate enough to have Joel as a guest on a previous episode of the podcast, you can also watch the video of my interview with Joel here. Their podcast, which we talk about in the episode, is called Belt: A 2-Man Memoir. Its funny, smart, and irreverent. This is an incredible conversation. I'm so unspeakably grateful to Eric for taking the time.  As the title of this episode suggests, we talk a lot about meaning and melancholy. But, we also talk quite a bit about creativity, writing, failure, religion, spirituality, and so many other rich and dynamic subjects. Here are a few of the books from Eric's catalog that we discussed: Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck Keep It Fake The Mercy of Eternity Polaris Ghost If you enjoyed this episode it would mean the world to me if you subscribe to it on whatever platform you're listening to it on, leave it a good review and share with your friends. If you'd like to support this work of learning out loud, contribute to creating a community of curiosity then please check out my Patreon page. For $3 a month you get shout-outs in all my videos and podcasts, you early access to all my YouTube video before they are released to the general public, and you get access to exclusive behind-the-scenes Patreon only blogs, videos, and photos. Keep Showing up, Keep Doing the Work, FAIL BOLDLY, and Let's Make Something Meaningful. Connect with me on Social YouTube Instagram Twitter Facebook
1:06:12
July 13, 2019
Episode 13 - Concentrated Curiosity W/ Jack Stolz
 About two weeks ago I got to do an interview with YouTuber extraordinaire Jack Stolz.   Jack is a musician, a vlogger, photographer, cinematographer, and all around awesome guy! Jack has played a big part in my process of dipping my toes into videography and YouTube. As a result, Jack has become a good friend and he continues to inspire me. Whether he realizes it or not, Jack has been with me throughout most of this endeavor, in one form or another. He’s been a big encouragement. He has continually made himself available to talk shop, to provide helpful tips and advice, and to give feedback.  It probably goes without saying it was great to spend some extra time talking with him. It was an even greater pleasure to do it for the podcast!  If you want to check him out, here's all the places you can find him: Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/jackstolz/  Twitter -  https://twitter.com/TooLateTheJack  YouTube -  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBax4UVO_iwMl6iaBsSwI2Q  If you enjoy this podcast, please consider subscribing to it on what ever platform you're listening to it one and leaving it a good review. If you want to support this work of learning out loud, if you 'd like to help create a community of curiosity, and if you'd like to get access to exclusive, behind-the-scenes, Patron only content, and get shout-outs in videos and podcasts, then check out my Patreon page -  https://www.patreon.com/duanetoops  Check out my website if you want to keep up with everything I'm working with Podcasts, Tube, Articles, Blogs, etc:  https://www.duanetoops.com/  If you want to connect with me on Social Media you can find me here: YouTube Facebook  Instagram Twitter Keep showing up, Keep doing the work, FAIL BOLDLY, and let's make something meaningful! #zen #buddhism #mindfulness #meditation #art #creativity #creative #contentcreator #content #creator #spirituality #spiritual #interview #conversation #learning #learningoutloud #documenting #documentingtheprocess #practice #FAILBOLDLY #music #metal #toolatethehero #trove #videography #videographer #cinematographer #cinematography #filmmaking #filmmaker #photography #photographer
1:22:43
June 28, 2019
Episode 12 - Art Meets Mysticism W/ Joel Tauber
 Recently, I got to talk with Joel Tauber. Joel is an artist, a filmmaker, and an Associate professor at Wake Forest University, teaching video art and film-making. Joel's work fascinatingly combines environmentalism and mysticism with the aim creating meaningful conversation to enable a greater degree of social and cultural ethicality. Joel is also the co-host of a podcast called "Belt: A Two Man Memoir". which tries to take a closer look at issues of modern masculinity. Also, Joel's project UNDERWATER opens at the Adamski Gallery in Berlin on June 22 and runs through August 17, with a one week break from July 20 to July 27. If you'd like to look further into Joel Tauber and his work, check out the links below. https://joeltauber.com/ The Sharing Project -  https://thesharingproject.net/ You can watch hi film "Pumping" on Amazon Video -   https://www.amazon.com/PUMPING-Film-Joel-Tauber/dp/B01HFNWAHA And also on Green Planet Stream -  https://greenplanetstream.vhx.tv/products/pumping-a-film-by-joel-tauber You can also watch his film "Sick-Amour" on Amazon Video -  https://www.amazon.com/Sick-Amour-Joel-Tauber/dp/B00NKVFNDK And on Green Planet Stream - https://greenplanetstream.vhx.tv/products/sick-amour Big thanks to my Patrons Jim Martin and Ben Bridges. If you'd like to get shout outs in Podcasts and videos, if you want to support this work of learning out loud, if you'd like to help create a community of curiosity, and if you'd like access to exclusive behind-the-scenes content then please check out my Patreon page - www.patreon.com/duanetoops If you want to connect on Social Media: YouTube - www.youtube.com/duanetoops  Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/duanetoops/ Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/duanejtoops/ Twitter -  https://twitter.com/duanetoops Wordpress - duanetoops.wordpress.com  Keep showing up, keep doing the work, FAIL BOLDLY, and let's make something meaningful!  #zen #buddhism #Mindfulness #meditation #spirituality #motivation #inspiration #creativity #podcast #youtube #blog #dharma #mysticism #art #creative #filmmaker #filmmaking #enlightenment #artist #mystic #Judaism
1:26:23
June 14, 2019
Episode 11 - Simply Chatting W/ Stuart Carter
A while back I got the immense opportunity to do a YouTube collaboration with Stuart Carter from Simply Mindfulness. I had a great time working with Stuart and knew right away that I really wanted to work with him again, and I also really wanted to get to know him a little better. A podcast episode really did seem like the perfect way to do that! We had a great conversation together and I'm really excited to share it with you. I hope you like it. If you want to see the YouTube collaboration we did you can find it here. If you'd like to hear the podcast version you find it here. Below are links to Simply Mindfulness on Social, if you'd like to connect with Stuart. https://www.facebook.com/Simply-Mindfulness-397034460851547/  https://www.instagram.com/simplymindflnss/  https://twitter.com/SimplyMindflnss  Big shout outs to my Patrons and Contributors - Jim Martin (The Unusual Buddha) and Ben Bridges If you'd like to get shout-outs in podcasts and videos, If you'd like to support this work of learning out, if you'd like to help create a community of curiosity, and if you'd like to get access to exclusive, behind the scenes content then check out my Patreon page. You can also contribute to the podcast here. If you'd like to throw something in my digital tip jar you can do so here. Thanks so much! Keep showing up, Keep doing the work, FAIL BOLDLY, and let's make something meaningful! Connect with me on Social! YouTube Instagram Twitter Facebook #zen #Buddhism #mindfulness #meditation #spiritual #spirituality #motivation #inspiration #creative #creativity #podcast #youtube #blog #dharma
1:37:20
May 31, 2019
Episode 10 - Mindfulness & Insight
Hey Friends! Recently the awesome people over at The Tattooed Buddha asked me if I would be interested in doing a book review for them. I'm pretty sure that's like asking Dracula if he'd like a warm bag O positive, lol. Of course I said yes! The book they sent me is a book called From Mindfulness to Insight.  But, I had an idea...that's scary...I know. I thought,  this might be a good opportunity to try something out. Rather than do a straight-forward book review, wouldn't it be a little more "me" to 'document-the-process' of reading through this book.  Hopefully, you think it's a good idea. Fingers crossed... If you want to support what I do, if you want to lean into learning out loud, and if you want to help create a community of curiosity then, check out my Patreon page. There you can also get exclusive access to patron only content and you'll also get a shout out in just about everything I make. Speaking of Shout-Outs... Thanks to Jim Martin and Ben Bridges! You guys are the best! Here's a few of the other books mentioned in this episode: Diamond Mind - Rob Nairn Living, Dreaming, Dying - Rob Nairn Mindful Compassion - Choden and Paul Gilbert   Connect with me on Social Media! https://www.facebook.com/duanejtoops/  https://twitter.com/duanetoops https://www.instagram.com/duanetoops/ duanetoops.wordpress.com www.youtube.com/duanetoops #zen #buddhism #mindfulness #meditation #spirituality #spiritual #creativity #buddha #dharma #motivation #inspiration #creativity #creative #youtube #podcast #blog #vlog
13:42
May 24, 2019
Episode 9 - An Unusual Talk W/ Jim Martin
This episode is Unusual...unusually special, and unusually awesome that is, lol! This episode is our first ever guest interview. In this episode I sit down and talk with Jim Martin from The Unusual Buddha. He's an awesome guy, a great friend, and I think he really has a lot of insight and value to give. He offers a refreshing approach to meditation, mindfulness, Buddhism, the dharma, and just about everything else. We talk about all of it is this fantastic conversation! I really hope you enjoy it! Below are links to all things Unusual Buddha Blog - https://theunusualbuddha.com/  Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/theunusualbuddha/  Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/theunusualbuddha/  Twitter - https://twitter.com/notthebuddha  YouTube -  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChyZCu6_zteJtVja6ECY1bA  Podcast -  https://anchor.fm/theunusualbuddha  Here's a link to the Book Jim mentioned early on in the interview The Buddhist Bible - https://amzn.to/2YgXEPO   Below are links to the gear I use to make podcasts and video. These are amazon affiliate links, using these links to make a purchase is an easy way to support the channel. Thanks so much! Nikon D5300   Canon 70d Nikon 18-135mm Lens  K&F Variable Neutral Density Filter  Amazon Basics 50inch Tripod  Boya BY-M1 Lav Mic  Blue Snowball USB Mic  Rode Video Micro   ESDDI Softbox lighting kit  Connect with me on Social Media!  https://www.facebook.com/duanejtoops/  https://twitter.com/duanetoops https://www.instagram.com/duanetoops/ duanetoops.wordpress.com www.youtube.com/duanetoops #zen #buddhism #mindfulness #meditation #spirituality #spiritual #creativity #buddha #dharma #motivation #inspiration #creativity #creative #youtube #podcast #blog #vlog
52:16
May 10, 2019
Episode 8 - The Lotus and the Rose - Mysticism and Mindfulness
Hey Friends! Welcome to Episode Number 8! As always I continue to experiment, explore, and try things out. This week I do a little bit of a book review. I think I'd really like to do more of this type of thing, that is if you all dig it.  I was sent a book from a website called Speak Easy. The book is called The Lotus and the Rose: A Conversation Between Tibetan Buddhism and Mystical Christianity. I won't delve deeply into my thought about the book here, you can listen to the episode if you'd like to hear more! I really hope you enjoy it! Let me know what you think! Here's a link to the YouTube Collaboration with Stuart Carter from Simply Mindfulness:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETqNFvJxXlA&t=508s  If you'd like to support what I do, if you'd like to help create a community of learning and curiosity, and if you'd like to get shout-outs in videos and podcasts, as well as access to exclusive, behind-the-scenes-content, then check out my patreon page! If you'd like you can also make a contribution on Anchor. Or, if you just want to throw something in my digital tip jar you can do so here. Thanks so much! Keep Showing Up, Keep Doing the Work, FAIL BOLDLY, and Let's Make Something Meaningful! Namchak Tibetan Buddhist Practice and Retreat Website Matthew Fox's Website Matthew Fox on Twitter Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality Website Below are links to the gear I use to make podcasts and video. These are amazon affiliate links, using these links to make a purchase is an easy way to support the channel. Thanks so much! Nikon D5300   Nikon 18-135mm Lens  K&F Variable Neutral Density Filter  Amazon Basics 50inch Tripod  Boya BY-M1 Lav Mic  Blue Snowball USB Mic  Rode Video Micro   ESDDI Softbox lighting kit    Connect with me on Social Media! Duane Toops https://www.facebook.com/duane.toops https://twitter.com/duanetoops https://www.instagram.com/duanetoops/ duanetoops.wordpress.com You can also find me on Pintrest, Snapchat, and TikTok, although I'm still just experimenting with those platforms, lol. #zen #buddhism #mindfulness #meditation #spirituality #spiritual #motivation #inspiration #creativity #creative #podcast #youtube #blog #dharma #TheLotusAndTheRose
12:07
May 3, 2019
Books to Boost Mindfulness
Hey Friends!! I'm excited to  give you this Special Edition Bonus Episode!! April 23rd was World Book Day, and I had the privilege and the pleasure of doing a YouTube Collaboration with Stuart Carter from the Simply Mindfulness YouTube Channel.  We recommended some of our favorite books that we think could boost your Mindfulness.  It was so much fun and it was such an enjoyable experience that I just had to share the audio with you as well. Stuart was great to work with, and we're currently in the process of scheduling him to be a guest on this podcast! So Stay Tuned for that! Be sure to go Subscribe to Simply Mindfulness and check out the Simply Mindfulness Website too! Below are links to the books we discussed. These are amazon affiliate links, using these links to make a purchase is an easy way to support Stuart and myself.  If you want another way to support what I do, check out my Patreon page! Thanks so much! Books 1. Sadness, Love, Openness - https://amzn.to/2UaLfur   2. What is Zen? - https://amzn.to/2UuGjFM   3. Waking Up - https://amzn.to/2X2VFya   4. Alchemy of the Heart - https://amzn.to/2IOP9XU  5. Owning Your Own Shadow - https://amzn.to/2UBkXBS  6. The Untethered Soul - https://amzn.to/2GzXBsj  Connect with me on Social Media! Duane Toops https://www.facebook.com/duane.toops https://twitter.com/duanetoops https://www.instagram.com/duanetoops/ duanetoops.wordpress.com
17:19
April 26, 2019
Episode 7 - Let's Talk About Creativity
In this week's episode I try to take you on a little bit of a rambling and convoluted tour creativity and my creative process. In the spirit of 'leaning out loud' and 'documenting the process' I share a lot about what's going on with me and my journey, where I'm at, where my head's at, what I'm working on, what I'm struggling with, etc. but, it occurred to me that I really haven't done much as far documenting my creative process. So let's do this! Let's talk about creativity! I'd like to thank Daniel Midson Short and Jason Now What, whose insightful conversations helped to inspire this episode! Also, a very special thanks to my patrons and contributors - James Martin and Ben Bridges If you'd like to support the work I'm doing be sure to check out my patreon page for exclusive content. You can also support the podcast through anchor. Below you'll find links to all the books and content I referenced, as well as all the gear I use to make videos and podcasts. Some of these are amazon affiliate links, using these links to make a purchase is an easy way to support the channel. Thanks so much! Michelangelo: Complete Works Michelangelo: His Epic Life Gear I use: Nikon D5300  Nikon 18-135mm Lens  K&F Variable Neutral Density Filter  Amazon Basics 50inch Tripod Boya BY-M1 Lav Mic Blue Snowball USB Mic  Rode Video Micro  ESDDI Softbox lighting kit  ASUS ROG G751J Laptop Connect with me on Social Media! Duane Toops https://www.facebook.com/duane.toops https://twitter.com/duanetoops https://www.instagram.com/duanetoops/ duanetoops.wordpress.com
12:57
April 12, 2019
Episode 6 - More About Sadness
In the previous episode we tried to take an honest look at sadness, and a tried to speak candidly about my own experiences in dealing with depression, anxiety, and dark emotional periods. In this episode I really wanted to continue the conversation, to try and probe a little bit deeper, and to try take it in another direction. I think that there's more that we can say here and so, lets talk a bit more about sadness. If you'd like to support the work I'm doing be sure to check out my patreon page for exclusive content - patreon.com/duanetoops You can only support the podcast through anchor  - anchor.fm/duanetoops/support Below you'll find links to all the books and content I referenced, as well as all the gear I use to make videos and podcasts. Some of these are amazon affiliate links, using these links to make a purchase is an easy way to support the channel. Thanks so much! Sadness, Love, Openness: The Buddhist Path to Joy - amzn.to/2GYuY94 Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy - https://amzn.to/2JDDkpx Gear I use: Nikon D5300 - amzn.to/2s6zF89 Nikon 18-135mm Lens - amzn.to/2BMShhx K&F Variable Neutral Density Filter - amzn.to/2Sm93Lz Amazon Basics 50inch Tripod - amzn.to/2StDwrr Boya BY-M1 Lav Mic - amzn.to/2rWHbC7 Blue Snowball USB Mic - amzn.to/2BLvyCL Rode Video Micro - https://amzn.to/2JC9TEe ESDDI Softbox lighting kit - amzn.to/2Sj1uFz ASUS ROG G751J Laptop - amzn.to/2Solarw Connect with me on Social Media! https://www.facebook.com/duane.toops https://twitter.com/duanetoops https://www.instagram.com/duanetoops/ duanetoops.wordpress.com #zen #buddhism #Mindfulness #meditation #spirituality #motivation #inspiration #creativity #podcast #youtube #blog #dharma #sadness #love #openness #TibetanBuddhism #vajrayana #melancholy #impermanence 
12:55
March 25, 2019
Episode 5 - Let's Talk About Sadness
In the last episode I mentioned that I've been in a bit of a funk lately and I talked about how that's effected my practice. In the spirit of honesty and authenticity, I thought it might be worth exploring that sense of sadness a bit further and sharing with you all in the hopes that maybe it might be relevant and relatable to your own experience, maybe it might just resonate with you as well. If you'd like to support the work I'm doing you can make a contribution here: anchor.fm/duanetoops/support Here's a few of my recent blog posts that I mentioned: "Today was a shitty day" - duanetoops.wordpress.com/2019/01/22/today-was-a-shitty-day/ "Maybe I failed, maybe I needed to" - duanetoops.wordpress.com/2019/01/23/maybe-i-failed-maybe-i-needed-to/ "Losing my Zen and my Sh*t" - duanetoops.wordpress.com/2019/02/05/losing-my-zen-and-my-sht/ "Maybe a 'Reminder' is what we really need" - duanetoops.wordpress.com/2019/02/13/maybe-a-reminder-is-what-we-really-need/ "Reminding Reminders Remain" - https://duanetoops.wordpress.com/2019/02/20/reminding-reminders-remain/ Below you'll find links to all the books and content I referenced, as well as all the gear I use to make videos and podcasts. Some of these are amazon affiliate links, using these links to make a purchase is an easy way to support the channel. Thanks so much! Sadness, Love, Openness: The Buddhist Path to Joy - https://amzn.to/2GYuY94 Pure Land of the Patriarchs Zen Master Han-Shan of Pure Land Buddhism - https://amzn.to/2BGDOnA A Buddhist Leader in Ming China: The Life and Thought of Han-shan Te'Ching - https://amzn.to/2SoC7lV Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart - https://amzn.to/2Ep3eZa Advice Not Given - https://amzn.to/2BYhVRJ The Trauma of Everyday Life - https://amzn.to/2Nt10eB 10% Happier Podcast - Interview with Dr. Mark Epstein - https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/abc-news/10-happier/e/58465941 Angel City Zen Center Podcast - Emily Eslami - Not to be Achieved by wanting (Unnecessary Roughness) - https://www.aczc.org/aczcpodcast/2019/1/28/emily-eslami-not-to-be-achieved-by-wanting-unnecessary-roughness Gear I use: Nikon D5300 - amzn.to/2s6zF89 Nikon 18-135mm Lens - amzn.to/2BMShhx K&F Variable Neutral Density Filter - amzn.to/2Sm93Lz Amazon Basics 50inch Tripod - amzn.to/2StDwrr Boya BY-M1 Lav Mic - amzn.to/2rWHbC7 Blue Snowball USB Mic - amzn.to/2BLvyCL ESDDI Softbox lighting kit - amzn.to/2Sj1uFz ASUS ROG G751J Laptop - amzn.to/2Solarw Follow me on Social: YouTube - www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ5hmW1yeMaF4wcU08FxqAw?view_as=subscriber Facebook - www.facebook.com/duanejtoops/ Twitter - twitter.com/duanetoops Instagram - www.instagram.com/duanetoops/ Wordpress - duanetoops.wordpress.com/
12:12
February 22, 2019
Episode 3 - Let's Talk About Failure
Welcome to Episode 3! As the title suggests, we're going to talk a little bit about failure. I think that the fear of failure can often be not only stifling but actually debilitating to our practice, to our pursuits, and to our personal lives. I know it has often left me paralyzed and frozen in place. The fear of failure has often left me incapable of moving in any direction. But, I think that represents a really unhealthy and inaccurate view of failure. Let's try to look at failure more deeply. Let's talk about Failure. Below you'll find links to all the books and content I referenced in the video, as well as all the gear I use to make videos and podcasts. Some of these are amazon affiliate links, using these links to purchase any of these items is an easy way to support the channel. Thanks so much! Episode 221 of the Robcast "Jesus H. Christ: Part 11 - And Now the H" - https://robbell.podbean.com/e/jesus-h-christ-part-11-and-now-the-h/ "Being Natural" by Master Sheng-yen - https://tricycle.org/magazine/being-natural/ The Method of No-Method by Sheng-yen - https://amzn.to/2GdVYkv Illuminating Silence by Sheng-yen - https://amzn.to/2UyCkUd The War of Art by Steven Pressfield - https://amzn.to/2GiklNE My Tattooed Buddha Articles - https://thetattooedbuddha.com/?s=duane+toops Gear I use: Nikon D5300 - https://amzn.to/2s6zF89 Nikon 18-135mm Lens - https://amzn.to/2BMShhx K&F Variable Neutral Density Filter - https://amzn.to/2Sm93Lz Amazon Basics 50inch Tripod - https://amzn.to/2StDwrr Boya BY-M1 Lav Mic - https://amzn.to/2rWHbC7 Blue Snowball USB Mic - https://amzn.to/2BLvyCL ESDDI Softbox lighting kit - https://amzn.to/2Sj1uFz ASUS ROG G751J Laptop - https://amzn.to/2Solarw Follow me on Social: YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ5hmW1yeMaF4wcU08FxqAw?view_as=subscriber Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/duanejtoops/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/duanetoops Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/duanetoops/ Wordpress - https://duanetoops.wordpress.com/
07:58
February 1, 2019
Episode 2 - More About Discipline
In this episode, we revisit the topic and subject matter of 'discipline'. In the aftermath of posting the previous episode I had a lot of really interesting conversations about 'discipline' and 'practice'. It made me realize that I didn't do a very good job of communicating as clearly as I would have liked but, I also realized that I had more to think about and more to explore, and thus there's more to say and talk about. I think discipline gets a bad rap, especially in conjunction with Buddhism and meditation. Sometimes it seems like its treated like a dirty word. But, it doesn't have to be. That's what I want to try to talk about here. I'm excited to see where the conversation goes. Enjoy!  YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/uHAkNjdgF74 Transcript: https://thetattooedbuddha.com/2019/01/03/no-shortcuts-we-get-there-through-discipline-putting-the-work-in/ Below you'll find links to all the books and content I referenced in the video, as well as all the gear I use to make the videos. These are amazon affiliate links, using these links to purchase any of these items is an easy way to support the channel. Thanks so much!  Discipline Equals Freedom by Jocko Willink - https://amzn.to/2Rip2Nr  Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin - https://amzn.to/2RlwmrJ  Pure Land of the Patriarchs Zen Master Han-Shan of Pure Land Buddhism - https://amzn.to/2BGDOnA  A Buddhist Leader in Ming China: The Life and Thought of Han-shan Te'Ching - https://amzn.to/2SoC7lV  Gear I use:  Nikon D5300 - https://amzn.to/2s6zF89  Nikon 18-135mm Lens - https://amzn.to/2BMShhx  K&F Variable Neutral Density Filter - https://amzn.to/2Sm93Lz  Amazon Basics 50inch Tripod - https://amzn.to/2StDwrr  Boya BY-M1 Lav Mic - https://amzn.to/2rWHbC7  Blue Snowball USB Mic - https://amzn.to/2BLvyCL  ESDDI Softbox lighting kit - https://amzn.to/2Sj1uFz  ASUS ROG G751J Laptop - https://amzn.to/2Solarw  Connect with me on Social Media!  Duane Toops  https://www.facebook.com/duanejtoops  https://twitter.com/duanetoops  https://www.instagram.com/duanetoops/  duanetoops.wordpress.com  The Podcast is also available on the following platforms:  Google Podcasts: https://www.google.com/podcasts…  Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5ZmayXD4WG4B02wHKi5IqS  Breaker: https://www.breaker.audio/the-process-and-the-path  Pocketcasts: https://pca.st/7eZ6  Radiopublic: https://radiopublic.com/the-process-the-path-69aRdD  Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/…/anchor-podc…/the-process-the-path
09:35
January 25, 2019
1 - Let's Talk About 'Discipline'...
Welcome to Episode #1 of the Podcast. Thanks so much for joining me! In this episode I try to talk about discipline, especially what may be the parallel relationship between discipline, practice, liberation, and awakening. In the course of the conversation I reference Jocko Willink, Hanshan, Dogen, Xuyun, and the Shawshank Redemption...if that's not an interesting combination I just don't know what is. Enjoy! Here's link to the video: https://youtu.be/uHAkNjdgF74 Here's a link to the transcript: https://thetattooedbuddha.com/2019/01/03/no-shortcuts-we-get-there-through-discipline-putting-the-work-in/ Below you'll find links to all the books and content I referenced in the video, as well as all the gear I use to make videos and podcasts. These are amazon affiliate links, using these links to purchase any of these items is an easy way to support the channel. Thanks so much! Discipline Equals Freedom by Jocko Willink - https://amzn.to/2Rip2Nr Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin - https://amzn.to/2RlwmrJ Pure Land of the Patriarchs Zen Master Han-Shan of Pure Land Buddhism - https://amzn.to/2BGDOnA A Buddhist Leader in Ming China: The Life and Thought of Han-shan Te'Ching - https://amzn.to/2SoC7lV A Pictorial Biography of the Venerable Master Hsu Yun - https://amzn.to/2Spoz9t The Essential Dogen - https://amzn.to/2RlZ5Nc The Shawshank Redemption - https://amzn.to/2VbX2ds Gear I use: Nikon D5300 - https://amzn.to/2s6zF89 Nikon 18-135mm Lens - https://amzn.to/2BMShhx K&F Variable Neutral Density Filter - https://amzn.to/2Sm93Lz Amazon Basics 50inch Tripod - https://amzn.to/2StDwrr Boya BY-M1 Lav Mic - https://amzn.to/2rWHbC7 Blue Snowball USB Mic - https://amzn.to/2BLvyCL ESDDI Softbox lighting kit - https://amzn.to/2Sj1uFz ASUS ROG G751J Laptop - https://amzn.to/2Solarw Thanks again for being here. Please consider subscribing if you haven't already, and feel free to leave me a comment. I'd love to hear from you.
08:23
January 18, 2019
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