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Engage Dharma

By Shaun Bartone
Engage Dharma Podcast presents issues and interviews with people who have a connection to engaged dharma practice, people of conscience and compassion who are actively shaping our world.
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Waiting for Gudo: On the Possibilities for Anarchist Buddhism

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Lines of Flight: Contemporary Buddhist Culture--Audio
This episode is an Introduction to Lines of Flight: Contemporary Buddhist Culture. The title is taken from a term invented by Deleuze and Guattari from their book A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. 
June 03, 2022
Buddhism and the Beats: The Odyssey of Jack Kerouac, Pt. 1
Exploring Buddhism through culture. In this series, I'll be exploring Buddhism and the Beats, focusing in particular on the bespoke Buddhism of Jack Kerouac.  If you would like to participate in this discussion, please comment on this podcast. You can also come on the show and join me live in the discussion by expressing your interest at this email: 
May 26, 2022
Waiting for Gudo: On the Possibilities for Anarchist Buddhism
We're kicking off a series on Anarchism and Buddhism with "Waiting for Gudo", an interview with Reed Ingalls, editor of the blog No Selves No Masters, about his research and writing on anarchism and Buddhism, where they connect and where they diverge, and about the possibilities of Anarchist Buddhism. The title of the podcast comes from Reed's recent article, "Uchiyama Gudo: Buddhist Anarchist and Martyr. Gudo was a Zen priest who wrote about and advocated for anarchist communities and social movements in Japan at the turn of the twentieth century. What follows are the show notes and resources provided by Reed that you can check out. In the podcast, we start off with our mutual connection to Reed's hometown in Olympia, Washington; then we go into his research on anarchism and Buddhism, various authors that have influenced his thinking; Reed's and my own takes on what anarchist Buddhism would look like in practice; the introduction of Buddhism to America during a period of social upheaval; the current horizontalist trend in American Buddhism, bypassing hierarchical structures in Buddhist organizations; the lack of Buddhist social and political thought and its opportunities for anarchist praxis; the ongoing uprising in Southeast Asia in the form of the #MilkTeaAlliance and the revolution in Burma, anarchist tactics and organizations, and finish off with plans for future projects. Reed's Resources: Essay by me on the connections between no-self and anarchy: Elisee Reclus: For an explanation of Ichikawa Hakugen's thought: Christopher Ives, "Imperial Way Zen" Uchiyama Gudo's biography: Zen Anarchism: The Egalitarian Dharma of Uchiyama Gudo by Fabio Rambelli Especifismo Anarchism: Social Anarchism and Organization by Anarchist Federation of Rio De Janeiro: On the American indigenous roots of enlightenment thought: everyday anarchism: Letter by Bookchin which contains some of his better critiques of John Clarke's interpretations of Buddhist philosophy, specifically Nagarjuna's thought. My blog bibliography which I update pretty often.:
July 21, 2021
Milk Tea and Democracy Intro
Welcome to the first project of Engage! Podcast, called Milk Tea and Democracy. This project will feature the young activists in Southeast Asia, and their western supporters, who are currently involved in the mass movement for democracy in Southeast Asia, principally Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, and Myanmar, and activists from other countries that have joined the Alliance in solidarity.
May 16, 2021
Engage Dharma Podcast Introduction
Welcome to Engage! Podcast. My name is Shaun Bartone, editor of Engage! blog, and I’ll be presenting issues and interviews with people who have a connection to engaged dharma practice, people of conscience and compassion who are actively shaping our world.
May 16, 2021