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The Unusual Buddha Podcast

The Unusual Buddha Podcast

By The Unusual Buddha
Bringing you Buddhist philosophy, spirituality, and, meditation in a raw and humorous way. We want to bring no nonsense meditation advice and how-to's, interviews with unique practitioners, and, do it all in an entertaining way. Feel free to like share comment and favorite us on Anchor! So pop a lotus with us and let's talk meditation.

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An Unusual Process and Path
In this episode we interview artist, poet, podcaster, Duane Toops. He is an amazing artist who is currently working in the medium of collage and black out poetry. His work ranges any where from somber and understated to bright and vibrant, all of it is inspiring. He is actually the only artist in our store currently. He took a risk and created some pieces exclusively for our store (Exclusive Pieces) and we want to lift him up for it! Duane and I have been friends for sometime. He and I first met when he joined a Facebook group I was in. He made videos for YouTube that were really high level for someone who didn't have 1000s of followers. He and I would talk about videos and getting them to look better. If you've seen any of The Unusual Buddha videos you'll see Duane isn't a good teacher. Ha! All kidding aside he is a kind heart, a brilliant artist, across multiple mediums, and, host and creator of an inspiring podcast.  He and I talk pretty frequently; we are anything from moral support, strategic social media advice, or, just lender's of ears. He is one of the growing list of folks I need to meet in real life some day.  To check more from Duane here are his links Facebook Instagram Twitter
September 26, 2020
The Unusual Buddha Podcast w. Guest Icon, Stacy Berman. Pt 2
Here we rap up an amazing conversation with the iconic Stacy Berman here she goes into some detail about medicine journeying and some of her processes in it. She also shares her 1st personal experience. Don't miss this one. Don't forget to check out and
June 11, 2020
The Unusual Buddha Podcast w. guest Stacy Berman Guest Pt 1
Our first guest as a dynamic duo! In this one we sit down with Natural Medicine Doctor, Reiki Master, Icon, Stacy Berman.   She talks to us on a range of topics including psychedelics in your practice, misconceptions in holistic medicine, and, the simplistic healing power of good old-fashioned sleep. To check out more of her content head over to and for a look at her own wellness brand head over to  This episode was so big we had to cut it in half! Let us know what you think of this episode in the comments
May 28, 2020
Inner Circle Session 2 Compassion
This is our second Inner Circle Session, where we talk to our Inner Circle Patrons from our Patreon page. In this one Taylor, our patron, and Jim, our founder discuss compassion for ourselves and others. Nelli D was unable to make this one as she had a prior commitment.  Compassion is a hazy topic in the spiritual community. It seems we either err on the side being compassionate for others to a fault while simultaneously having none for ourselves. This episode is meant to kick off an introspective exploration of the topic. If you want in on these Inner Circle Sessions and the opportunity to get an early peak at the month's theme as well as inspire some content on the topic check out our Patreon page This all comes as part of a monthly meditation class that Jim leads as part of the perk. Plus, you'll receive our undying love and admiration.
May 13, 2020
Inner Circle Session 1
Taylor is one of our Inner Circle Patrons, she responded pretty quickly when we announced the date for our the Inner Circle Exclusive and informal meditation session. She was maybe half as excited as we were. So here we are again, humbly learning a thing for your entertainment. We used this session to unveil our theme for the month of April, interconnectedness, then we rolled right into a short 10 minute meditation session. We hope you enjoy If you're interested in becoming a Patron check our page there for details.  ddigWREp8kyQaN3nFQVE
April 7, 2020
Meet Nelli D
Finally, we have a podcast episode featuring the Canadian counter part to The Unusual Buddha, Nelli D. She discusses her path as a hedgewitch and how meditation ties into it. We also give our hot takes on monetization of spiritual courses. Let us know what you think of the new format! If you'd like to support The Unusual Buddha and what we're doing out here head over to You get exclusives and help support us and our goal. Our goal in 2020 is to reach 25 patrons. Once we do we plan to find, feature, and, pay writers in the meditation, spirituality, and, metaphysics genres.
March 26, 2020
Meditation for the Rest of Us
This is audio from Jim's first meditation. You can literally hear the fear in his voice. What a great experience and opportunity. In this one Jim taught a meditation 101 style class. We talked about posture, hand placement, and, had the "eyes open, eyes closed" conversation. This is the first of many classes hope you enjoy. Big thanks to the awesome folks at Pranapiloga in Culpeper VA!
November 27, 2019
The Unusual Buddha Interviews Heidi Camuti
In this podcast exclusive Jim Martin, founder of The Unusual Buddha, interviews Heidi Camuti, once an ABC producer turned yoga instructor and meditation teacher.  An interesting person with an interesting perspective.  We talk about her transition to yoga teacher, her work with children and special needs practitioners, as well as, aerial yoga.   Check her out on Insta @heidihealthandwellness 
May 22, 2019
Loving-Kindness, A How-to
This is the audio version of a video we made for our the students in our course.  This is the 3rd of the 4 styles we're covering.  Loving Kindness creates compassion and empathy specifically for people you don't know well and even those you don't like at all.  Give this one an honest try and send us your $0.02 on Social Facebook @theunusualbuddha Instagram @theunusualbuddha Twitter @notthebuddha For more on how we can help you with your practice
May 5, 2019
Unusual Conversations, Emotions as related to Ego, a roundtable
This a round table discussion with Zen vlogger and podcaster Duane Toops, Dana Gornall, a driving force at The Tattooed Buddha, and, Nelly and Jim of The Unusual Buddha.  Here we have open discussion about  emotions as related to ego.  Duane is one of the most inspiring vloggers and a great communicator in his quest to document his journey into the Zen tradition.  Dana Gornall runs one of the most unique Buddhist/meditation sites on the web feature many writers and many points of view.  Nelly is, as I said, my partner in crime for a lot of what it is that The Unusual Buddha does.  From day to day operations to content creation she is an amazing personality.  Finally, Jim is the "Lead Creative" at The Unusual Buddha whose goal is to bring the Dharma and meditation to everyone in a more digestible way. Enjoy To find more from Duane Toops check out his YouTube channel or here For more from The Tattooed Buddha head to For more from Nelly head to under her pen name "DoodBHere" Now available on Podcoin For more on how we can help your practice
April 14, 2019
Serenity Meditation with Jim Martin of The Unusual Buddha
This is audio from a video I recently made for a course I'm working on called Meditation, Doing the Work.  We gave our patrons the opportunity to kick the tires first on this one.  This course has been a dream of mine for some time.  It will be free forever!  Here we discuss Serenity meditation aka Samatha  (annapannasati skt. for mindfulness of the breath).  Here I outline a few preliminaries to practice like posture and positioning as well as outlining the actual practice.  Once this session of brave souls finishes, and we make the necessary adjustments, we'll open the next round to the public.   Here's just a little taste, I hope you enjoy!
April 9, 2019
Mindful Monday, 5 Minutes of Mindfulness, Upon Waking
In this one Jim lays out a mindfulness body scan exercise in less than 5 minutes.  Enjoy
March 25, 2019
The Unusual Buddha Interviews Scott Tusa
In this episode we interview Scott Tusa.  He is an outstanding teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, out of Brooklyn, with a unique perspective on the Dharma.  We cover lineage, student teacher responsibilities, and, we discuss Scott's 9 years as a monk.  Listen to a fresh perspective on the Dharma from someone you may not have have heard of, Enjoy! To get more of Scott's content head to 
February 22, 2019
Where the Mind Goes When We Meditate
Here we discuss meditation and where the mind goes, how to direct it and avoid the alleys it may lead to. This one is informative but not overly technical. Enjoy
February 10, 2019
The Unusual Buddha Interviews artist Chris Malidore
Latest episode of The Unusual Buddha. In this one we interview Illustrator and avid meditator Chris Malidore. Look for him at and to support his work through
January 20, 2019
Spirituality and Religion v. Depression
In this episode we discuss 2 studies which cast spirituality in 2 completely different lights.  Some of it may be counter intuitive to you.  Enjoy
January 3, 2019
The Unusual Buddha Q&A
In this episode we answer some questions that were emailed in by fans of our pages and blog plus we lay out some of what we've been up to.  
December 20, 2018