Journals of Spiritual Discovery by spiritualteachers.org
About This Show
Interviews with profound, yet down-to-earth spiritual teachers. Hear their life stories and nuggets of wisdom that you can apply to your spiritual search. If the great mysteries of life intrigue you, then you will enjoy this show. Some of the questions we explore: Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going? What is the self? Is there a soul? What is enlightenment? What is death? What is the difference between meditation for relaxation and meditation for self inquiry?
Most Recent Episode
Michael Taft Interview
This 1.5 hour interview with Michael Taft seemed to fly by, leaving me immediately wanting a Part 2. As you will see, Michael is deeply knowledgeable about meditation and succinctly explained the paradox of the observer watching the observer–a meditative trap which dumbfounded me for many years. Michael Taft’s wide-ranging experience defines a person who refuses to believe something just because somebody told him. That quality of respectful doubt shines through as we explore his life and views on awakening.
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Selected Links and Notes from this Episode
Michael sought out meditation as help for anxiety attacks when he was young. [2:50]
Finding new layers of suffering through awakening practices. [8:30]
How experimenting with entheogenic compounds inspired deeper spiritual practice. [9:25]
Michael studied under Professor Paul Muller-Ortega, a well-known scholar of Kashmir Shaivism. [11:10]
Living and working in Japan gave him more space and time for meditation. [12:10]
“I’ve always been interested in awakening, and love