Dharma PhD

Shannon M Whitaker

One practitioner’s four-year journey to become a professional in Mindfulness and Secular Buddhism, without getting all mysterious and solemn about it. Join Shannon M Whitaker, co-host Jeff Street, and guests as we discuss the science, philosophy, culture, and practice of mindfulness: What’s the latest fMRI research actually telling us about the effects of Loving-Kindness on the brain? Why is Loving-Kindness a terrible translation of the Pāli word “Metta”? How are other practitioners navigating their practice in the real world? You won’t get a real PhD from listening to this podcast. But don’t worry, we don’t have one either.

What are we oriented towards? (MN26, Ariyapariyesana Sutta) - EP8John Peacock's "Buddhism Before the Theravada" Part 6 - EP7John Peacock's "Buddhism Before the Theravada" Part 5 (kind of) - EP6
Welcome to Dharma PhD! In this episode we talk about Paṭiccasamuppāda, Dependent Origination, using John Peacocks', "Buddhism Before the Theravada, Part 5" as a jumping off point. We talk about how Paṭiccasamuppāda, Dependent Origination, has myriad implications. And then we focus on just one implication, causing skillful behaviors and mental/emotinal states to arise by putting the conditions in place that encourage those behaviors/mental states to arise more spontaneously. Particularly we talk about environmental factors. A few things referred to: Bodhi College, an organization that teaches Secular Buddhism: bodhi-college.org. Stephen Batchelor's book After Buddhism. Leigh Brasington, a Jhāna teacher: leighb.com. The talk we're referring to: "Buddhism Before the Theravada, Part 5" (https://www.audiodharma.org/talks/2598). Bhikkhu Bodhi's book Reading the Buddha's Discourses in Pāli. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: https://bigthink.com/robby-berman/the-missing-apex-of-maslows-hierarchy-could-save-us-all. The 2,500 word blog post I referred to on a framework for thinking about the different implications of Paṭiccasamuppāda: https://dharmaphd.com/2021/09/27/parsing-pa%e1%b9%adiccasamuppada/. and finally, Alain de Botton's book: Religion for Atheists. *** A transcript of and link to John Peacock's talk is available here: https://dharmaphd.com/2021/09/28/john-peacock-buddhism-before-the-theravada-part-5-2011-09-04/ And a transcript of this podcast episode is available here: Want to get in touch? We'd love to hear from you! Email us at hello@dharmaphd.com.
Sep 29 2021
28 mins
John Peacock's "Buddhism Before the Theravada" Part 4 - EP5
Jan 8 2021
37 mins
John Peacock's "Buddhism Before the Theravada" Part 3 - EP4
Welcome to Dharma PhD! In this episode we talk about John Peacock's talk, "Buddhism Before the Theravada, Part 3". We highlight the Tilakkhana, the Three Marks of Existence. Shannon offers a new translation of Dukkha (22:24), and we talk about applying ancient insights to modern lives. Promised links: A transcript of and link to John Peacock's talk is available here: https://dharmaphd.com/2020/11/13/john-peacock-buddhism-before-the-theravada-part-3-2011-09-03/ (https://dharmaphd.com/2020/11/13/john-peacock-buddhism-before-the-theravada-part-3-2011-09-03/.) Maslow's Hierarchy, including the sixth apex, is discussed here: https://dharmaphd.com/2020/11/13/john-peacock-buddhism-before-the-theravada-part-3-2011-09-03/ (https://dharmaphd.com/2020/11/13/john-peacock-buddhism-before-the-theravada-part-3-2011-09-03/.) Search around on YouTube for "Change Blindness". Here's the one we talked about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EARtANyz98Q (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EARtANyz98Q). And if you'd like the https://www.buddha-bites-podcast.com (Buddha Bites) episodes on anicca (impermanence), they are https://www.buddha-bites-podcast.com/episode/buddha-bites-ep28 (EP28), https://www.buddha-bites-podcast.com/episode/buddha-bites-ep29 (EP29), and https://www.buddha-bites-podcast.com/episode/buddha-bites-ep30 (EP30). Finally, an AI-produced, human-touched up transcript of this episode is available here: https://dharmaphd.com/2020/11/13/dharma-phd-the-podcast-episode-4/ (https://dharmaphd.com/2020/11/13/dharma-phd-the-podcast-episode-4/). Want to get in touch? We'd love to hear from you! Email us at hello@dharmaphd.com.
Nov 13 2020
54 mins
John Peacock's "Buddhism Before the Theravada" Part 2 - EP3John Peacock's "Buddhism Before the Theravada" Part 1 - EP2
Welcome to Dharma PhD! Conversations about the science, philosophy, and culture of Mindfulness and Secular Buddhism. We're excited to be christening this podcast with a series of six talks by John Peacock: "Buddhism Before the Theravada". Today is Part 1. The blog post that accompanies this episode is https://dharmaphd.com/2020/09/15/commentary-on-john-peacocks-buddhism-before-the-theravada-part-1/ (here). John Peacock's original talk is hosted on AudioDharma.org, the entire series (of which this is the first) is here: https://gate.sc?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.audiodharma.org%2Fseries%2F207%2Ftalk%2F2602%2F&token=81aee1-1-1598300816778 (www.audiodharma.org/series/207/talk/2602/). The transcript of Peacock's talk is available on the Dharma PhD website: https://dharmaphd.com/2020/07/18/john-peacock-buddhism-before-the-theravada-part-1-2011-09-03/ (https://dharmaphd.com/2020/07/18/john-peacock-buddhism-before-the-theravada-part-1-2011-09-03/) Bodhi College, of which you'll be hearing more: https://gate.sc?url=https%3A%2F%2Fbodhi-college.org%2F&token=78c121-1-1598300816779 (bodhi-college.org/) If you actually want to know more than I do about John Peacock, a great place to start is his bio on the Bodhi College website: https://gate.sc?url=https%3A%2F%2Fbodhi-college.org%2Fmission-statement%2Fcore-teachers%2F&token=996c74-1-1598300816779 (bodhi-college.org/mission-statement/core-teachers/) The book by Douglas Hofstadter I referred to is Surfaces and Essences. It's amazing, both as text and audiobook: https://gate.sc?url=https%3A%2F%2Fsmile.amazon.com%2FSurfaces-Essences-Analogy-Fuel-Thinking%2Fdp%2F0465018475%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fdchild%3D1%26keywords%3Dsurfaces%2Band%2Bessences%26qid%3D1598008467%26sr%3D8-1%26tag%3Dduckduckgo-ffab-b-20&token=302c09-1-1598300816779 (smile.amazon.com/Surfaces-Essence…duckgo-ffab-b-20) And, finally, a moment of errata: Theravadan monks have 227 rules and nuns have 311. I do not believe that the words "monk" and "nun" are the best translations for the words "bhikkhu" and "bhikkhuni", but that won't surprise anyone who listens to this talk. May you be well!
Sep 7 2020
31 mins
Welcome to Dharma PhD! - EP1