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December 15, 2019  

#7 - John Freese: The Dependent Origination of Whiteness

John Freese is a co-host of the Down With the Dharma podcast, and recently published an academic article titled, The Dependent Origination of Whiteness. In this episode, we take the serious topics of social justice, race relations, Buddhist philosophy, and mental health, and deliver them in a fun, upbeat, and enjoyably informative conversation that’s easy to follow along. The article itself "argues that whiteness is a deeply rooted existential experience in the bodies and minds of European Americans that serves as a firewall against perpetrator guilt and trauma; it also explains why the threat white people perceive in demographic shifts triggers an existential fear of annihilation." In the paper, connections to clinical trauma therapy are included to ground the discussion in a secular, empirical, and trauma-informed context. 

At University of the West in Rosemead, CA, John teaches courses on contemplative practice, Buddhist social ethics, service learning, and religion. John draws on many years of practice, travel, and study, including practicing in South India with a Hindu teacher and also training as a Buddhist monk for 12 years, including 6 with Thich Nhat Hanh. He is also currently a lay member of Thich Nhat Hanh's Order of Interbeing. John holds a Master's of Divinity and is currently working on his Ph.D. at Claremont School of Theology, where his research and clinical training are focused on developing a Buddhist model of pastoral care and counseling. John has taught Buddhism and meditation in prisons in the past, is a co-founder of the Engaged Buddhist alliance that continues those efforts today, and he currently works with formerly incarcerated and other practitioners.

This conversation was originally recorded on Saturday, September 21st, 2019 in the great outdoors of Claremont, California. 

Down With the Dharma podcast: https://downwiththedharma.podomatic.com/

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The Dependent Origination of Whiteness - https://tupjournals.temple.edu/index.php/kalfou/article/view/220

Academia.edu - https://www.academia.edu/37959295/The_Dependent_Origination_of_Whiteness

More from and about John Freese can be found on his blog at https://johnfreese.wordpress.com/

John Freese is on Twitter @johnfreese72 - https://twitter.com/johnfreese72 

Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies - https://tupjournals.temple.edu/index.php/kalfou/

Buddhist Peace Fellowship (Buddhism and Social Justice) - http://www.buddhistpeacefellowship.org/

Lama Rod Owens - https://www.lamarod.com/

Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams - https://angelkyodowilliams.com/

Ann Gleig on Twitter - https://twitter.com/agleig

Engaged Buddhist Alliance - http://engagedbuddhistalliance.org/

The featured song Jub Attack was composed by Michael Radford. Hear more at https://soundcloud.com/mubba!

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December 8, 2019  

#6 - Kevin Ackad: Angels, Energy Healing, and Intuition

Kevin Ackad is a Certified Massage Therapist and founder of Inner Shift Healing (https://www.InnerShiftHealing.com/), a place where he incorporates his talents and training as a Reiki Master, Angel Communicator, and Breathwork Meditation facilitator in helping his clients shift and heal their energies. Kevin is enthusiastic about empowering the people he comes in contact with to develop their own strengths and abilities, and also believes each person has the potential to further awaken, and tap more deeply into their own natural intuitive talents. On his YouTube channel, he offers practical advice and shares real, inspiring, true stories of supernatural events from his life that will help people increase their faith and connection to the Divine.

This conversation was originally recorded on Saturday, September 14th in Woodland Hills, California. 

Inner Shift Healing: https://www.InnerShiftHealing.com/ 

Kevin Ackad's Inner Shift Healing YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVZ1QkCh0npjfq1jvOUqN9A

Watch these videos to level-up! Check out the website for a full list of offerings and more information. If you're in or plan to visit Southern California, book a session with Kevin, today!

The featured musical tracks Jub Attack and Here In This Darkness were composed by Michael Radford. Hear more at https://soundcloud.com/mubba!

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