The Mahavidya Interview

Rick Archer recently interviewed Kavitha Chinnaiyan, M.D. on Buddha at the Gas Pump. The conversation revolved primarily around her first book, Shakti Rising: Embracing Shadow and Light on the Goddess Path to Wholeness The interview opened with a short discussion on Direct vs Progressive, the topic of last fall’s SAND panel I was on. I found Kavitha’s approach sensible. Not sure why she was using a Buddhist term, but it seems a popular framing these days. The 10 Mahavidya (great knowledge) are from Tantra and embodied by 10 goddesses. Key to understand is that the gods are embodiments of features … Continue Reading…

Sophia Panel Discussion

During the Science and Nonduality pre-conference, Rick Archer organized a large panel discussion at Sophia University. From the left: Laurie Moore, Susanne Marie, Mariana Caplan, Dana Sawyer, Francis Bennett, Craig Holliday (speaking), Kristin Kirk, Rick Archer (moderator), Clare Blanchflower, myself, Chuck Hillig, David Ellzey, Kiran, and Jeffery Martin (host). Canela Michelle Meyers arrived during the afternoon session. She was seated on the left. Most of the group are prior BATGAP interviewees and many where speaking at SAND. The panel was too large and long to do at SAND itself so Jeffery offered us Sophia in nearby Palo Alto. For links … Continue Reading…

Update

Welcome to the latest subscribers. There has been a lot going on that people are asking about, so I thought I’d post a small update. The BATGAP interview has had a largely warm reception. There have been several thousand views and an even larger number of podcast listeners so far. This has brought a large spike in traffic here and a wave of new subscribers. This week, I’ll be traveling to San Jose, CA for the Science and Nonduality conference. Over 1,000 are registered and they’ve sold out both hotels. On Thursday, I’ll be spending much of the day on … Continue Reading…

BATGAP Interview Live

The Buddha at the Gas Pump interview is live on Youtube now and will be live on the BATGAP site shortly. If you didn’t see it, here’s a little context for where the interview is taking place. Considering how rarely I speak of some of this, it came out reasonably well – even if I did look at the floor too much. (laughs) www.youtube.com/watch?v=M36–suYFhw Links to related articles on some of the discussed subjects: Each has links to more. How to Listen and the Value of a Story I often mention the value of an effortless meditation. TM.org What is … Continue Reading…

Interview Follow-up

The BATGAP interview took place Friday, Sept. 25 as planned. The weather was good, so we sat out in the gazebo beside the Kiwi orchard (7 varieties). Clare Blanchflower‘s interview followed, then the retreat began. Lorne and Lucia’s interview did not go ahead just yet as they wish to get their book ready before the onslaught of new contacts. Here’s an aerial shot of the lodge property (foreground) where we enjoyed the potent retreat along with interviewer Rick Archer. Unlike my usual articles, the interview is our spiritual story – how things unfolded here. These are 3&4 of 5 road … Continue Reading…