Charlie El Awbery


Vajrayana, engineering and jiu jitsu

A conversation for the Deconstructing Yourself podcast, with Michael Taft

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Michael invited me to DY to discuss how Vajrayana styles of meditation differ from more commonplace methods of mindfulness and concentration. We use my commentary and series of journal posts on Culadasa's The Mind Illuminated, to explore two contrasting systems. The podcast functions as an introduction to Vajrayana practice for curious meditators. We also discuss different approaches to understanding the Vajrayana mindset: adapting the principles and function of systems, like an engineer, or finding the space in physical combat, like a martial artist.

If you prefer reading to listening, there is a full transcript of our conversation here.


Both/And podcast with Jared Janes and Jason Snyder: we'll be taking a deep dive into gendered experience and how it relates to Buddhist practice.

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