Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Mystical Positivist - Radio Show #302 - 15SEP18

The Mystical Positivist is now a weekly radio show on KOWS-LP 107.3 FM, Occidental, CA. Listen live on Saturday evenings from 4:00 - 6:00pm, PST, via the web at KOWS Live Stream.
This week's podcast features:
  • This week we feature a conversation by telephone with Subhash Kak, an Indian American computer scientist, physicist, and prolific author on the vedas, spirituality, and philosophy. He is Regents Professor and a previous Head of the Computer Science Department at Oklahoma State University–Stillwater, who has made contributions to topics including cryptography, artificial neural networks, and quantum information. Kak is also notable for his Indological publications on the history of science, the philosophy of science, ancient astronomy, and the history of mathematics. On August 28, 2018, he was appointed member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council. His books include In Search of the Cradle of Civilization, The Astronomical Code of the Rigveda, The Wishing Tree: Presence and Promise of India, The Nature of Physical Reality, The Loom of Time, Matter and Mind, Mind and Self, The Gods Within: Mind, Consciousness, and the Vedic Tradition, Consciousness and the Universe : Quantum Physics, Evolution, Brain & Mind, and The Circle of Memory: An Autobiography.

More information about Subhash Kak's work can be found at:

Saturday, September 8, 2018

The Mystical Positivist - Radio Show #301 - 08SEP18

The Mystical Positivist is now a weekly radio show on KOWS-LP 107.3 FM, Occidental, CA. Listen live on Saturday evenings from 4:00 - 6:00pm, PST, via the web at KOWS Live Stream.
This week's podcast features:
  • This week we feature a conversation by telephone with Philip Goldberg, author or co-author of numerous books, including Roadsigns on the Spiritual Path: Living at the Heart of Paradox, American Veda, and The Life of Yogananda. He is a public speaker and workshop leader; a spiritual counselor, meditation teacher and ordained Interfaith Minister, and he co-hosts the Spirit Matters podcast.

    He was born and raised in Brooklyn and moved to Los Angeles with stops along the way. As a college student in the 1960’s, he shuttled uncertainly from one major to another while relentlessly searching for higher truths, scratching his way to passions that would mark his adult life: spirituality and writing. Despite having been raised by atheists who disdained religion — or maybe because of it — he was drawn to the pragmatic mysticism of the East, at first through public thinkers like Alan Watts and Aldous Huxley, and then directly from the texts of Buddhism, Taoism and Hinduism — especially Vedanta and Yoga.

    This led inexorably to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Transcendental Meditation. Philip spent much of the 1970’s teaching TM (changing the world, one mantra at a time, as he thought of it) and working for that organization in other capacities.

    That affiliation led to an independent spiritual path as a pragmatic mystic —a yogi for whom transcendence is a means, not an end — and also catalyzed his career as a professional writer. Phil’s spiritual pursuits and his writing career ran on separate tracks, coming together only on occasion. In his books, he was able to indulge his interests in psychology, human potential and holistic health. Early on, to pay the bills, he accepted offers to collaborate with experts with good ideas but neither the capacity nor inclination to write. That led to his version of a day job — ghosting, collaborating, editing — while working on his own books screenwriting. Then in 2010, American Veda was published. The book earned good reviews, won awards and spawned related ventures like American Veda Tours, the Spirit Matters podcast, a documentary film project (now in the development and fundraising stage), satisfying lecture and workshop gigs and, of course, more and more writing. Earlier this year (2018) his latest book The Life of Yogananda was published by Hay House.

More information about Philip Goldberg's work can be found at:

Saturday, September 1, 2018

The Mystical Positivist - Radio Show #300 - 01SEP18

The Mystical Positivist is now a weekly radio show on KOWS-LP 107.3 FM, Occidental, CA. Listen live on Saturday evenings from 4:00 - 6:00pm, PST, via the web at KOWS Live Stream.
This week's podcast features:
  • This week we feature an in-studio conversation with Theresa Dintino. Theresa C. Dintino is an ancestral Strega (Italian wise woman), Earth worker, and initiated diviner. For more than 20 years Theresa has studied and practiced an Earth-based spirituality. In 2011, she was initiated as a diviner in a West African tradition. She currently helps others reclaim their personal lineages through her divination work.

    Theresa is the author of the Tree Medicine Trilogy which includes: The Amazon Pattern: A Message from Ancient Women Diviners of Trees and Time, Notes From a Diviner in the Postmodern World: A Handbook for Spirit Workers, and Teachings from the Trees: Spiritual Mentoring from the Standing Ones.

    She is also the author of The Strega and the Dreamer, a work of historical fiction based in the true story of her great grandparents, Ode to Minoa and Stories They Told Me, two novels exploring the life of a snake priestess in Bronze Age Crete, and Welcoming Lilith: Awakening and Welcoming Pure Female Power

More information about Theresa Dintino's work can be found at:

Saturday, August 25, 2018

The Mystical Positivist - Radio Show #299 - 25AUG18

The Mystical Positivist is now a weekly radio show on KOWS-LP 107.3 FM, Occidental, CA. Listen live on Saturday evenings from 4:00 - 6:00pm, PST, via the web at KOWS Live Stream.
This week's podcast features:
  • This week we feature a pre-recorded conversation with Peter Coyote. Peter Coyote is an American actor, author, director, screenwriter and narrator of films, theatre, television and audiobooks. Coyote had first discovered Zen in his teens via the works of Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder, and other Beats. Beginning in 1975, Coyote undertook meditation practice and eventually became a dedicated practitioner of American Zen Buddhism, moving into the San Francisco Zen Center. He was later ordained a lay priest in the Soto tradition and was ordained as a Zen Priest in 2015. Coyote performed audiobook recordings of Shunryu Suzuki's Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, Paul Reps's Zen Flesh, Zen Bones as well as narrating the documentary Inquiry into the Great Matter: A History of Zen Buddhism. "I'm a Zen Buddhist student first, actor second", Coyote has said. "If I can't reconcile the two lives, I'll stop acting. I spend more time off-screen than on." In April, 2015, his memoir, The Rainman's Third Cure: An Irregular Education, was released, in which he "provides portraits of mentors that shaped him— including his violent, intimidating father, a bass player, a Mafia Consiglieri, and beat poet Gary Snyder, who introduces him to the practice of Zen." Coyote has been working on a new book on Zen that is the principal subject of our conversation with him.

More information about Peter Coyote's work can be found at:

Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Mystical Positivist - Radio Show #298 - 11AUG18

The Mystical Positivist is now a weekly radio show on KOWS-LP 107.3 FM, Occidental, CA. Listen live on Saturday evenings from 4:00 - 6:00pm, PST, via the web at KOWS Live Stream.
This week's podcast features:
  • This week on the Mystical Positivist, George Barselaar, a devotee of Swami Lakshmanjoo and practitioner of Kashmir Shaivism, returns for an in-studio conversation about the teachings of the Kashmir Shaivist Tantric tradition, the meaning of Grace, the function of Free Will, and more. George Barselaar was born in 1951 in a small town in the south of Holland. He grew up in Sydney, Australia, studied Civil Engineering, and spent all of his spare time Surfing or playing Soccer. At the age of 19, George took a keen interest in Yoga, which inspired him to eventually learn Transcendental Meditation (TM). In 1974, he completed the Teacher Training Program in Transcendental Meditation (TM) under the direction of its founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Having a keen interest in the Vedas and Indian Philosophy, in 1975 he studied Sanskrit for a year at Newcastle University in Australia.

    In 1981 George travelled to India and spent six months travelling and studying the ancient system of Ayurvedic medicine. During this time he had the great fortune to meet with some of India’s renown saints including Anandamayi Maa, and many others. Following his interest in Shaiva Philosophy, in 1982 George travelled to Kashmir to meet the respected Saint and Shaiva master, Swami Lakshmanjoo. George remained in Kashmir for 9 years, until Swamiji’s passing in 1991. It was during that time that he became associated with John and Denise Hughes, who had already compiled a library of over 700 hours of recorded lectures given by Swami Lakshmanjoo on the oral tradition of Kashmir Shaivism.

    In 1988, after years of working in the garden and doing various construction jobs in the small ashram, Swamiji gave George permission to begin transcribing his recorded lectures. Working closely with John Hughes, it took almost 20 years to completed the English transcriptions of all of Swami Lakshmanjoo’s recorded teachings.

    For a decade after Swamiji’s passing (September 1991) George returned to Kashmir each summer, specifically to learn certain rituals unique to Kashmir Shaivism. Part of that study was learning the recitation of hymns and various mantras that accompany the Shaiva rituals.

    In 2000, George and his partner, Claudia Dose, moved from Australia to the USA and began working full time with John and Denise Hughes. At that time a decision was made to publish all of Swami Lakshmanjoo’s teachings as original transcripts along with the original audio recordings. This format, enabling the student to hear the teachings directly from a master of the Oral Tradition, has been well received by sincere students of Kashmir Shaivism worldwide.
More information about Swami Lakshmanjoo's work can be found at:

Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Mystical Positivist - Radio Show #297 - 04AUG18

The Mystical Positivist is now a weekly radio show on KOWS-LP 107.3 FM, Occidental, CA. Listen live on Saturday evenings from 4:00 - 6:00pm, PST, via the web at KOWS Live Stream
This week's podcast features:
  • A conversation in the studio with Bruce Fortin, guiding teacher of the Occidental Laguna Sangha in Sebastopol, California.

    Bruce Fortin began studying Zen at San Francisco Zen Center in 1971 and was ordained a Soto Zen Priest in the lineage of Suzuki Roshi in 1976. He spent thirteen years as a resident in Zen Center’s three monastic practice places: Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center’s City Center, and has received Dharma Transmission to teach from Zoketsu Norman Fischer. He has also studied with a number of other teachers in the Tibetan and Vipassana traditions and his teachings reflect their influence.

    Bruce’s work experience in the world includes serving as Executive Director of Home Hospice of Sonoma County for a number of years. In addition to being a Buddhist teacher, he has a private practice in Sonoma County where he practices mediation law and psychotherapy with a specialty in relationship counseling and transpersonal psychology.

More information about Bruce Fortin's work and interests can be found at:

Saturday, July 28, 2018

The Mystical Positivist - Radio Show #296 - 28JUL18

The Mystical Positivist is now a weekly radio show on KOWS-LP 107.3 FM, Occidental, CA. Listen live on Saturday evenings from 4:00 - 6:00pm, PST, via the web at KOWS Live Stream
This week's podcast features:
  • A conversation by telephone with Shinsu Roberts, author of the recently published volume Being-Time: A Practitioner’s Guide to Dogen’s Shobogenzo Uji.

    In his forward to the book, author, Zen teacher, and previous Mystical Positivist guest Norman Fisher writes “Impermanence is time itself, being itself—yet time and being are not at all as we imagine them to be. To really understand and fully embrace this point is to live in a radically different world—a world of awakening, inclusion, and love. Zen Master Dogen frames the teaching on impermanence explicitly as a teaching about time—and all of Dogen’s profoundly poetic teachings flow from his seminal understanding of time, as expressed in Uji (Being-Time), the famous—and famously difficult—essay in his masterwork, Shobogenzo. In Uji, Dogen teaches that time itself, being itself, is luminous awakening. It is all-inclusive, all-elusive, ultimately healing, and eternal. In this book, Shinshu Roberts does full justice, as does no other book I know of, to Dogen’s words. She offers interpretation of Uji only after careful consideration and marshaling of many sources—and offers simple everyday examples to illustrate points that seem at first abstruse. If this text causes you to doubt your most cherished concepts about your life, it will have done its work.”

    Leilani Shinsu Roberts is a Dharma Heir of Sojun Mel Weitsman, abbot of Berkeley Zen Center and in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. She received her priest training at San Francisco Zen Center and from the North American branch of the Japanese Soto School. She has been appointed Kokusaifukyoshi (International Dharma Teacher) by the Shumucho (Japanese Soto Administration). She co-founded Ocean Gate Zen Center in Capitola, CA with her spouse Jaku Kinst.

More information about Shinsu Robert's work and interests can be found at:

Saturday, June 30, 2018

The Mystical Positivist - Radio Show #295 - 30JUN18

The Mystical Positivist is now a weekly radio show on KOWS-LP 107.3 FM, Occidental, CA. Listen live on Saturday evenings from 4:00 - 6:00pm, PST, via the web at KOWS Live Stream
This week's podcast features:
  • A conversation in the studio with Ken McLeod, a teacher and translator in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for many decades. Ken is the author of a number of books, including his most recent title A Trackless Path, as well as Wake Up To Your Life, Reflections on Silver River, and An Arrow To The Heart: A Commentary on the Heart Sutra. In the first hour of the show we discuss the three core lines of Vajrayana practice (Direct Awareness, Transformation/Energy, and Protector) and how these translate for a Western audience. This leads into a rich discussion of Protector practice, traditional Tantra, and the principle of "Saying Yes to Life." In the second hour we explore more deeply the project of Mysticism including questions such as whether Mystical practice is necessarily a solitary pursuit or whether an important element of the Mystical is found in work within community.
More information about Ken McLeod's work and interests can be found at:

Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Mystical Positivist - Radio Show #294 - 16JUN18

The Mystical Positivist is now a weekly radio show on KOWS-LP 107.3 FM, Occidental, CA. Listen live on Saturday evenings from 4:00 - 6:00pm, PST, via the web at KOWS Live Stream.
This week's podcast features:
  • This week’s show features a conversation with Rob Schmidt and Stuart Goodnick about a recent trip our Mystical Positivist team made to Japan to follow and support Shakuhachi Master, Masayuki Koga, on a series of performances throughout Japan. Many Rivers co-founder Stuart Goodnick has studied Shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute, for over 20 years with Masayuki Koga sensei, one of the greatest performers on this instrument on the planet. Koga and his American student ensemble gave a series of performances across Japan in early June, returning to the Bay Area earlier this week. Today we mix some wonderful flute performances tempered in the fires of presentation to Japanese audiences, and some trip reminiscences from Stuart and humble roadie Rob. Included are recorded performances by Masayuki Koga from Kobe and live in-studio performances by Mystical Positivist, Stuart Goodnick.
More information about Tayu Meditation Center can be found at:

Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Mystical Positivist - Radio Show #293 - 26MAY18

The Mystical Positivist is now a weekly radio show on KOWS-LP 107.3 FM, Occidental, CA. Listen live on Saturday evenings from 4:00 - 6:00pm, PST, via the web at KOWS Live Stream.
This week's podcast features:
  • This week’s show features a conversation with Rob Schmidt and Stuart Goodnick about what Mysticism means in a modern western oriented spiritual practice. In the first hour our hosts argue about whether non-theistic Buddhists such as Gil Fronsdal and Stephen Batchelor, and atheist/materialist Sam Harris represent the modern era voice of the Mystical project. In the second hour they reconcile with a more substantive discussion about what constitutes the Mystical and how certain types of practices and perspectives can cultivate access to it. In addition, they discuss the moral dimension of Mysticism.

    Rob Schmidt, Ph.D., and Stuart Goodnick co-direct Tayu Meditation Center, owner and operator of Many Rivers Books & Tea. They studied intensively with Tayu founder Robert Daniel Ennis, and are working to complete a book of his teachings this year called, Living Life As A Work Of Art: The Spiritual Work of Robert Daniel Ennis.
More information about Tayu Meditation Center can be found at: