Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Mystical Positivist - Radio Show #277 - 18NOV17

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 Shozan Jack Haubner, author of the recently published book Single White Monk: Tales of Death, Failure, and Bad Sex (Although Not Necessarily in that Order). The Shambhala publisher information describes the book like this:

    Think the life of a Zen monk is all serenity, peace, and austerity? Think again. Here, Shozan Jack Haubner gives an often-hilarious, always-candid account of what it’s really like behind those monastery walls. Haubner’s adventures include memories of his dysfunctional Midwestern family that drove him ultimately to declare, “I think I should be a monk!” to a madcap account of the night he got stoned and snuck out of the monastery, alongside more sobering accounts such as his life-threatening brush with illness, the profound impact of a dear friend’s death, and reflections on the controversy that rocked his Zen community. That he finds timeless wisdom in both the tragic and the absurd is a tribute to Haubner's gifts as a writer and humorist, and to his clear insights into the nature of self and what the practice of Zen is all about.

    A former monk in the Rinzai Zen tradition, Shozan Jack Haubner is also the author of Zen Confidential: Confessions of a Wayward Monk, published by Shambhala. His writings have earned him a Pushcart Prize, and his essays have appeared in periodicals including Buddhadharma, Tricycle, and The Sun.

More information about Shozan Jack Haubner's work can be found at:

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Mystical Positivist - Radio Show #276 - 11NOV17

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 show we speak by telephone with Ben Connelly, a Soto Zen priest and dharma heir in the Katagiri lineage. He is a professional musician, and also teaches mindfulness in a wide variety of secular contexts, including police and corporate training, correctional facilities, and addiction recovery and wellness groups. He is based at the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center in Minneapolis, and travels to teach across the United States. He is the author of Inside the Grass Hut: Living Shitou’s Classic Zen Poem, and more recently Inside Vasubandhu’s Yogacara: A Practitioner’s Guide, the subject of our discussion today
More information about Ben Connelly's work can be found at:

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Mystical Positivist - Radio Show #275 - 14OCT17

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 authors Regina Sara Ryan and Shinay Tredeau with a lively consideration of the roots of “never good enough.” This subtext, so common for both men and women, undermines our dreams and goals, our work, our relationships, our accomplishments (or lack of them) and our spiritual progress. The invitation is to acknowledge the lie, to bring humor and gentleness to this longstanding habit, and even to celebrate the sense of “never enough” as an indicator of our spiritual longing.

    Regina and Shinay are coauthors of the recently published book, Women Challenge the Lie: 8 Radical Moves to Get Beyond “Never Good Enough” (Hohm Press, 2017). Regina Sara Ryan is a freelance editor and writing coach, and author of many books in the fields of holistic health and spirituality. Shinay Tredeau is a dancer, a yoga instructor, a professional cook and a poet.

More information about Regina Sara Ryan and Shinay Tredeau's work can be found at:

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Mystical Positivist - Radio Show #274 - 30SEP17

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 deep and interesting conversation with two of our favorite guests, Ken McLeod and Jim Wilson, pre-recorded on Saturday September 2nd. The conversation addresses the topic of Buddhism as a Mystical Path, and What That Means.

    Ken McLeod met his principal teacher, Kalu Rinpoche, in 1970. After completing the preliminary practices and learning Tibetan, he translated for Kalu Rinpoche and helped to develop Rinpoche’s centers in North America and Europe. In 1985, Kalu Rinpoche authorized Ken to teach and placed him in charge of his Los Angeles center. Faced with the challenges of teaching in a major metropolis, he began exploring different methods and formats for working with students. He moved away from both the teacher-center model and the minister-church model and developed a consultant-client model. Ken is the author of Wake Up to Your Life: Discovering the Buddhist Path of Attention, The Great Path of Awakening, An Arrow to the Heart, Reflections on Silver River, and his most recent book, A Trackless Path.

    Jim Wilson, is a poet and writer on religious and spiritual topics, and a co-founder of Many Rivers Books & Tea in Sebastopol. He is the author of at least 15 poetry titles, including A Night of Many Sonnets and Hiking the Quatrain Range. In the spiritual realm, Jim has written An Annotated Edition of A Guide to True Peace, Communion in the Manner of Friends: A Manual for Quaker Communion, and his latest work, On Trusting the Heart: A Commentary on the Xin Xin Ming. This latest book was predominantly written thirty years ago, when Jim was acting as a teacher in the Korean Chogye Zen tradition, after having spent six years as a full ordination monk in that tradition, under his teacher Seung Sahn. Jim went on to become a Buddhist Chaplain at an institution for the criminally insane, and he eventually transitioned from Buddhism to the Quaker tradition, his current spiritual home.

More information about Ken McLeod and Jim Wilson's work can be found at:

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Mystical Positivist - Radio Show #273 - 23SEP17

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 show we speak by telephone with Barbara Haynes,a long time student of spiritual teacher EJ Gold. Barbara is the author of the recently published book Every Day A Holy Day: Exercises, Experiments, and Practices for Mindful Living.

    Barbara Haynes was born in 1950 to a tenant farming family on the plains of west Texas. Her mother was a devout Christian and instilled in Barbara a sense of spiritual values and a belief in an existence beyond what we can see. She spent her early adult years searching for a spiritual “home”. In the spring of 1984 she received an invitation to attend, what was for her a pivotal, invocational dinner at which the work of E.J. Gold was presented and studied. She found the works of E.J. Gold and his presentation of the ideas to be very practical and useful in everyday application. After working with Mr. Gold and some members of his community at a jewelry show in Los Angeles in 1985 Barbara made the decision to move to California to live and work with the community working with Mr. Gold. In November, 1986, Barbara moved to Grass Valley, California and has been working closely with Mr. Gold for the last thirty years.
More information about Barbara Haynes' work can be found at:

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Mystical Positivist - Radio Show #272 - 16SEP17

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:
  • Co-host Rob Schmidt, flies solo this week as the Mystical Positivist himself, Stuart Goodnick, is out of town. This week on the show Rob speaks in the studio with Lama Jampa Dorje, aka Richard Lee Denner. Lama Jampa Dorje is a poet-printer-yogi-monk, who lived in the Sebastopol area for ten years before moving to Tara Mandala Retreat Center, in Colorado, to do a traditional Tibetan three-year solo retreat. As a younger man, Richard Denner taught himself to write poetry over decades, including stints attending UC Berkeley, raising a family in the Alaskan wilderness, and operating a bookstore in a small town in rural Washington. He has been a serious student of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism for more than two decades, and was the first American-born student to complete the traditional Tibetan three-year solo retreat in the US. He publishes D Press chapbooks available at www.dpress.net. We last spoke with Jampa on this show in late December 2013, a conversation that was first broadcast on January 11, 2014.
More information about Lama Jampa Dorje's work can be found at:

Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Mystical Positivist - Radio Show #271 - 09SEP17

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 show, co-host Rob Schmidt flies solo while the Mystical Positivist, Stuart Goodnick, is out of town. Rob speaks by telephone with Dani Antman, author of Wired For God: Adventures of a Jewish Yogi. As an internationally known energy healer and interfaith minister in Santa Barbara, CA, Dani Antman has been at the forefront of energy medicine and healing since 1992, when she graduated from the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. She has also completed over five years of training at the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, to support the healing of trauma and PTSD.

    Dani was a senior teacher at The School for Nondual Healing and Awakening for over nine years, and has led workshops at the Esalen Institute, La Casa de Maria, and The Lionheart Institute for Trans-personal Energy Healing. She also is a spiritual guide, helping others to navigate the spiritual path.
More information about Dani Antman's work can be found at: