The Mindful Cranks
By Ronald Purser
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The Mindful Cranks broadly explores the cultural translation of Buddhism in the West, various facets of Buddhist modernism, and the mainstreaming of mindfulness in secular contexts. The podcast serves as a forum for voices that go beyond the dominant narratives which have been thus far uncritical of consumerism, medicalization, psychologization, corporatization and self-help approaches. Drawing from a wide range of disciplines — the humanities, philosophy, cultural studies, education, critical pyschology, religious studies, and sociology—The Mindful Cranks welcomes new conversations that challenge the priviledging of scientific materialism, methodological individualism, reductionism, and neoliberalism. Our guests are leading edge scholars, authors, teachers, practitioners and activists that share a mutual interest in civic mindfulness and socially engaged contemplative methods. A wide range of diverse perspectives–including critical theory, critical pedagogy, ethnography, Foucauldian governmentality, feminism, hermeneutics, critical race theory, critical management studies, socially engaged Buddhism, political economy–provide the “cranky” intellectual tools for socially engaged contemplative change.
||CleanEpisode 10 -Justin Wall||Sacred Groundlessness: Taking Mindfulness Deeper||1/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9 - Brian Victoria - Zen at War||In this episode Brian Victoria, author of Zen at War, discusses how Buddhism, and Japanese Zen in particular, have a long history of violence. From Japanese kamikaze pilots in World War II to Corporate Zen training of "industrial warriors," Brian...||11/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 Ruth Whippman||America the Anxious||6/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Barry Magid||What's Wrong With Mindfulness||4/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Katie Loncke||Confrontational Compassion||2/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Funie Hsu||Mindfulness and Racial Invisibility||1/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Will Davies - The Happiness Industry||Will Davies, Ph.D., is a sociologist and political economist and a Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London and also Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Centre. Dr. Davies is author of two books, The Limits of Neoliberalism:...||4/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: C.W. Huntington||The Triumph of Narcissism: Theravada Buddhist Meditation in the Marketplace||4/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Manu Bazzano||The Counter Tradition||11/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Search Inside (and Outside) Yourself||Recording of Ron Purser's talk given at the International Contemplative Studies Symposium, sponsored by the Mind and Life Institute, November 2014, Boston, MA||8/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMindful Cranks Jingle Introduction||This is the jingle introduction to the Mindful Cranks podcast.||8/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|