Vajra Body Vajra Mind podcast

Welcome to Vajra Body Vajra Mind, a provocative podcast that explores the outer limits of spiritual practice and human development. On our show, we talk with leaders in the Buddhist, entheogenic and somatic fields and through these conversations we attempt to glean the most pragmatic and succinct bits of wisdom to connect us deeper into our heart and mind. Our show is dedicated to the evolution of the human species and the benefit of all beings.

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Welcome to Vajra Body Vajra Mind, a provocative podcast that explores the outer limits of spiritual practice and human development. On our show, we talk with leaders in the Buddhist, entheogenic and somatic fields and through these conversations we attempt to glean the most pragmatic and succinct bits of wisdom to connect us deeper into our heart and mind. Our show is dedicated to the evolution of the human species and the benefit of all beings.
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last modified
2019-09-20 06:52
last episode published
2019-09-08 21:11
publication frequency
26.22 days
Damien Abel and Jed Ward author  
Jed Ward owner  
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The Way of the Bodhisattva


The Path is Your Life

In this episode, Joe and Damien discuss how the Buddhist Path applies to our everyday life and death.

Many Paths, Many Destinations


Tibetan Buddhism: Culture and Dharma


What's A Yogi?


Retreat Into Connection


Pure Perception


The Return...


Refuge and Bodhicitta with Damien Abel

In today's episode, Jed explains his stepping off the path and return to Dharma practice. He asks Damien for his commentary on the 4 instructions of Gampopa, Taking Refuge, Awakening Intention, Four Immeasurables, and Dedication. We discuss the importa...

Dreaming the Soul Back Home with Robert Moss

Robert Moss is an Australian historian, journalist and author and creator of Active Dreaming, an original synthesis of dreamwork and shamanism. In our show today we discuss how dreams can help us in troubling times. He also, shares a few entertaining s...

Navigating Ngondro with Jakob Leschly

Jakob is a long time student of Buddhism, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Dxongsar Khyentse. He is a translator and author of many books on Tibetan Buddhism. In our conversation today we discuss how to maintain the important aspects of the tradition in our...

Dreaming Awake with Andrew Holocek

In today's episode, we talk with Andrew about working with dream yoga. We discuss why it can be so difficult to attain lucidity in dreams, how the practice fits into the larger path of Tibetan Buddhism and why this practice is so important. This conver...

Training in Pure Perception with Ken McLeod

Ken is a Buddhist teacher, author. and founder of On this episode we have our friend Ken McLeod return to the show. In our conversation we discuss how to deal with our difficult political/cultural climate and about living with pure p...

Lineage and Liberation with Michaela Boehm

We welcome back a dear friend Michaela Boehm. She is a lineage holder in Kashmiri Shaivism Tantra. In addition to over twenty years of extensive academic and clinical background in psychology and counseling, Michaela also traveled and taught with David...

Breath Flows Where Imagination Goes with Robert Litman

For the last 26 years, Robert Litman has guided clients and students in the use of movement, breath and sound as a tool for personal growth, restoring healthy breathing rhythms, structural alignment, and efficient body mechanics. He founded The Breatha...

Death Wisdom with Stephen Jenkinson

Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW is a teacher, author, storyteller, spiritual activist, farmer, and founder of Orphan Wisdom. With a Master`s degrees from Harvard University (Theology) and the U of Toronto (Social Work), he is revolutionizing grief and dyin...

Shapeshifter with Kai Altair

�Today's episode features our guest Kai Altair. Kai is an artist of many expressions including a singer/songwriter, dancer, Reiki practitioner, ocean advocate, and more. Overall, she is someone who is passionate about creating sacred space for herself ...

Gathering our Intuitive Nature with Stephen Harrod Buhner

Stephen is an Earth poet and award winning author of 20 books on nature, indigenous cultures, the enviroment, and herbal medicine. In today`s show we discuss the importance of remembering how to navigate the world and our enviroment will a feeling sens...

Dreams That Speak with Tenaya Amelia

Tenaya Amelia is a life-long dreamer trained by renowned dream teacher Robert Moss, creator of Active Dreaming. Intuitive, sensitive and creative, she holds a safe and vibrant space to explore the inner realms. Tenaya weaves together intuitive painting...

The Artform of Will and Goodness with Neil Kramer

Neil Kramer is a philosopher and eotericist. His work focuses on spirituality, mysticism, and metaphysics. In this episode, we talk with Neil about what it means to use our will to direct our lives. We discuss goodness and eithics and finally, we talk ...

Trailing Elen of the Ways with Elen Sentier

Elen Sentier is a Shaman, an author and a trans-personal psychotherapist. We talked with Elen about the reindeer goddess Elen of the Ways, the importance of catharsis and the protective role of masculine energy. For more about Elen visit: www.elensenti...

The Psychedelic Gospels with Jerry Brown, Ph.D.

Jerry B. Brown, Ph.D., is an anthropologist, author, and activist. From 1972 to 2014 he served as founding professor of anthropology at Florida International University in Miami, where he taught a course on “Hallucinogens and Culture.” The Psychedelic ...

Following the Seed Melody with Dréa Drury

Anilah is the solo project of vocalist and composer Dréa Drury, a musician based in the Selkirk Mountains of Western Canada. Her inspirations draw from traditional shamanic sound practices, sacred chant, dark tribal, and Indian Classical. She has studi...

The Noble Heart with Damien Abel and Jed Ward

In this episode Damien and Jed recap the past few months of shows. They share what they have learned and where they are at in their life's and on their path. The conversation includes maybe topics ranging from Trump, death, synchronicity, and helpful w...

Esoteric Christianity with Richard Smoley

Richard Smoley is an author and philosopher who writes on the world`s mystical and esoteric teachings, particularly Chrisianity. In this podcast, we talk about the potential role of esoteric Chrisitianity in the modern world. For more on Richard visit:...

Journey to the Dark Goddess with Jane Meredith

Jane Meredith is an Australian author and ritualist. Her books are: Magic of the Iron Pentacle: Reclaiming Sex, Pride, Self, Power & Passion (co-authored), Circle of Eight: Creating Magic for Your Place on Earth; Rituals of Celebration: Honoring th...

Sacred Spelling and Medicine with Shonagh Home

Shonagh Home is the author of Love and Spirit Medicine and XI Chel Wisdom. She is also a shaman and sacred bee keeper. In our discussion we talked about bringing back the magic of tradition, The need of the wisdom of heart-centered connection, The pro'...

The Genius Myth with Michael Meade

Michael joins us in an engaging conversation about the natural gifts of humans. And by giving our gifts, we experience meaning. We also talk about talent vs genius, call of the muses, staying close to our wound, the importance of rites of passage and m...

Living From the Heart with Lujan Matus

In this episode we explore my topics ranging from connection to our hearts, diet, extraterrestrials, death and much more. Enjoy the ride!  More about Lujan:      

In Service of the Feminine with Reggie Ray

Reggie Ray joins us once again to talk about: Reconnecting with Shamanism. Relating to Mother Earth.  How Tibetan Buddhism can disregard regular day life.  Normal human life becoming the vehicle for illumination and much more. Visit Reggie at dharmaoce...

Transparent to the Transcendent with Rick Doblin

Rick is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. We discuss his work with using MDMA assisted psychotherapy to help treat people suffering from PTSD. We also talk about the system and how he is fi...

Crushing It! with Derek Hamm

Derek joins us in studio for a lively conversation about "I Am Not Your Guru", real positivity,  family dynamics, definition of "Crushing It", the need to give our gifts, importance of exercise, difference between regret and guilt, relating to purpose,...

Thy Will Be Done with Arjuna Ardagh

Arjuna Ardagh is an Awakening Coach, writer and public speaker. He has trained more than 1700 people to become facilitators of awakening. He is the author of nine books, including the #1 National Bestseller The Translucent Revolution. His latest book i...

God Sex with Michaela Boehm

In this episode we discuss the importance of using polarity to enhance our erotic and sexual experience. Michaela tells us the 3 most valuable tools in creating sacred sexuality. It might not be what you think! Hope you enjoy. For more info on Michaela...

Integrative Wealth with Lisa Kaye

On this episode, we have on integrative wealth coach Lisa Kaye. We discuss the shame and taboos around money in the spiritual world and we went in depth about value and exchange. For learn more about Lisa search Lisa Kaye on Facebook. Or click this lin...

Condition of the Transitions with Damien Contessa PhD

Damien Contessa is a Visiting Instructor of Sociology at the University of South Florida where he studies the social perception of wildness, and mentors graduate students in developing their teaching skills and techniques. On today show we catch up wit...

You Can't Rush Your Healing with Trevor Hall

Trevor Hall is a singer-songwriter who has reggae, folk and kirtan influences. On today`s show, we talk to Trevor about spiritual surrender and his creative process.  Trevor`s new album Kala is out now. The ending track on today`s show is on the album,...

Stalking Parallel Perception with Lujan Matus

Lujan Matus is a shaman teacher and seer who was initiated at the age of seven and instructed in parallel realms. In this episode, we talk about fear, empathy, benefits of mistakes, turning depression into service and much, much more. For more info on ...

Map is Not Territory with Ken McLeod

In this episode, we talk once again with our good friend Ken McLeod. We attempt to clarify the language around mind and body and point out some potentially risky dictotomies. We discuss living Vajrayana, the importance of motivation and integrating the...

Exploring Story with Damien Abel and Jed Ward

Episode 1 of our new season. On this show, we introduce some of the new angles our show is going to take over the season. In particular, we focus on using "story" in our lives. We discuss the potential benefits and difficulties holding a story can brin...

Karma Never Ripens Twice with Michael Conklin

Michael is an American Lama who is based out of Portland, Oregon. He was trained under Kalu Rinpoche. In this podcast we use meditative silence and inquiry to explore the role of Vajrayana in our lives.

Pregnant Pause with Lama Surya Das

Surya Das is an American Lama. He is a poet, chant master, spiritual activist and author of many popular books including Awakening the Buddha Within. In this episode, we talk with Surya about practicing Tibetan Buddhism in the modern world. We talk abo...

The Second Veil with Reggie Ray

In this episode, with our friend Reggie Ray (co-founder and Spiritual Director of the Dharma Ocean Foundation), we dive more deeply into the second veil. We discussed moving more deeply into our collective trauma and the role of the lineage and subtle ...

Life After Awakening with Saniel Bonder

Saniel Bonder is Founder of Waking Down in Mutuality® & The White-Hot Yoga of the Heart™ and Co-Founder, Human Sun Institute, Optimal Total Wellness™ In this episode we talk a lot about the unexpected challenges that come after awakening. We also c...

Psychedelic Times with Joe Mattia

Joe is the co-founder of Psychedelic Times. Our talk today covered the success people are having using psychedelics to treat addiction problems, the need for more long-term recovery centers, Joe's experience with Ibogaine and 5meo dmt, using marijuana ...

The Razors Edge with Michaela Boehm

Michaela Boehm is an internationally recognized counselor, teacher, and expert in intimacy and sexuality. She joins us today to talk about a vast number of topics which include but not limited to: cutting edge of spirituality, evolving gender roles, li...

Sensual Body Curious Mind with Jed Ward

Jed Ward is co-host of Vajra Body Vajra Mind, Pilates instructor, musician, urban farmer, and somatic explorer. In today's podcast we travel on Jed's journey from martial arts to somatic therapy.  Stopping along the way to hear about how he got into Ti...

Divine Distraction with James Steinberg

James Steinberg has been a devotee of Adi Da Samraj since 1973 and has worked with Him in the area of the "Great Tradition" of spiritual and religious traditions. He has also written a couple of books about Adi Da Samraj, namely Divine Distraction and ...

Being Stalked by Death with Damien Abel

Damien is co-host of Vajra Body Vajra Mind, Tibetan Buddhist practitioner and teacher, Qi-Gong teacher, has BA in Comparative Religion and American Indian Studies, Nutritional Therapist, and mentor developer.We catch up with him about his last year and...

Meeting the Great Bliss Queen with Anne Carolyn Klein

Anne Carolyn Klein (Lama Rigzin Drolma) is Professor of Religious studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas and co-founding director and resident teacher at Dawn Mountain, a Tibetan temple,community center and research institute. She is the author o...