In My Opinion…

Vedanta is a Hindu philosophy and practice whose goal is self-realization. In this conversation, Mark asks a woman in India about the best place to study Vedanta. Read more »

Curing Addiction by Meditation in the “Caves of Truth”

Did you know that there is a place in Thailand that cures drug addicts by teaching them how to meditate? Listen to Mark talk with a man named John, who is doing research on Thai Buddhism. Read more »

Making a Documentary

A French guy is making a documentary about a Benedictine monk who went to India to learn from Hinduism. The monk never came back.... Read more »

People and Places – The Swami 5 – Chanting the Vedas

The Vedas are large bodies of texts originating in ancient India. In this recording, the swami tells Mark all about the powerful effects the Vedas have when chanted. Read more »

People and Places – The Swami 4 – The Same Thing

Download audio file (swami4.mp3) at Irp Swami: So you have the five senses. Mark: Mm. Mm.What is the relationship between Atman and Brahman? Swami: Brahman and Atman are the same thing. Mark: Mm. Swami: Brahman is the lingua franca… is the terminology for “the formless infinite” as described in the […] Read more »

What is it like in a Dogon Village?

Download audio file (luisdogon.mp3) at el rabbit A group of friends start to talk about Dogon villages in Africa and end up talking about nationalism. Mark: What is the Dogon village like? Luis: They are clay… and they are… Mark: Clay houses? Luis: Clay houses. Mark: Round houses? Luis: No. […] Read more »

People and Places – The Swami 3 – The Five Elements

Download audio file (swami3.mp3) at Irp Mark: What are the five elements? Swami: The first is earth. Mark: Earth. Swami: The most solid. Rough is the earth. Mark: Matter. Swami: Matter. Matter. Subtler than that is water. Mark: Water. Swami: Subtler than water is fire. Mark: Earth, water, fire. Swami: […] Read more »

There are Mormons All Over the World

Download audio file (mormon1.mp3) at lee benjamin Mark: I am in Phnom Penh and I am talking to Elder Swenson. You are from Utah? Elder Swenson: I am actually from Montana. Mark: Right. Ok. But you are a Mormon? Elder Swenson: I am. Mark: So there are Mormons outside Utah? […] Read more »

Who was the real Hannibal?

Download audio file (ishtar.mp3) at grabthar Syrian Guy: There. What happened there? You know? Mark: You were talking about Ishtar. The old Assyrian goddess. Syrian Guy: Ishtarte. Ishtarte. Mark: Ishtarte. Yeah. Syrian Guy: She was the goddess of the sun. The sun-goddess. Mark: Right. This is in ancient Assyria. Syrian […] Read more »