The Imperfect Buddha Podcast was born of necessity in 2015, as at the time, a critical approach to contemporary Buddhism and spirituality more generally was missing from the podcast landscape. Anti-intellectualism, blatant self-promotion, and attachment to tradition, all seemed to get in the way of a genuinely critical engagement with Buddhist materials, practice, theory, and the real reasons for engaging in a practising life in the 21st century. The podcast set out to open up a new space of critique with the challenge to bring Buddhism out of its cosy, comfortable spaces, and challenge it by addressing taboos, going to places unknown, and daring to think differently.
The podcast started out as a team affair with Matthew O’Connell, and Stuart Baldwin as hosts. Since its inception, Stuart and Matthew have mixed guest interviews with explorative conversations on important topics. They have never shied away from taboos or more challenging material, all the while remembering to have a laugh. Stuart left the podcast in 2018 and since then Matthew has been the host of the podcast and focused on interviews and think pieces.
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From 2021, the podcast was invited to move home to the New Books Network. Episodes are released regularly, are free to stream or download, and can also be found at all your favorite podcast apps, or streaming service. You can listen to any and all of our episodes and sign up there: New Books Network: The Imperfect Buddha Podcast
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