Episode 155 :: Julian Marc Walker :: Devil in the Details

| February 9, 2013 | 2 Comments


Julian Marc Walker

Today we speak with yoga instructor Julian Marc Walker about his online book, Devil In the Details: 3 Keys To Thinking More Clearly About Spirituality.

Secular Buddhism is, in many ways, suspended between two world views: that of the naturalistic and non-religious, and that of the faithful and religious. We often find ourselves brokering discussions between these very different poles, caught in the middle as we explore Buddhism’s teachings and practice, couched in ancient tradition, with contemporary understanding of the world informed by science.

This is also true of other disciplines like yoga, which is also undergoing a protestant evolution. New ways of seeing the world seem to clash with ancient attempts to understand. We often get mired in discriminating attitudes, rather than collaborative investigations about how our predecessors in practice may have been trying to understand what they were discovering.

Julian Walker has been teaching yoga since 1994 and practicing Mind-Body Healing since 1997. He studied under Ana Forrest from 1992 to 1998 and was certified by her to teach. Influenced by American Buddhism, Tantra, and Transpersonal Psychology, Julian has led workshops across the United States and in Canada and has been training teachers and bodyworkers since 2001 and sharing his twice-a-year Transformation Retreats to Ojai since 2002. He weaves sacred poetry, world music, mythology and transformational themes into his deep stretch and flow yoga classes and is well known for his “Funky Friday” class that includes ecstatic dance.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Darjeeling.



“I’ve been in pursuit of integration. I think the underlying question for me has been, ‘Is there a way to have a meaningful spiritually engaged life that is congruent with science and psychology and is really about seeing spirituality as a way to cut through delusion.'” — Julian Marc Walker

“Spirituality is often the domain of fuzzy logic and vague beliefs. But this need not be the case! Julian Walker identifies the three key mistakes in reasoning made again and again in our thinking about, and discussion of, subjects like God, The Big Bang, evolution, souls, astrology, psychics and other aspects of religion and pop spirituality.” — Julian Marc Walker

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Music for This Episode Courtesy of Rodrigo Rodriguez

The music heard in the middle of the podcast is from Rodrigo Rodriguez. The track used in this episode is “Sagariha” from his CD, Traditional and Modern Pieces: Shakuhachi.

Category: The Secular Buddhist Podcast

Ted Meissner

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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  1. Rod says:

    This was an excellent interview. A skeptic who walks on the wild side and makes sense of it all, to the degree that is possible, is a rare commidity and worth listening to. Mr Meissner is an excellent interviewer and keeps things focused on the journey. Thanks you guys.

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