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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, critic ...
 
Biblical knowledge is the beginning. Only through fine-grain detailed study, including Biblical and secular history, the sciences, sacred and secular writings and even mythology and more, can we achieve wisdom and skill in using the Word of God. New to the Cover-to-Cover Bible studies? Listen to the 'Introduction' and 'What Shapes YOUR Worldview?' podcasts first. You'll be glad you did! We hope these studies deepen your understanding of God's Heart, Mind, Character, His plan and His point-of ...
 
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In Episode 37, I spoke with Kathleen Gregory about her chapter “The Modern Mindfulness Movement and the Search for Psychological Redemption” recently published in Richard Payne’s new edited volume, Secularizing Buddhism (Shambala Publications, 2021). Kathleen offers a unique perspective on modern mindfulness as she is both a licensed therapist and …
 
Richard Payne is the Yehan Numata Professor of Japanese Buddhist Studies at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, California and the Graduate Theological Union. I spoke with Richard about his new edited volume, Secularizing Buddhism: New Perspectives on a Dynamic Tradition, published by Shambala. Our conversation explores how the discourse…
 
I am posting this message that will help you understand what has developed since the beginning of the "COVID crisis" in 2020, and how the Luciferian plans based on the highest technologies have been intentionally orchestrated and converged to this point in time, July 2021. This message will be an eye opener for you! As I mentioned in the last Speci…
 
In this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Sarah Shaw, who is an Honorary fellow of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies; and lecturer for the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education. We spoke about her new book, Mindfulness: Where It Comes From and What It Means – published in paperback by Shambala. This is a very acces…
 
In this lesson we complete our study of the book of Daniel. Ironically, we are living in the very days that fulfill the writings of the last chapter in the book. All is about to be fulfilled and YOU and I are a part of it! What was hidden to Daniel is now open because Israel is back in her land, and the generation to see this is full grown and abou…
 
In this episode, I was fortunate to speak to Gregory Kramer who is the founding teacher of the Insight Dialogue Community. Back in 2015, I invited Gregory to be one of the keynote speakers at an international conference that I organized on Mindfulness at SFSU. I knew of his work on Insight Dialogue. I recently stumbled upon his new book, A Whole-Li…
 
Join us for the final part of this very timely lesson from the book of Daniel as we continue to learn the identifying characteristics of the rising final Antichrist of the last seven years of the Age. We'll examine the historical run-up to this final son of perdition. We'll look to Daniel's writings, other Scriptures and historical references - eve…
 
In this episode, I spoke with Daniel Simpson about his wonderful new book, The Truth of Yoga: A Comprehensive Guide to Yoga’s History, Texts, Philosophy, and Practices, just published by North Point Press. It’s an easy read because Daniel is a professional writer having left a burgeoning career in journalism after he became disillusioned with mains…
 
In this episode I spoke with Andrea R. Jain, Associate professor of religious studies at Indiana University, Indianapolis about her new book Peace Love Yoga: The Politics of Global Spirituality, published by Oxford University Press. Our conversation explores how modern, commodified yoga serves a neoliberal agenda by containing social activism and p…
 
In this episode I spoke with Michal Pagis who is an associate professor of sociology at Bar Ilan University, Israel about her new book Inward: Vipassana Meditation and the Embodiment of the Self published by the University of Chicago Press in 2019. Using micro-sociological analysis through participant observation and auto-enthnography, Michal studi…
 
In this episode I spoke with Adrian Daub about his new book, What Tech Calls Thinking, published by FSG Originals. I discovered Adrian’s fascinating book in a New York Times review which called it ‘scintillating.” Adrian examines the philosophical traditions tech leaders and their boosters draw on to make plausible and inevitable their industry’s r…
 
Join us for a very timely lesson from the book of Daniel as we continue to learn the identifying characteristics of the soon coming, final Antichrist of the last seven years of history. Make no mistake: He is certainly alive, an adult, and already rising to prominence and power in the world. God has revealed key historical information in the book o…
 
I often get the question – “Well, who is doing innovative and leading-edge work on social and civic mindfulness – who is teaching mindfulness outside of the clinical, biomedical, and individualistic framework? I kept hearing Paula Haddock’s name pop up. Paula Haddock is a long-time social activist and spent many years working in non-profit fundrais…
 
This conversation explores an obscure historical figure, Dhammaloka, who was perhaps one of the first Westerners ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1901 in British occupied Burma. Laurence Cox is co-author of The Irish Buddhist: The Forgotten Monk who Faced Down the British Empire, published by Oxford University Press. Based on ten year of archival res…
 
In this Episode, I spoke with Daniel Nehring, who is an Associate Professor of Sociology at East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai. Daniel is, in my opinion, an ascending and prolific scholar in the field of critical sociology, and an amazing networker who has brought together a diverse group of international collaborators from…
 
The 69 weeks of years of the 70 Weeks of Daniel have already transpired. The Church age "gap" has arrived, and after 2,000 years, is about to expire; The official end of the church age, commencing with the rapture, is imminent. We - you - are of that final generation that Jesus Christ, Himself said would not pass away until ALL things be fulfilled.…
 
This is just an announcement that my new podcast is online now. It's The Fundamentals Of Bible Prophecy! Why is it that most pastors will NOT teach Biblical prophecy and all that it entails? If you are hungry for understanding, this series is for YOU, at such a time as THIS. Find it here: https://anchor.fm/michael-mendola --- Send in a voice messag…
 
In this Episode, I spoke with Matthew Ingram, author of, Retreat: How the Counterculture Invented Wellness – recently published this summer by Repeater Books. Reading Matthew’s book was like taking a walk down memory lane for me, revisiting many of the key figures of the counterculture – and discovering many unknown connections between such figures…
 
It is the end of the Babylonian captivity. The time for the Jews to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the city and the temple has come, just as God promised. Daniel is starting to see a future again for his people! His heart is to know and understand, and he pleads with God to act on behalf of His people to free them as soon a His will allows. God qui…
 
Christopher Titmuss is perhaps the most senior teacher of Vipassana and Insight Meditation in the Western modern world. Titmuss was an ordained monk in Thailand, spending six years there from 1970 to 1976. During that time, he resided for three years in a monastery with Ajahn Dhammadharo, his Vipassana (Insight Meditation teacher) and Ajahn Buddhad…
 
I am posting this very timely message that will help you understand how we got to where we are RIGHT NOW in this extremely critical and absolutely unique point in world history. This IS the time Jesus spoke to when he said "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."Luke 21:2…
 
In this episode, I spoke with Dr. Miguel Farias from Coventry University in the UK on his seminal book, The Buddha Pill: Can Meditation Change You? (2nd ed. Watkins Media, 2019) (co-authored with Catherine Wikholm). Miguel was one of the first academic researchers to expose the dark side of meditation. Our conversation touched on the history of Tra…
 
How many times have you heard people claim that Buddhism isn’t really a religion, that it’s a philosophy, a way of life, that its spiritual but not religious, or even that it’s a “science of mind”? These familiar tropes are a legacy of Buddhist Modernism, what Evan Thompson aptly has coined “Buddhist exceptionalism.” In this episode we explore thes…
 
In this Episode, I spoke with Dr. Michael Ungar, who is a Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University and Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience, as well as a family therapist – about his new book, Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and The Path to Success (Sutherland House Book, 2019). Michael dispels the my…
 
We continue in chapter 9, parsing Daniel's writings and the deep prophecies of world rule until our time now, the end of the age. The main point of this piece is using Daniel as a prime example of the most effective way of drawing close to God in prayer. We learn from his example, that the righteous and humble, fervent, from-the-heart prayer does a…
 
In Episode 21, I speak with Rabbi Michael Lerner, author of Revolutionary Love: A Political Manifesto to Heal and Transform the World and editor of Tikkun magazine. Lerner's social activism goes far back to when he was a leader of the Free Speech Movement at UC, Berkeley in 1964. Rabbi Lerner shares with us his vision for a Caring Society, and how …
 
Join us as we continue parsing Daniel's vision of Gentile world rule. Here, he describes the battle between a goat and a two-horned ram for supremacy. This imagery describes world rule being transitioned from the Medo-Persian to the Greek empire. It's describes the beginning of the end-times thrust of the Hellenization of the world. The modern worl…
 
I am joyful and very honored that you are finding value in this Bible study series. It truly is my fondest labor of love for God and for you! But, I must ask, what do you perceive is God's primary motive in offering the truth of His Word to me, to us - to YOU, personally? You, as I, are well aware that we each have only one life to live on this ear…
 
In Episode 19, we speak with Candy Gunther Brown, Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University about her new book, Debating Mindfulness and Yoga in Public Schools: Reforming Secular Education or Reestablishing Religion? (University of North Carolina Press, 2019).By The Mindful Cranks
 
In this lesson, we move forward to Daniel chapter 7, which chronicles Daniel's vision of the four beasts that rise up out of the sea of humanity. The images of the beasts speaks to four Gentile kingdoms to rule, in turn, as the world runs through to the end of this Age. If you have been learning with us, you understand that the chapters of the book…
 
In this episode, we join David Forbes and special guest host Nomi Naeem to discuss David’s book, Mindfulness and Its Discontents: Education, Self and Social Transformation, published by Fernwood Press (2019). The first half of the interview was recorded at the Brooklyn Public Library, so the audio quality is not quite up to par, but it’s acceptable…
 
There are only a handful of constants throughout history that affect all people. The greatest of these is persecution. This is especially true, and most intense for those who are of God's chosen, whether Jew or Christian. This being the case, it is no wonder that the Scriptures have much to say about persecution, exhaustively detailing what it is, …
 
Join the class as we encounter one of the most popular stories of the Bible, Daniel and the lions' den. Most people have heard of this, but very few actually know what took place and even fewer understand the what and why behind it. In this session we deeply examine and parse the entire important story. We review its greater meaning and purposes as…
 
The handwriting is on the wall. Babylon's end has finally come. Join us as we learn in detail about how God timed and triggered the Gentile world government transition from the Babylonian kingdom "head of gold" to the Medo-Persian "chest and arms of silver". In this session, we study in full the fascinating back story of Belshazzar, the final king …
 
Join the class as we move forward in our study of the book of Daniel. We continue as Daniel describes the disposition of king Nebuchadnezzar as the time is growing close to the demise of ancient Babylon. We examine God's long-range plan for Babylon and its system as He brings king Nebuchadnezzar to insanity, but preserves him through it. We'll also…
 
The key to understanding what Daniel offers requires two main things: A functionally Hebraic mindset of the reader, and to understand Babylon, the key player of the Times of the Gentiles chronicled in the book. We have already, and now spend more time preparing the class to get the most out of the book of Daniel as we do these things. Join us now, …
 
The key to understanding what Daniel offers requires two main things: A functionally Hebraic mindset of the reader, and to understand Babylon, the key player of the Times of the Gentiles chronicled in the book. We have already, and now spend more time preparing the class to get the most out of the book of Daniel as we do these things. Join us now, …
 
The key to understanding what Daniel offers requires two main things: A functionally Hebraic mindset of the reader, and to understand Babylon, the key player of the Times of the Gentiles chronicled in the book. We have already, and now spend more time preparing the class to get the most out of the book of Daniel as we do these things. Join us now, …
 
Join the class again as we continue setting the stage for our better understanding of the key prophetic book for the times of the Gentiles, the book of Daniel. In this session we closely examine the Babylonian religious and economic system. The better you understand Babylon and its workings end-to-end, the better equipped you'll be to really unders…
 
What made God so very angry that He poured out such wrath upon Judah? They not only broke His weekly Sabbath, but... LEV 25:1 The LORD said to Moses on Mount Sinai, 2 "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: `When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a Sabbath to the LORD. 3 For six years sow your fields, and for…
 
Join the class as we continue our deep look into king Nebuchadnezzar's infamous vision of the statue of the "Times of the Gentiles". The vision is a prophecy of the march of the Gentile world governments from his time, all the way to the time we’re waiting for – the taking over of the Gentile-ruled world and the smashing of its legacy – The day of …
 
There are two major prophecy books in the Bible: Daniel in the Old Testament, and Revelation in the New Testament. Both are very detailed and dovetail into each other by design; To understand one, you need to understand the other. The book of Daniel and the book of Revelation are "book ends", in that the book of Daniel is a sealed Book until the ti…
 
Our class enters the portion of Ezekiel that gives EXACT details of the design of the 4th Temple. There really is no excuse for anyone to plead ignorance about this! Even after all of the details God has given us in His Word, the Rabbis and Orthodox Jews still say they are unable to resolve this "puzzle"! Also just as unfortunate, most Christians h…
 
If you've been following along in our study of the book of Ezekiel, you are aware that there will be a fourth temple. This final building will be erected for Jesus’ reign of 1,000 years, the Millennium. It has been given to Ezekiel by God to detail this final Temple as he describes the coming Millennium. As the world exits the invasion Gog and Mago…
 
Continue along with the class as we cover the final, and most fascinating chapters of the entire book of Ezekiel. Join us as me move into chapter 39 and learn the details of the aftermath of the coming Gog and Magog invasion of Israel. Most people stop at trying to understand chapter 38. Let's ourselves not be so shortsighted! God gives us a comple…
 
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