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Dr Ben Joffe - Ngakpa, the Occult, and Anthropology - Guru Viking Interview

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Hi everyone, new episode with Dr Ben Joffe, anthropologist and scholar practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism!

Let me know what you think :-)

https://www.guruviking.com/ep44-dr-ben-joffe-ngakpa-the-occult-and-anthropology/

Audio version of this podcast also available on iTunes and Stitcher – search ‘Guru Viking Podcast’.

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From the shownotes:
In this episode I am joined by Dr Ben Joffe, anthropologist and scholar practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism.

We discuss Ben’s early interest in Western Occultism saw him become a professional tarot reader at age 11 and engage in rigorous self study of magical disciplines.

We learn about how Ben taught himself the Tibetan language, and follow him to Indian and Nepal where he carried out his doctoral field work among the Ngakpa community in exile.

Ben reveals the methodological and ethical challenges of being both a scholar and practitioner, and recalls the significance of meeting the man who would later become his teacher and mentor, Dr Nida Chenagtsang.


Topics Include:
0:00 - Intro
0:43 - Early interest in Western Occultism
13:56 - Franz Bardon and occult mind training
15:34 - Childhood vision of Jesus
25:55 - Western vs Buddhist mind training
28:35 - Ben’s personal development in the occult
38:33 - Tibetan studies as Ben’s ‘nerd rebellion’
52:45 - Teaching himself the Tibetan language
1:04:32 - Ben’s other languages
1:08:00 - The importance of language in tantric traditions
1:11:42 - An overview of Ben’s dissertation
1:15:14 - The research process
1:39:37 - Wang and the methodological and ethical challenges of being a scholar practitioner
1:51:37 - Where to find Ben’s work

RE: Dr Ben Joffe - Ngakpa, the Occult, and Anthropology - Guru Viking Inter
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4/14/20 8:03 PM as a reply to Steve James.
This was very entertaining.  Cool to hear about his adventures & the happy ending of meeting Dr. Nida.  I am a fan of Dr. Nida's videos on youtube with Robert Thurman.  Some friend's have recommended his book on Karmamudra,  which it sounds like Dr. Ben helped publish.