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#12: The Earth Scroll from the Book of Five Rings

#12: The Earth Scroll from the Book of Five Rings

September 15, 2021

In this episode, we continue our journey through the book of five rings. The Book of Five Rings (Go Rin no Sho) is a text on kenjutsu and the martial arts `Miyamoto Mushashi around 1645 read more here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_of_Five_Rings 

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#11: Dr. Stephen Blackwood-On the Love of Wisdom

#11: Dr. Stephen Blackwood-On the Love of Wisdom

September 8, 2021

In this episode of the Learning to Die Podcast, Ciaran and Dr Stephen Blackwood discuss a broad range of topics including the lessons to be learned from the Roman poet Boethius, confusions around what science is and isn’t, what reason and rationality can mean in their fullest sense compared to what they are often seen as in a more narrow one, what beauty is and the role it can play in the human experience, and the possible causes and remedies for the meaning crisis in which we are living through.   

Stephen Blackwood is the founding President of Ralston College. He was born in Alberta and grew up in beautiful Prince Edward Island in a big family on a small family farm. He studied classics as an undergraduate, and received an MA (Classics) from Dalhousie and a PhD (Religion) from Emory University. He has held visiting positions at Harvard University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Cambridge.

His intellectual interests include philosophy, religion, psychology, theology, ethics, politics, nature, and art. His primary academic focus has been on the nature of the human person, specifically as it comes to be understood in ancient and medieval times, and on the evolution of the ideals, institutions, and cultural forms that enable human beings to flourish. His book on the Roman poet-philosopher-statesman, Boethius, was published by Oxford University Press.

He has co-founded or helped to direct several non-profit organizations, including in inner-city education and cancer research. He has lived and worked in many European countries and is a naturalized citizen of the United States,
 

Dr Blackwood’s website: https://www.stephenjblackwood.com/  

Ralston College's website: https://www.ralston.ac/  

Dr Blackwood is the host of the Ralston College Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVbAjoLkDnj5f6JkCVM-agw

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#10: An Introduction to the Book of Five Rings

#10: An Introduction to the Book of Five Rings

September 1, 2021

In this episode, we start our journey through the book of five rings. 

The Book of Five Rings (五輪書Go Rin no Sho) is a text on kenjutsu and the martial arts`Miyamoto Mushashi around 1645 read more here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_of_Five_Rings 

The "Dokkōdō" is a short work written by Mushashi a week before he died in 1645. It consists of 21 precepts

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dokk%C5%8Dd%C5%8D

Documentary: Crazy Wisdom: The Life & Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1172047/

Book: Sam Sheridan, The Fighter's Mind: Inside the Mental Game https://www.amazon.com.au/Fighters-Mind-Sam-Sheridan/dp/0802145019

 

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# 9: Sonny Brown and The Book of Five Rings

# 9: Sonny Brown and The Book of Five Rings

August 25, 2021

In this episode, we chat with Sonny Brown, a former MMA fighter, and BJJ black belt.

Sonny was victorious in 3 MMA title bouts becoming a 3 time Australian Mixed Martial Arts Champion in the lightweight division beating standouts Dan Hooker and Damien Brown. He is the only person to secure an MMA victory via Gogoplata choke in Australia. He is successful in No-Gi Grappling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions winning roughly 18 gold, 10 silver and 7 bronze medals in state and national competitions. These days Sonny teaches kids as a PE teacher and hosts and runs the world-famous Sonny Brown Breakdown podcast and YouTube channel. Be sure to check it out at https://www.sonnybrown.net for links to the podcast and the breakdown videos. 

Sonny has also written an excellent article on the Book of Five Rings that you can access here 

https://www.sonnybrown.net/notes-book-of-five-rings-miyamoto-musashi/ 

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# 8: Hiroshima and the development of nuclear weapons

# 8: Hiroshima and the development of nuclear weapons

August 17, 2021

In this episode, Ciaran and Ian sit down to discuss the horrific events of World War II, in particular the A-bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The United States detonated two nuclear weapons over the Japanese cities on the 6th and 9th August 1945, respectively. The two bombings killed between 129,000 and 226,000 people, most of whom were civilians, and remain the only use of nuclear weapons in armed conflict. 

Oppenheimer Bhagavad-Gita Quote https://youtu.be/pqZqfTOxFhY

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#7: Colin Roles on his experience of death and rushing towards nothingness

#7: Colin Roles on his experience of death and rushing towards nothingness

August 11, 2021

Strap yourselves in for this story. This one hit me hard. Colin sits down with Ciaran and Ian to discuss his near-death experiences and the impact on his life. Colin goes into great detail in this episode...I can't do it justice in the show notes. Please listen to this. This episode has changed my life already (Ian).

Colin is a professional coach for the past ten years. Over more than twenty-five years of training and coaching, he has worked with and trained extensively under ex British special forces instructors, attaining a 4th-degree black belt and high-level weapons training in the Chinese martial art of Akanaryu. 

He has been involved in Corporate Wellness Training for more than eight years, first with large companies then working with executives and CEO’s on their personal performance goals. 

Working with his wife and business partner Karma he has worked to bring functional fitness into every sector. Included in this has been an extensive structured schools programme, two European seminar tours covering 12 countries and providing training with Olympic Medalist athletes, and a series of professional CrossFit Competitions in Europe. 

Along with his academic studies in biomechanics, nutrition, traditional Chinese medicine, his deep interest in philosophy and the inner world has guided him in his work and family life for over twenty years, and particularly in the past three years where he has experienced and survived four cardiac arrests stemming from a formerly undiagnosed genetic condition. 

He now owns and runs Optimise Health and Performance with his wife in Clonmel Co. Tipperary where they work on an individual basis with clients from the corporate and business community to help them achieve more balance in their daily lives. 

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# 6: Dr Stephen Bright, The future of psychedelic research

# 6: Dr Stephen Bright, The future of psychedelic research

August 7, 2021

In this episode, Ian sits down face to face with Dr Stephen Bright in Perth, Western Australia to discuss the subject of psychedelics. A topic of taboo in our society, but are these so-called drugs bad or can they be used to improve health and wellbeing. We discuss why setting and intention are key in this process and the spiritual elements of such a journey. This is a great conversation and I got extremely excited during this as we attempt to discuss the integration of science, spirituality and the wonder and awe of life.

You can find out more about Stephen here and his research

https://www.ecu.edu.au/schools/medical-and-health-sciences/our-staff/profiles/senior-lecturers/dr-stephen-bright

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#5: The Denial of Death and its application to our world

#5: The Denial of Death and its application to our world

July 28, 2021

In this episode, Ciaran and Ian sit down to discuss how Ernest Becker's work has influenced them and how it applies to our world today.

Becker, Ernest (1973). The Denial of Death. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Ciaran's essay "The Divined Joker" read or listen here https://www.quarrelsomelife.com/quarrelsome-life-radio/2021/3/12/qlr-podcast-7-the-divined-joker

The nightmare that is a reality https://wethescreamers.com/essay-discussion

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# 4: Ernest Becker Foundation, Illuminating the Role of Death in Life

# 4: Ernest Becker Foundation, Illuminating the Role of Death in Life

July 21, 2021

On this episode of Learning to Die, Ian and Ciaran were joined by Lyla Rothschild and Deborah Jacobs from the Ernest Becker Foundation (EBF).

Lyla is the Program Director, and Deborah is the President/Executive Director at EBF. Expanded biographies can be found here: https://ernestbecker.org/about/our-people/ 

For more details on the work of the Ernest Becker Foundation, please see: 

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#3: Greg Bennick on Dolphins to WWII and the work of Ernest Becker

#3: Greg Bennick on Dolphins to WWII and the work of Ernest Becker

July 15, 2021

We had a lot of fun in this episode with Greg...We laughed so much. Greg Bennick is the author of the upcoming official biography of Ernest Becker. Greg has been speaking on stages worldwide for over thirty years.  A performer, thought provoker, punk rock singer, and world traveller, Greg infuses ideas and action everywhere he goes. He is the Executive Director and founder of One Hundred For Haiti, a non-profit supporting development programs in rural Haiti, and he is a co-founder of the Portland Mutual Aid Network who collectively supports the houseless and unsheltered community in Portland Oregon. He lives in Seattle Washington.

Links for Greg:

WEBSITE: www.gregbennick.om

ONE HUNDRED FOR HAITI WEBSITE: www.onehundredforhaiti.org

PORTLAND MUTUAL AID NETWORK: www.portlandmutualaidnetwork.com

Gregs Punk Rock band https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trial_(band) 

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