Deconstructing Yourself

Dedicated to liberation in all its forms, Deconstructing Yourself is passionate about fearlessly investigating, attempting, and questioning all things to do with awakening, meditation, mindfulness, brain hacking, consciousness, neurofeedback, and more. Your host Michael W. Taft interviews some of the most interesting thinkers, authors, and teachers around, as well as other offerings. In this hard-hitting, radical, and fun podcast we look at secular post-, non-, un- Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta, Hindu Tantrism, philosophy, the neuroscience of the sense of self, neurofeedback and the consciousness hacking movement, aspects of artificial intelligence, entheogens, and much more. If you’re looking for fresh directions, free from dogma and conformism, think of the Deconstructing Yourself podcast as the radical cafe where you can hear from the most interesting luminaries either from the outside edges of dharma, or a fresh take from more traditional teachers. If you’re interested in more, check out the Deconstructing Yourself website at

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 1h13m. Bisher sind 55 Folge(n) erschienen.

episode 55: Vajrayana and Deity Yoga with Chandra Easton

Buddhist Teacher and author Lopön Chandra Easton talks with Michael Taft about Vajrayana, her own pilgrimage and experiences in India, the struggle to bring motherhood, sexuality, the feminine, and the female voice into spiritual life, the power of yidam or deity yoga, how Westerners relate to deity yoga, and a look into the practice of the 21 Taras.



episode 54: Evolving Ground with Rindzin Pamo and Jared Janes

Host Michael Taft speaks with Rin’dzin Pamo and Jared Janes about their new project, entitled “Evolving Ground,” which is a community of practitioners that seeks to reinterpret and revitalize Vajrayana practice in a contemporary Western context.


 2020-08-25  1h13m

episode 53: A Conversation with Ken McLeod

A wide-ranging conversation between writer, translator, teacher, and business consultant, Ken McLeod and host Michael Taft about meditation, Vajrayana, and more.


 2020-08-03  1h20m

episode 52: Paranoia, Conspiracy, and Covid, with Erik Davis

Author, podcaster, award-winning journalist, and cultural historian Erik Davis speaks with host Michael Taft about paranoia and conspiracy in the current moment.


 2020-07-14  57m

episode 51: Effortlessness in Meditation, with Jud Brewer

Neuroscientist and mindfulness expert Jud Brewer speaks with host Michael Taft about his research into mindfulness meditation and effortlessness.


 2020-06-07  44m

episode 50: Awakening and the Path of Liberation, with Dan Brown

Psychologist, author, translator, and meditation teacher, Dan Brown talks with host Michael Taft about the three levels of practice from a taste of awakening to "full buddhahood," and much more.


 2020-05-20  36m

episode 49: Vajrayana, Compassion, and the Importance of the Teacher, with Ken McLeod

Writer, translator, teacher, and business consultant, Ken McLeod speaks with host Michael Taft about Coronavirus, social distancing, nature doing what it does, overcoming cultural conditioning, enlightenment as a "system change," practices for overcoming cultural conditioning and developing compassion, the importance of the teacher-student relationship, the viability of Vajrayana practice in the West, and much more.


 2020-04-22  59m

episode 48: Why Do Narcissists Become Spiritual Teachers, with Stephan Bodian

Nondual teacher and psychotherapist Stephan Bodian and host Michael Taft discuss how and way narcissists rise to the top of spiritual organizations, and more.


 2020-03-21  48m

episode 47: Questioning Assumptions about Buddhism, with Evan Thompson

Evan Thompson discusses his new book, “Why I Am Not a Buddhist” with host Michael Taft.


 2020-02-16  52m

episode 46: The Nondual Heart, with John Prendergast

Nondual teacher and psychotherapist John Prendergast speaks with host Michael Taft about the heart area as an opening to infinite space, and more.


 2020-02-08  58m