Critical Dharma for Thinking Minds /Milk Tea Alliance

DYP 027-with Chandra Easton

Here’s Michael W. Taft’s latest “Deconstructing Yourself Podcast” for “Feminism, Sexual Misconduct, and the Guru in Buddhism.”

In this edition of the Deconstructing Yourself Podcast, Michael Taft  interviews Buddhist teacher Chandra Easton. Chandra was teaching out of the Against the Stream center in San Francisco until it was shut down due to sexual misconduct by the founder, Noah Levine. Chandra discusses sexual misconduct by Buddhist teachers and the guru issue.

Students of the former ATS-SF center took over the space and formed the San Francisco Dharma Collective—a teacher-less, self-organizing sangha. Chandra feels that this is the direction many sanghas in the West could go.



Chandra Easton and Michael Taft talk about gender and sexual misconduct in Buddhism, why compassion must be a part of spiritual practice, and the place of the guru in modern culture. Chandra shares her personal story of dealing with sexual misconduct at the hands of her teacher, tantric practices as a technology for awakening, internalized patriarchy, and how love and kindness is the whole point of spiritual practice. Also included are guidelines for choosing a teacher, reimagining Tantric practices in non-binary ways, and much more.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on 2018/10/12 by .


Follow Engage! on WordPress.com

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 653 other subscribers

Blog Stats

  • 214,144 hits

NEW! Become a member of Engage! Dharma Culture Club through my Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=80736941

If you love dharma culture and want to create more, jump into membership in Engage! Dharma Culture Club as a monthly patron. Through Dharma Culture Club, you’ll connect with other dharma culture creators, learn from and inspire each other.

%d bloggers like this: