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On this episode I discuss with Ian A. Baker, creator of seven books and an provoke of Buddhist, Taoist, and Hindu Tantric lineages.

Ian is a world fellow of the Explorers Membership and the Royal Geographic Society and was joint curator of the 2016 exhibition “Tibet’s Secret Temple” on the Wellcome Assortment, London.

On this interview we talk about Ian’s 25 years dwelling in India and Nepal, in search of out the ‘beyul’, the paranormal hidden lands of the Himalayas while concurrently pursuing tutorial research at Oxford and Columbia Universities.

We talk about the historical past of the illustrious 6 Yogas of Naropa, and listen to about Ian’s analysis into the monastic re-interpretation (and even perhaps distortion) of those Tantric methods of India.

We additionally look at the outstanding overlap between Tibetan completion stage practices, the practices of Shakta Shaivism, and Taoism – together with tales about Ian’s personal coaching in these esoteric disciplines.

Subjects Embody:

0:00 – Intro
1:00 – Preliminary fasciation with the artwork and panorama of the Himalayas
04:36 – Ian’s quest for the ‘beyul’, the paranormal hidden lands of the Himalayas
07:54 – Distant retreats beneath the steering of Chatral Rinpoche
10:12 – Leaving Columbia College to pursue fieldwork in Nepal
14:00 – The combination of educational and non secular coaching
19:56 – Learn how to combine historical knowledge traditions into modern-day life
21:17 – The Dalai Lama’s Secret Temple
23:27 – The weird story of the sixth Dalai Lama
30:06 – The esoteric murals of the Secret Temple
34:10 – Why have been the 6 Yogas of Naropa stored secret?
36:58 – The sanitisation of the Vajrayana by the monastic establishments
40:49 – Commonalities with the Shaiva tantric traditions
42:55 – Heresy or innovation? And the historical past of the 6 Yogas
1:01:46 – Ian’s extraordinary coaching within the esoteric Kaula sect
1:09:54 – Falling in love along with his consort, Uma Devi
1:13:10 – Is tantric apply harmful?
1:23:35 – Reactions to Ian’s views within the tutorial and non secular institutions
1:32:29 – Taoist affect on Indian Tantra
1:35:52 – Ian’s coaching with the Magos of Java, Taoist Grasp John Chang
1:44:38 – Tales of Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche, Dzogchen and Tsa Lung Grasp
1:50:51 – Ian’s upcoming tasks

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Music ‘Deva Dasi’ by Steve James

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  1. N N

    January 8, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    Thanks it’s a great pleasure to listen

  2. Daniel Ananda Alexander

    January 8, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    I am not a Buddhist (I do, however, practice traditional yoga), and appreciate Ian´s work tremendously, but it is a fact, as far as I am aware, that several people have died practicing the Wim hof method. Hope someone will make Ian aware of this circumstance.

  3. Taidelak

    January 8, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    Ian Baker never blinks.

  4. Robert Baldwin

    January 8, 2022 at 10:43 pm

    Great inspiration green Tara

  5. Robert Baldwin

    January 8, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    I am such a slagass yogi

  6. Matthew Ingram

    January 9, 2022 at 12:17 am

    Seems like a really excellent guy.

  7. Sara Ondo

    January 9, 2022 at 12:23 am

    Ian as a long time Dharma student. He is a vessel that is so deep and so rare. Thanks karma zangpo

  8. Robert Baldwin

    January 9, 2022 at 12:45 am

    What an inspiration seem very humble great for Sunday am inner church

  9. Daniel Hall

    January 9, 2022 at 1:38 am

    This guy… telling it how it is. Damn. Such a great talk.

  10. Luka Lipej

    January 9, 2022 at 2:26 am

    Thank you so much! This was an awesome interview. <3

  11. Rich Stureman

    January 9, 2022 at 3:07 am

  12. Ilídio Vasconcelos

    January 9, 2022 at 3:37 am


  13. SuryaMitra

    January 9, 2022 at 3:42 am

    Great interview! I am wondering who was the Kaula Guru that Ian studied with?

  14. dcode work

    January 9, 2022 at 4:28 am

    Too much talk about patriarchy!!

    Its a bit self contradictory when Ian says advanced practices can be practiced by anyone
    and later when he says the 3 year long retreats causes psychatric problem for monks in Burma.
    May be thats why you have the rules and distinction between basic practices and advanced, secretive practices

  15. Eris D

    January 9, 2022 at 5:18 am

    30:36 This is a significant revelation for my own personal experience of this phenomenon, both the scientific and metaphysical components mentioned. Serious gratitude

  16. People Embracing Change Tribe

    January 9, 2022 at 6:07 am

    Absolutely Love How Ian A Baker integrates and pulls from traditional teachers, that this is for everyone.

  17. The Real Seed Company

    January 9, 2022 at 7:00 am

    iirc, the innovation of mass initiation may have developed within Vajrayana Buddhism in India. I think Alexis Sanderson discusses this here;

  18. Jonathon Blakeley

    January 9, 2022 at 7:44 am


  19. SugarFree

    January 9, 2022 at 8:30 am

    I am so pleased to hear Ian Baker talk about it not being on to create little bubbles of practice/philosophy. I don't like that kind of spiritual elitism and am always trying to think of ways to broaden practice and its benefits. I went to the Wellcome exhibition and I think I met Baker and had a brief chat with him but not totally sure it was him I was talking to. Great talk, thank you 🙂

    ps: Green Dakini became Green Tara? I've chanted her mantra every day for over seven years, wonderful practice.

    Also fascinated to hear the reference to Dionysus – The Tryumbakam mantra links to Dionysus via the word 'triumph' which my etymological dictionary says was a word of praise to Dionysus, and was of pre-Hellenic origin.

  20. Rich Stureman

    January 9, 2022 at 9:09 am


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