What is The Drunken Taoist?

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The Drunken Taoist is a bi-monthly podcast by writer/martial artist/college professor/whatever-label-you-feel-like-adding Daniele Bolelli. One of the monthly episodes features discussions and interviews with one or more guests. The other includes the infamous Bolelli rants and verbal Tai Chi with co-host Rich Evirs.

In terms of topics covered by the show, the common thread is whatever makes life intense, passionate and worth living. Anything that meets this requirement is fair game—regardless of whether the starting point is religion, politics, sex, martial arts, philosophy, history, or any other specific field.

Episode 69 - Ayahuasca Shaman Maestro Hamilton Souther

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Episode:

  • An Indian waiter in L.A. wanting to travel to Iquitos to take ayahuasca with an American man trained in a Peruvian tradition: the joys of globalization
  • Check out Hamilton’s podcasts with Aubrey Marcus
  • When spirits show up in your room telling you have to travel to Peru' and become a shaman
  • How Western psychiatry would respond to reports of talking to spirits
  • Hamilton grew up in a background steeped in empirical science
  • "I didn't want to believe in Yoda. I wanted to hang out with Yoda"
  • The Peruvian Yoda
  • How Hamilton was accepted into an apprenticeship after being turned down
  • Telepathy through ayahuasca
  • Drinking aya about 150 times a year
  • Power plays between Native shamans
  • Fighting 50 MMA fights at the same time under different rules
  • What now?
  • Tackling the global mental health crisis
  • "We do not have an answer for trauma. Yet Life seems to have an answer for dishing it."
  • www.BlueMorphoFoundation.org
  • Moving beyond a competition based model
  • Trust in human ingenuity
  • Bridging the gap between nostalgia for the past and hope for the future; tradition and technology

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