Douglas Gentile, Ph.D. and ordained Zen Buddhist monk.
Martial arts and philosophy have had a close relationship throughout history, and Eastern philosophies have had a big impact on my life. In the 59th edition of the Internal Fighting Arts podcast, I talk with ordained Zen Buddhist monk Douglas Gentile, Ph.D., who is also a professor at Iowa State University with a Ph.D. in child psychology. He first became intrigued by Buddhism when he watched the "Kung-Fu" TV show at age 10.
In a wide-ranging discussion, Doug talks with me about how to live a more fulfilled life of awakening and balance in a modern world when so many of us seek mental distraction the moment we are left alone with our thoughts. How do we develop awareness, empathy and connection, and the ability to overcome problems and tragedies in our lives, and why is that so beneficial to us? How do we learn to "walk easily over rough ground?"
Listen via this link or download the podcast. It will also be available via Spotify, Apple Podcasts and other podcast distributors.
I first heard of Dr. Gentile when I received a catalog showing his "Buddhism 101" course on the Learn25 website. I bought the course and found it very rewarding. Here is a link: