In this first episode, I present an introduction of myself and my background, as well as an overview of what to expect from this podcast: mostly short episodes looking at a particular Buddhist teaching or practice; occasional conversations with other teachers and practitioners; and very occasional "salons" where a group of teachers and/or practitioners will discuss some theme related to Dharma.
I also argue that there is no one alive that is offering "original" Buddhism as all forms of Buddhism currently practiced are various interpretations of texts written down hundreds of years after the Buddha's death and even at the time of his death, there were already a variety of interpretations being offered.
When I first came to Buddhist practice, a metaphor of a "Tree of Buddhism" was offered, with one root in "original Buddhism" and then a trunk with diverging branches. But now, we know that there is no single root and that a more accurate metaphor is of braided streams. For more about this, you may wish to read the first essay, "Whose Buddhism is Truest" in this free pdf from Linda Heuman: Shifting the Ground We Stand On