Bill Sits down with Brittney Hartley, Jana Spangler and Anthony Miller and they tackle part 12 and the final session of Jack Kornfield’s series in an effort to help the Almost Awakened Audience sense the great resources and tools to a life well lived by exposing you to Buddhism and its contemplative nature. We are using as a backdrop the 12 part presentation by Jack Kornfield titled “Buddhism for Beginners” In Episode 12 We wrap up our series discussing “The Buddha’s Last Teachings” and how you the listener now need to go off and engage in the practice.

Brittney Hartley is the author of Mormon Philosophy Simplified. She has a masters degree in the Future of American Religion and is in training as a spiritual director with the Center for Non-religious Spirituality. Her work focuses on rebuilding spiritual health after religious trauma.

Jana Spangler is a Certified Integral Professional Coach with Symmetry Solutions who specializes in coaching individuals, couples, and families who are affected by shifting religious belief. She is an educator in subjects of faith, spiritual connection and development, and relationships. She attended The Living School under the direction of Fr. Richard Rohr, where she studied Contemplative Christianity and other wisdom traditions and how they can support the transforming work of love in ourselves, our communities, and the world.

Anthony Miller is an entrepreneur and education enthusiast in Billings, Montana, with Masters degrees in Business Administration and in Financial Services. After a lifetime of faithful membership in the church, he experienced a faith transition after he stumbled across the Gospel Topics Essays and similar materials in 2016, while he was searching for resources to support his adult gay son. Anthony blogs at and is a frequent contributor to post and progressive Mormon support communities.

Bill Reel is the Founder and Executive Director of Mormon Discussion Inc. a non-profit whose mission it is to provide resources and support to humans who are deconstructing unhealthy spiritual systems and to help those individuals reconstruct a new world view that values Authenticity and Vulnerability.  Bill is the author of “Faith Development Explained” a document designed to help people understand their own awakening.  


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Eckhart Tolle – A New Earth –

The Urban Monk by: Pedram Shojai-

John Horga – Rational Mysticism: Spirituality Meets Science in the Search for Enlightenment –

Don Miguel Ruiz JrThe Five Levels of Attachment: Toltec Wisdom for the Modern World Hardcover –

Rob Bell – Everything Is Spiritual: Finding Your Way in a Turbulent World –

This: Becoming Free – Michael Gungo –

Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science – Mike McHargue –

Bathing With God – Glenn Ostlund –

Falling Upward, Richard Rohr –

Faith After Doubt – Brian McLaren –

Living Buddha Living Christ- Thich Nhat Hanh –

The Power of Myth interview series with Bill Moyers & Joseph Campbell –

The Wisdom Jesus, Cythia Bourgeault –

Turning to the Mystics podcast with Jim Finley –

Learning How to See podcast with Brian McLaren –

Michael Singer – The Untethered Soul / The Surrender

Searching for Sunday – Rachel Held Evans –


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