Conversations with men #1: Damien Bohler

posted by Eivind on May 21, 2013, at 11:38 am

Hi everyone! I’d like to introduce “Conversations with men”, an interview series with ordinary men who I’m inspired or intrigued by.

In this first installment, I speak with Damien Bohler. He’s the man behind the user reviews for Blood Diamond, Our Idiot Brother and Garden State. He’s an Australian who recently returned after 7 years in Thailand. Damien is also involved in the international Authentic World network, of which I’m heading the Norwegian division.

The conversation is recorded through Skype and I’m afraid the Norway-Australia connection lead to pretty awful image quality.

In this talk, Damien and I cover a huge range of topics:

  • What it’s like to be the son of two Buddhist practitioners
  • The challenges of relating to dad, even when he’s done a 3-year meditation retreat
  • Generational divides
  • Damien’s experiences from the New Warrior Training Adventure
  • Authentic communication
  • The impact of a men’s circle
  • Ken Wilbers states and stages, quadrants applied to relationships
  • Life as a sensitive man
  • Difference between posturing and collapse
  • The importance of community
  • Lessons from the movies

I hope you enjoy this first talk.