Video: John Friend, on Relationships.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 18, 2012
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Ten Videos: John Friend.

A look back.


A video from a simpler time [I’ve since added in more videos, 10 in total]. Both humorously comforting and sadly confounding. “Let’s talk about this” is the tag line:

“John Friend has studied yoga and philosophy for over 40 years, which might be why his teachings speak to hundreds of thousands of yogis all around the world. When Manduka and John were collaborating on the John Friend Collection by Manduka, we had a lot of time to talk, and listen. Here are John’s thoughts on what we learn, and gain, from meaningful relationships. See the collection at”

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I hope Manduka keeps these up. Whatever our view and experience of the recent revelations, seeing the man behind the controversy is illuminating. Bonus:

I was at this one:

Here John talks about some of his teachings:

A documentary of a “magical method”:

The most popular John Friend video on youtube:


Bonus, video #11. A golden oldie conversation at the Boulder Shambhala Center from yours truly, 2006. Probably the first time I met John.

I remember walking around the Shambhala Center, which I’d grown up in and around, and him talking about reading Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism and saying, “anything I can ever do to support elephant, let me know.” That meant an awful lot at the time—I had started a small, grassrootsy print magazine with no money or staff, really, at that time. And while I never really called in the proffered favor, he did appear on another one of our talk show (by that time at the Boulder Shambhala Center, with 600 in attendance) and has always been a warm presence in the greater mindful elephant community.

Until recently, that is, of course, when his name and reputation and Anusara yoga community became embroiled in accusations and controversy.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to “Video: John Friend, on Relationships.”

  1. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Wow! This is going to take some time!

    Posting to Elephant Yoga on Facebook and Twitter.

    Tanya Lee Markul, Yoga Editor
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  2. Rustin says:

    Waylon – amazing! "humorously comforting and sadly confounding"
    Life is confusing, a strange mixture at once. Our simple self seeks
    all black or white, all good or bad.
    Beyond Judging, we see the complex mixture of beauty and pain,
    sky and clouds, creation and destruction.
    Posting these videos was brilliant, it challenges us to go beyond criticism
    without tolerating nonsense but love does not mean endorsement
    Acceptance does not mean approval

  3. elephantjournal says:

    Love that: "love does not mean endorsement"—we are true friends and ready for true friends only when we can take criticism inspired by love. Criticism inspired by pre-judgment, we can all do without.

  4. Ken says:

    Ugh.. the irony of the words beginning at 29:50 in that (long) seventh video where he talks about Tantra. 🙁