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Dr. Gabor Maté and BJ Miller, MD (#738)
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Dateline: San Francisco, CA
Friday, May 17, 2024


This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #298 “Dr. Gabor Maté — New Paradigms, Ayahuasca, and Redefining Addiction” and episode #153 “The Man Who Studied 1,000 Deaths to Learn How to Live.”

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#738: Dr. Gabor Maté and BJ Miller, MD

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  • [05:37] Notes about this supercombo format.
  • [06:57] Enter Gabor Maté.
  • [07:22] Compassionate inquiry and trauma vs. traumatic.
  • [11:06] Self-reconnection resources.
  • [14:40] How Gabor benefits from yoga.
  • [16:27] Gabor’s thoughts on the therapeutic value of psychedelics.
  • [18:14] What’s been revealed by Gabor’s experiences with ayahuasca?
  • [25:32] Essential intention.
  • [26:30] We don’t respond to what happens, but to our perception of what happens.
  • [32:48] Enter BJ Miller.
  • [33:07] What does BJ do?
  • [35:32] What does the first meeting look like for a new patient at the Zen Hospice Project?
  • [37:18] Defining palliative care.
  • [40:54] What happens when a patient dies in Zen Hospice compared to a regular hospital?
  • [45:03] How many deaths has BJ experienced?
  • [45:42] What has observing hundreds of deaths taught BJ about living?
  • [50:39] On keeping a mindfulness or meditation practice.
  • [55:05] About the Dinky (a terrifying story of electrocution).
  • [1:04:29] The miracle of a snowball in the burn ward.
  • [1:07:48] BJ’s experience as an undergraduate student at Princeton.
  • [1:08:46] On the idea of art.
  • [1:14:46] How BJ would support someone who suffered injuries similar to his own.
  • [1:16:57] What helps people most in hospice care?
  • [1:21:22] Why cookies matter.
  • [1:23:12] Thoughts on the use of psychoactive compounds in end-of-life care and treating existential suffering.
  • [1:33:46] BJ’s secret habit that might surprise most people.
  • [1:38:32] Suggested material for an introverted hospice patient.
  • [1:45:04] What comes to mind when BJ hears the word “successful?”
  • [1:48:13] Daily practices for seeing good in people.
  • [1:51:00] How to ride a motorcycle when missing three limbs.
  • [1:55:01] What purchase of $100 or less has most positively affected BJ’s life?
  • [1:56:53] BJ’s billboard.
  • [1:58:24] BJ’s advice to his 30-year-old-self.
  • [1:59:58] What has BJ changed his mind about in the last few years?
  • [2:01:26] BJ’s requests/asks/suggestions of the audience.


Connect with Dr. Gabor Maté:

WebsiteTwitter | Facebook | Instagram

Connect with BJ Miller and Zen Hospice:

Website | Facebook | Twitter


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