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Practice Circle: Focusing with Politics

Practice Circle: Focusing with Politics

Here in the United States, we are preparing to enter a season of political fear and loathing that may rival or exceed that of 1968. Two presidential candidates, each of whom is detested by millions of people, are apparently prepared to do everything they can to increase each other’s negatives still further. People on all […]

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Now is Strange

Now is Strange

Now is strange. We only experience things in the present. Our access to past and future is through reconstruction and prediction. So much of our lives is spent in our heads, living in thinly disguised fictions of time gone and time to come. This seems obvious, and at the same time it seems so surprising. And yet […]

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The Move to Zoom

The Move to Zoom

After using Adobe Connect ever since SBA started hosting virtual meetings in 2012, we’re making a change. Beginning with our June 12, 2016 meeting of Practice Circle, we’re going to begin using Zoom. It’s a very similar program that has features much like Connect, but it offers a number of distinct advantages. First off, it […]

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On Modern Mindfulness, Buddhism, and Social Ethics

On Modern Mindfulness, Buddhism, and Social Ethics

Introductory note: This is a response to Doug Smith’s recent post here. I think Doug is right on nearly all counts, though he may have misinterpreted some of the contemporary writers he draws from. In any case, I hope this small contribution (cross-posted at Patheos) helps further the discussion. There is much about mindfulness being […]

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Episode 252 :: Jay Forrest :: Secular Buddhism: An Introduction

Episode 252 :: Jay Forrest :: Secular Buddhism: An Introduction

Jay Forrest Jay Forrest returns to talk about his new book, Secular Buddhism: An Introduction There are many books out today that are touching on a secular approach to the tradition. Some are very pragmatic and deeply rooted in practice, others are more scholarly conjecture. But few have taken the step of using the term […]

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Episode 251 :: Sara Eckel :: It’s Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons You’re Single

Episode 251 :: Sara Eckel :: It’s Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons You’re Single

Sara Eckel Sara Eckel joins us to talk about how Buddhist insights can inform our dating experience. Though the Buddha really didn’t date, per se, he was at one time married, and his wife and son were part of the rest of his life, even though that relationship changed. Whether you’re single, in a relationship, […]

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Episode 250 :: Lama Tsomo :: Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling: A Westerner’s Introduction and Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Practice

Episode 250 :: Lama Tsomo :: Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling: A Westerner’s Introduction and Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Practice

Lama Tsomo Lama Tsomo joins us to speak about her book, Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling: A Westerner’s Introduction and Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Practice. We have such a wide range of learning and practice opportunities with Buddhism in contemporary Western culture. It may even be a bit bewildering, having so much to […]

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Episode 249 :: Paul Fuller :: The Notion of Ditthi in Theravada Buddhism

Episode 249 :: Paul Fuller :: The Notion of Ditthi in Theravada Buddhism

Paul Fuller Dr. Paul Fuller joins us to speak about ditthi, or views, in Buddhism. Hi, everyone. Before we get started with today’s episode, I want to remind the listeners that we’ve started a new podcast which may also interest you. It’s called Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science, and appears every other week, alternating […]

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The Nonviolence Handbook: A Review

The Nonviolence Handbook: A Review

Buy at Amazon or Audible Buy directly at Metta Center for Nonviolence       You know those little games people like to post as their Facebook statuses? Well, last week, this one led me to “The Nonviolence Handbook… with a chainsaw.” Apparently, things either got out of control quickly or The Nonviolence Handbook is very […]

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Ten Minute Sit with Music

Ten Minute Sit with Music

This is a ten minute guided meditation with an ambient music soundtrack.  I’d be interested to hear if you like it and would like to hear more of this kind of track. 10 minute sit with music  

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Finding Authority Outside of Tradition

Finding Authority Outside of Tradition

In this episode host Vincent Horn concludes his conversation with Ted by exploring the role of Tradition in secular Buddhism. They consider the question of spiritual authority in secular Buddhism and whether it’s possible to see through the filter of culture and tradition. This is Part 2. Part 1 is listed below. This topic comes […]

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Ted Interviewed by Buddhist Geeks

Ted Interviewed by Buddhist Geeks

Ted Meissner is the host of The Secular Buddhist podcast and the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association. In this episode with host Vincent Horn chief geek at Buddhist Geeks, Ted shares examples of secular Buddhism, why he is skeptical but not cynical about religion, and he stresses what he thinks is the importance of […]

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Superstition

Superstition

From the QualiaSoup series of videos, this is a terrific examination of the concept of Superstition.

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The Burden of Proof

The Burden of Proof

From the QualiaSoup series of videos, this is a terrific examination of the concept of The Burden of Proof.

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Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

From the QualiaSoup series of videos, this is a terrific examination of Critical Thinking.

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Open Mindedness

Open Mindedness

From the QualiaSoup series of videos, this is a terrific examination of the concept of Open Mindedness.

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