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The Buddha’s Surprising Advice to Converts

The Buddha’s Surprising Advice to Converts

When folks converted from competing religions or philosophies to the Buddha’s dhamma, he had a couple of pieces of advice that might surprise some of us. We will look at that advice and some lessons we can take away from them for today’s world. Suttas mentioned: Upāli Sutta (MN 56.16-17) Sīha Sutta (AN 8.12) (Dāna) […]

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What Did the Buddha Say About Prayer?

What Did the Buddha Say About Prayer?

Many contemporary Buddhists make prayer part of their practice. We will look at the early texts to see what the Buddha seems to have thought about such activities. Ken McLeod’s article on Buddhist prayer in Tricycle magazine (may be paywalled): “Where the Thinking Stops“. Suttas mentioned: Aṅguttara Nikāya 5.43 Saṃyutta Nikāya 42.6

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Quit Comparing Yourself!

Quit Comparing Yourself!

It’s said that all comparisons are invidious. Early Buddhism understands personal comparisons as varieties of conceit, of which there are three basic types. We’ll look at those types in this video and consider why they are unskillful.

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Why Buddhism Isn’t a Religion

Why Buddhism Isn’t a Religion

We’ll look at three ways that Buddhism isn’t a religion, focusing on early Buddhism in particular. Of course, Buddhism has religious aspects. However it also can be seen as something entirely non-religious, more in the vein of a school of philosophy.

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Episode 284 :: Robert Wright :: Why Buddhism Is True

Episode 284 :: Robert Wright :: Why Buddhism Is True

Robert Wright Robert Wright joins us to speak about his book Why Buddhism Is True. Recently there has been a great deal of discussion about the book we’re going to be speaking about today. Some of that discussion, particularly and interestingly from Buddhists, has highlighted the long road we have to take around mutual understanding […]

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Episode 283 :: Kritee :: Being an Indian Woman Priest in the Zen Tradition

Episode 283 :: Kritee :: Being an Indian Woman Priest in the Zen Tradition

Kritee Zen priest Kritee joins us to speak about what it’s like being an Indian woman priest in the Zen tradition. As the world becomes more of a global community, people are becoming more exposed to a greater variety of cultures, ideas, and ways of living than ever before. This is a wonderful opportunity for […]

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Episode 282 :: Miles Kessler :: Mindfulness, Aikido, and the Integral Dojo in Tel Aviv

Episode 282 :: Miles Kessler :: Mindfulness, Aikido, and the Integral Dojo in Tel Aviv

Miles Kessler Miles Kessler joins us to speak about the intersection of mindfulness and Aikido. Hi, everyone. I want to thank you for supporting the Secular Buddhist Association with your generous contributions. Because of that dana, we’re able to continue offering this podcast, the discussions on our website secularbuddhism.org, and of course our live online […]

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Episode 281 :: Gerti Schoen :: Buddha Betrayed: When Spiritual Relationships Go Awry

Episode 281 :: Gerti Schoen :: Buddha Betrayed: When Spiritual Relationships Go Awry

Gerti Schoen Gerti Schoen joins us to speak about violation of trust that occur in our sanghas, from her book Buddha Betrayed: When Spiritual Relationships Go Awry. It seems this ongoing cycle of suffering is endless. Unfortunately, I’m not talking about the kind of self-inflicted suffering of greed, hatred, and delusion, but rather the suffering […]

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Practice Circle: Cultivating Compassion

Practice Circle: Cultivating Compassion

This is to be done by one skilled in aims Who wants to break through To the state of peace: . . . As a mother would risk her life To protect her child, her only child, Even so should one cultivate a limitless heart With regard to all beings. Khuddakapatha 9, trns Thanissaro Bhikkhu […]

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One Way the Dharma Can Bite Us

One Way the Dharma Can Bite Us

If we misuse the dharma it can come back to bite us: this is the upshot of one famous sutta. We will look at this sutta and consider some of its implications for our approach to the Buddha’s teachings both online and in person. Suttas discussed in this video: Alagaddūpama Sutta Kālāma Sutta (Kesaputtiya)

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Online, Together, Meditating, Secular: An Event Announcement from New Zealand!

Online, Together, Meditating, Secular: An Event Announcement from New Zealand!

For those who don’t know, New Zealand has a lively Secular Buddhist community: http://secularbuddhism.org.nz/ http://www.onemindfulbreath.org.nz/ http://abet.nz/   Last month, the prominent Ramsey Margolis announced via his newsletter that he wanted to try to lead a free, online meditation using Zoom similar to SBA US’s Practice Circle. Not only had he gone out of his way to […]

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11/26 Practice Circle: Silent Illumination, Sitting with a Question

11/26 Practice Circle: Silent Illumination, Sitting with a Question

One powerful way to access the wisdom of the whole bodymind is to sit until the mind becomes still, and then to drop a question into that stillness and pay attention to what arises. When Practice Circle gathers again this Sunday, Nov. 26, at 6 pm Pacific, 8 Central, and 9 Eastern, we’ll pursue this […]

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Online, Together, Meditating, Secular: An Event Announcement from New Zealand!

Online, Together, Meditating, Secular: An Event Announcement from New Zealand!

For those who don’t know, New Zealand has a lively Secular Buddhist community: http://secularbuddhism.org.nz/ http://www.onemindfulbreath.org.nz/ http://abet.nz/   Last month, the prominent Ramsey Margolis announced via his newsletter that he wanted to try to lead a free, online meditation using Zoom similar to SBA US’s Practice Circle. Not only had he gone out of his way to […]

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Practice Circle Live: The Benefactor Body Scan

Practice Circle Live: The Benefactor Body Scan

This guided meditation was recorded live at the SBA Practice Circle on October 22, 2017. If you’d like to learn more about why we developed this practice, and how you can join us at Practice Circle, you can read about it here. Transcription I’m Mark Knickelbine from the Secular Buddhist Association, and this is the […]

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Practice Circle Live: One Rare and Precious Life

Practice Circle Live: One Rare and Precious Life

This guided meditation on the Lojong slogan, “One rare and precious human life,” was recorded live at Practice Circle on June 11, 2017. To learn more about our online practice group, visit the Practice Circle Page.

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Practice Circle Live: Lake Meditation

Practice Circle Live: Lake Meditation

This guided meditation was recorded live at Practice Circle on August 27, 2017. If you’d like to learn how to join our online dharma practice group, check out the Practice Circle Page.

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