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Three Schools of Buddhism Intro

Three Schools of Buddhism Intro

We will look at the three major schools of Buddhism, in the sort of contemporary context YouTubers would be likely to encounter them. We’ll highlight some of the similarities and differences in their styles of belief and practice. This is intended only as a very rough introduction though since there is WAY too much to […]

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What’s Wrong With Pleasure?

What’s Wrong With Pleasure?

What’s wrong with pleasure? It often seems as though sensory pleasures are an unalloyed good, the sorts of things that we should aim to gain as much of during our lifetimes as possible. The Buddha had a somewhat different view of them however, which we will consider in this video. Book: Sven Beckert’s Empire of […]

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Do We Need Attachment to be Kind?

Do We Need Attachment to be Kind?

Does kindness require emotional attachment and identification with one another? Several prominent ethical systems promote the idea that our altruistic tendencies are based on emotional closeness and familiarity. We’ll look at a few of those systems, as well as a Buddhist alternative. I hope you’ll stick around for the third section where we’ll get to […]

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What is Nonattachment?

What is Nonattachment?

We’ll look at aspects of the Buddhist idea of nonattachment in this video, asking what it means and how we might go about practicing it. We will also look at the “near enemy” of nonattachment, something that should not be confused with it. Check out my Patreon page!  

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Episode 297 :: Jeff Eisenberg :: Buddha’s Bodyguard: How to Protect Your Inner V.I.P.

Episode 297 :: Jeff Eisenberg :: Buddha’s Bodyguard: How to Protect Your Inner V.I.P.

Jeff Eisenberg Jeff Eisenberg returns to the podcast to speak about his book Buddha’s Bodyguard: How to Protect Your Inner V.I.P. Though there are differing opinions, the dhamma, like other teachings, has some wiggle room in how it may be interpreted. Some may be very minor nuances of view, others may be wildly off base, […]

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Episode 296 :: Susan Piver :: The Four Noble Truths of Love: Buddhist Wisdom for Modern Relationships

Episode 296 :: Susan Piver :: The Four Noble Truths of Love: Buddhist Wisdom for Modern Relationships

Susan Piver Susan Piver speaks with us today about The Four Noble Truths of Love: Buddhist Wisdom for Modern Relationships. If you ask a Buddhist, secular or otherwise, what it’s about, the answer will often be something along the lines of suffering, or suffering and the extinguishing of it. Gotama made it clear that is […]

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Episode 295 :: Brad Warner :: It Came From Beyond Zen!

Episode 295 :: Brad Warner :: It Came From Beyond Zen!

Brad Warner Zen teacher and author Brad Warner joins us to speak about his new book, It Came from Beyond Zen!: More Practical Advice from Dogen, Japan’s Greatest Zen Master. The Shobogenzo is one of Zen’s most treasured volumes from Dogen, written in the thirteenth century. But don’t let that timeframe fool you, the wisdom […]

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Episode 294 :: Joan and Anne Watts :: The Collected Letters of Alan Watts

Episode 294 :: Joan and Anne Watts :: The Collected Letters of Alan Watts

Joan Watts Philosopher, author, and lecturer Alan Watts (1915–1973) popularized Zen Buddhism and other Eastern philosophies for the counterculture of the 1960s. Today, new generations are finding his writings and lectures online, while faithful followers worldwide continue to be enlightened by his teachings. The Collected Letters of Alan Watts reveals the remarkable arc of Watts’s […]

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7/8 Practice Circle: A Compassionate Friend

7/8 Practice Circle: A Compassionate Friend

In a world in which hatred and blame seem to be winning, where can we find compassion and acceptance in the face of life’s suffering? We have a compassionate resource always available in our own hearts – in fact, the only place we can ever experience compassion is within ourselves. When Practice Circle meets again […]

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Tuwhiri: An Educational Resource For Secular Buddhists

Tuwhiri: An Educational Resource For Secular Buddhists

The following article is from Ramsey Margolis of Secular Buddhism New Zealand. Towards the end of 2014, Stephen Batchelor sent proofs of his unpublished book After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age to Winton Higgins, a secular Buddhist teacher in Sydney, Australia, asking him to critically examine the text. Having provided the required […]

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6/24 Practice Circle:  More Mindful Self-Compassion

6/24 Practice Circle: More Mindful Self-Compassion

I’m eager to share some of the many very useful practices I learned while being trained in the basics of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) by its originators, Kristin Neff and Chris Germer, at a recent two-day workshop. This Sunday, June 24, at 6 pm Pacific, 7 Mountain, 8 Central and 9 Eastern, Practice Circle will explore […]

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6/10 Practice Circle: Mindful Self-Compassion

6/10 Practice Circle: Mindful Self-Compassion

I’m eager to share some of the many very useful practices I learned while being trained in the basics of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) by its originators, Kristin Neff and Chris Germer, at a recent two-day workshop. We’ll begin this Sunday, June 10, at 6 pm Pacific, 7 Mountain, 8 Eastern, when Practice Circle will explore […]

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Listen to the Suttas! – Audio Recordings of English Translations of the Pali Canon Suttas

Listen to the Suttas! – Audio Recordings of English Translations of the Pali Canon Suttas

Listen to the Suttas! Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtTMiZHe8419vKGsORMb1ow/videos   Example Video: The Sammaditthi Sutta (The Discourse on Right View, MN 9)   For those who have difficulty with written text (or Pali), there are few quality, widely-available audio recordings of English language translations of the Pali Canon Suttas. Our own Community Director, Jennifer Hawkins, who developed […]

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Buddha: The First Humanist?

Buddha: The First Humanist?

Robert Thurman is a noted author on Buddhist topics and Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University. In 1990, the Humanist Association of Massachusetts invited Robert Thurman, Professor of Religion at Columbia University to lecture on the similarities and differences between Western philosophical Humanism and Buddhism. His talk was entitled Buddha: The First Humanist? […]

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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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