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Is Buddhism Pessimistic?

Is Buddhism Pessimistic?

Is Buddhism pessimistic? We’ll talk about why one might think of Buddhism in that way, and whether or not that’s really accurate. We’ll also look at how Buddhism approaches difficulties that we find in the world, and why it’s necessary to look at these difficulties with open eyes, no matter how happy and successful one […]

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Buddhism on Anxiety and Fear

Buddhism on Anxiety and Fear

What does early Buddhism have to say about our fears and anxieties? We will look at some passages from the early texts and their commentaries to get insights into one particular practice that can help to alleviate anxiety and gain confidence. Suttas mentioned: Metta Sutta (Snp. 1.8) Snakes (AN 4.67) A Spear (SN 20.5): Other […]

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History of Zen Buddhism: Paradox and Tension

History of Zen Buddhism: Paradox and Tension

Many people come to Buddhist belief and practice through Zen, but not many people have an appreciation for its history. In this video we’ll take a look at both its more and less legendary history, as well as the internal strains that led to the development of the two major schools of Zen. Books: Bashō, […]

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Chronic Stress: Problems and Solutions

Chronic Stress: Problems and Solutions

Chronic stress causes us many problems in daily life. We’ll look at seven ways it can impact us, and then turn to nine potential solutions to the syndrome of chronic stress. We’ll find that many of the solutions supported by contemporary research mirror those found in early Buddhism. Check out my Patreon page! If you’re […]

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Episode 301 :: Michael Jerryson :: If You Meet the Buddha on the Road: Buddhism, Politics, and Violence

Episode 301 :: Michael Jerryson :: If You Meet the Buddha on the Road: Buddhism, Politics, and Violence

Michael Jerryson Michael Jerryson joins us to speak about his book If You Meet the Buddha on the Road: Buddhism, Politics, and Violence. Last episode of this podcast we saw how Buddhism helped one man change his worldview to one of compassion and care for his fellow human beings. And, as Buddhists, this can be […]

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Episode 300 :: Arno Michaelis and Pardeep Singh Kaleka :: The Gift of Our Wounds

Episode 300 :: Arno Michaelis and Pardeep Singh Kaleka :: The Gift of Our Wounds

Dhammapada Verse 5 Kalayakkhini Vatthu Na hi verena verani sammantidha kudacanam averena ca sammanti esa dhammo sanantano. Hatred never ends through hatred. By non-hatred alone does it end. This is an ancient truth. The Dhammapada: Teachings of the Buddha translated from the Pali by Gil Fronsdal 2008 Thank you for joining us for this landmark […]

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Episode 299 :: Gary Gach :: Pause Breathe Smile: Awakening Mindfulness When Meditation Is Not Enough

Episode 299 :: Gary Gach :: Pause Breathe Smile: Awakening Mindfulness When Meditation Is Not Enough

Gary Gach Gary Gach returns to the podcast to speak about his new book Pause Breathe Smile: Awakening Mindfulness When Meditation Is Not Enough. Meditation is sometimes thought of as a passive relaxation technique. And I’ll admit, those three words together rub me the wrong way. Meditation is, to me, an active, alive way of […]

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Episode 298 :: Sara Rahmani :: Understanding Unbelief: Mindfulness Meditation Project

Episode 298 :: Sara Rahmani :: Understanding Unbelief: Mindfulness Meditation Project

Sara Rahmani Dr. Sara Rahmani speaks with us about her work Understanding Unbelief: Mindfulness Meditation project. What is it like to be faced with adopting a religious belief system that’s not part of your personal background? Or perhaps it is, and once there, you find an increasing cognitive dissonance with what’s overtly or subtley encouraged […]

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Practice Circle 9/23: Finding Your Mindfulness Bells

Practice Circle 9/23: Finding Your Mindfulness Bells

When Practice Circle meets again this Sunday evening, September 23, at 6 pm Pacific, 7 Mountain, 8 Central and 9 Eastern time, we’ll explore ways to bring our mindfulness and compassion skills into every day life.  To prepare, I thought I’d share this article, which I originally wrote in 2014. Click here this Sunday evening […]

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A Buddhist Utopia from an Unlikely Source

A Buddhist Utopia from an Unlikely Source

In the 1890s Rudyard Kipling wrote “The Song of the Cities”, a poem comprising quatrains in which 16 of the chief cities of the British Empire report to London (and/or Queen Victoria). Most of them, it seems, are doing fine. A typical example is Singapore’s contribution : Hail, Mother ! East and West must seek […]

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9/9 Practice Circle: Loving Kindness

9/9 Practice Circle: Loving Kindness

When Practice Circle meets again this Sunday evening, September 9, at 6 Pacific, 7 Mountain, 8 Central, and 9 pm Eastern time, we’ll share one of the core practices of both Buddhism and secular mindfulness practice: metta, or loving kindness, meditation. To prepare, I thought I’d share this article I originally wrote in 2012. You’ll […]

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Two Important (but Rather Overlooked) Episodes in Human History

Two Important (but Rather Overlooked) Episodes in Human History

I Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta — Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion – Samyutta Nikaya 56.11 The End of the Buddha’s First Sermon The Buddha’s First Sermon is a very important event in human history indeed – but fortunately it cannot be said to have been overlooked. In it the Buddha expounds the Middle Way and […]

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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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