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Running on Emptiness: A Layman’s Take on the Two Truths

Running on Emptiness: A Layman’s Take on the Two Truths

I was first introduced to the Two Truths doctrine with the common simile of the wave and the ocean. Phenomena, including my own sense of self, were like waves on the ocean, perceived by everyday persons like me as discrete things and not merely the temporary manifestations of the ocean that they actually were with […]

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Practicing Non-Self, Part 1

Practicing Non-Self, Part 1

This is the first of three articles on applying the principle of anatta, non-self, to our dharma practice.   The articles support the next few sessions of the SBA Practice Circle, which meets via online video conferencing at 8 pm Central on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.  If you’d like to come experience […]

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Brahmali and Batchelor Debate

Brahmali and Batchelor Debate

In my last post I looked at a talk given by Ajahn Brahmali on Secular Buddhism. Recently the Melbourne Insight Meditation Group released a debate that Brahmali had with Steven Batchelor on the same topic, which once again revolved around the central issue of rebirth. It raises interesting questions worthy of a follow-up post. (As in my […]

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The Buddha: Cooked or Raw?

The Buddha: Cooked or Raw?

Reading the past is bit like interpreting a Rorschach test: the more distant the past, the blurrier the image, especially when the society in question was preliterate and archeological evidence is sparse. Over thousands of years the humidity of the plains of the Ganges River dissolved the mud, iron and wood that the people of […]

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Episode 197 :: Jacob Hess :: Mindfully Mormon

Episode 197 :: Jacob Hess :: Mindfully Mormon

Jacob Hess Jacob Hess joins us to speak about applying a Buddhist originated mindfulness practice, with a Mormon community. 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 […]

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Episode 196 :: Ramsey Margolis :: Year of Living Without

Episode 196 :: Ramsey Margolis :: Year of Living Without

Ramsey Margolis Ramsey Margolis joins us once more to speak about his exploration of what it’s like to give up just one thing each month, for a year. A big part of Buddhism is the concept of letting go, and we often use that in the context of our mental formations. But it’s not just […]

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Episode 195 :: Jay Michaelson and Mark Oppenheimer :: The Zen Predator of the Upper East Side

Episode 195 :: Jay Michaelson and Mark Oppenheimer :: The Zen Predator of the Upper East Side

Jay Michaelson 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 with The Secular Buddhist. You’ll find many of the same guests you’ve enjoyed […]

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Episode 194 :: Charlie Fisher :: Meditation in the Wilds: Recluses, Hermits and Forest Monks

Episode 194 :: Charlie Fisher :: Meditation in the Wilds: Recluses, Hermits and Forest Monks

Charlie Fisher Author Charlie Fisher joins us to speak about his new book, Meditation in the Wild: Buddhism’s Origin in the Heart of Nature. Contemporary practice may tend to be a bit… urban. We’re crowded, most of us are in cities, and the concept of being a forest monastic is fairly distant from our experience. […]

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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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Loving Kindness Guided Meditation

Loving Kindness Guided Meditation

Guided Loving Kindness Meditation Follow this Guided Loving Kindness Meditation by Mark Knicklebine (about 35 minutes):

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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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