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Reflections on the Second Noble Truth: It’s More Than Craving

Reflections on the Second Noble Truth: It’s More Than Craving

Buddhists (secular and non-secular alike) have it right: suffering is caused by craving. But that’s not the end of the story. While the Buddha’s views on suffering provide us with essential insights about how and why we suffer, we need to broaden our view of suffering beyond the explanation offered by mainstream Western Buddhists.  Introduction […]

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On the Skillfulness of Refined Taste

On the Skillfulness of Refined Taste

On the first day of a course in wine appreciation I was presented with two samples and asked to describe their aromas. They both smelled like wine. There was nothing else I could say about them. I remember thinking that that would change, and that by the end of the course I would be able to […]

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Cultivating Wisdom in an Era of Technological Change

Cultivating Wisdom in an Era of Technological Change

My grandmother grew up in the era of the horse and buggy, but lived to see a man set foot on the Moon. When I was a kid growing up in New York we had rotary dial telephones. Personal computers were just being introduced, with green phosphorescent screens and weird command-line interfaces. The first office Xerox […]

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The Forgiveness Challenge – Part 4

The Forgiveness Challenge – Part 4

This is “Part 4” of a series on Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s Forgiveness Challenge:   http://forgivenesschallenge.com/   which aligns with the ideas of a Secular Buddhism more than many expect (just keep reading and see for yourself).   If you haven’t read the first article, I encourage you to here: Part 1 I suspect that […]

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Episode 226 :: David Loy :: A New Buddhist Path: Enlightenment, Evolution, and Ethics in the Modern World

Episode 226 :: David Loy :: A New Buddhist Path: Enlightenment, Evolution, and Ethics in the Modern World

David Loy David Loy joins us to speak about his new book, A New Buddhist Path: Enlightenment, Evolution, and Ethics in the Modern World. 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 […]

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Episode 225 :: Paul Verhaeghen :: Secular Buddhist Ethics

Episode 225 :: Paul Verhaeghen :: Secular Buddhist Ethics

Paul Verhaeghen Paul Verhaeghen joins us to speak about secular Buddhist ethics. One of the common criticisms us atheists and sometimes us Buddhists receive is that we have no morals without a deeply religious conviction to guide us. And yet, many of us secular Buddhists manage to curb our murderous tendencies, and fit right in […]

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Episode 224 :: Ian Lawton :: The Dharma Bum Dhammaloka

Episode 224 :: Ian Lawton :: The Dharma Bum Dhammaloka

Ian Lawton Ian Lawton joins us to speak about his film project The Dharma Bum, a documentary film about Irish atheist freethinker Laurence Carroll, who went on to become one of the first Westerners to become a Buddhist monk. History is written by the victors. That’s true within Buddhism, too, and not just the evolutionary […]

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Episode 223 :: Ali Ashtari :: Unplugged — Spiritual But Not Religious: an Iranian Immigrant Story

Episode 223 :: Ali Ashtari :: Unplugged — Spiritual But Not Religious: an Iranian Immigrant Story

Ali Ashtari Ali Ashtari joins us in this unplugged episode, Spiritual But Not Religious: an Iranian Immigrant Story. Think about this for moment: you grow up with a religious tradition, and it lets you down. Not in the way many of us in the West have been harmed by the privilege of supernatural thinking, but […]

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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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