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Practice Circle Turns Two!

Practice Circle Turns Two!

The Sunday evening of October 15, 2012 marked the first gathering of the SBA Practice Circle. When we get together this Sunday at 8 PM CST, it will be our 47th meeting, a number that shocks me when I see it written down. In a lot of ways, every Practice Circle session still feels like […]

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Waking Up: A Review

Waking Up: A Review

I still remember my excitement on encountering, in Sam Harris’ first book, The End of Faith, the suggestion that it would be possible to enjoy many of the benefits which people had traditionally sought from religion without the need to embrace religion itself.  Buddhist meditiation was one of the practices Harris mentioned as a specific example of wisdom that […]

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Practice Circle: Mindfulness of Sound

Practice Circle: Mindfulness of Sound

Stop what you’re doing right now, and just listen. Were you surprised by all you heard? Before you stopped to listen, you may have been completely unaware of all of the sounds going on. As soon as you directed your attention to them, there they were, loud and soft, far and near, pleasant, unpleasant and […]

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Maha (the Great) Kassapa

Maha (the Great) Kassapa

The Brahmin Maha Kassapa was the major player in the sangha (community) shortly after Gotama’s death.  He had successfully maneuvered Ananda into an all but secondary role and nobody else challenged his authority.  Keep in mind that Gotama had chosen no successor and said his teachings could stand on their own.  Perhaps we might think […]

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Episode 210 :: Jeff Wilson :: Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture

Episode 210 :: Jeff Wilson :: Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture

Jeff Wilson Professor Jeff Wilson joins us to speak about his book, Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture. Chances are if you listen to this podcast, you’ve got an inkling of the relationship between traditional Buddhism, secular Buddhism, and the contemporary mindfulness movement. However you think or feel about this […]

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Episode 209 :: Justin Merritt :: Simple Suttas

Episode 209 :: Justin Merritt :: Simple Suttas

Justin Merritt Justin Merritt joins us to speak about his blog and podcast, Simple Suttas. There are plenty of dhamma talk podcasts out in the world, and that’s great, it gives a wide set of options of teachers one can listen to about the Buddha sasana. But there aren’t a lot of podcast that focus […]

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Episode 208 :: Gil Fronsdal :: Atthakavagga, The Book of Eights

Episode 208 :: Gil Fronsdal :: Atthakavagga, The Book of Eights

Gil Fronsdal Gil Fronsdal joins us to speak about his upcoming book, a translation of the Pali Atthakavagga, The Book of Eights. Not all the books in the Pali canon are easy to find in English, let along translations that resonate with contemporary sensibilities. The books of the Sutta Nipata are some of the earliest […]

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Episode 207 :: Alex Soojung-Kim Pang :: The Distraction Addiction

Episode 207 :: Alex Soojung-Kim Pang :: The Distraction Addiction

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang Author Alex Soojung-Kim Pang joins us to speak about his book The Distraction Addiction: Getting the Information You Need and the Communication You Want, Without Enraging Your Family, Annoying Your Colleagues, and Destroying Your Soul. Do you ever get distracted? If you’re like me and practically everyone else on the planet, of […]

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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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