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Who Cares What the Buddha Thought?

Who Cares What the Buddha Thought?

It’s a good question. We’ll consider some of the reasons why someone with a secular outlook should care what the Buddha thought, as well as other aspects of this question. Check out my new Patreon page!

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Was the Buddha Bald?

Was the Buddha Bald?

We usually think of the Buddha as having a full head of hair, but it may not always have been so. Today we’ll look at some of the history of Buddhist iconography, and take some lessons about how viewpoints can change over time. Some suttas mentioned in this video: The Marks of a Great Man […]

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The Buddha on Self and Non-Self

The Buddha on Self and Non-Self

The Buddha’s teachings on the self and on non-self are some of his most subtle, interesting, and unique. We’ll take a look at them in this video. We’ll also compare the Buddha’s view of the self with that of western philosophers David Hume and Derek Parfit. Suttas mentioned in this video: Sabbāsava Sutta (MN 2.8) […]

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Buddha and Jesus on Wealth

Buddha and Jesus on Wealth

Both the Buddha and Jesus viewed wealth as problematic in various respects, but their approaches differed in important ways due to their historical backgrounds and outlooks. We’ll consider both the views of the historical Jesus as well as those of the Buddha in order to compare and contrast their approaches. Suttas mentioned: Utilization (AN 5.41) […]

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Episode 288 :: Ethan Nichtern :: The Dharma of The Princess Bride

Episode 288 :: Ethan Nichtern :: The Dharma of The Princess Bride

Ethan Nichtern Ethan Nichtern returns to the podcast to speak about his book The Dharma of The Princess Bride: What the Coolest Fairy Tale of Our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships. The dharma, those lessons about how we live our lives and the suffering that is an inherent aspect of conditioned existence, […]

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Episode 287 :: Justin Merritt :: Buddhist Orchestral Music Premier “The Path”

Episode 287 :: Justin Merritt :: Buddhist Orchestral Music Premier “The Path”

Justin Merritt Justin Merritt returns to speak about his upcoming Buddhist orchestral premier of The Path. Buddhism may not be known for its presence in orchestral music. In April of 2018, it will be taking a big step forward in Orchestral Hall in my old home of Minneapolis, with the premier of The Path. Composer […]

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Episode 286 :: Harrison Blum :: Mindfulness Allies Project

Episode 286 :: Harrison Blum :: Mindfulness Allies Project

Harrison Blum Harrison Blum joins us to speak about diversity, inclusion, and equity with his Mindfulness Allies Project (MAP). There’s a lot of discussion lately about diversity, equity, and inclusion in our Buddhist communities. There isn’t adequate representation in popular media of the large number of Asian Buddhists in the U.S., intersectionality isn’t understood, people […]

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Episode 285 :: Richard Bryan McDaniel :: Zen in the West

Episode 285 :: Richard Bryan McDaniel :: Zen in the West

Richard Bryan McDaniel Richard Bryan McDaniel joins us to speak about the growing of Zen in the West with his books The Third Step East, and Cypress Trees in the Garden. When I think of Zen, my mind and heart go back to the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center, the place I was introduced to Buddhism […]

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A “Re~Collection” on Building, Renewing, and Sustaining Sanghas – (reposted from “Secular Buddhism in Aotearoa New Zealand” blog)

A “Re~Collection” on Building, Renewing, and Sustaining Sanghas – (reposted from “Secular Buddhism in Aotearoa New Zealand” blog)

Originally published on Secular Buddhism in Aotearoa New Zealand blog: http://secularbuddhism.org.nz/a-recollection-on-building-renewing-and-sustaining-sanghas/ (And please be sure to check out what else our siblings down in New Zealand are up to if you haven’t before!)   Last month, I was invited to a Re~Collective online meeting, “…discussing the conversation that took place during the October 28th Sydney Insight […]

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Practice Circle: Mindful Movement

Practice Circle: Mindful Movement

Click Here at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, February 11th to Join the Live Session. During January and February, Practice Circle will be aligned with the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Online Live program offered by Ted Meissner and Amy Balentine. There may be people from that class joining Practice Circle as an additional opportunity to […]

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Practice Circle: Awareness of Breath

Practice Circle: Awareness of Breath

Click Here at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, January 28th to Join the Live Session. During January and February, Practice Circle will be aligned with the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Online Live program offered by Ted Meissner and Amy Balentine. There may be people from that class joining Practice Circle as an additional opportunity to […]

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Practice Circle: Body Scan

Practice Circle: Body Scan

Click Here at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, January 14th to Join the Live Session. During January and February, Practice Circle will be aligned with the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Online Live program offered by Ted Meissner and Amy Balentine. There may be people from that class joining Practice Circle as an additional opportunity to […]

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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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Practice Circle Live: One Rare and Precious Life

Practice Circle Live: One Rare and Precious Life

This guided meditation on the Lojong slogan, “One rare and precious human life,” was recorded live at Practice Circle on June 11, 2017. To learn more about our online practice group, visit the Practice Circle Page.

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Practice Circle Live: Lake Meditation

Practice Circle Live: Lake Meditation

This guided meditation was recorded live at Practice Circle on August 27, 2017. If you’d like to learn how to join our online dharma practice group, check out the Practice Circle Page.

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