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Thich Nhat Hanh, Secular Buddhist

Thich Nhat Hanh, Secular Buddhist

Those of us who gathered for Social Circle last Friday evening spent a fair amount of time talking about Thich Nhat Hanh, whose recent hospitalization made headlines after rumors of his death had circulated online. The way the Internet lit up with expressions of concern and well wishes for the Vietnamese Zen monk, known to […]

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Learn Comedy From The Buddha

Learn Comedy From The Buddha

So the Buddha walks out from under the bodhi tree and turns out to be a comedian. No seriously, give me some respect here. I’ve been reading lots of the oldest stories we have about the Buddha in his day, and have been surprised to realize that some of the stories he tells, and some […]

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Mindful America: A Review

Mindful America: A Review

I was by turns excited, puzzled and exasperated as I read Jeff Wilson’s Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture.  This first attempt at an academic look at the rise of the mindfulness movement is a fascinating, provocative and often entertaining read,  but its cultural studies methodology can be questionable and […]

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Practice Circle: Finding Your Benefactors

Practice Circle: Finding Your Benefactors

For the last several months, the mindfulness group I practice with has been learning a set of meditation practices adapted by John Makransky from Tibetan dzogchen and mahamudra methods.  Although these techniques have much in common with the mindfulness practices adapted from Theravada Buddhism, such as vipassana and loving kindness meditation, there are some differences in emphasis […]

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Episode 213 :: Erik Braun :: The Birth of Insight: Meditation, Modern Buddhism, and the Burmese Monk Ledi Sayadaw

Episode 213 :: Erik Braun :: The Birth of Insight: Meditation, Modern Buddhism, and the Burmese Monk Ledi Sayadaw

Erik Braun Professor Erik Braun joins us to speak about The Birth of Insight: Meditation, Modern Buddhism, and the Burmese Monk Ledi Sayadaw. Insight meditation is arguably one of the most common practices in contemporary Buddhism. But, where did this modern version come from, what are the roots of what we see in the West? […]

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Episode 212 :: Winton Higgins :: Four Frontiers for Secular Buddhists

Episode 212 :: Winton Higgins :: Four Frontiers for Secular Buddhists

Winton Higgins Our returning guest, Winton Higgins, speaks with us about some key challenges facing secular Buddhists in contemporary society. 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 […]

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Episode 211 :: Derek Beres :: The Warrior’s Path: Living Yoga’s Ten Codes

Episode 211 :: Derek Beres :: The Warrior’s Path: Living Yoga’s Ten Codes

Derek Beres Derek Beres joins us to speak about his book, The Warrior’s Path: Living Yoga’s Ten Codes. Buddhism is not the only tradition that involves being in the present, in full awareness, and making more skillful decisions. It’s also not the only tradition undergoing growing pains as it encounters modernity, particularly Western culture, and […]

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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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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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