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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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Tend Your Garden

Tend Your Garden

Tending the Epicurean Garden by Hiram Crespo. Humanist Press, 2014, Hiram Crespo is engaged in the challenging task of reviving Epicureanism not just as a philosophy but also as a living practice. His book, Tending the Epicurean Garden, combines the ancient philosophy of Epicurus with tasks or practices, many of them borrowed from Buddhism. One question […]

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What We Know About What Happened After Gotama’s Death

What We Know About What Happened After Gotama’s Death

One might wonder what happened to the Order of Monks and Nuns shortly after Gotama’s death.  There are some strong indications about what happened at Access to Insight entitled Ananda: The Guardian of the Dhamma.  I have taken the liberty to quote only parts of the entire article for the purpose of keeping those most relevant to the title […]

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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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Episode 206 :: Andrew Holecek :: Meditation in the iGeneration — How to Meditate in a World of Speed and Stress

Episode 206 :: Andrew Holecek :: Meditation in the iGeneration — How to Meditate in a World of Speed and Stress

Andrew Holecek Andrew Holecek joins us to speak about contemplative practice in the digital age. As meditators, we often see our mobile devices and technological advances as distractions. And certainly, they can be. They’re designed, after all, not just to serve a function, but to keep the attention of the customer. What are some ways […]

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Episode 205 :: Katherine MacLean :: Unplugged

Episode 205 :: Katherine MacLean :: Unplugged

Katherine MacLean Researcher and practitioner Katherine MacLean joins us in our first Unplugged episode. One thing that often gets missed in the ongoing criticisms of scientific research being doing around meditation, is that the researchers are people. They are dedicated professionals, and passionate practitioners who nonetheless manage to maintain a boundary between their personal care […]

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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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