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Mindfulness Meditation Can Improve Views On And Interactions With African Americans

Mindfulness Meditation Can Improve Views On And Interactions With African Americans

Recently, the US media has focused on violence against African Americans – specifically by various police departments. The focus has lead to a lot of anger and a lot of opinions – but what is the TRUTH of these situations? Maybe we’ll never know for sure, but a leading suggestion is that there’s some kind […]

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A Few Words on Bodhi and Batchelor

A Few Words on Bodhi and Batchelor

I would like to have more time to respond to Bhikkhu Bodhi’s recent piece on Secular Buddhism over at Secular Buddhism New Zealand, “Facing the Great Divide”, as well as to Stephen Batchelor’s lengthy response in the comments. Unfortunately time is short so I will be necessarily brief. Bhikkhu Bodhi Bodhi’s essay is something of an […]

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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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Episode 227 :: Soryu Forall :: Center for Mindful Learning

Episode 227 :: Soryu Forall :: Center for Mindful Learning

Soryu Forall Soryu Forall joins us to speak about the Center for Mindful Learning. When is a monastery, not a monastery? What defines it as such? Is it the presence of monastics, or perhaps a ritual of purification, or of dedication? Or perhaps the notion of a place of living and learning for those who’ve […]

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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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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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