Previous Articles » click to see more

What is the Eightfold Path?

What is the Eightfold Path?

  Many of us have heard of the Eightfold Path as perhaps the definitive description of Buddhist practice. What is it? Descriptions of the elements of the Eightfold Path can be found throughout the suttas, but a good quick rundown of the entire path can be found at Saṃyutta Nikāya 45.8.

Continue Reading

Secular Buddhism & Secular Humanism

Secular Buddhism & Secular Humanism

For more information about secular humanism, see the Council for Secular Humanism‘s website.

Continue Reading

The Two Major Kinds of Buddhist Meditation

The Two Major Kinds of Buddhist Meditation

Now with better quality video! More info about a couple of folks mentioned: Leigh Brasington Jon Kabat-Zinn

Continue Reading

Strong Determination: My Goenka Retreat

Strong Determination: My Goenka Retreat

Meditators and nonmeditators alike questioned me with raised eyebrows about my decision to attend a 10-day silent retreat at one of S.E. Goenka’s vipassana meditation centers. Admittedly, I questioned myself as well. A single reading of the procedures and rules led me to refer to the retreat as meditation bootcamp. At the retreat, students are […]

Continue Reading

Previous Podcasts » click to see more

Episode 271 :: Doug Smith and Justin Whitaker :: Reading the Buddha as a Philosopher

Episode 271 :: Doug Smith and Justin Whitaker :: Reading the Buddha as a Philosopher

Doug Smith Doug Smith and Justin Whitaker join us to speak about their paper Reading the Buddha as a Philosopher. Have you ever been asked whether you think of Buddha as a religious figure, or as a philosopher? Or perhaps some other description has been thrown in the mix, like teacher or healer. Every time […]

Continue Reading

Episode 270 :: Stephen Batchelor :: Secular Buddhism: Imagining the Dharma in an Uncertain World

Episode 270 :: Stephen Batchelor :: Secular Buddhism: Imagining the Dharma in an Uncertain World

Stephen Batchelor Stephen Batchelor joins us to speak about his new book, Secular Buddhism: Imagining the Dharma in an Uncertain World. When this podcast started in May of 2009, the term Secular Buddhism was arguably uncommon, if not virtually unknown. In the past seven years, though, that’s changed considerably. More people now describe themselves as […]

Continue Reading

Episode 269 :: Jeff Eisenberg :: Fighting Buddha: A Story of Martial Arts, Buddhism, Kicking Ass and Saving It

Episode 269 :: Jeff Eisenberg :: Fighting Buddha: A Story of Martial Arts, Buddhism, Kicking Ass and Saving It

Jeff Eisenberg We may have an impression of Buddhism and Buddhists as peace loving pacifists. Nothing wrong with that, many of us might fit into that description. But Buddhism also has an association with fighting, the martial arts, and the two disciplines can help inform and help one another. Jeff Eisenberg was born in Irvington, […]

Continue Reading

Episode 268 :: Professor Richard Gombrich :: Buddhism in the Modern World

Episode 268 :: Professor Richard Gombrich :: Buddhism in the Modern World

Richard Gombrich Professor Richard Gombrich speaks with us about Buddhism in the modern world. The term living tradition may seem as much an oxymoron as, well, Secular Buddhism. And yet this organic vitality is a hallmark of Buddhism, even and perhaps especially today. There have been growing pains as Buddhism rubs up against, and eventually […]

Continue Reading

Previous Audio Talks » click to see more

The Nonviolence Handbook: A Review

The Nonviolence Handbook: A Review

Buy at Amazon or Audible Buy directly at Metta Center for Nonviolence       You know those little games people like to post as their Facebook statuses? Well, last week, this one led me to “The Nonviolence Handbook… with a chainsaw.” Apparently, things either got out of control quickly or The Nonviolence Handbook is very […]

Continue Reading

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  

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

Previous Videos » click to see more

Superstition

Superstition

From the QualiaSoup series of videos, this is a terrific examination of the concept of Superstition.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

From the QualiaSoup series of videos, this is a terrific examination of Critical Thinking.

Continue Reading

Open Mindedness

Open Mindedness

From the QualiaSoup series of videos, this is a terrific examination of the concept of Open Mindedness.

Continue Reading