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The Buddha and Blasphemy

The Buddha and Blasphemy

With the recent tragedy at Charlie Hebdo blasphemous satire is in the news, and many ask if it should be allowed. There are many different degrees of “allow”, and most discussions on the matter, particularly the more virulent, trade off of these different degrees. First there is the plain issue of legality: should the state allow satire? […]

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Philip Kitcher on Secular Humanism

Philip Kitcher on Secular Humanism

One criticism of ‘New Atheist’ books has been that they lack sophistication, that they attack only the most extreme forms of theistic belief without touching its more nuanced, liberal forms. So it comes as a welcome development to read Philip Kitcher’s new book, which takes a more nuanced look at religious belief and practice. As […]

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Impermanence and Emptiness: a Reversal in Perspective?

Impermanence and Emptiness: a Reversal in Perspective?

The Buddhist notion of emptiness (suññatā/śunyatā) is famously difficult to get one’s head around. In a presentation this past Saturday Sharon Salzberg described it as a combination of impermanence (anicca) and interconnectedness. This is a good first go at understanding emptiness, although the simple concept “interconnectedness” doesn’t really do justice to the recondite complexity of dependent origination […]

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A World of Impermanence: the Three Marks

A World of Impermanence: the Three Marks

The three marks of existence (anicca, dukkha, anatta, or impermanence, unsatisfactoriness, and non-self) have always played a central role in Buddhist dhamma. They outline its basic metaphysics, the ground which characterizes lived reality. The Buddha viewed these characteristics as everlastingly true of the world: “Bhikkhus, whether Tathāgatas arise or not, there persists that law, that […]

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Episode 217 :: Greta Christina :: Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing To Do With God

Episode 217 :: Greta Christina :: Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing To Do With God

Greta Christina Author Greta Christina joins us to speak about her new minibook, Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing To Do With God. Given enough time, the survival rate of life is exactly zero. There are no exceptions; at some point, we will all die. Different religions, including Buddhism, have different assertions about what […]

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Episode 216 :: J.A. Kempf :: Unplugged

Episode 216 :: J.A. Kempf :: Unplugged

J.A. Kempf James Kempf joins us in our second Unplugged episode to talk about the problems he encountered in the practice, and wrote about in his book, Silicon Valley Monk: From Metaphysics to Reality on the Buddhist Path. How many of you have been on a retreat, and noticed that someone had significant emotional or […]

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Episode 215 :: Keith Nielsen :: Houston Secular Buddhists

Episode 215 :: Keith Nielsen :: Houston Secular Buddhists

Keith Nielsen Keith Nielsen joins us to speak about secular Buddhism in Houston, Texas. Secular Buddhism continues to grow and flourish, distinguishing itself from traditional forms with its focus on this world, while honoring the core values and practices of Buddhist thought. New groups continue to sprout as the notion of secular, while being Buddhist, […]

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Episode 214 :: Yeshe Rabgye :: Life’s Meandering Path: A Secular Approach to Gautama Buddha’s Guide to Living

Episode 214 :: Yeshe Rabgye :: Life’s Meandering Path: A Secular Approach to Gautama Buddha’s Guide to Living

Yeshe Rabgye Yeshe Rabgye returns to speak with us about his new book, Life’s Meandering Path: A Secular Approach to Gautama Buddha’s Guide to Living. It’s interesting, as we look at the ancient Buddhist texts, how much of them have clear and present meaning to us in contemporary society. It’s what many of us like […]

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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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