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A Culture of Awakening

A Culture of Awakening

At the end of May I attended a four day workshop at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe called “A Culture of Awakening.” It was led by Stephen Batchelor with Roshi Joan Halifax. I will try to discuss the ideas presented and my impressions of them. For those that are interested, all seven of the […]

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Practice Circle: Mindfulness of the Body

Practice Circle: Mindfulness of the Body

Even as one who encompasses with his mind the mighty ocean includes thereby all the rivulets that run into the ocean; just so, O monks, whoever develops and cultivates mindfulness directed to the body includes thereby all the wholesome states that partake of supreme knowledge. One thing, O monks, if developed and cultivated, leads to […]

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Practice Circle: Right Intention, Right Speech

Practice Circle: Right Intention, Right Speech

Others may use these five modes of speech when speaking to you — speech that is timely or untimely, true or false, gentle or harsh, with a good or a harmful motive, and with a loving heart or hostility. In this way, monks, you should train yourselves: ‘Neither shall our minds be affected by this, […]

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Practicing with Technology

Practicing with Technology

We recently did a survey among people who had signed up for Practice Circle to find out their most and least favorite things about our online mindfulness group.   The likes were all over the map, but thankfully they were many: respondents rated Practice Circle 7.3 on a 10 point scale, with only 3 of 19 ranking […]

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Episode 204 :: Bob Stahl :: Buddhism’s Alignment with Mindfulness

Episode 204 :: Bob Stahl :: Buddhism’s Alignment with Mindfulness

Bob Stahl Buddhist and teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teachers, Bob Stahl, joins us to speak about the alignment between Buddhism, and contemporary mindfulness. 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: […]

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Episode 203 :: Jason Siff :: Reflections on Secular Buddhism

Episode 203 :: Jason Siff :: Reflections on Secular Buddhism

Jason Siff Meditation teacher and author Jason Siff joins us again to speak about some of his reflections on Secular Buddhism. If there’s one thing we’ve tried to avoid doing in the Secular Buddhist Association, it’s to define the dogma of Secular Buddhism, with capital letters. We’ve intentionally kept our guiding principles at a very […]

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Episode 202 :: Gary McDonald :: The Fourth Noble Truth Movie

Episode 202 :: Gary McDonald :: The Fourth Noble Truth Movie

Gary McDonald Film maker Gary McDonald joins us to speak about his movie, The Fourth Noble Truth. We’re seeing more Buddhism in film these days. Many are documentaries, there are two of which in various stages of production that we’ve spoken about on this podcast alone. But few expressly Buddhist fiction films targeted to a […]

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Episode 201 :: Linda Blanchard :: Dependent Arising In Context

Episode 201 :: Linda Blanchard :: Dependent Arising In Context

Linda Blanchard Linda Blanchard joins us to speak about her new book Dependent Arising In Context. Dependent arising, or co-origination, is one of the more complex concepts in Buddhism, probably because it encompasses so many things and how they relate. Some take this chain of events as literal truths, irrevocably and unquestioningly about a literal […]

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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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