Episode 8 :: Spirituality for Atheists :: Part One

| April 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

Grant Steves

Grant is a retired educator who taught debate, communications, language arts, and more for forty years. At an early age, he started reading books on philosophy and religion that had belonged to his grandfather. It was his introduction to Buddhism. In college he pursued Asian studies, and that was the time in which Allen Watts was popularizing Zen. After graduate school at the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana, he became interested in yoga and meditation.

Grant completed a Dr. in Theology with an emphasis on cult religions. In the last three years, he has been an active member of MN Atheists. He has interviewed and been interviewed on their cable program and radio program, and has lectured on cults, fundamentalism, and atheism. His most recent project is on the concept of worldviews.

In today’s podcast we cover topics ranging from spirituality, atheism, conventional reality, chocolate, single malt scotch, and sweet sweet luvin! Let’s join Grant at Borders Books in St. Paul…

“… If you do have a sense of kindness for yourself, if you do want yourself to be well, it would be well to forgive… Otherwise, guess who’s making you uncomfortable? You! So, forgiveness is letting go of your own self-imposed discomfort over the various shenanigans of other beings… People are up to shenanigans all the time. And they’ve got their own shenaniganned idea why.” — Ajahn Sona

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Chikuzen Shakuhachi Series

The music heard in the middle of the podcast is from the Chikuzen Shakuhachi Series, Volume 1, courtesy of Tai Hei Shakuhachi. The tracks used in this episode are:

  • Track 6 :: Esashi Oiwake

Category: The Secular Buddhist Podcast

Ted Meissner

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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