Episode 70 :: Steve Hagen :: Faith and Belief

| June 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

Steve Hagen

Steve Hagen speaks with us about faith and belief, a wee bit of Nagarjuna, and a big ol’ rock.

Hi, everyone. Today I write this sitting by myself in the farmhouse at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, after a week long seminar on Secular Dharma. And it was wonderful, if you ever get the chance to come out here, do. Topics were very well covered, and generated terrific energy, compassion, and community in those fortunate enough to attend.

One of the topics we were not able to cover in the short time we had together, though, was the comparison and clarification of what we mean when we speak of faith, and belief. Context, as it turns out, is pretty important! However, I did have the opportunity to speak about this with zen teacher Steve Hagen, who also happens to be in Minneapolis.

Steve Hagen has been a student of Buddhist thought and practice since 1967. In 1975 he became a student of Dainin Katagiri Roshi in Minneapolis and was ordained in 1979. He has studied with teachers in the U.S., Asia, and Europe, and in 1989 received transmission from Katagiri Roshi. He is currently head teacher at Dharma Field Zen Center. He is the author of Meditation Now or Never, Buddhism Is Not What You Think, Buddhism Plain and Simple, How the World Can Be the Way It Is, and he edited You Have to Say Something, a collection of Dharma talks by Dainin Katagiri.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Minnesota Molotov. Nah, I just made that one up, but bartender scientists, please get on that.

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Shakuhachi Meditations

Shakuhachi Meditations

The music heard in the middle of the podcast is from Rodrigo Rodriguez’s CD, Shakuhachi Meditations. The tracks used in this episode are:

  • Eleven Waterfalls

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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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