Episode 90 :: Dana Nourie :: Secular Buddhist Association Website

| November 12, 2011 | 4 Comments

Dana Nourie

Hi, everyone. As we mentioned last week, today’s episode is going to be dedicated to the new Secular Buddhist Association website, some of the reasons why we’ve created a new and improved web presence for our secular Buddhist community, and what the features are to address those needs.

I’m also very happy to announce that Glenn Wallis has accepted our request to join the Secular Buddhist Association Advisory Council. Glenn holds a Ph.D. in Buddhist studies from Harvard University’s Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies. Glenn is also the founder of the blog Speculative Non-Buddhism, which can be found on the Blog Roll section on the right hand side of the SBA site, and we’re so very happy he’s participating.

We’ll be updating the About, Directors and Staff page with more information about our Council and its members as time goes on, and hope to have more leaders in secular Buddhist practice join us. In the meantime, you can use the Search on the SBA site to find all the interviews and articles referencing Glenn, just type in Glenn with two N’s Wallis, w-a-l-l-i-s, and click Search.

Dana Nourie does not label herself a Buddhist, though she does practice Buddha’s teachings and associates with Secular Buddhists. She has been a guest on The Secular Buddhist podcast many times, and has been the primary blogger on The Secular Buddhist blog.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice mulled wine, heavy on the cinnamon, and light on the cloves. Off with you, me lad, and be lively!

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Rodrigo Rodriguez

The music heard in the middle of the podcast is from Rodrigo Rodriguez. The tracks used in this episode are:

  • Traces of Truth

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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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  1. Linda Linda says:

    Wonderful episode — thrilling in the extreme!

    Okay, that might seem like an overreaction to those just encountering the site, but think about how lonely it can be to find yourself drawn to Buddhism, with all these questions about why the Buddha taught this or that — so much of the teaching makes sense, but some really big parts are an odd fit — and how do you get those questions answered?

    We start off with coming to understand Buddhism either through one tradition or through encounters (in books or in person) with many, and at a certain point if we still haven’t got answers that satisfy us — what do we do? Well here you’ve found it, a growing community where such questions are absolutely fine, and not just fine but encouraged, and we seek the answers together. There is just no better way to get where we’re going and this central site is such a huge boon to building that, that — sorry — I must gush.

    Thanks to Ted for keeping focused and driving the thing, thanks to Dana for the incredible amount of work done here, and thanks to you both for a podcast that is a clear and comprehensive guide to a plethora of really useful features — a podcast that is also a pleasure to listen to. Y’all have made my day.

  2. Dana Nourie Dana Nourie says:

    And thank you, Linda, for starting Skeptical Buddhist in Second Life, for all the information, explanations, and challenges! You’ve been a wonderful part of my sangha for awhile now, so it’s really exciting to add to it with this site.

    It’s going to be fun to watch how this grows . . .

  3. Checkmite says:

    Hiya folks. I’ve been an avid listener of the podcast for around a year now. At the end of this year, circumstance has me moving to a smallish southern city that, according to my research so far, doesn’t seem to have any Buddhist centers, groups, or resources whatsoever. I’m going to be relying heavily on the Internet for any relevant studies or community interaction, so I was immensely pleased (think of Snoopy’s “happy dance” here) when I learned of this new project the people behind one of my favorite podcasts are undertaking; I’m sure I’ll be taking plenty of advantage of it, and once my moving is complete there’s a change I might even be able to offer support or help in some way.

    The site as a whole is sleek and impressive; good work Dana. Thank you and the rest of the individuals behind this effort. Its value to people in situations like mine cannot be overestimated.

    • Ted Meissner Ted Meissner says:

      Checkmite, it’s so very wonderful to hear that this new design and functionality may help with your practice. That is something we hear often, that there is no place nearby which is a good match for individual preference.

      Please do come often, as we are currently brainstorming on various ways to support the online community needs in particular. And if you have any ideas about what you would like to see, please let us know!

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