Episode 137 :: Stephen Schettini :: Secular Practice One-On-One

| October 6, 2012 | 4 Comments

Stephen Schettini

The Naked Monk Stephen Schettini joins us to speak about personal evolution from religious Buddhism to secular practice.

It’s interesting, isn’t it, how things change and yet so much remains the same? We have in our world, for example, not only ongoing lineages of religious Buddhism, but these traditions are growing alongside new non-traditional forms. The development of secular Buddhism doesn’t take away from or ruin tradition, it simply opens up new fields of exploration.

And what an opportunity this is for us to learn! Our practice doesn’t have to remain in one place, bound by the constraints of convention. We can and should investigate our options, and understand that in different times and circumstances of our lives, we’re going to incline to different approaches to engagement with moment by moment existence. In other words, what we do evolves.

Stephen is the founder and director of Quiet Mind Seminars. He’s led hundreds of meditation workshops in the Montreal area since 2003 through www.thequietmind.org, and has contributed columns regularly to local newspapers and to The Suburban, Quebec’s largest English-language weekly. He also freelanced for the Montreal Gazette. Stephen made a living in print communications and over the next 20 years authored, co-authored, illustrated, and designed dozens of books on information technology and health science.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice light roast coffee, with a dash of hazelnut creamer.

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Music for This Episode Courtesy of Rodrigo Rodriguez

The music heard in the middle of the podcast is from Rodrigo Rodriguez. The track used in this episode is “Shika no Tone” from his CD, Traditional and Modern Pieces: Shakuhachi.

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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. Dana Nourie Dana Nourie says:

    Really great podcast! Stephen I think many of us related to what you said about enlightenment, and not believing much of what’s in the canon. Really great stuff too on thinking and decision making. Always enjoy listening to you and reading your articles.

  2. PatrickT says:

    Great podcast. What a relief it is to realise and accept that we humans are irrational creatures! It creates the space to be gentle with ourselves and others.

  3. Mark Knickelbine says:

    What concerns me is that Tibetan Buddhism is often presented as the face of Buddhism to Americans, whether it’s Tenzin Gyatso himself or Tibetan lineage teachers like Pema Chodron, Lama Surya Das, and the various Rimpoches. I’m grateful that Stephen’s out there to present a fuller view of this tradition and show that, rather than being the pinnacle of Buddhism’s evolution, it actually hasn’t much to do with the practice the canonical Gotama taught.

  4. Ben says:

    Is this episode going to appear on the iTunes feed? It hasn’t shown up so far. I wonder if the website transition somehow interfered with its appearance there.

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