Episode 269 :: Jeff Eisenberg :: Fighting Buddha: A Story of Martial Arts, Buddhism, Kicking Ass and Saving It

| February 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Jeff Eisenberg

We may have an impression of Buddhism and Buddhists as peace loving pacifists. Nothing wrong with that, many of us might fit into that description. But Buddhism also has an association with fighting, the martial arts, and the two disciplines can help inform and help one another.

Jeff Eisenberg was born in Irvington, New Jersey in 1964. He started training in the martial arts as a child and has been training consistently for over 45 years. He is a Grand Master level martial arts instructor with over 30 years of teaching experience and ran his own Dojo for almost 15 years. Always priding himself on being a student, he has repeatedly taken off his black belt to put on a white belt and pursue training in a new style. This has taken him on an extensive journey through the martial arts of Judo, Karate, Muay Thai, Kali, Escrima, Hapkido, Aikido, and Japanese Jujitsu. His current martial arts pursuit is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, in which he’s been training in for the last eight years. He is also a certified protection specialist and defensive tactics instructor and has worked as a body guard and investigator. He was first introduced to meditation through his martial arts training, and this introduction began his life long interest in mental discipline and eastern philosophy, particularly Buddhism, which he has been practicing for most of his adult life. He currently lives with his wife Linda and a bunch of cats across the street from the beach at the Jersey Shore.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice dark Oolong tea.

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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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