Episode 298 :: Sara Rahmani :: Understanding Unbelief: Mindfulness Meditation Project

| July 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Sara Rahmani

Dr. Sara Rahmani speaks with us about her work Understanding Unbelief: Mindfulness Meditation project.

What is it like to be faced with adopting a religious belief system that’s not part of your personal background? Or perhaps it is, and once there, you find an increasing cognitive dissonance with what’s overtly or subtley encouraged as required views and practices? Many people like me came to Buddhism because of an interest in contemplative practice, and have found value in many of those ideas and ways of being in the world. What’s most interesting to me is how that awareness growing from practice can contribute to shifting notions of identity, often from orthodox religion to secularity.

After completing her B.A. Honours in Study of Religions at Bath Spa University in England, Sara Rahmani travelled to New Zealand to begin her PhD. research at the University of Otago. She received joint supervision from the departments of Religion and Anthropology. Her doctorate dissertation, ‘Drifting through Samsara,’ gained an Exceptional Theses Award in 2017 Otago’s Division of Humanities. She intends to publish her thesis as a monograph. Sara joined the Brain, Belief and Behaviour group at the Centre for Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement, Coventry University, as Research Associate in July 2017.

Also note that if you would be interested in participating in the research discussed in today’s episode, you’re a secular Buddhist or other non-religious or atheist mindfulness practitioner, you may be able to participate by filling their 20-minute questionnaire and/or contribute to their research in form of an online interview.

If you would like to participate, get started by clicking on the Participant Information Sheet.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Prince of Peace Organic 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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