Ted Meissner

Ted Meissner

Ted Meissner 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. His 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 works at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society doing community development and teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.

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Episode 255 :: Richard Gentei Diedrichs :: Living in Blue Sky Mind: Basic Buddhist Teachings for a Happy Life

| August 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
Episode 255 :: Richard Gentei Diedrichs :: Living in Blue Sky Mind: Basic Buddhist Teachings for a Happy Life

Richard Gentei Diedrichs If you’ve ever tried teaching a group of children not your own, you know that it can be something of a challenge. Now think about how your own learning of the dhamma may have taken some time, and how you may have experienced some twists and turns and dead ends on the […]

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Episode 254 :: Loch Kelly :: Shift Into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness

| August 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
Episode 254 :: Loch Kelly :: Shift Into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness

Loch Kelly Imagine you’ve been through a pretty rough time in your life, with a series of tragic losses and changes, all in a short amount of time. Sound familiar? Many people have had that unfortunate experience, and sometimes there’s another experience which profoundly shifts our state of mind to something more equanimous. But what […]

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Episode 253 :: Gregory Lopez :: Early Buddhist Mindfulness and Stoic Mindfulness

| July 31, 2016 | 0 Comments
Episode 253 :: Gregory Lopez :: Early Buddhist Mindfulness and Stoic Mindfulness

Gregory Lopez Gregory Lopez joins us to speak about how early Buddhist views of mindfulness compare and contrast with Stoic mindfulness. Hi, everyone. Before we begin today’s episode, I would like to mention that this podcast and the supporting website, discussion forums, our live, online Practice Circle and other services provided by the Secular Buddhist […]

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Changes at the SBA

| July 27, 2016 | 1 Comment
Changes at the SBA

The Secular Buddhist Association has grown a great deal from its humble beginnings. In May of 2009, the podcast The Secular Buddhist was first made available, with an interview format about engaging with the tradition in something of an admittedly fringe perspective. Secular Buddhism was not a term commonly heard at the time, and there […]

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Episode 252 :: Jay Forrest :: Secular Buddhism: An Introduction

| July 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
Episode 252 :: Jay Forrest :: Secular Buddhism: An Introduction

Jay Forrest Jay Forrest returns to talk about his new book, Secular Buddhism: An Introduction There are many books out today that are touching on a secular approach to the tradition. Some are very pragmatic and deeply rooted in practice, others are more scholarly conjecture. But few have taken the step of using the term […]

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Episode 251 :: Sara Eckel :: It’s Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons You’re Single

| July 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Episode 251 :: Sara Eckel :: It’s Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons You’re Single

Sara Eckel Sara Eckel joins us to talk about how Buddhist insights can inform our dating experience. Though the Buddha really didn’t date, per se, he was at one time married, and his wife and son were part of the rest of his life, even though that relationship changed. Whether you’re single, in a relationship, […]

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Episode 250 :: Lama Tsomo :: Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling: A Westerner’s Introduction and Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Practice

| June 25, 2016 | 1 Comment
Episode 250 :: Lama Tsomo :: Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling: A Westerner’s Introduction and Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Practice

Lama Tsomo Lama Tsomo joins us to speak about her book, Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling: A Westerner’s Introduction and Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Practice. We have such a wide range of learning and practice opportunities with Buddhism in contemporary Western culture. It may even be a bit bewildering, having so much to […]

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