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.

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Episode 211 :: Derek Beres :: The Warrior’s Path: Living Yoga’s Ten Codes

| October 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Episode 211 :: Derek Beres :: The Warrior’s Path: Living Yoga’s Ten Codes

Derek Beres Derek Beres joins us to speak about his book, The Warrior’s Path: Living Yoga’s Ten Codes. Buddhism is not the only tradition that involves being in the present, in full awareness, and making more skillful decisions. It’s also not the only tradition undergoing growing pains as it encounters modernity, particularly Western culture, and […]

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Episode 210 :: Jeff Wilson :: Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture

| October 12, 2014 | 7 Comments
Episode 210 :: Jeff Wilson :: Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture

Jeff Wilson Professor Jeff Wilson joins us to speak about his book, Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture. Chances are if you listen to this podcast, you’ve got an inkling of the relationship between traditional Buddhism, secular Buddhism, and the contemporary mindfulness movement. However you think or feel about this […]

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Episode 209 :: Justin Merritt :: Simple Suttas

| September 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
Episode 209 :: Justin Merritt :: Simple Suttas

Justin Merritt Justin Merritt joins us to speak about his blog and podcast, Simple Suttas. There are plenty of dhamma talk podcasts out in the world, and that’s great, it gives a wide set of options of teachers one can listen to about the Buddha sasana. But there aren’t a lot of podcast that focus […]

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Episode 208 :: Gil Fronsdal :: Atthakavagga, The Book of Eights

| September 12, 2014 | 10 Comments
Episode 208 :: Gil Fronsdal :: Atthakavagga, The Book of Eights

Gil Fronsdal Gil Fronsdal joins us to speak about his upcoming book, a translation of the Pali Atthakavagga, The Book of Eights. Not all the books in the Pali canon are easy to find in English, let along translations that resonate with contemporary sensibilities. The books of the Sutta Nipata are some of the earliest […]

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Episode 207 :: Alex Soojung-Kim Pang :: The Distraction Addiction

| August 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
Episode 207 :: Alex Soojung-Kim Pang :: The Distraction Addiction

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang Author Alex Soojung-Kim Pang joins us to speak about his book The Distraction Addiction: Getting the Information You Need and the Communication You Want, Without Enraging Your Family, Annoying Your Colleagues, and Destroying Your Soul. Do you ever get distracted? If you’re like me and practically everyone else on the planet, of […]

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Episode 206 :: Andrew Holecek :: Meditation in the iGeneration — How to Meditate in a World of Speed and Stress

| August 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
Episode 206 :: Andrew Holecek :: Meditation in the iGeneration — How to Meditate in a World of Speed and Stress

Andrew Holecek Andrew Holecek joins us to speak about contemplative practice in the digital age. As meditators, we often see our mobile devices and technological advances as distractions. And certainly, they can be. They’re designed, after all, not just to serve a function, but to keep the attention of the customer. What are some ways […]

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Episode 205 :: Katherine MacLean :: Unplugged

| August 3, 2014 | 5 Comments
Episode 205 :: Katherine MacLean :: Unplugged

Katherine MacLean Researcher and practitioner Katherine MacLean joins us in our first Unplugged episode. One thing that often gets missed in the ongoing criticisms of scientific research being doing around meditation, is that the researchers are people. They are dedicated professionals, and passionate practitioners who nonetheless manage to maintain a boundary between their personal care […]

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