Ted Meissner

Ted Meissner

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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Episode 284 :: Robert Wright :: Why Buddhism Is True

| December 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
Episode 284 :: Robert Wright :: Why Buddhism Is True

Robert Wright Robert Wright joins us to speak about his book Why Buddhism Is True. Recently there has been a great deal of discussion about the book we’re going to be speaking about today. Some of that discussion, particularly and interestingly from Buddhists, has highlighted the long road we have to take around mutual understanding […]

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Episode 283 :: Kritee :: Being an Indian Woman Priest in the Zen Tradition

| November 25, 2017 | 1 Comment
Episode 283 :: Kritee :: Being an Indian Woman Priest in the Zen Tradition

Kritee Zen priest Kritee joins us to speak about what it’s like being an Indian woman priest in the Zen tradition. As the world becomes more of a global community, people are becoming more exposed to a greater variety of cultures, ideas, and ways of living than ever before. This is a wonderful opportunity for […]

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Episode 282 :: Miles Kessler :: Mindfulness, Aikido, and the Integral Dojo in Tel Aviv

| November 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Episode 282 :: Miles Kessler :: Mindfulness, Aikido, and the Integral Dojo in Tel Aviv

Miles Kessler Miles Kessler joins us to speak about the intersection of mindfulness and Aikido. Hi, everyone. I want to thank you for supporting the Secular Buddhist Association with your generous contributions. Because of that dana, we’re able to continue offering this podcast, the discussions on our website secularbuddhism.org, and of course our live online […]

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Episode 281 :: Gerti Schoen :: Buddha Betrayed: When Spiritual Relationships Go Awry

| October 29, 2017 | 1 Comment
Episode 281 :: Gerti Schoen :: Buddha Betrayed: When Spiritual Relationships Go Awry

Gerti Schoen Gerti Schoen joins us to speak about violation of trust that occur in our sanghas, from her book Buddha Betrayed: When Spiritual Relationships Go Awry. It seems this ongoing cycle of suffering is endless. Unfortunately, I’m not talking about the kind of self-inflicted suffering of greed, hatred, and delusion, but rather the suffering […]

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Episode 280 :: Grace Schireson :: Zen Bridge: The Zen Teachings of Keido Fukushima

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Episode 280 :: Grace Schireson :: Zen Bridge: The Zen Teachings of Keido Fukushima

Grace Schireson Grace Shireson joins us to speak about her teacher, from her new book Zen Bridge: The Zen Teachings of Keido Fukushima. The relationship between student and teacher within Buddhism is not quite like the relationship one develops, or doesn’t develop, with your math or economics teacher. It’s deep, it can be intense, heartwarming, […]

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Secular Buddhism: Divisive Criticism Instead of Collaborative Dialogue Once Again

| September 24, 2017 | 39 Comments
Secular Buddhism: Divisive Criticism Instead of Collaborative Dialogue Once Again

Many years ago I took lifetime precepts at Bhavana Society under Bhante Gunaratana, and have renewed them several times. One in particular is challenging me lately: Pisunavacha veramani sikkahapadam samadiyami. I take the precept to abstain from divisive speech. It’s with a heavy heart that I continue to stumble in this, especially in response to […]

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Practice Circle Live: Lake Meditation

| August 27, 2017 | 0 Comments
Practice Circle Live: Lake Meditation

This guided meditation was recorded live at Practice Circle on August 27, 2017. If you’d like to learn how to join our online dharma practice group, check out the Practice Circle Page.

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