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

| June 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
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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Episode 249 :: Paul Fuller :: The Notion of Ditthi in Theravada Buddhism

| June 12, 2016 | 3 Comments
Episode 249 :: Paul Fuller :: The Notion of Ditthi in Theravada Buddhism

Paul Fuller Dr. Paul Fuller joins us to speak about ditthi, or views, in Buddhism. Hi, everyone. Before we get started with today’s episode, I want to remind the listeners that we’ve started a new podcast which may also interest you. It’s called Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science, and appears every other week, alternating […]

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Episode 248 :: Marlowe Sand :: Unplugged — Paradise and Promises: Chronicles of My Life with a Self-Declared, Modern-Day Buddha

| May 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Episode 248 :: Marlowe Sand :: Unplugged — Paradise and Promises: Chronicles of My Life with a Self-Declared, Modern-Day Buddha

Marlowe Sand Marlowe Sand joins us in this unplugged episode to discuss experiences with living in a cult. Have you ever seen a news item exposing what seems to be extraordinary abuses in a cult? I have, and unfortunately you probably have, too. I think, how does this happen, what is the process by which […]

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Episode 247 :: Bill Merklee :: Instant Dharma Streaming Radio

| May 14, 2016 | 0 Comments
Episode 247 :: Bill Merklee :: Instant Dharma Streaming Radio

Bill Merklee Bill Merklee joins us to speak about the recently retired Instant Dharma Streaming Radio. Hi, everyone. As I mentioned in the welcome message, today we’re going to be speaking with Bill Merklee about Instant Dharma Streaming Radio. When Bill was kind enough to join me some months ago to record this interview, Instant […]

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Episode 246 :: Ira Rechtshaffer :: Mindfulness and Madness: Money, Food, Sex and the Sacred

| May 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
Episode 246 :: Ira Rechtshaffer :: Mindfulness and Madness: Money, Food, Sex and the Sacred

Ira Rechtshaffer Ira Rechtshaffer joins us to speak about Mindfulness and Madness: Money, Food, Sex and the Sacred. When you hear the phrase, “you’re out of your mind”, what does that call to mind? For me, it’s tinged with madness. And that may not be quite so far from our experience, that when we’re not […]

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Episode 245 :: Doug Smith :: Was the Buddha an Anti-Realist?

| April 16, 2016 | 2 Comments
Episode 245 :: Doug Smith :: Was the Buddha an Anti-Realist?

Doug Smith Doug Smith joins us to speak about his paper from the Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, Was the Buddha an Anti-Realist? We see the debate all the time, particularly online. Did Buddha believe this, or did Buddha believe that? In particular, the gravity well seems to deepen when it comes […]

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Episode 244 :: Ethan Nichtern :: The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path

| April 3, 2016 | 0 Comments
Episode 244 :: Ethan Nichtern :: The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path

Ethan Nichtern Ethan Nichtern joins us to speak about his recent book, The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path. Hi, everyone. Before we get started with today’s episode, I want to remind the listeners that we’ve started a new podcast which may also interest you. It’s called Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and […]

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