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 227 :: Soryu Forall :: Center for Mindful Learning

| July 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
Episode 227 :: Soryu Forall :: Center for Mindful Learning

Soryu Forall Soryu Forall joins us to speak about the Center for Mindful Learning. When is a monastery, not a monastery? What defines it as such? Is it the presence of monastics, or perhaps a ritual of purification, or of dedication? Or perhaps the notion of a place of living and learning for those who’ve […]

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Episode 226 :: David Loy :: A New Buddhist Path: Enlightenment, Evolution, and Ethics in the Modern World

| June 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
Episode 226 :: David Loy :: A New Buddhist Path: Enlightenment, Evolution, and Ethics in the Modern World

David Loy David Loy joins us to speak about his new book, A New Buddhist Path: Enlightenment, Evolution, and Ethics in the Modern World. 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 […]

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Episode 225 :: Paul Verhaeghen :: Secular Buddhist Ethics

| June 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
Episode 225 :: Paul Verhaeghen :: Secular Buddhist Ethics

Paul Verhaeghen Paul Verhaeghen joins us to speak about secular Buddhist ethics. One of the common criticisms us atheists and sometimes us Buddhists receive is that we have no morals without a deeply religious conviction to guide us. And yet, many of us secular Buddhists manage to curb our murderous tendencies, and fit right in […]

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Episode 224 :: Ian Lawton :: The Dharma Bum Dhammaloka

| May 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
Episode 224 :: Ian Lawton :: The Dharma Bum Dhammaloka

Ian Lawton Ian Lawton joins us to speak about his film project The Dharma Bum, a documentary film about Irish atheist freethinker Laurence Carroll, who went on to become one of the first Westerners to become a Buddhist monk. History is written by the victors. That’s true within Buddhism, too, and not just the evolutionary […]

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Episode 223 :: Ali Ashtari :: Unplugged — Spiritual But Not Religious: an Iranian Immigrant Story

| May 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
Episode 223 :: Ali Ashtari :: Unplugged — Spiritual But Not Religious: an Iranian Immigrant Story

Ali Ashtari Ali Ashtari joins us in this unplugged episode, Spiritual But Not Religious: an Iranian Immigrant Story. Think about this for moment: you grow up with a religious tradition, and it lets you down. Not in the way many of us in the West have been harmed by the privilege of supernatural thinking, but […]

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Episode 222 :: Mushim Ikeda and Brenda Salgado :: Creating Diverse Sanghas

| April 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
Episode 222 :: Mushim Ikeda and Brenda Salgado :: Creating Diverse Sanghas

Mushim Ikeda Mushim Ikeda and Brenda Salgado join us to talk about encouraging and creating diversity in our sanghas. Hi, everyone. Before we get started with today’s podcast, I want to extend an invitation to those listeners in or near or visiting the Twin Cities of Minnesota. For quite some time we’ve been imagining what […]

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Episode 221 :: Tanya McGinnity and John Negru :: Writings by Canadian Buddhist Women

| April 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
Episode 221 :: Tanya McGinnity and John Negru :: Writings by Canadian Buddhist Women

Tanya McGinnity Tanya McGinnity and John Negru join us to speak about Sumeru Press’s current book project, Writings by Canadian Buddhist Women. After a recent interview, one of the guests asked if I was Canadian. Not really a surprising question. As a Minnesotan for a couple of decades now, the differences between how I sound […]

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