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 204 :: Bob Stahl :: Buddhism’s Alignment with Mindfulness

| July 19, 2014 | 2 Comments
Episode 204 :: Bob Stahl :: Buddhism’s Alignment with Mindfulness

Bob Stahl Buddhist and teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teachers, Bob Stahl, joins us to speak about the alignment between Buddhism, and contemporary mindfulness. 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: […]

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Episode 203 :: Jason Siff :: Reflections on Secular Buddhism

| July 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Episode 203 :: Jason Siff :: Reflections on Secular Buddhism

Jason Siff Meditation teacher and author Jason Siff joins us again to speak about some of his reflections on Secular Buddhism. If there’s one thing we’ve tried to avoid doing in the Secular Buddhist Association, it’s to define the dogma of Secular Buddhism, with capital letters. We’ve intentionally kept our guiding principles at a very […]

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Episode 202 :: Gary McDonald :: The Fourth Noble Truth Movie

| June 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Episode 202 :: Gary McDonald :: The Fourth Noble Truth Movie

Gary McDonald Film maker Gary McDonald joins us to speak about his movie, The Fourth Noble Truth. We’re seeing more Buddhism in film these days. Many are documentaries, there are two of which in various stages of production that we’ve spoken about on this podcast alone. But few expressly Buddhist fiction films targeted to a […]

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Episode 201 :: Linda Blanchard :: Dependent Arising In Context

| June 7, 2014 | 40 Comments
Episode 201 :: Linda Blanchard :: Dependent Arising In Context

Linda Blanchard Linda Blanchard joins us to speak about her new book Dependent Arising In Context. Dependent arising, or co-origination, is one of the more complex concepts in Buddhism, probably because it encompasses so many things and how they relate. Some take this chain of events as literal truths, irrevocably and unquestioningly about a literal […]

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Episode 200 :: Stephen Batchelor :: This Secular Age

| May 25, 2014 | 16 Comments
Episode 200 :: Stephen Batchelor :: This Secular Age

Stephen Batchelor Stephen Batchelor joins us once again to speak about the growing acceptance of a secular approach to 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 […]

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Episode 199 :: Karen Maezen Miller :: Paradise in Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden

| May 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
Episode 199 :: Karen Maezen Miller :: Paradise in Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden

Karen Maezen Miller Karen Maezen Miller joins us to speak about her new book, Paradise in Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden. The surface of every moment contains the infinite depths of zen. We see this in practice with the tea ceremony, we capture it with haiku, with the music of the shakuhachi flute […]

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Episode 198 :: Gary Weber :: Happiness Beyond Thought: A Practical Guide to Awakening

| April 27, 2014 | 8 Comments
Episode 198 :: Gary Weber :: Happiness Beyond Thought: A Practical Guide to Awakening

Gary Weber Gary Weber joins us to speak about Happiness Beyond Thought: A Practical Guide to Awakening. Awakening. It’s one of the top three bugaboos traditional Buddhism has when trying to find resonance with a contemporary, often Western meditator. But as is often the case, what we mean may open doors to Buddhism where only […]

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