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 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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Episode 243 :: Brad Warner :: Don’t Be A Jerk, And Other Practical Advice from Dogen, Japan’s Greatest Zen Master

| March 20, 2016 | 1 Comment
Episode 243 :: Brad Warner :: Don’t Be A Jerk, And Other Practical Advice from Dogen, Japan’s Greatest Zen Master

Brad Warner Brad Warner returns to speak about his exploration of Dogen’s Shobogenzo, Don’t Be A Jerk, And Other Practical Advice from Dogen, Japan’s Greatest Zen Master. If you’re a Soto Zen person, as I’ve been, you’ve probably at least heard of the great work from the founder of our lineage, the Shobogenzo. It can […]

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Episode 242 :: Matthew O’Connell and Stuart Baldwin :: Post Traditional Buddhism

| March 6, 2016 | 1 Comment
Episode 242 :: Matthew O’Connell and Stuart Baldwin :: Post Traditional Buddhism

Matthew O’Connell Matthew O’Connell and Stuart Baldwin join us to speak about Post Traditional Buddhism, and Imperfect Buddha Podcast. In Buddhism, we have broadly speaking “the big three”: Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. It’s much more complicated than that, of course, but those tend to be the primary branches of traditional Buddhism. Of course, once upon […]

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Episode 241 :: Stephen Batchelor :: After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age

| February 20, 2016 | 1 Comment
Episode 241 :: Stephen Batchelor :: After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age

Stephen Batchelor Stephen Batchelor returns to speak with us about his newest work, After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age. As we think about the historical veracity of the Buddhist tradition, we may have an accidental tendency to miss some of the more compelling human elements of the story. We forget that these […]

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Episode 240 :: Karma Yeshe Rabgye :: Ripples in the Stream: A Pragmatic Journey Through Gautama Buddha’s Teachings

| February 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
Episode 240 :: Karma Yeshe Rabgye :: Ripples in the Stream: A Pragmatic Journey Through Gautama Buddha’s Teachings

Karma Yeshe Rabgye Yeshe Rabgye joins us to speak about pragmatic aspects of Buddha’s teaching. What’s it like to be a monastic in a Tibetan tradition, teaching secular mindfulness in India? Oddly enough, this combination does exist, and a secular approach to Buddhism is of more interest than traditional Buddhism, even when the teacher is […]

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