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 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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Episode 220 :: Massimo Pigliucci :: Secular Buddhism and Neo Stoicism

| March 21, 2015 | 1 Comment
Episode 220 :: Massimo Pigliucci :: Secular Buddhism and Neo Stoicism

Massimo Pigliucci Science philosopher Massimo Pigliucci joins us to speak about his experiences with stoicism, and we discuss some similarities with secular 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 […]

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Episode 219 :: Alexander Wynne :: Creative Engagement with Tradition

| February 22, 2015 | 2 Comments
Episode 219 :: Alexander Wynne :: Creative Engagement with Tradition

Alexander Wynne Alexander Wynne joins us to speak about how we may creatively engage with tradition. Just today the latest issue of Buddhadharma arrived in my mailbox, with a cover story about the mindfulness movement. The piece was introduced by my friend Jenny Wilks, who like many of us lives in the two overlapping but […]

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Episode 218 :: David McRaney :: You Are Not So Smart

| February 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
Episode 218 :: David McRaney :: You Are Not So Smart

David McRaney David McRaney joins us to speak about delusion from his blog and book, You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself. How do we know, what we know? Think about it. How many times have […]

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Episode 217 :: Greta Christina :: Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing To Do With God

| January 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
Episode 217 :: Greta Christina :: Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing To Do With God

Greta Christina Author Greta Christina joins us to speak about her new minibook, Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing To Do With God. Given enough time, the survival rate of life is exactly zero. There are no exceptions; at some point, we will all die. Different religions, including Buddhism, have different assertions about what […]

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