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 258 :: Alexander Wynne :: Historical Authenticity of the Buddha

| September 25, 2016 | 1 Comment
Episode 258 :: Alexander Wynne :: Historical Authenticity of the Buddha

Alexander Wynne Alexander Wynne returns to speak with us about historical authenticity of the Buddha. What would it mean to your practice if we discover our historical understanding of Buddhism was not correct? Not in a little way, getting someone’s name a little wrong, but something larger, something that might change the accuracy of the […]

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Episode 257 :: Andrew Olendzki :: Integrated Dharma Institute

| September 11, 2016 | 4 Comments
Episode 257 :: Andrew Olendzki :: Integrated Dharma Institute

Andrew Olendzki Andrew Olendzki joins us to speak about his Integrated Dharma program, and his upcoming book Untangling Self. Hi, everyone. Before we begin today’s episode, I would like to mention that this podcast and the supporting website, discussion forums, our live, online Practice Circle and other services provided by the Secular Buddhist Association are […]

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Episode 256 :: Charles Carstens :: Religious Conflict in Burma

| August 28, 2016 | 2 Comments
Episode 256 :: Charles Carstens :: Religious Conflict in Burma

Charles Carstens Charles Carstens joins us to speak about his experiences living in Burma, in a time of religious and ethnic turmoil. We may shake our heads in sadness or perhaps disgust when we read in the news about some act of violence against one group of people, by another group of people. Sometimes religion […]

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Episode 255 :: Richard Gentei Diedrichs :: Living in Blue Sky Mind: Basic Buddhist Teachings for a Happy Life

| August 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
Episode 255 :: Richard Gentei Diedrichs :: Living in Blue Sky Mind: Basic Buddhist Teachings for a Happy Life

Richard Gentei Diedrichs If you’ve ever tried teaching a group of children not your own, you know that it can be something of a challenge. Now think about how your own learning of the dhamma may have taken some time, and how you may have experienced some twists and turns and dead ends on the […]

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Episode 254 :: Loch Kelly :: Shift Into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness

| August 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
Episode 254 :: Loch Kelly :: Shift Into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness

Loch Kelly Imagine you’ve been through a pretty rough time in your life, with a series of tragic losses and changes, all in a short amount of time. Sound familiar? Many people have had that unfortunate experience, and sometimes there’s another experience which profoundly shifts our state of mind to something more equanimous. But what […]

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Episode 253 :: Gregory Lopez :: Early Buddhist Mindfulness and Stoic Mindfulness

| July 31, 2016 | 0 Comments
Episode 253 :: Gregory Lopez :: Early Buddhist Mindfulness and Stoic Mindfulness

Gregory Lopez Gregory Lopez joins us to speak about how early Buddhist views of mindfulness compare and contrast with Stoic mindfulness. Hi, everyone. Before we begin today’s episode, I would like to mention that this podcast and the supporting website, discussion forums, our live, online Practice Circle and other services provided by the Secular Buddhist […]

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Changes at the SBA

| July 27, 2016 | 1 Comment
Changes at the SBA

The Secular Buddhist Association has grown a great deal from its humble beginnings. In May of 2009, the podcast The Secular Buddhist was first made available, with an interview format about engaging with the tradition in something of an admittedly fringe perspective. Secular Buddhism was not a term commonly heard at the time, and there […]

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