Ted Meissner

Ted Meissner

Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He 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.

Ted’s 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 teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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Episode 271 :: Doug Smith and Justin Whitaker :: Reading the Buddha as a Philosopher

| April 2, 2017 | 2 Comments
Episode 271 :: Doug Smith and Justin Whitaker :: Reading the Buddha as a Philosopher

Doug Smith Doug Smith and Justin Whitaker join us to speak about their paper Reading the Buddha as a Philosopher. Have you ever been asked whether you think of Buddha as a religious figure, or as a philosopher? Or perhaps some other description has been thrown in the mix, like teacher or healer. Every time […]

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Episode 270 :: Stephen Batchelor :: Secular Buddhism: Imagining the Dharma in an Uncertain World

| March 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
Episode 270 :: Stephen Batchelor :: Secular Buddhism: Imagining the Dharma in an Uncertain World

Stephen Batchelor Stephen Batchelor joins us to speak about his new book, Secular Buddhism: Imagining the Dharma in an Uncertain World. When this podcast started in May of 2009, the term Secular Buddhism was arguably uncommon, if not virtually unknown. In the past seven years, though, that’s changed considerably. More people now describe themselves as […]

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Episode 269 :: Jeff Eisenberg :: Fighting Buddha: A Story of Martial Arts, Buddhism, Kicking Ass and Saving It

| February 12, 2017 | 0 Comments
Episode 269 :: Jeff Eisenberg :: Fighting Buddha: A Story of Martial Arts, Buddhism, Kicking Ass and Saving It

Jeff Eisenberg We may have an impression of Buddhism and Buddhists as peace loving pacifists. Nothing wrong with that, many of us might fit into that description. But Buddhism also has an association with fighting, the martial arts, and the two disciplines can help inform and help one another. Jeff Eisenberg was born in Irvington, […]

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Episode 268 :: Professor Richard Gombrich :: Buddhism in the Modern World

| January 15, 2017 | 3 Comments
Episode 268 :: Professor Richard Gombrich :: Buddhism in the Modern World

Richard Gombrich Professor Richard Gombrich speaks with us about Buddhism in the modern world. The term living tradition may seem as much an oxymoron as, well, Secular Buddhism. And yet this organic vitality is a hallmark of Buddhism, even and perhaps especially today. There have been growing pains as Buddhism rubs up against, and eventually […]

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Episode 267 :: Nathan Jishin Michon and Daniel Clarkson Fisher :: A Thousand Hands: A Guidebook to Caring for Your Buddhist Community

| January 1, 2017 | 2 Comments
Episode 267 :: Nathan Jishin Michon and Daniel Clarkson Fisher :: A Thousand Hands: A Guidebook to Caring for Your Buddhist Community

Nathan Jishin Michon and Daniel Clarkson Fisher speak with us about A Thousand Hands: A Guidebook to Caring for Your Buddhist Community. Many of us who attend a Buddhist or meditation center simply stop by a few times a week, or perhaps just once for a community sit. Some may also volunteer their time and […]

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Episode 266 :: David Loy :: Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center

| December 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
Episode 266 :: David Loy :: Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center

David Loy David Loy joins us to speak about the new Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center. 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 supported by you. […]

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Episode 265 :: Tim Macejak :: Zen Unleashed: Everyday Buddhist Wisdom from Man’s Best Friend

| December 18, 2016 | 2 Comments
Episode 265 :: Tim Macejak :: Zen Unleashed: Everyday Buddhist Wisdom from Man’s Best Friend

Tim Macejak Tim Macejak joins us to speak about his book Zen Unleashed: Everyday Buddhist Wisdom from Man’s Best Friend. A few of you may know that I’ve had dogs and various other creatures in my immediate family, but mostly dogs. You may have even heard me make reference to them being my best teachers, […]

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