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 229 :: Dave Smith :: Ethical Mindfulness

| August 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
Episode 229 :: Dave Smith :: Ethical Mindfulness

Dave Smith Our friend Dave Smith returns to speak with us about his new book, Ethical 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: Mindfulness Practice and Science, and appears every other […]

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Episode 228 :: BJ Leiderman :: NPR Music, Meditation, and Moving from Sound to Silence

| August 2, 2015 | 1 Comment
Episode 228 :: BJ Leiderman :: NPR Music, Meditation, and Moving from Sound to Silence

BJ Leiderman Music composer BJ Leiderman joins us to speak about his meditation practice, and the music world. Meditation knows no bounds. Its effects can touch us in the workplace, at home, in how we relate to one another and ourselves, and even — or perhaps least surprisingly — in the creative ways we express […]

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Episode 227 :: Soryu Forall :: Center for Mindful Learning

| July 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
Episode 227 :: Soryu Forall :: Center for Mindful Learning

Soryu Forall Soryu Forall joins us to speak about the Center for Mindful Learning. When is a monastery, not a monastery? What defines it as such? Is it the presence of monastics, or perhaps a ritual of purification, or of dedication? Or perhaps the notion of a place of living and learning for those who’ve […]

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Episode 226 :: David Loy :: A New Buddhist Path: Enlightenment, Evolution, and Ethics in the Modern World

| June 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
Episode 226 :: David Loy :: A New Buddhist Path: Enlightenment, Evolution, and Ethics in the Modern World

David Loy David Loy joins us to speak about his new book, A New Buddhist Path: Enlightenment, Evolution, and Ethics in the Modern World. 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 […]

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Episode 225 :: Paul Verhaeghen :: Secular Buddhist Ethics

| June 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
Episode 225 :: Paul Verhaeghen :: Secular Buddhist Ethics

Paul Verhaeghen Paul Verhaeghen joins us to speak about secular Buddhist ethics. One of the common criticisms us atheists and sometimes us Buddhists receive is that we have no morals without a deeply religious conviction to guide us. And yet, many of us secular Buddhists manage to curb our murderous tendencies, and fit right in […]

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Episode 224 :: Ian Lawton :: The Dharma Bum Dhammaloka

| May 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
Episode 224 :: Ian Lawton :: The Dharma Bum Dhammaloka

Ian Lawton Ian Lawton joins us to speak about his film project The Dharma Bum, a documentary film about Irish atheist freethinker Laurence Carroll, who went on to become one of the first Westerners to become a Buddhist monk. History is written by the victors. That’s true within Buddhism, too, and not just the evolutionary […]

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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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