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 215 :: Keith Nielsen :: Houston Secular Buddhists

| December 14, 2014 | 1 Comment
Episode 215 :: Keith Nielsen :: Houston Secular Buddhists

Keith Nielsen Keith Nielsen joins us to speak about secular Buddhism in Houston, Texas. Secular Buddhism continues to grow and flourish, distinguishing itself from traditional forms with its focus on this world, while honoring the core values and practices of Buddhist thought. New groups continue to sprout as the notion of secular, while being Buddhist, […]

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Episode 214 :: Yeshe Rabgye :: Life’s Meandering Path: A Secular Approach to Gautama Buddha’s Guide to Living

| December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Episode 214 :: Yeshe Rabgye :: Life’s Meandering Path: A Secular Approach to Gautama Buddha’s Guide to Living

Yeshe Rabgye Yeshe Rabgye returns to speak with us about his new book, Life’s Meandering Path: A Secular Approach to Gautama Buddha’s Guide to Living. It’s interesting, as we look at the ancient Buddhist texts, how much of them have clear and present meaning to us in contemporary society. It’s what many of us like […]

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Episode 213 :: Erik Braun :: The Birth of Insight: Meditation, Modern Buddhism, and the Burmese Monk Ledi Sayadaw

| November 9, 2014 | 1 Comment
Episode 213 :: Erik Braun :: The Birth of Insight: Meditation, Modern Buddhism, and the Burmese Monk Ledi Sayadaw

Erik Braun Professor Erik Braun joins us to speak about The Birth of Insight: Meditation, Modern Buddhism, and the Burmese Monk Ledi Sayadaw. Insight meditation is arguably one of the most common practices in contemporary Buddhism. But, where did this modern version come from, what are the roots of what we see in the West? […]

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Episode 212 :: Winton Higgins :: Four Frontiers for Secular Buddhists

| November 2, 2014 | 1 Comment
Episode 212 :: Winton Higgins :: Four Frontiers for Secular Buddhists

Winton Higgins Our returning guest, Winton Higgins, speaks with us about some key challenges facing secular Buddhists in contemporary society. 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 […]

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Episode 211 :: Derek Beres :: The Warrior’s Path: Living Yoga’s Ten Codes

| October 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Episode 211 :: Derek Beres :: The Warrior’s Path: Living Yoga’s Ten Codes

Derek Beres Derek Beres joins us to speak about his book, The Warrior’s Path: Living Yoga’s Ten Codes. Buddhism is not the only tradition that involves being in the present, in full awareness, and making more skillful decisions. It’s also not the only tradition undergoing growing pains as it encounters modernity, particularly Western culture, and […]

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Episode 210 :: Jeff Wilson :: Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture

| October 12, 2014 | 9 Comments
Episode 210 :: Jeff Wilson :: Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture

Jeff Wilson Professor Jeff Wilson joins us to speak about his book, Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture. Chances are if you listen to this podcast, you’ve got an inkling of the relationship between traditional Buddhism, secular Buddhism, and the contemporary mindfulness movement. However you think or feel about this […]

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Episode 209 :: Justin Merritt :: Simple Suttas

| September 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
Episode 209 :: Justin Merritt :: Simple Suttas

Justin Merritt Justin Merritt joins us to speak about his blog and podcast, Simple Suttas. There are plenty of dhamma talk podcasts out in the world, and that’s great, it gives a wide set of options of teachers one can listen to about the Buddha sasana. But there aren’t a lot of podcast that focus […]

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