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 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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Episode 208 :: Gil Fronsdal :: Atthakavagga, The Book of Eights

| September 12, 2014 | 10 Comments
Episode 208 :: Gil Fronsdal :: Atthakavagga, The Book of Eights

Gil Fronsdal Gil Fronsdal joins us to speak about his upcoming book, a translation of the Pali Atthakavagga, The Book of Eights. Not all the books in the Pali canon are easy to find in English, let along translations that resonate with contemporary sensibilities. The books of the Sutta Nipata are some of the earliest […]

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Episode 207 :: Alex Soojung-Kim Pang :: The Distraction Addiction

| August 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
Episode 207 :: Alex Soojung-Kim Pang :: The Distraction Addiction

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang Author Alex Soojung-Kim Pang joins us to speak about his book The Distraction Addiction: Getting the Information You Need and the Communication You Want, Without Enraging Your Family, Annoying Your Colleagues, and Destroying Your Soul. Do you ever get distracted? If you’re like me and practically everyone else on the planet, of […]

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