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 217 :: Greta Christina :: Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing To Do With God

| January 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
Episode 217 :: Greta Christina :: Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing To Do With God

Greta Christina Author Greta Christina joins us to speak about her new minibook, Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing To Do With God. Given enough time, the survival rate of life is exactly zero. There are no exceptions; at some point, we will all die. Different religions, including Buddhism, have different assertions about what […]

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Episode 216 :: J.A. Kempf :: Unplugged

| December 27, 2014 | 1 Comment
Episode 216 :: J.A. Kempf :: Unplugged

J.A. Kempf James Kempf joins us in our second Unplugged episode to talk about the problems he encountered in the practice, and wrote about in his book, Silicon Valley Monk: From Metaphysics to Reality on the Buddhist Path. How many of you have been on a retreat, and noticed that someone had significant emotional or […]

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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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