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 219 :: Alexander Wynne :: Creative Engagement with Tradition

| February 22, 2015 | 2 Comments
Episode 219 :: Alexander Wynne :: Creative Engagement with Tradition

Alexander Wynne Alexander Wynne joins us to speak about how we may creatively engage with tradition. Just today the latest issue of Buddhadharma arrived in my mailbox, with a cover story about the mindfulness movement. The piece was introduced by my friend Jenny Wilks, who like many of us lives in the two overlapping but […]

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Episode 218 :: David McRaney :: You Are Not So Smart

| February 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
Episode 218 :: David McRaney :: You Are Not So Smart

David McRaney David McRaney joins us to speak about delusion from his blog and book, You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself. How do we know, what we know? Think about it. How many times have […]

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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 | 2 Comments
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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