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. Ted works at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society doing community development and teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.

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Episode 239 :: Rick Heller :: Secular Meditation: 32 Practices for Cultivating Inner Peace, Compassion, and Joy

| January 23, 2016 | 2 Comments
Episode 239 :: Rick Heller :: Secular Meditation: 32 Practices for Cultivating Inner Peace, Compassion, and Joy

Rick Heller Rick Heller returns to tell us about Secular Meditation: 32 Practices for Cultivating Inner Peace, Compassion, and Joy — A Guide from the Humanist Community at Harvard. 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. […]

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Episode 238 :: Ken McLeod :: A Trackless Path

| January 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
Episode 238 :: Ken McLeod :: A Trackless Path

Ken McLeod Ken McLeod joins us to speak about A Trackless Path, a translation of one of a key poem of the 18th century Tibetan mystic Jigme Lingpa. As we read, reflect, practice, and eventually embody the words and practices of our forebears in the tradition, it’s interesting how much of what they taught sounds […]

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Episode 237 :: Molly Hahn :: Buddha Doodles: Imagine the Possibilities

| December 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Episode 237 :: Molly Hahn :: Buddha Doodles: Imagine the Possibilities

Molly Hahn Molly Hahn returns to speak with us about the growth of Buddha Doodles, her upcoming book Buddha Doodles: Imagine the Possibilities, and thriving after trauma. 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 […]

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Episode 236 :: Jay Forrest :: Pentecostal Preacher to Secular Buddhist

| December 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
Episode 236 :: Jay Forrest :: Pentecostal Preacher to Secular Buddhist

Jay Forrest Jay Forrest speaks with us about his evolution from a Pentecostal preacher to Secular Buddhist. Many of you listening to this podcast may have had a deep faith practice before becoming Buddhists, let alone Secular Buddhists. But what’s that look like when you’ve become a teacher, a leader in that tradition, and find […]

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Episode 235 :: Gerry Stribling :: Buddhism for Dudes: A Jarhead’s Field Guide to Mindfulness

| November 28, 2015 | 2 Comments
Episode 235 :: Gerry Stribling :: Buddhism for Dudes: A Jarhead’s Field Guide to Mindfulness

Gerry Stribling Gerry Stribling joins us to speak about his book, Buddhism for Dudes: A Jarhead’s Field Guide to Mindfulness. We’ve heard a lot lately from the McCritics of mindfulness, fear mongering with a willful ignorance about teaching mindfulness in the military. These transparently agenda laden accusations about mindful snipers are conspicuously absent of evidence, […]

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Episode 234 :: Leigh Brasington :: Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas

| November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
Episode 234 :: Leigh Brasington :: Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas

Leigh Brasington Leigh Brasington returns to speak with us about Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas. With all the publicity and interest around mindfulness these days, it seems one slice of the samatha pie is getting the lion’s share of attention. And that may be so in practice, too, as the four foundations […]

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Episode 233 :: Jundo Cohen :: Religious-Secular Buddhism: The Best of All Worlds

| October 24, 2015 | 2 Comments
Episode 233 :: Jundo Cohen :: Religious-Secular Buddhism: The Best of All Worlds

Jundo Cohen Jundo Cohen joins us to speak about concepts of secularity and religiosity in Buddhism. There is a misperception I sometimes encounter that may be familiar to you. It’s the idea that there is just “Buddhism”, as if it’s just one monolithic thing. Even breaking things down into the main branches of Theravada, Mahayana, […]

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