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 268 :: Professor Richard Gombrich :: Buddhism in the Modern World

| January 15, 2017 | 1 Comment
Episode 268 :: Professor Richard Gombrich :: Buddhism in the Modern World

Richard Gombrich Professor Richard Gombrich speaks with us about Buddhism in the modern world. The term living tradition may seem as much an oxymoron as, well, Secular Buddhism. And yet this organic vitality is a hallmark of Buddhism, even and perhaps especially today. There have been growing pains as Buddhism rubs up against, and eventually […]

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Episode 267 :: Nathan Jishin Michon and Daniel Clarkson Fisher :: A Thousand Hands: A Guidebook to Caring for Your Buddhist Community

| January 1, 2017 | 2 Comments
Episode 267 :: Nathan Jishin Michon and Daniel Clarkson Fisher :: A Thousand Hands: A Guidebook to Caring for Your Buddhist Community

Nathan Jishin Michon and Daniel Clarkson Fisher speak with us about A Thousand Hands: A Guidebook to Caring for Your Buddhist Community. Many of us who attend a Buddhist or meditation center simply stop by a few times a week, or perhaps just once for a community sit. Some may also volunteer their time and […]

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Episode 266 :: David Loy :: Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center

| December 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
Episode 266 :: David Loy :: Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center

David Loy David Loy joins us to speak about the new Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center. Hi, everyone. Before we begin today’s episode, I would like to mention that this podcast and the supporting website, discussion forums, our live, online Practice Circle and other services provided by the Secular Buddhist Association are supported by you. […]

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Episode 265 :: Tim Macejak :: Zen Unleashed: Everyday Buddhist Wisdom from Man’s Best Friend

| December 18, 2016 | 2 Comments
Episode 265 :: Tim Macejak :: Zen Unleashed: Everyday Buddhist Wisdom from Man’s Best Friend

Tim Macejak Tim Macejak joins us to speak about his book Zen Unleashed: Everyday Buddhist Wisdom from Man’s Best Friend. A few of you may know that I’ve had dogs and various other creatures in my immediate family, but mostly dogs. You may have even heard me make reference to them being my best teachers, […]

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Episode 264 :: Shinzen Young :: The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works

| December 4, 2016 | 2 Comments
Episode 264 :: Shinzen Young :: The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works

Shinzen Young Shinzen Young joins us to speak about The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works. Hi, everyone. Before we begin today’s episode, I would like to mention that this podcast and the supporting website, discussion forums, our live, online Practice Circle and other services provided by the Secular Buddhist Association are supported by you. […]

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Episode 263 :: Jay :: Transitioning in Community

| November 20, 2016 | 2 Comments
Episode 263 :: Jay :: Transitioning in Community

Jay Jay joins us to speak about being trans in dharma community. There is a seeming disparity between the Buddhist concepts of not self, and being comfortable in one’s identity. We sometimes hear the criticism of meditation groups for people of color or for those of particular orientations that they reify ideas of self, rather […]

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Episode 262 :: Kim Allen :: Organizational Evolution in Buddhist Communities

| November 5, 2016 | 0 Comments
Episode 262 :: Kim Allen :: Organizational Evolution in Buddhist Communities

Kim Allen Kim Allen joins us to speak about the challenges and necessities of succession planning in contemporary sanghas. You may be part of a thriving dharma community. People are actively involved in programming, interest is high, and the head teacher has the unique ability to challenge and inspire you on the path. And then […]

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