Ted Meissner

Ted Meissner

Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He 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.

Ted’s 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 teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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Episode 276 :: Éowyn Ahlstrom :: Embodiment

| July 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
Episode 276 :: Éowyn Ahlstrom :: Embodiment

Éowyn Ahlstrom Éowyn Ahlstrom joins us to speak about embodiment in Buddhism, and secular mindfulness programs. There’s a word that confused me a great deal when it continued to show up in dharma talks, and in secular mindfulness programs. The very concept of embodiment was foreign to me. Of course you may be thinking that […]

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Episode 275 :: Innen Ray Parchelo :: Walk Like A Mountain: The Handbook of Buddhist Walking Practices

| June 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
Episode 275 :: Innen Ray Parchelo :: Walk Like A Mountain: The Handbook of Buddhist Walking Practices

Innen Ray Parchelo Innen Ray Parchelo speaks with us about the interbeing of contemplative walking. Chances are if you are on a silent meditation retreat, the primary focus is sitting practice. Not just on retreats, either; sitting has a dominant focus in contemplative practice, interspersed with periods of short walking which seem geared to loosen […]

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Episode 274 :: Tami Simon :: Sound True, and The Dharma of Dogs: Our Best Friends as Spiritual Teachers

| June 4, 2017 | 0 Comments
Episode 274 :: Tami Simon :: Sound True, and The Dharma of Dogs: Our Best Friends as Spiritual Teachers

Tami Simon Tami Simon joins us to speak about Sounds True, and the new book The Dharma of Dogs: Our Best Friends as Spiritual Teachers. If listening to the dharma is something you like doing, you may have encountered Sounds True as one of the most comprehensive resources for contemplative practice. Today we’re joined by […]

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Episode 273 :: Beth Mulligan :: The Dharma of MBSR: Discovering the Buddhist Teachings at the Heart of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

| May 21, 2017 | 3 Comments
Episode 273 :: Beth Mulligan :: The Dharma of MBSR: Discovering the Buddhist Teachings at the Heart of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Beth Mulligan Beth Mulligan joins us to speak about how dharma informs Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. In the past several years, there has been an astounding amount of press and research around mindfulness. And this has rustled some Buddhist feathers; honestly, it ruffled mine. I had a good understanding of sati having sit several satipatthana retreats […]

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Episode 272 :: John Negru and Michael Glantz :: Plot to Save the Earth

| May 7, 2017 | 0 Comments
Episode 272 :: John Negru and Michael Glantz :: Plot to Save the Earth

One common focus of Secular Buddhism is the natural world, the understanding and acceptance of our interdependence upon one another and the environment in which we live. One’s contemplative aspirations may extend into ideas about ending rounds of rebirth, but the simple fact remains: we do have this life, we are living on this world, […]

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Episode 271 :: Doug Smith and Justin Whitaker :: Reading the Buddha as a Philosopher

| April 2, 2017 | 2 Comments
Episode 271 :: Doug Smith and Justin Whitaker :: Reading the Buddha as a Philosopher

Doug Smith Doug Smith and Justin Whitaker join us to speak about their paper Reading the Buddha as a Philosopher. Have you ever been asked whether you think of Buddha as a religious figure, or as a philosopher? Or perhaps some other description has been thrown in the mix, like teacher or healer. Every time […]

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Episode 270 :: Stephen Batchelor :: Secular Buddhism: Imagining the Dharma in an Uncertain World

| March 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
Episode 270 :: Stephen Batchelor :: Secular Buddhism: Imagining the Dharma in an Uncertain World

Stephen Batchelor Stephen Batchelor joins us to speak about his new book, Secular Buddhism: Imagining the Dharma in an Uncertain World. When this podcast started in May of 2009, the term Secular Buddhism was arguably uncommon, if not virtually unknown. In the past seven years, though, that’s changed considerably. More people now describe themselves as […]

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