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 279 :: Spring Washam :: A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Wisdom, and Courage in Any Moment

| August 27, 2017 | 0 Comments
Episode 279 :: Spring Washam :: A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Wisdom, and Courage in Any Moment

Spring Washam Spring Washam returns to speak about her upcoming book, A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Wisdom, and Courage in Any Moment. One of the many ways in which contemporary culture may be a bit different from that of the Buddha’s time, is the breadth of different cultures available to those interested in the dhamma. […]

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Practice Circle: Lake Meditation

| August 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
Practice Circle: Lake Meditation

Continuing in our exploration of visualizations in contemplative practice, this Sunday at 8 pm CDST, Practice Circle will focus on the Lake Meditation. To join our video conference group, simply follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/968569855. Ted Meissner, MBSR teacher with Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Center for Mindfulness at UMass, will be leading this session’s half hour guidance and […]

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Episode 278 :: Reva Patwardhan :: Cultural Appropriation

| August 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Episode 278 :: Reva Patwardhan :: Cultural Appropriation

Reva Patwardhan Reva Patwardhan joins us to speak about her article, The Freedom Trap: Where Conversations About Cultural Appropriation Go To Die. There’s a lot of talk about cultural appropriation lately, and much of it has been just that — talk, not conversation, not engagement, and very rarely dialogue. The topic is very difficult to […]

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Episode 277 :: Kyira Korrigan :: Working with Hatred

| July 31, 2017 | 0 Comments
Episode 277 :: Kyira Korrigan :: Working with Hatred

Kyira Korrigan Kyira Korrigan joins us to speak about working with hatred. Think back to a time when you were really, really angry. What was that like, how did it feel? Constricted or open, heavy or light, calm and peaceful or agitated and perhaps even violent? And perhaps most important, what were your words and […]

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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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