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 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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Episode 261 :: Rick Repetti :: Buddhist Perspectives on Free Will

| October 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
Episode 261 :: Rick Repetti :: Buddhist Perspectives on Free Will

Rick Repetti Buddhism’s love affair with the “self” is quite dynamic. Some schools and Buddhists are adamant about No Self. Others understand that an ideological list of things Self (capital S) is not, doesn’t mean there isn’t a conventional self (lower case s). And there are implications about that sometimes aversive relationship with the self, […]

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Episode 260 :: Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison and Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell :: Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End-of-Life Care

| October 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
Episode 260 :: Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison and Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell :: Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison and Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell join us to speak about palliative and end-of-life care from the zen perspective. Several years ago, I had the opportunity to sit with one of the founders of the SBA, our dear friend, teacher, and heart, Jan Ford, at his bedside. Jan was in hospice care, […]

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Episode 259 :: Lama Rod Owens :: Radical Dharma Part One — Intersectionality and Complexity

| October 2, 2016 | 8 Comments
Episode 259 :: Lama Rod Owens :: Radical Dharma Part One — Intersectionality and Complexity

Lama Rod Owens Lama Rod Owens joins us to speak about his new book Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation. If you’ve listened to this podcast regularly, you already know we make a point of having guests with a wide diversity of views, backgrounds, and practices. This is not just because we at the […]

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Episode 258 :: Alexander Wynne :: Historical Authenticity of the Buddha

| September 25, 2016 | 1 Comment
Episode 258 :: Alexander Wynne :: Historical Authenticity of the Buddha

Alexander Wynne Alexander Wynne returns to speak with us about historical authenticity of the Buddha. What would it mean to your practice if we discover our historical understanding of Buddhism was not correct? Not in a little way, getting someone’s name a little wrong, but something larger, something that might change the accuracy of the […]

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Episode 257 :: Andrew Olendzki :: Integrated Dharma Institute

| September 11, 2016 | 4 Comments
Episode 257 :: Andrew Olendzki :: Integrated Dharma Institute

Andrew Olendzki Andrew Olendzki joins us to speak about his Integrated Dharma program, and his upcoming book Untangling Self. 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 […]

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