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 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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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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