Episode 174 :: Bernat Font :: Budismo Secular

| June 22, 2013 | 2 Comments


Bernat Font

Bernat Font joins us to speak about the new Spanish language secular Buddhism website, Budismo Secular.

Hi, everyone. This podcast started several years ago at the encouragement of someone dear to me, who lives in Mexico. She suggested several very good ideas about topics and themes, and eventually The Secular Buddhist began. Since that time we’ve seen in-person meditation groups start as the direct result of this podcast, our original site has been replaced and improved with one that includes greater functionality to support continued dialogue and collaborative exploration of how Buddhism is finding new ground in contemporary society, and as of this recording there are now ten websites in addition to our own secularbuddhism.org, spanning eight countries across the globe in three languages. The interest in a more naturalistic approach to traditional Buddhism continues to grow, and it’s very gratifying to see the newest development, a Spanish language site, joining the mix. This episode is dedicated to my dear friend and teacher in Mexico, with gratitude and love — this wouldn’t be here without you, Brat Girl.

Today’s guest, Bernat Font, was born in Barcelona, Spain and was drawn to Buddhism at the early age of 14. He was likewise captivated by Tibetan culture and began to do volunteer work at Tibet House Foundation in Barcelona, but later distanced himself from dharma centers. Currently making a living as a jazz pianist, he got back on the buddhist track a couple of years ago and discovered the Pali tradition and the more modern approaches to Buddhism. To contribute in the circulation of these ideas in the Spanish-speaking audience, he has just launched budismosecular.org.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Tequila Sunrise.

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Music for This Episode Courtesy of Rodrigo Rodriguez

The music heard in the middle of the podcast is from Rodrigo Rodriguez. The track used in this episode is “Lady of the Snow” from his CD, Shakuhachi Meditations.

Category: The Secular Buddhist Podcast

Ted Meissner

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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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  1. Nayeli Nayeli says:

    Un saludo a Bernart con mucho cariño. Felicidades! 😀

  2. Doug Smith Doug Smith says:

    Glad to hear about this effort for el mundo hispanohablante. For what it’s worth, I’m in Spain now with my wife, seeing friends and family. Here it seems anything Buddhist is really quite exotic, which makes Secular Buddhism twice removed from daily life …

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