Episode 223 :: Ali Ashtari :: Unplugged — Spiritual But Not Religious: an Iranian Immigrant Story

| May 16, 2015 | 0 Comments


Ali Ashtari

Ali Ashtari joins us in this unplugged episode, Spiritual But Not Religious: an Iranian Immigrant Story.

Think about this for moment: you grow up with a religious tradition, and it lets you down. Not in the way many of us in the West have been harmed by the privilege of supernatural thinking, but imagine you are physically beaten by those who may sincerely believe it’s in your best spiritual interests. What might it be like to live in a culture where that not only happens, but is commonplace?

Ali Ashtari has a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering. He is the Research Lead at Invenia Technical Computing, a software company in Winnipeg. He has practiced mindfulness meditation since 2011.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Doogh, extra mint.


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Music for This Episode Courtesy of Rodrigo Rodriguez

The music heard in the middle of this podcast is from Rodrigo Rodriguez. You can visit his website to hear more of his music, get the full discography, and view his upcoming tour dates.

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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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