Episode 246 :: Ira Rechtshaffer :: Mindfulness and Madness: Money, Food, Sex and the Sacred

| May 1, 2016 | 0 Comments


Ira Rechtshaffer

Ira Rechtshaffer joins us to speak about Mindfulness and Madness: Money, Food, Sex and the Sacred.

When you hear the phrase, “you’re out of your mind”, what does that call to mind? For me, it’s tinged with madness. And that may not be quite so far from our experience, that when we’re not present, running on auto-pilot, and away from our mind, we’re not always behaving in the most sane way. So how does this tie to our very ancient Buddhist way of being?

Ira Rechtshaffer holds a Ph.D. in Buddhist studies and has been a Buddhist meditation practitioner for 40 years. He studied and practiced Zen Buddhism in Japan for four years and has been a practitioner of Vajrayana Buddhism since 1976. He has been a psychotherapist for the past 25 years, integrating spiritual vision with psychological process in an effort to return ‘soul’ to the helping relationship. Special thanks to our old friend Tim Ward for making the introductions for today’s interview.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Orange Ginger tea.


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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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