Episode 248 :: Marlowe Sand :: Unplugged — Paradise and Promises: Chronicles of My Life with a Self-Declared, Modern-Day Buddha

| May 29, 2016 | 1 Comment


Marlowe Sand

Marlowe Sand joins us in this unplugged episode to discuss experiences with living in a cult.

Have you ever seen a news item exposing what seems to be extraordinary abuses in a cult? I have, and unfortunately you probably have, too. I think, how does this happen, what is the process by which reasonable people find themselves in these environments, bereft of reason? And with a certain smug confidence, I would think I’m utterly immune from that happening to me… which isn’t true. Consider what you yourself may have been like, when you were younger. Did you feel confident, have a strong sense of belonging, or were you sometimes a little lost? I was a lot lost, and though over time that seems to have abated, I catch myself still reaching, still grasping, still clinging.

Marlowe Sand is a nom de plume. The author chose to remain anonymous in order to not jeopardize any further her own life and family. However, revealing the toxic dynamics of cult life and modern spiritual bondage of the student/teacher relationship is an important message Marlowe Sand wants to share.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Lemon Zinger tea.


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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. Jennifer Hawkins Jennifer Hawkins says:

    I’m currently catching up on these episodes and just listened to this one. No one else commented here yet, so I felt like I should take the time to let this person know that someone listened. Thank you for sharing your story so honestly. It will help many. I’m so glad that you have been able to keep going and growing. Your life – every part of it – has great value. I’m glad you are ok.

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