Episode 261 :: Rick Repetti :: Buddhist Perspectives on Free Will

| October 22, 2016 | 0 Comments


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, like what it means for the question of free will.

Rick Repetti received a PhD at the CUNY Graduate Center in 2005, on the problem of free will. He has taught at Brooklyn College (CUNY), LaGuardia Community College (CUNY), and Vassar College, and is Professor of Philosophy at Kingsborough Community College (CUNY), where he teaches Asian Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Ancient Philosophy, and Global Ethics, and leads a weekly meditation group for the college community. He is the author of The Counterfactual Theory of Free Will: A Genuinely Deterministic Form of Soft Determinism and several articles on Buddhism, meditation, and free will; he is a yoga and meditation practitioner since 1973, and instructor in both since 2000.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice maple nut tea.


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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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