Secular Buddhism

By Noah Rasheta

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Description

A podcast for secular-minded people who are interested in learning about Buddhist philosophy.

Episode Date
74 - Goals, Relationships, and Non-Attachment
00:37:00
If we're practicing non-attachment, how should we approach things like goals and relationships? Should we avoid such things? I don't think so. Goals are great and so are relationships. So how should we approach goals and relationships in the context of non-attachment? These are the ideas I will explore in this podcast episode.
Jun 11, 2018
73 - What Moves Us? The 5 Core Social Motives
00:31:34
What Moves Us? Why do we fear rejection? Why are we so motivated to want to belong? In this episode, I will discuss the 5 core social motives of Belonging, Understanding, Control, Enhancing Self, and Trust as presented by Susan Fiske. I will also correlate the idea of the core social motives with some Buddhist concepts and ideas.
Jun 04, 2018
72 - Yanny Or Laurel? - A Lesson in Mindful Communication
00:31:00
In this episode, I will share an audio clip that's gone viral where some people hear the word "yanny" and others hear the word "laurel". I will also discuss 6 tips to help us be more mindful of how we communicate.
May 16, 2018
71 - Breaking The Chain Of Reactivity
00:22:55
At any given moment, we’re all acting upon what has been set in motion by others. A central teaching of Buddhism is that we can pause and break the cycle of reactivity. We can learn to be more skillful in how we contribute to the never-ending web of causes and effects going on all around us. In this episode, I will discuss the notion of breaking the chain or reactivity.
May 01, 2018
70 - Beware Of The Guru Mind
00:30:59
In this episode, I will discuss my personal views about having a Guru/teacher. In order to learn something new or to develop a new skill, it can be helpful and wise to have the guidance and advice of a teacher but it can also become detrimental when we create a dependency on that teacher. The Buddha compared his own teachings to a raft that when no longer needed, should be left behind.
Apr 22, 2018
69 - Sitting With Sadness
00:27:20
Buddhist teachings often talk about "being with our emotions" or learning to "sit with an emotion" but what does that really mean? What does that look like in our day to day lives? In this episode, I will discuss a recent experience I had with sitting with sadness.
Apr 09, 2018
68 - Questions About Buddhism
00:20:00
In this podcast episode, I will discuss my newest book and I will share some of the specific Q&A's directly from the book. Presented in a practical Q&A format, No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners is the most clear-cut introductory guide to understanding the essential concepts of Buddhism and how they relate to your daily life.
Apr 03, 2018
67 - Never Enough
00:30:13
In this podcast episode, I will discuss how the attitude of "never enough" can lead to a form emotional abuse that we inflict on our selves. I will discuss the idea of how letting go of the unhealthy views, ideas, and beliefs we have of ourselves can lead to a form of liberation where we are finally vulnerable and free to fly.
Mar 26, 2018
66 - The Joy & Pain Of Sharing Experiences
00:25:24
Have you ever felt the strong urge to capture the experience you're having and then to share it with others? We do this with movies, books, restaurants, and of course ideas, opinions, and beliefs. In this episode, I will discuss the joy and pain that often arise when we try to share our experiences and how that joy/pain doesn't have to take away from the original experience itself.
Mar 19, 2018
65 - What Does it Mean to Forgive?
00:35:32
The Buddhist approach to forgiveness is about changing our relationship with the reactive patterns that run our lives. It’s a form of introspection that allows me to understand my reactive patterns and then, more importantly to change my relationship with those patterns.
Feb 15, 2018
64 - We Don't Need To Change Ourselves
00:27:00
In this episode, I will discuss the concept of inherent perfection and how from the Buddhist perspective, that implies that we don't need to change ourselves. The idea of "perfection" from the Buddhist perspective is not a moral qualification. There is no "should" or compelling in ethical or moral behavior because your inherent nature is kindness and goodness.
Jan 30, 2018
63 - Mindful Eating - A Discussion With Paige Smathers
01:01:00
Like breathing, eating is one of the most common things we do, but how mindful are we of this process? How mindful are we of our relationship with food? In this podcast episode, I will discuss the topic of mindful eating with Paige Smathers, host of the Nutrition Matters podcast. We talk about mindful eating, our relationship with food, and how we can gain insight and wisdom by becoming more mindful about eating. I hope you enjoy this podcast episode.
Jan 16, 2018
62 - What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully
01:18:43
In this episode, I discuss the topic of death with Frank Ostaseski, author of "The Five Invitations: What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully". Death is perhaps our greatest teacher, a close encounter with death can forever change our perspectives and priorities. Awareness of death is the secret to living more mindfully.
Dec 22, 2017
61 - Mindful Relationships, Social Justice & More - Yael Shy
01:07:47
In this podcast episode, I am sharing the audio of an interview with Yael Shy. Yael offers expert guidance on beginning a meditation practice and explores how to bring that practice to relationships, social justice, and the general ups and downs of everyday life.
Dec 15, 2017
60 - "Happiness" - A discussion with Ellen Petry Leanse
01:09:28
This is the audio recording of an interview with Ellen Petry Leanse (TEDx: Happiness by Design) and author of "The Happiness Hack: a brain-aware guide to life satisfaction". I hope you enjoy listening to our discussion on the topic of happiness.
Nov 29, 2017
59 - "Escape Into Discomfort" - A discussion with Shinzen Young
01:33:37
In this episode, I am sharing the audio from an interview/discussion I had with Shinzen Young on the topic of "Escaping into Discomfort". This interview was streamed live on November 16th, 2017.
Nov 20, 2017
58 - The Art of Stopping & Seeing
00:34:07
The Buddha told Angulimala (the murderer), "I stopped long ago, it's you that hasn't stopped". The art of learning to stop….is about having the ability to pause for a moment and to shine some light on the hidden agendas that often determine why we say what we say, do what we do, and think what we think.
Nov 08, 2017
57 - Why Do We Experience All-Pervasive Suffering?
00:27:53
Why is it common to have that nagging feeling that things aren't how they're supposed to be? Do you ever feel like life is not how it's supposed to be, others are not how they're supposed to be or that you yourself are not how you're supposed to be? In this episode, I will talk about the 3 types of suffering and specifically the 3rd type: all-pervasive suffering. I will talk about where it comes from and how we can begin to understand it better and work with it.
Oct 30, 2017
56 - What Makes You You?
00:28:20
According to classical Buddhist thought, "self" is a view...It is a product of our perception…and perception is always happening. What if perception is an event that occurs rather than a thing that exists? In this episode, I will talk about the 5 Skandhas / Aggregates and how this teaching can help us to loosen our grip on the sense of self we all experience.
Oct 24, 2017
55 - The Four Foundations Of Mindfulness
00:23:02
Developing the four foundations of mindfulness helps us to remove the conceptual constructs that often blind us from seeing reality as it is. Imagine being able to see things as they really are, free from our ideas and concepts. This is the very liberation we refer to as "enlightenment". In this episode, I will discuss the four foundations of mindfulness and how each foundation can help us to gain more clarity and understanding about the nature of reality.
Oct 10, 2017
54 - Guided Meditation: Fostering Kindness And Compassion
00:10:30
This is a 10-minute guided meditation aimed at fostering kindness and compassion. Revisit this meditation anytime you feel the need to foster feelings of kindness and compassion.
Oct 02, 2017
53 - Freedom From The Bonds Of Anger & Hatred
00:27:50
In order to be free from the bonds of anger and hatred, we have to practice. We cannot simply pray or ask for anger or hatred to be removed from us. In this episode, I will discuss how we can use mindfulness practice as a tool to transform the craving, anger, and delusion within us and instead experience transformation and healing.
Oct 02, 2017
52 - The Sound Of Silence
00:23:16
What is the sound of silence? Listen to find out...In this episode, I will discuss the ideas of emptiness, signlessness, and aimlessness, known as the 3 doors of liberation.
Sep 19, 2017
51 - "Secular Buddhism" - A discussion with Stephen Batchelor
01:01:41
(This is the audio of the live interview I had with Stephen Batchelor). What if we understood the 4 Noble Truths to be tasks rather than truths? What if we were no longer burdened by the quest for truth regarding metaphysical claims/beliefs? In this episode, I will discuss what Stephen Batchelor calls Buddhism 2.0. We're not concerned with the question "Is it true?" we're wondering, "Does it work?". In this episode, I will discuss Secular Buddhism with Stephen Batchelor. This interview can be watched on the Secular Buddhism Facebook page or on YouTube.
Sep 14, 2017
50 - Creating Moments Of Awareness
00:21:12
3 simple questions are all it takes to create a moment of awareness. Where am I? What am I doing? What did it take for this moment to arise? In this episode, I will discuss how I use these 3 simple questions as a technique to allow myself to become more mindful and to become more anchored in the present moment. I hope you can pause and ask yourself these 3 questions from time to time in order to expereicne more mindfulness in your day.
Sep 06, 2017
49 - "Addiction & Recovery" - A discussion with Noah Levine
01:04:08
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to interview Noah Levine, founder of Refuge Recovery, a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. We all know someone who is / has been / or will be affected by addiction (maybe it's you?). The information presented in this discussion could change your life or the life of someone you love. The original interview was broadcast live to the Secular Buddhism FB page, and uploaded to our YouTube Channel.
Aug 31, 2017
48 - Humanitarian Work In Uganda
00:35:12
Earlier this year, I had the priviledge of visiting Uganda with 16 podcast listners to do humanitarian work and also to spend time practicing mindfulness. A lot of people have asked me questions about this trip and want to know details about the upcoming trip (we're going again) in February 2018. If you're interested in learning more about the trip, this podcast episode will answer any questions you might have. Enjoy!
Aug 28, 2017
47 - Buddhism And Christianity
00:26:11
I'm often asked whether or not Buddhism and Christianity are compatible. Can you be a Christian and a Buddhist? In this podcast episode, I will address some of the main differences between these two spiritual paths and I will highlight some of the key differences in the Buddhist path that allow it to be so compatible with other traditions.
Aug 14, 2017
46 - "Why Buddhism Is True" - A discussion with Robert Wright
01:00:39
In this podcast episode, I had the privilege of interviewing New York Times bestselling author Robert Wright about his newest book "Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment". Wright leads readers on a journey through psychology, philosophy, and a great many silent retreats to show how and why meditation can serve as the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age. This podcast features the audio of the interview I had with Robert Wright.
Aug 08, 2017
45 - Questions And Answers 1
00:33:29
In this podcast episode, I will answer questions from several podcast listeners. This is part 1 of an occasional series of Q&A's that I will post as podcast episodes.
Jul 19, 2017
44 - Finding The Teacher Within
00:26:48
One of the things I appreciate most about Buddhism is the emphasis on becoming your own teacher. In one of the last teachings the Buddha gave, he said, "Be a light unto yourselves." In other words, be your own guide. "Don’t look for anyone for guidance". In this episode, I will discuss the idea of finding the teacher within.
Jul 11, 2017
43 - No Cows, No Problems
00:28:11
In this short episode, I want to talk about a story that is often shared about a farmer who lost his cows. To me, this is a story about attachment to our possessions. It’s a story about the suffering that arises out of our attachment to our possessions. It’s relevant because we ALL HAVE COWS. I want to talk about the story, and talk about what the moral of the story is. What can we learn from this story when we apply it to our daily lives?
Jun 26, 2017
42 - We Didn't Sign Up For This
00:28:21
Imagine what it would be like to suddenly wake up and realize you are on a roller coaster ride. You didn't choose to get on, you woke up on the ride. This is what it's like to wake up to life. We didn't will ourselves into existence. We are the result of causes and conditions. For me, the idea of not having signed up for this, allows me to be open to whatever may come.
Jun 14, 2017
41 - Life On The Buddhist Path
00:52:09
In this episode, I'll talk about the Buddhist path that leads to enlightenment. What does it mean to be "on the Buddhist path"? This path is commonly referred to as the Eightfold path and it consists of trying to develop skillfulness in 8 key areas of life: understanding, intention, speech, action, livelihood, effort, mindfulness, and concentration.
May 23, 2017
Guided Meditation - Death & Impermanence
00:06:29
This is a guided meditation on death and impermanence.
May 09, 2017
40 - Dealing Mindfully With Grief And Loss
00:29:35
Mindfulness is helpful during the grieving process because it allows us to acknowledge the universality of loss. It helps us to accept the inevitability of loss as a part of life. At one point or another, we will all face the loss of everything we hold dear. BONUS: Guided meditation on impermanence.
May 09, 2017
39 - What is Enlightenment?
00:48:02
What is enlightenment and how do we attain it? In this podcast episode, I will discuss the idea of enlightenment from the perspective of a Secular Buddhist teacher. The attainment of enlightenment/awakening is at the very heart of Buddhism, however, many people see it as a distant goal. Perhaps our concept of enlightenment is blinding us from experiencing it in the present moment, here and now.
Apr 25, 2017
38 - Life With And Without Beliefs
00:26:27
In this episode, I will talk about beliefs and the role they play in the fictional narrative we build around our perceived reality. The story we construct about reality is determined by our beliefs. This becomes problematic when reality doesn’t fit our beliefs because we tend to cause suffering for ourselves and others when we try to make reality fit the narrative of our own fiction.
Apr 13, 2017
37 - The Art Of Self-Compassion
00:34:46
Why are we so harsh on ourselves? Have you ever noticed how we tend to be nicer, the further out we go from our inner circle? We're not as mean to a stranger as we are to a family member. But we’re ruthless to ourselves! In this episode, I will explore the idea of self-pity, self-criticism, and self-compassion. I will share 3 steps you can take to help you to be kinder to the person who needs it most...YOU!
Mar 22, 2017
36 - Looking Deeply At Suffering
00:26:58
Suffering arises naturally when we crave for life to be other than it is. Knowing this, we can look deeply at our own suffering or the suffering of others and we can work to alleviate the causes and conditions of the suffering. When we experience an instance of suffering, we tend to narrow our view to that specific instance to the point where we are no longer aware of all the instances of non-suffering that are simultaneously present.
Mar 07, 2017
35 - The Pillars Of Joy
00:43:48
The key difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is an emotion we experience, while joy is an attitude we can develop. In this podcast episode, I will discuss the 8 pillars of joy and how these pillars can lead to a more joyful attitude that not only benefits ourselves but others as well.
Feb 09, 2017
34 - The Art Of Giving And Receiving
00:17:44
In this episode, I discuss the art of giving and receiving. Life is, “as much about graciously receiving as it is about giving”. The Buddha taught that generosity should be measured by the level of attachment one has to what is being given and to the self that is giving it.
Jan 11, 2017
33 - Heaven and Hell (Here and Now)
00:21:10
Heaven and Hell are real, they are the contents of everyday life. They are states we experience in the here and now and WE are the gatekeepers. In this episode, I will discuss the Zen koan called: the gate of paradise.
Dec 15, 2016
Guided Meditation - Threefold Mindfulness Meditation
00:15:00
This is a 15-minute GUIDED meditation track for practicing Threefold Mindfulness Meditation. Episode 32 "How To Meditate (Threefold Mindfulness Meditation)" explains how to use this file and how to practice Threefold Mindfulness Meditation.
Dec 08, 2016
Audio Only - Threefold Mindfulness Meditation - Unguided Meditation
00:15:00
This is a 15-minute meditation track for practicing Threefold Mindfulness Meditation. Episode 32 "How To Meditate (Threefold Mindfulness Meditation)" explains how to use this file and how to practice Threefold Mindfulness Meditation.
Dec 01, 2016
32 - How To Meditate (Threefold Mindfulness Meditation)
00:23:28
In this podcast episode, you will learn how to practice Threefold Mindfulness Meditation (Calm, Observe, and Analyze). This meditation technique is aimed at training the mind to overcome our habitual reactivity. The goal of this meditation technique is to learn to create a space between what happens (stimulus), and how we react to what happens (response).
Dec 01, 2016
31 - The Fear Of Uncertainty
00:24:04
Why do we fear uncertainty? In this episode, I will discuss how we are hardwired to fear the unknown and how that fear affects our quality of life in the present moment. The problem isn't that there is uncertainty in life, the problem is that we're not OK with the fact that there is uncertainty in life.
Nov 22, 2016
30 - Why Do I Do This?
00:31:03
Society tends to want to put labels on people, are you a this or a that? Are you one of us or one of them? These labels can be useful to describe how we are but not who we are. I've felt pressure recently to define what I am or what I'm not. This has made me think about why I do what I do. Why do I practice and teach Buddhism? Ultimately, it's because I'm trying to be a better version of me. I hope you enjoy this update and explanation. I will do my best to keep up with regular podcast episodes from here on out.
Nov 14, 2016
29 - What Happens When We Die?
00:30:13
What happens when we die? This is a common question I hear when I'm teaching workshops or seminars. The short answer is "change". Change is what happens when we die. In this episode, I will discuss the Buddhist perspective of death and the thoughts behind it.
Oct 17, 2016
28 - Stuck Between A Rock And A Hard Place?
00:18:27
Have you ever felt stuck between a rock and a hard place? It's difficult to be aware while we're experiencing difficulties and yet that is the very moment that awareness can change everything for us. In this short episode, I will share the zen story of the strawberry and explain how I view this story to be a powerful lesson about awareness.
Sep 27, 2016
27 - Understanding Non-Attachment
00:24:21
What does it mean to practice non-attachment? Rather than thinking of non-attachment as not attaching to things, think of it as not allowing things to own you. What things own you? Those are the things you're attached to. In this episode, I will discuss the concept of non-attachment and I will attempt to make this idea more accessible and easy to understand.
Sep 19, 2016
26 - Want to be happy? Practice Gratitude
00:27:16
Gratitude is the key to happiness but gratitude requires practice. In this episode, I will discuss how we can develop a practice of gratitude. “The root of joy is gratefulness...It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” ― David Steindl-Rast
Sep 05, 2016
25 - Is Buddhism A Religion?
00:28:27
One of the most common questions I hear when I'm teaching is "Is Buddhism a Religion?" People are typically expecting a simple "yes" or "no" but I've found that the answer is a bit more complex than that. In this episode, I will share my view of why I see Buddhism as an applied psychology or a philosophical way of life more than a religion.
Aug 23, 2016
24 - The Journey Is The Goal
00:28:00
Life is a journey and the journey is the goal. What would life be like if we did things for the sake of doing them? In this episode, I will explore the idea of learning to enjoy the journey instead of always focusing on destinations.
Aug 11, 2016
23 - The Illusion Of Free Will
00:44:10
We want to win and we don't want to lose. The problem is that there is no winning without losing. There is no good without bad, no right without wrong. This is the basic understanding of non-duality. We are free to be what we are free to be but that also means we are not free to be what we are not free to be. In this episode, I will discuss the illusion of free will and how the greatest sense of freedom you will ever discover is the freedom to become what you already are. You!
Jul 26, 2016
22 - Dealing With Difficult Emotions
00:43:50
In life, difficulties arise. This is a universal aspect of the human experience. Knowing this, how do we deal with difficult emotions? We don't like feeling angry, sad, or afraid, but these are normal and natural emotions just like happiness or joy. Emotions, like everything else, are impermanent and interdependent. In this episode, I will discuss the topic of dealing with difficult emotions.
Jul 13, 2016
21 - Perfection and the problem with comparing
00:23:41
We are continually making comparisons, this vs that, good vs bad, here vs there, etc...In this episode, I will discuss the topic of perfection and the problems we run into when we compare things. The understanding of non-duality permeates through all Buddhist teachings. In order to properly understand perfection, we must not compare to anything else.
Jun 29, 2016
20 - The Question of Good and Evil
00:24:44
How do we make sense of the atrocities that are committed every day in the world? Is there a source of evil behind such things? In this episode, I will discuss the Buddhist understanding of non-dichotomy in relationship to good and evil. How does our understanding of interdependence influence our way of understanding the horrible things we see happening in the world? Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Jun 22, 2016
19 - Learning To Live Artfully
00:30:08
Modern society tends to assign a value to everything we do. If there is no utilitarian purpose to something, we think it's not valuable. Why does a painter paint? Why does a dancer dance? For the simple joy of doing it. This is what it means to live life artfully. In this episode, I will explore the concept of purposeless purpose and meaningless meaning.
Jun 13, 2016
18 - Freedom From The Pursuit Of Happiness
00:27:42
Why do we chase after happiness? What if we could be free from the pursuit of happiness? In this episode, I will explore the nature of human emotions. When we understand that all emotions, including happiness, sadness, etc...are impermanent, we can learn to stop chasing after these emotions. Pursuing happiness can be a lot like pursuing our shadow. It's not something we can "catch".
May 30, 2016
17 - Who are you?
00:31:12
Who are you? Who you were yesterday, may not be who you are today. Our true nature is that we are continually changing, evolving, and growing. There is no fixed permanent you. In this episode, I will discuss the Buddhist concept of "no-self".
May 23, 2016
16 - "Truth" in the context of time
00:23:02
What's true here may not be true there and what was true yesterday, may not be true today. The nature of truth, life, and reality is that they are impermanent. They are ALWAYS changing. How do we make sense of things like promises and commitments in a world that is constantly changing? In this episode, I will explore the concept of truth as being relative to both space and time.
May 11, 2016
15 - The Faith To Doubt
00:22:04
True faith is the attitude of being open to whatever might be. When we create an image in our mind of how life is "supposed" to be, we literally blind ourselves to seeing life as it is. In this episode, I will explore the concepts of faith and doubt and discuss how doubt is the key to having true faith.
May 02, 2016
14 - The Journey Of Life
00:18:16
This week I'm traveling for work so I thought it would be appropriate to talk about the journey of life. Every moment is a new experience we've never had. Each moment is unique and that's what makes it all so beautiful.
Apr 15, 2016
13 - The Path of Liberation
00:29:59
It's commonly said that Buddhism is a path of liberation...but what does that really mean? In this episode, I will discuss the concept of freedom and truth. I will also discuss how can we extend freedom to ourselves and to others. If you are interested in attending any retreats or workshops, please visit http://secularbuddhism.com/retreats/ to express your interest.
Apr 07, 2016
12 - Master Meditation by Not Meditating
00:31:22
In this episode, I will explore the idea of learning to meditate by not meditating. I share the poem "Dust if You Must" by Rose Milligan that went viral on the Secular Buddhism. It was viewed by over 10 million people in just a matter of days. I also discuss the idea of being vs doing. I hope you enjoy this episode!
Mar 29, 2016
11 - Parable Of The Raft
00:18:21
In this episode, I will discuss one of the Buddha’s most famous teachings: The Parable of the Raft. The general concept to be learned by this parable is the importance of letting go of the things that we no longer need on our journey. It would be wise to take a moment to reflect on what rafts we continue to cling to even after they are no longer necessary for us.
Mar 22, 2016
10 - True Selflessness
00:35:28
What does it mean to be selfless? In Gyomay Kubose's essay on selflessness he mentions that "Buddhism is the way of selflessness", but what does that really mean? In this episode, I will explore the topic of selflessness and how our sense of self is always relative. Understanding relative existence and interdependence is the key to living life in a state of selflessness. When you put your whole life into something...that is the essense of being selfless.
Mar 15, 2016
9 - Carrots & Sticks
00:22:28
In this episode, I'll discuss how our evolutionary hardwiring causes us to chase after carrots and avoid getting hit with sticks. This constant seeking and avoiding can make it difficult to live authentic lives. We tend to focus on showing a good front and hiding any aspect of ourselves that we deem unworthy. The Japanese haiku "showing front, showing back, maple leaves fall" teaches us to be vulnerable and authentic. I hope you enjoy this episode.
Mar 08, 2016
8 - Problems with Terminology & Symbols
00:29:23
In this episode, I will explore the typical problems that people encounter when first learning or hearing about Buddhist terminology and symbols. Buddhism emphasizes truth rather than God, meditation rather than prayer, enlightenment rather than salvation, and universal life rather than individual soul. But for many secular minded people, the terminology and the symbols encountered when learning about Buddhism can still be misunderstood. This episode aims at clarifying the meaning behind the terminology and the symbols that are so common in Buddhism. The book I reference in this podcast is called "American Buddhism" by Gyomay M. Kubose
Mar 03, 2016
7 - Acceptance vs Resignation
00:11:17
This episode explores the difference between Acceptance vs Resignation. A common misconception about Buddhist thought is the idea that acceptance means we just resign to what is and we don't/can't do anything about it. Buddhism does not encourage resignation, in fact, Resignation is not at all in line with Buddhist teachings. This discussion will clarify the difference between acceptance and resignation.
Feb 25, 2016
6 - How to Teach Mindfulness to Kids
00:29:48
This episode explores how I teach mindfulness to my kids. We know that practicing mindfulness is beneficial for adults but it's also very beneficial for kids. Research indicates that mindfulness can help kids improve their abilities to pay attention, to calm down when they are upset and to make better decisions.
Feb 16, 2016
5 - Death, Karma, and Mindful Living
00:45:08
This episode explores the topics of Death, Karma, and Mindfulness. The ultimate aim of Buddhist studies is to obtain freedom, and freedom is the only requirement for happiness. There are 11 key things you can do to live more mindfully. Everything you need in order to be happy can be found within the present moment.
Feb 07, 2016
4 - The illusion of the ego
00:28:59
This episode explores the topic of the ego. What is ego? What part of me is really me? When we view ourselves and others as independent and permanent, we tend to view ourselves as finished products rather than works in progress. The reality is that the sense of self is an illusion, we are impermanent and interdependent.
Jan 25, 2016
3 - Seeing With I's of Wisdom
00:27:36
This episode explores the topics of Interdependence and Impermanence as well as the 8 fold path. Understanding these topics along with Emptiness, will help us to develop "wise view", the most important part of the 8 fold path. Poem shared: "Autobiography In Five Short Chapters" by Portia Nelson.
Jan 12, 2016
2 - The Nature of Human Suffering
00:21:47
This episode explores the nature of human suffering or the nature of the human condition. The first main discourse of the Buddha was concerning the nature of suffering, taught in a format commonly known as "The 4 Noble Truths". Understanding the nature of suffering will allow us to explore how we can minimize suffering for ourselves and for others.
Jan 05, 2016
1 - What Is Secular Buddhism?
00:23:32
This episode is an introduction to the new Secular Buddhism podcast. I'll talk about what it is and why I'm starting this podcast. I hope you enjoy the introduction and if you're interested in learning more about Secular Buddhism, please follow the podcast. New episodes will be available weekly.
Dec 31, 2015