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Secular Buddhism

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Rank #2 in Buddhism category

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

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

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1163 Ratings
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People Who Don’t Exist

By mvidine - Dec 02 2019
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This podcast reminded me of episode 7 from “The Crown” season 3, “moondust.”

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By Dream pop and jack Daniels - Oct 29 2019
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Will you cover childhood trauma/trauma/ptsd?

iTunes Ratings

1163 Ratings
Average Ratings
1048
66
21
9
19

People Who Don’t Exist

By mvidine - Dec 02 2019
Read more
This podcast reminded me of episode 7 from “The Crown” season 3, “moondust.”

Suggestion

By Dream pop and jack Daniels - Oct 29 2019
Read more
Will you cover childhood trauma/trauma/ptsd?

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Secular Buddhism

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

3 - Seeing With I's of Wisdom

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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

27mins

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4 - The illusion of the ego

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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

28mins

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109 - Finding Your True Self

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What happens when we break through the conceptual fog that often blinds us from seeing ourselves as we really are? In this podcast episode, I will talk about the idea of finding your true self. I will also discuss a few more zen koans including "MU" and "Temper".

Sep 12 2019

15mins

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5 - Death, Karma, and Mindful Living

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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

45mins

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111 - Resisting Our Demons

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In this podcast episode, I will discuss the Zen Koan titled "The Real Miracle". I will also share the story/teaching of Milarepa and the Demons he resisted in his cave and how that story can help us with our own demons. I also share a new Zen koan at the end of the episode for you to work with this week.

Oct 13 2019

21mins

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74 - Goals, Relationships, and Non-Attachment

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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

37mins

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108 - Important Things To Think About Often

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The Buddha taught that there are five important things we should think about often. These are commonly referred to as the Five Remembrances. In this episode, I will talk about the five remembrances and how remembering these important things often can lead to a more mindful and fulfilling life.

Sep 01 2019

18mins

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76 - Patience With Ourselves, Others, And Life

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What does it mean to be patient with ourselves, others, and life? How do we practice patience? Is Mindfulness practice for everyone? These are a few of the questions and ideas I will explore in this podcast episode. I hope you enjoy this topic and I hope some of this information may be beneficial to you in your day to day lives.

Jul 20 2018

30mins

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41 - Life On The Buddhist Path

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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

52mins

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112 - The Importance Of Community

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In this podcast episode, I will discuss the Buddhist teaching of "taking refuge" and talk about the teaching of the three jewels. I will discuss in greater detail how I hope to build an online community where we can practice together and continue our discussions about each podcast episode.

Oct 21 2019

25mins

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94 - Obstacles on the Path - The Five Hindrances

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The Buddha taught that there are five hindrances or obstacles to realizing enlightenment. These obstacles are commonly referred to in Buddhist teachings as “The Five Hindrances” of desire, aversion, disinterest, agitation, and indecision. These mental states are considered to be obstacles because they keep us from being mindful.

Mar 21 2019

25mins

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91 - The Three Poisons

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The three poisons of hatred, greed, and ignorance, can be thought of as the root source from which all unskillful actions arise. In this podcast episode, I will discuss the Buddhist teaching of the three poisons and how we can use this teaching to develop a more skilfull relationship with the greed, hatred, and ignorance we encounter in our own lives.

Feb 04 2019

28mins

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37 - The Art Of Self-Compassion

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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

34mins

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110 - Unhappily Headed Towards Happiness

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Often we find ourselves unhappily headed towards happiness. Thinking that once we arrive, we will suddenly not be how we've been all along. In this podcast episode, I will talk about Bodhidharma's beard and the koan that invites us to look closer at ourselves and others.

Sep 29 2019

18mins

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92 - Your Inner Compass

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Buddhist teachings are always pointing inward. When we put these teachings into practice, we are learning to look inside ourselves and to understand ourselves a little bit better than before. In this episode, I will discuss an experience I had last week where I ended up having to trust my own inner compass over the advice of my GPS.

Feb 20 2019

22mins

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55 - The Four Foundations Of Mindfulness

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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

23mins

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22 - Dealing With Difficult Emotions

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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

43mins

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46 - "Why Buddhism Is True" - A discussion with Robert Wright

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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

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71 - Breaking The Chain Of Reactivity

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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

22mins

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69 - Sitting With Sadness

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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

27mins

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118 - Revisiting The Parable Of The Raft

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The Buddha said, "I will teach you the Dhamma compared to a raft, for the purpose of crossing over, not for the purpose of holding onto." Everything in Buddhism, including Buddhism itself is a tool, a means to an end, but not the end itself. In this episode, I will revisit the parable of the raft and share my thoughts about what this teaching means to me.

Dec 15 2019

33mins

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117 - Noble Silence

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Noble Silence is a term attributed to the Buddha for his response to certain questions about reality. When it came to the big unanswerable questions, the Buddha was notably silent. In this podcast episode, I will discuss what Noble Silence is, how we can practice it, and what benefits we may see from such a practice.

Dec 08 2019

25mins

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116 - People Who Don't Exist

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We all have the tendency to make a picture of reality and of other people. It's like we paint a portrait and then believe that this portrait is a 100% accurate depiction of the real person we painted and we don't realize that they are not the same. In this episode, I will talk about the idea of people who don't exist (the portraits in our minds).

Dec 02 2019

22mins

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115 - Unhooking Habitual Patterns

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What are the things that hook us? In our quest to understand ourselves and to become a better whatever we already are, it’s extremely beneficial to be capable of recognizing our attachments and knowing what it is that hooks us.

Nov 10 2019

25mins

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114 - Beware Of Falling Rocks

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In this podcast episode, I will discuss the idea of attachment in relation to the Buddhist notion of groundlessness. I will discuss how our strong attachment to things can often cause more discomfort than the comfort we thought we were getting from the thing in the first place.

Nov 03 2019

30mins

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113 - Right Speech

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How can we communicate more skillfully? In this podcast episode, I will discuss "right speech", one of the points on the eightfold path. I will discuss three different communication styles: passive, aggressive, and assertive and share a communication formula that has helped me to communicate more skillfully with my loved ones.

Oct 28 2019

26mins

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112 - The Importance Of Community

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In this podcast episode, I will discuss the Buddhist teaching of "taking refuge" and talk about the teaching of the three jewels. I will discuss in greater detail how I hope to build an online community where we can practice together and continue our discussions about each podcast episode.

Oct 21 2019

25mins

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111 - Resisting Our Demons

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In this podcast episode, I will discuss the Zen Koan titled "The Real Miracle". I will also share the story/teaching of Milarepa and the Demons he resisted in his cave and how that story can help us with our own demons. I also share a new Zen koan at the end of the episode for you to work with this week.

Oct 13 2019

21mins

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110 - Unhappily Headed Towards Happiness

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Often we find ourselves unhappily headed towards happiness. Thinking that once we arrive, we will suddenly not be how we've been all along. In this podcast episode, I will talk about Bodhidharma's beard and the koan that invites us to look closer at ourselves and others.

Sep 29 2019

18mins

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109 - Finding Your True Self

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What happens when we break through the conceptual fog that often blinds us from seeing ourselves as we really are? In this podcast episode, I will talk about the idea of finding your true self. I will also discuss a few more zen koans including "MU" and "Temper".

Sep 12 2019

15mins

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108 - Important Things To Think About Often

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The Buddha taught that there are five important things we should think about often. These are commonly referred to as the Five Remembrances. In this episode, I will talk about the five remembrances and how remembering these important things often can lead to a more mindful and fulfilling life.

Sep 01 2019

18mins

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107 - Learning To Be Silent

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In this podcast episode, I discuss three more Zen Koans: Joshu's Zen, The Gates of Paradise, and Learning to be Silent. I will share what these koans mean to me and how I interpret the lessons of these koans in my own day-to-day life.

Aug 25 2019

24mins

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106 - Everything Is Best

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In this episode, I share three more Zen koans and what they mean to me. Calling card, Everything is Best, and Inch Time Foot Gem. Thank you for listening and for being a part of this journey with me. Until next time!

Aug 15 2019

19mins

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105 - Open Your Own Treasure House

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We generally value answers more than we do questions but what if the bigger treasure in the pursuit of answers is to be found in the question itself? In this podcast episode I will share my thoughts regarding the koan: Open Your Own Treasure House.

Aug 07 2019

21mins

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104 - A Limited View

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In this episode, I will discuss the Buddhist teaching of the Elephant and the blind men and how my understanding of having a limited view affects the type of questions I ask about myself, others, and life in general. I will also talk about how I use Facebook as a place to practice mindfulness.

Jul 29 2019

26mins

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103 - Making Time For Nothing

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Is nothing something? What happens when we make time for nothing? In this episode, I will explore the idea of boredom and how mastering boredom could be one of the great benefits of mindfulness practice.

Jul 15 2019

13mins

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102 - Never Lost

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"Having no destination, I am never lost." In this podcast episode, I will share some of my favorite quotes by Ikkyu Shojun. I will also explain one of my new favorite quotes that's been floating in my head..."Having no certainty, I am never wrong."

Jul 03 2019

28mins

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101 - What's Your Sideshow?

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A sideshow is a diverting incident or issue that distracts attention from something more important, the real show. In Buddhist practice, we strive to understand the sideshows we are often presenting to ourselves and to the world. What's the real show behind the sideshow?

Jun 25 2019

23mins

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100 - Keep Going

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100 episodes! What an exciting milestone! In this podcast episode, I will talk about one of my favorite expressions/teachings from Sensei Kubose. "Keep Going" has become one of my go-to reminders about life in general.

May 31 2019

30mins

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99 - Presence Podcast Interview

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Audio from a recent interview I did on Presence Podcast about Life Lessons.
Are the stories you tell yourself real?
How do you deal with your most sensitive emotions?
Is there such a thing as good and bad?
How do you define love?
If you enjoy this episode, check out the Presence Podcast at: http://presencepodcast.com/

May 22 2019

39mins

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