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Secular Buddhism

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Rank #2 in Buddhism category

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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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1368 Ratings
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Smart, soothing, special

By Afromnorthca - May 27 2020
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Thank you for doing this podcast. I’m able to really hear you.

Truth

By BethSYoung - Apr 17 2020
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There’s more lovely, peaceful truth shared in this episode than I’ve ever heard elsewhere. Namaste’

iTunes Ratings

1368 Ratings
Average Ratings
1239
72
24
10
23

Smart, soothing, special

By Afromnorthca - May 27 2020
Read more
Thank you for doing this podcast. I’m able to really hear you.

Truth

By BethSYoung - Apr 17 2020
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There’s more lovely, peaceful truth shared in this episode than I’ve ever heard elsewhere. Namaste’
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Secular Buddhism

Latest release on Jun 29, 2020

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

Rank #1: 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

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Rank #2: 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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Rank #3: 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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Rank #4: 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

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Rank #5: 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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Rank #6: 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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Rank #7: 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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Rank #8: 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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Rank #9: 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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Rank #10: 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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Rank #11: 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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Rank #12: 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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Rank #13: 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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Rank #14: 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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Rank #15: 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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Rank #16: 35 - The Pillars Of Joy

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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

43mins

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Rank #17: 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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Rank #18: 64 - We Don't Need To Change Ourselves

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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

27mins

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Rank #19: 119 - Endings And Beginnings

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As we approach the end of one year and the beginning of a new year, I thought I would share some thoughts regarding endings and beginnings from a Buddhist perspective and how these teachings can minimize our fear of pain.

Dec 30 2019

27mins

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Rank #20: 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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135 - Weathering The Storm

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One of my favorite Pema quotes is the one where she says, "You are the sky, everything else is the weather". In this podcast episode, I will discuss the concept of mental weather patterns and the way I correlate weather forecasting with understanding my own mental patterns and tendencies.

Jun 29 2020

19mins

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134 - Emotional Enlightenment

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In this podcast episode, I will discuss the idea of Emotional Enlightenment and what that means for me. We often find ourselves seeking certain emotions and avoiding other emotions. I've found that by giving all my emotions a sense of equanimity, I've found a tremendous sense of peace.

Jun 16 2020

29mins

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133 - Five Daily Life Guidelines

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In this podcast episode, I will share five daily life guidelines that have been beneficial for me in my personal practice. They are: consume mindfully, practice loving kindness, practice gratitude, discover wisdom, and accept constant change.

May 31 2020

28mins

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132 - Nowhere To Hide Nothing To Hold

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In this podcast episode, I will discuss the koan about the great meaning of the Buddha's teaching. I will also discuss some thoughts about the Buddhist approach of theism vs non-theism and how leaves us with nowhere to hide and nothing to hold.

May 19 2020

38mins

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131 - The Truth Of Unsatisfactoriness

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The nature of reality is that difficulties will arise, and we’ll experience suffering. We can begin to embrace that fact by recognizing that suffering, in general, is not personal. It’s simply part of the experience of existence. And we will experience suffering, no matter how hard we try to avoid it. In this episode, I will discuss the pervasive suffering that sometimes affects how we see our relationships, jobs, and parenting.
Koan Discussed: What is the Sound of One Hand Clapping?

May 04 2020

27mins

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130 - Three Approaches for Doubt and Mistrust

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In Buddhism, doubt is beneficial because it is the first step in weakening our wrong views. The wonderful thing about doubt is that it can propel us in the direction of more skillful views. There is a strong emphasis in Buddhism to avoid “believing in” Buddhist teachings, instead, we are encouraged to evaluate them and to understand them and ultimately, to test them against our own experience.

Koan Discussed: One day Chao-chou fell down in the snow, and called out, “Help me up! Help me up!” A monk came and lay down beside him. Chao-chou got up and went away.

Koan Shared: What is the sound of one hand clapping?

Book Mentioned: “Mind in Tibetan Buddhism” by Lati Rinbochay. Available at: https://amzn.to/3ezRfZa

Apr 20 2020

37mins

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129 - The HALT Method

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In this podcast episode, I will discuss the HALT Method and share my thoughts on the koan shared in the last episode: "What is your original face before you were born?". I will also leave you with this new koan to explore: "One day Chao-chou fell down in the snow, and called out, “Help me up! Help me up!” A monk came and lay down beside him. Chao-chou got up and went away."

Apr 14 2020

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128 - No Going Back

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A key Buddhist principle is a recognition that things are always changing. Life is transient. When we have the feeling of wanting things to return back to normal, we need to remember that normal was always relative, there is no going back.

Apr 05 2020

20mins

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127 - Becoming Nobody

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"Good concepts are like a gold chain, bad concepts are like an iron chain, they all equally bind you in the end." The concept we have about who we are is binding. What if instead of trying to become somebody, we practiced becoming nobody. In this podcast episode, I will discuss the idea of becoming nobody.

Mar 29 2020

40mins

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126 - Finding Peace Amidst Chaos

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How do we experience more peace in the midst of chaos? In this podcast episode, I will discuss the koan of the waiving mind and also discuss the idea of expanding our perspective to experience more peace amidst the chaos.

Mar 21 2020

17mins

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125 - Keep Calm And Carry On Skillfully

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In light of the ongoing spread of COVID-19, I wanted to share some thoughts about skillful action. In this episode, I will also share my thoughts about the koan "There is Nothing I Dislike".

Mar 15 2020

28mins

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124 - Dealing With People You Dislike

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We all deal with people or situations we dislike from time to time. In this podcast episode, I will talk about dealing with people we dislike. For me, the recognition of disliking someone is always an invitation to look inward and to learn something about myself.

Mar 08 2020

28mins

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123 - The Art Of Diving In

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In this podcast episode, I will discuss my thoughts on the idea of the art of diving in. Life is a lot like a pool and we are learning to dive in, we dive into new relationships, jobs, and countless other experiences but how do we do the actual diving in?

Feb 23 2020

28mins

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122 - Stop Trying to Eliminate Suffering

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What if the problem with suffering is the idea we have that we shouldn't suffer? Suffering is a word that has become synonymous with the core Buddhist teachings of the 4 Noble Truths. What if our understanding of those teachings has been tainted because of our views of what it means to suffer? In this episode, I will talk about suffering and unsatisfactoriness and how the latter makes more sense to me in terms of Buddhist practice.

Feb 09 2020

28mins

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121 - Just Enough To Be Dangerous

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Sometimes we know something but we haven't mastered it. We only know just enough to be dangerous with what we know. This applies to many aspects of life but also applies to our process of learning to live more mindfully. The key to mastering something is to practice it for a very long time.

Feb 04 2020

22mins

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120 - Unconditional Joy

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We normally think of joy as a reaction. Something happens and it causes joy to arise. That type of joy is conditioned. In Buddhism, unconditional joy is always there, covered or hidden by our conditioned mind (ideas and beliefs). We can uncover it through practicing awareness and asking ourselves, what did it take for this moment to arise?

Jan 17 2020

31mins

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119 - Endings And Beginnings

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As we approach the end of one year and the beginning of a new year, I thought I would share some thoughts regarding endings and beginnings from a Buddhist perspective and how these teachings can minimize our fear of pain.

Dec 30 2019

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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iTunes Ratings

1368 Ratings
Average Ratings
1239
72
24
10
23

Smart, soothing, special

By Afromnorthca - May 27 2020
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Thank you for doing this podcast. I’m able to really hear you.

Truth

By BethSYoung - Apr 17 2020
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There’s more lovely, peaceful truth shared in this episode than I’ve ever heard elsewhere. Namaste’