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Secular Buddhism

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Rank #2 in Buddhism category

Religion & Spirituality
Buddhism
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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Will you cover childhood trauma/trauma/ptsd?

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I appreciate Noah’s explanations on Buddhist philosophy that makes it feel practical and applicable. His words are thoughtful and clear and I enjoy listening to his opinions that I can easily relate to

iTunes Ratings

1123 Ratings
Average Ratings
1014
64
21
7
17

Suggestion

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

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By JBveggie - Oct 21 2019
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I appreciate Noah’s explanations on Buddhist philosophy that makes it feel practical and applicable. His words are thoughtful and clear and I enjoy listening to his opinions that I can easily relate to
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Secular Buddhism

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

Rank #1: 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 #2: 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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Rank #3: 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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Rank #4: 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 #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: 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 #7: 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 #8: 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 #9: 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 #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: 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 #12: 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 #13: 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 #14: 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 #15: 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 #16: 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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Rank #17: 93 - Stepping Into Groundlessness

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Buddhist teachings and concepts often challenge us to think differently about life. They challenge us to question the stories we’ve come to believe about ourselves and about reality but perhaps none more than the idea of stepping into groundlessness.

Mar 06 2019

20mins

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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: 96 - What If The Problem Is The Problem?

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Pema Chodron says: "The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves.” What does that mean? How do we give ourselves difficult times? And perhaps more importantly, how could we be giving ourselves difficult times and not even know that we are doing it?

Apr 14 2019

16mins

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Rank #20: 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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