Podcast Episode Index
In case you're interested in hearing previous episodes from The Secular Buddhist podcast, here is a brief summary complete with links to the episode page.
Gary Watts speaks with us about the Buddhist Police Support Network.
Gregory Kramer speaks with us about his book Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom, and his work at Metta.org.
Dr. Ginger Campbell speaks with us about science of the brain, and about the unconscious origins of certainty.
Ramsey Margolis speaks with us today about building Secular Buddhism community in New Zealand.
Zen teacher Lee Carlson speaks with us about being a traumatic brain injury survivor, the healing companionship of dogs, and his new book, Passage to Nirvana.
Charles Prebish, scholar of American Buddhism, speaks with us about his book An American Buddhist Life: Memoirs of a Modern Dharma Pioneer.
Lenorë Lambert joins us to speak about the new Secular Buddhism Australia website.
Shinzen Young joins us to speak about meditation, pain relief, and science.
Tim Ward, author of What the Buddha Never Taught, joins us again to talk about Buddhist practice, meme theory, and his new book Zombies on Kilimanjaro: A Father/Son Journey Above the Clouds.
Rodrigo Rodriguez speaks with us about shakuhachi music and his new album, Traditional and Modern Pieces Shakuhachi, in this bonus episode.
Yeshe Rabgye speaks about having the progressive attitudes of a Westerner within the religious institution of an Asian tradition, and his new book The Best Way to Catch a Snake: A Practical Guide to the Buddha's Teaching.
Sean Faircloth returns to speak with us about his new book, Attack of the Theocrats, and his new role with the Richard Dawkins Foundation.
Meditation teacher and police officer Cheri Maples speaks with us today about The Center for Mindfulness and Justice.
Our friend Lawrence Levy from Episode 12 joins us again to speak about new offerings at Juniper, and another perspective about the potential value of lineage.
Author Eric Weiner speaks about his book, Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine.
Our guest Myoan Grace Schireson speaks with us about equality issues in her book Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens, and Macho Masters.
Karuna Cayton speaks with us about his new book, The Misleading Mind: How We Create Our Own Problems and How Buddhist Psychology Can Help Us Solve Them.
José Angel Lopez talks with us about Atheist Meditation on FaceBook.
George Haas speaks with us today about his call-in mentoring program, Morning Meditation, and the benefits of having a teacher.
Humanist Contemplative DT Strain joins us to talk about being a Humanist Minister in Texas.
Robert Ellis speaks with us today about his book The Trouble with Buddhism: How the Buddhist Tradition Has Betrayed its Own Insights.
Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche joins us to speak about his new book, Living Fully: Finding Joy in Every Breath.
Rick Heller speaks with us about the intersection of Secular Humanism with mindfulness practice.
Authors Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay join us to talk about their new Buddhist-themed detective novel, The First Rule of Ten.
Martine Batchelor speaks with us about her book, Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits.
Julian Adkins, Anantacitta Tunnell, and Dana Nourie join us to talk about a new website dedicated to growing the Secular Buddhist community in the U.K.
Today we speak with Stephen Batchelor about his book The Awakening of the West: The Encounter of Buddhism and Western Culture.
Dr. Rick Hanson speaks with us about his new book, Just One Thing: Developing A Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time.
Scholar and Associate Director of The Oxford Mindfulness Centre John Peacock joins us to speak about secular views of early Buddhism.
Sweeping Zen founder Adam Tebbe joins us to speak about contemporary issues in Buddhism.
Tim Gard speaks with us about a new study just released on pain attenuation through mindfulness.
Dr. Britta Hölzel speaks with us about her recent paper about the potential mechanisms of mindfulness.
Professor Sue Blackmore joins us to speak about meditation, consciousness, and her move from belief in the paranormal to skepticism.
Dr. Philippe Goldin speaks with us about changes in the brain from meditation.
Tony Bernhard speaks with us about facilitating a-cultural Buddhist teaching and retreats.
Dana Nourie joins us to talk about the new Secular Buddhist Association website.
Ken McLeod speaks with us today about humanity in institutions, and his organization Unfettered Mind.
David Chapman speaks with us about Buddhism for Vampires in our second Halloween special.
David Loy joins us to talk about why Buddhism needs the West, studies in lack, and the selective evolutionary pressures on traditional practices.
Donald Altman, author of The Mindfulness Code, speaks with us about his new book One Minute Mindfulness.
Matt Lowry the Skeptical Teacher, and Brian Gregory of Virtual Drinking Skeptically join us to talk about the myths and facts of the physics of martial arts.
Katherine MacLean speaks with us about a new study on the effects of the psychoactive drug psilocybin on the personality trait of Openness.
Owen Flanagan speaks with us about his new book The Bodhisattva's Brain: Buddhism Naturalized.
Dan Bammes talks with us about one of the first, if not the first, skeptical Buddhist web presence.
Dr. Dan Siegel speaks with us about Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation.
Dr. Elizabeth Loftus speaks with us about false memory creation.
Jason Siff speaks with us about Unlearning Meditation in the second of a two part episode.
Jason Siff speaks with us about Unlearning Meditation in the first of a two part episode.
Dana Nourie and Matt Lowry join us to speak about physics, the natural world, and quantum misperceptions.
Dave Smith talks with us about growing up a dharma brat, and meditation Nashville style.
Dr. Eugenie Scott from the National Center for Science Education speaks with us about keeping faith traditions separate from science in our classrooms.
Dr. Erik Storlie joins us again, this time to speak about his book Nothing on My Mind: Berkeley, LSD, Two Zen Masters, and a Life on the Dharma Trail, about psychedelics and Western Zen's roots.
Dr. Cathy Kerr joins us to speak about her recent study on the effects of mindfulness meditation training on anticipatory alpha modulation in primary somatosensory cortex.
David L. McMahan talks with us about The Making of Buddhist Modernism.
Carol Tavris speaks with us about how cognitive dissonance can lead to unhealthy conceptual attachments.
Steve Hagen speaks with us about faith and belief.
Dr. Roland Griffiths speaks with us about his work studying psilocybin's intersection with meditation.
Stephen Schettini speaks with us about his new book, It Begins with Silence – The Art of Mindful Reflection.
Scott Edelstein speaks with us about his book Sex and the Spiritual Teacher.
Author and educator Sikivu Hutchinson speaks with us about her book, Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars.
Dr. Richard Davidson speaks with us about the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, and the use of science in validating the effects of meditation.
Our friend Dr. Glenn Wallis is back to talk with us today about his new book Buddhavacana, A Pali Reader, and the issues translators face making meaningful sense out of ancient texts.
Dr. Erik Storlie speaks with us about his online article Lineage Delusions: Eido Shimano Roshi, Dharma Transmission, and American Zen.
Professor Peter Harvey speaks with us about his book An Introduction to Buddhist Ethics: Foundations, Values and Issues.
Winton Higgins speaks with us about the First Noble Truth and Tragic Vision.
Dr. Fadel Zeidan and Dr. John McHaffie join us to speak about their neurological study, Brain Mechanisms Supporting the Modulation of Pain by Mindfulness Meditation.
Ethan Nichtern speaks with us about The Interdependence Project.
Rick Bateman and Tim Kiely join us for a round table discussion of how to start Secular Buddhist groups with tools like Meetup and Ning.
Bernie Glassman speaks with us about Socially Engaged Buddhism, and the organization Zen Peacemakers.
Kevin Griffin speaks with us about his book A Burning Desire: Dharma God and the Path of Recovery.
Sam Trumbore speaks with us about chess, secular spirituality, and the value of having interfaith dialogues.
Toni Bernhard talks about her book How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers.
Tom Clark speaks with us about his book Encountering Naturalism: A Worldview and Its Uses.
Our guest today Matteo Pistono speaks with us about his very new book, In the Shadow of the Buddha -- Secret Journeys, Sacred Histories, and Spiritual Discovery in Tibet.
Author Chris McKenna speaks with us today about his post-apocalyptic Buddhist themed book, Paradigms.
Dr. Sara Lazar of Massachusetts General Hospital joins us to speak about a new study on the effects of meditation on brain density.
Today's guest is Tim Ward, author of What The Buddha Never Taught, about his experiences as a Theravadin monk in Thailand.
Today we're joined by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, who speaks with us about breaking free of cultural accretions in his book Rebel Buddha: On the Road to Freedom.
Today we speak about the Twelve Insights of the Four Noble Truths with our friend Ron Stillman.
Paul Saintilan, a Director and former President of the Buddhist Recovery Network, speaks to us about how early Buddhist practice is helping people with the problems of substance abuse.
Brad Warner speaks with us about his new book, Sex, Sin, and Zen.
Chris Mitchell speaks with us about his book, Asperger's Syndrome and Mindfulness.
Stephen Schettini speaks with us about his experiences as a Tibetan monk in his book, The Novice: Why I Became A Buddhist Monk, Why I Quit, And What I Learned.
Stanford Forrester talks with us today about Buddhism and Haiku.
Faith Adiele joins us to speak about her experiences as your average Nigerian Nordic farm girl Buddhist nun in Thailand.
Dr. Glenn Wallis speaks with us about beliefs, and how conflating them with knowledge can lead us down unhelpful paths in our practice.
Meditation teacher Spring Washam speaks with us about having diversity in our communities, and East Bay Meditation Center. We'll also have a bonus segment, chatting with Roger Nygard about the DVD release of his movie, The Nature Of Existence.
Jayarava joins us to speak about his blog, Jayarava's Raves, and his thoughts and reflections on being a pragmatic Western Buddhist.
Pam Gay speaks with us about comics, science fiction conventions, new discoveries with the Hubble telescope -- and practicing acceptance with others' spiritual views.
Happy Halloween! Today we talk about Buddhism and zombies, and how the two relate.
Today we're joined by Chris McKenna, Executive Director of The Mind Body Awareness Project.
Professional journalist and founder of the Rochester Meditation Center in Southeast Minnesota, Doug McGill, speaks with us about the challenges of right speech in our modern world.
Theo Koffler joins us to speak about Minfulness Without Borders, a collaborative for teaching mindful awareness and social-emotional intelligence to educators, parents, students and healthcare providers.
Film maker Roger Nygard speaks with us about his movie The Nature Of Existence.
Dr. Peter Strong speaks with us about Mindfulness Meditation Therapy, and his new book The Path of Mindfulness Meditation.
Today we're going to put ourselves in the perspective of our friends and family when asking us about practices they don't understand, as we speak with Eli Effinger-Weintraub.
Rick Bateman from SecularBuddhism.com speaks with us today about his work creating a secular Buddhist practice center in Victoria, British Columbia.
Dr. Cliff Saron speaks with us about the limits of science, our paradigms, and the relation between statements made at the population level and what is meaningful for the individual in Buddhist training.
Today we speak with Dr. Linda Elder about Critical Thinking, what it really is, and how to develop it.
Frequent contributor to the Facebook Fan Page for The Secular Buddhist podcast, Earl Frank Rectanus shares his experiences in starting one of the first secular Buddhist groups.
Edith Haenel speaks with us about the Upper Midwest Summer Institute of Buddhist Studies, and bringing her practice to others in her role as a social worker.
Today we speak with the author, teacher, and Atheist Buddhist, Stephen Batchelor.
There are a lot of scientific studies on the effects of meditation. Today we speak with Katherine MacLean about one of the good ones -- and why it's good.
Panel discussion on coming out to one's family and friends as an atheist. We talk with panelists PZ Myers, Bug Girl, Jennifer Ouellette, Lyra Lynx, Maria Walters, Jen Mana, Ted Meissner, Debbie Goddard, Carrie Iwan, and Dave Walbridge.
Author and teacher Rita Gross joins us to talk about the roles of women in Buddhism.
Today we talk with Sean Faircloth, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America.
Today we talk with Sean Faircloth, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America.
Today we have our second installment from Episode Three on the question, "Meditation: Buddhist and Christian, Is There a Common Ground?", and get a preview of Rodrigo Rodriguez's upcoming CD, Shakuhachi Meditations.
Labels are invaluable as a tool in human communication. How we refer to ourselves and to our practice can help us find fellow students, and helps others understand what our point of view might be. But they can also hinder us as we either become to attached to our designations, or as we misunderstand one another's intent in label use.
Finding practical applications for our Buddhist practice is one of the hallmarks of our modern cultural movement. Today we speak with the Director of Buddhist Studies from the Center for Pragmatic Buddhism, Sensei Jim Eubanks.
Separating ourselves from the actions we take, the feelings we have, even our very thoughts is common practice during Vipassana meditation. But is there a practical application for this approach, this distinguishing of self from the story of one's life, that can help in a therapeutic setting?
We will conclude part two of our interview with the Triple Gem of the virtual secular sangha, Linda Blanchard, Jan Ford, and Dana Nourie on the topic of revitalization movements, and how that's impacting us in the early stages of the development of secular buddhist practice.
Today's interview is with the Triple Gem of the virtual secular sangha, Linda Blanchard, Jan Ford, and Dana Nourie. We'll talk about revitalization movements, and how that's impacting us in the early stages of the development of secular buddhist practice.
As more individuals seek a personal development practice based in Buddhism, we may find it challenging to find resources that fit our needs in modern life. Juniper is one organization dedicated to providing these resources; today we're fortunate to have with us one of Juniper's founding members, Lawrence Levy.
Today we talk with Will Davidson on his experiences having been a monk in a Tibetan tradition of Buddhism, and the veracity and use of enlightenment experiences.
Today's episode is an interview with our friend David Mead on what it means to be a skeptical Buddhist, while planning to become a monastic in the Thai Forest tradition.
Today's episode is Part Two of our interview with our friend Grant Steves on what it means to be a spiritual atheist, enjoyed at Borders Books in St. Paul, MN.
Today's episode is Part One of our interview with our friend Grant Steves on what it means to be a spiritual atheist, enjoyed at Borders Books in St. Paul, MN.
Today we're talking with zen practitioner John Doshin Taylor of Ireland, getting his perspective on Buddhist practice in his neck of the woods, and how he came to zen.
Today we're finishing up our talk with Brooks Peterson about culture, what it means, how it develops, and where we're going as our secular buddhisty-type practice and community develops.
Today we're speaking with Brooks Peterson about culture, what it means, how it develops, and where we're going as our secular buddhisty-type practice and community develops. So sit back and have a Black Cow, which you may know as a rootbeer float.
Today's interview is with the Triple Gem of the virtual secular sangha, Linda Blanchard, Jan Ford, and Dana Nourie. We'll talk about how they came to have a less religious, but still buddhisty, practice, and the development of the online skeptical buddhist communities on FaceBook and Second Life.
In the first fully functional Secular Buddhist podcast, we talk about why we're checking into Buddhism without its rich religious historical context. We'll also hear a segment from a recent Interreligious Symposium asking the question, "Meditation: Buddhist and Christian, Is There a Common Ground?", and more.
Grant Steves interviews Ted Meissner on the application of early Buddhism.
Grant Steves interviews Ted Meissner on the foundations of early Buddhism. We chat about how one can be an atheist while a practicing Buddhist, my own start to a meditation practice, and then delve into the early stories of Buddhism's beginnings and its eventual spread and evolution into the branches we see today.