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.

Episode 126 :: Gary Watts :: Buddhist Police Support Network

Gary Watts speaks with us about the Buddhist Police Support Network.

Episode 125 :: Gregory Kramer :: Insight Dialogue

Gregory Kramer speaks with us about his book Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom, and his work at Metta.org.

Episode 124 :: Ginger Campbell :: Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty

Dr. Ginger Campbell speaks with us about science of the brain, and about the unconscious origins of certainty.

Episode 123 :: Ramsey Margolis :: Secular Buddhism Community Building in New Zealand

Ramsey Margolis speaks with us today about building Secular Buddhism community in New Zealand.

Episode 122 :: Lee Carlson :: Passage to Nirvana

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.

Episode 121 :: Charles Prebish :: An American Buddhist Life

Charles Prebish, scholar of American Buddhism, speaks with us about his book An American Buddhist Life: Memoirs of a Modern Dharma Pioneer.

Episode 120 :: Lenorë Lambert :: Secular Buddhism Australia

Lenorë Lambert joins us to speak about the new Secular Buddhism Australia website.

Episode 119 :: Shinzen Young :: Meditation, Pain, and Science

Shinzen Young joins us to speak about meditation, pain relief, and science.

Episode 118 :: Tim Ward :: Zombies on Kilimanjaro

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.

Episode 117 :: Bonus Episode :: Rodrigo Rodriguez :: Shakuhachi Music

Rodrigo Rodriguez speaks with us about shakuhachi music and his new album, Traditional and Modern Pieces Shakuhachi, in this bonus episode.

Episode 116 :: Yeshe Rabgye :: The Best Way to Catch a Snake

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.

Episode 115 :: Sean Faircloth :: Attack of the Theocrats

Sean Faircloth returns to speak with us about his new book, Attack of the Theocrats, and his new role with the Richard Dawkins Foundation.

Episode 114 :: Cheri Maples :: The Center for Mindfulness and Justice

Meditation teacher and police officer Cheri Maples speaks with us today about The Center for Mindfulness and Justice.

Episode 113 :: Lawrence Levy :: Growing Juniper

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.

Episode 112 :: Eric Weiner :: Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine

Author Eric Weiner speaks about his book, Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine.

Episode 111 :: Myoan Grace Schireson :: Zen Women

Our guest Myoan Grace Schireson speaks with us about equality issues in her book Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens, and Macho Masters.

Episode 110 :: Karuna Cayton :: The Misleading Mind

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.

Episode 109 :: José Angel Lopez :: Atheist Meditation Community

José Angel Lopez talks with us about Atheist Meditation on FaceBook.

Episode 108 :: George Haas :: Morning Meditation, Online

George Haas speaks with us today about his call-in mentoring program, Morning Meditation, and the benefits of having a teacher.

Episode 107 :: DT Strain :: Humanist Contemplative in Texas

Humanist Contemplative DT Strain joins us to talk about being a Humanist Minister in Texas.

Episode 106 :: Robert Ellis :: The Trouble with Buddhism

Robert Ellis speaks with us today about his book The Trouble with Buddhism: How the Buddhist Tradition Has Betrayed its Own Insights.

Episode 105 :: Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche :: Living Fully: Finding Joy in Every Breath

Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche joins us to speak about his new book, Living Fully: Finding Joy in Every Breath.

Episode 104 :: Rick Heller :: The New Humanism

Rick Heller speaks with us about the intersection of Secular Humanism with mindfulness practice.

Episode 103 :: Gay Hendricks :: Tinker Lindsay :: The First Rule of Ten

Authors Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay join us to talk about their new Buddhist-themed detective novel, The First Rule of Ten.

Episode 102 :: Martine Batchelor :: Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits

Martine Batchelor speaks with us about her book, Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits.

Episode 101 :: Julian Adkins, Anantacitta Tunnell, Dana Nourie :: Secular Buddhism U.K.

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.

Episode 100 :: Stephen Batchelor :: The Awakening of the West

Today we speak with Stephen Batchelor about his book The Awakening of the West: The Encounter of Buddhism and Western Culture.

Episode 99 :: Dr. Rick Hanson :: Just One Thing

Dr. Rick Hanson speaks with us about his new book, Just One Thing: Developing A Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time.

Episode 98 :: John Peacock :: Buddha the Radical to Creeping Brahmanism

Scholar and Associate Director of The Oxford Mindfulness Centre John Peacock joins us to speak about secular views of early Buddhism.

Episode 97 :: Adam Tebbe :: Sweeping Zen

Sweeping Zen founder Adam Tebbe joins us to speak about contemporary issues in Buddhism.

Episode 96 :: Tim Gard :: Pain Attenuation Through Mindfulness

Tim Gard speaks with us about a new study just released on pain attenuation through mindfulness.

Episode 95 :: Britta Hölzel :: Mechanisms of Mindfulness

Dr. Britta Hölzel speaks with us about her recent paper about the potential mechanisms of mindfulness.

Episode 94 :: Sue Blackmore :: Skepticism, Meditation, and Consciousness

Professor Sue Blackmore joins us to speak about meditation, consciousness, and her move from belief in the paranormal to skepticism.

Episode 93 :: Philippe Goldin :: Brain Changes with Meditation

Dr. Philippe Goldin speaks with us about changes in the brain from meditation.

Episode 92 :: Tony Bernhard :: Culture Independent Buddhist Retreats

Tony Bernhard speaks with us about facilitating a-cultural Buddhist teaching and retreats.

Episode 90 :: Dana Nourie :: Secular Buddhist Association Website

Dana Nourie joins us to talk about the new Secular Buddhist Association website.

Episode 89 :: Ken McLeod :: Unfettered Mind

Ken McLeod speaks with us today about humanity in institutions, and his organization Unfettered Mind.

Episode 88 :: David Chapman :: Buddhism for Vampires

David Chapman speaks with us about Buddhism for Vampires in our second Halloween special.

Episode 87 :: David Loy :: Why Buddhism Needs the West

David Loy joins us to talk about why Buddhism needs the West, studies in lack, and the selective evolutionary pressures on traditional practices.

Episode 86 :: Donald Altman :: One Minute Mindfulness

Donald Altman, author of The Mindfulness Code, speaks with us about his new book One Minute Mindfulness.

Episode 85 :: Matt Lowry and Brian Gregory :: Physics and Martial Arts

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.

Episode 84 :: Katherine MacLean :: Psilocybin and Openness

Katherine MacLean speaks with us about a new study on the effects of the psychoactive drug psilocybin on the personality trait of Openness.

Episode 83 :: Owen Flanagan :: The Bodhisattva's Brain

Owen Flanagan speaks with us about his new book The Bodhisattva's Brain: Buddhism Naturalized.

Episode 82 :: Dan Bammes :: Early Web Skeptical Buddhism

Dan Bammes talks with us about one of the first, if not the first, skeptical Buddhist web presence.

Episode 81 :: Dr. Dan Siegel :: Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

Dr. Dan Siegel speaks with us about Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation.

Episode 80 :: Dr. Elizabeth Loftus :: False Memory Creation

Dr. Elizabeth Loftus speaks with us about false memory creation.

Episode 79 :: Jason Siff :: Unlearning Meditation Part Two

Jason Siff speaks with us about Unlearning Meditation in the second of a two part episode.

Episode 78 :: Jason Siff :: Unlearning Meditation Part One

Jason Siff speaks with us about Unlearning Meditation in the first of a two part episode.

Episode 77 :: Matt Lowry and Dana Nourie :: Fun With Physics and Walking Through Walls

Dana Nourie and Matt Lowry join us to speak about physics, the natural world, and quantum misperceptions.

Episode 76 :: Dave Smith :: Meditation Nashville Style

Dave Smith talks with us about growing up a dharma brat, and meditation Nashville style.

Episode 75 :: Eugenie Scott :: National Center for Science Education

Dr. Eugenie Scott from the National Center for Science Education speaks with us about keeping faith traditions separate from science in our classrooms.

Episode 74 :: Erik Storlie :: Psychedelics and Western Zen's Roots

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.

Episode 73 :: Dr. Cathy Kerr :: Modulating Somatosensory Attention

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.

Episode 72 :: David McMahan :: The Making of Buddhist Modernism

David L. McMahan talks with us about The Making of Buddhist Modernism.

Episode 71 :: Carol Tavris :: Delusions and Cognitive Dissonance

Carol Tavris speaks with us about how cognitive dissonance can lead to unhealthy conceptual attachments.

Episode 70 :: Steve Hagen :: Faith and Belief

Steve Hagen speaks with us about faith and belief.

Episode 69 :: Dr. Roland Griffiths :: Psilocybin and Meditation

Dr. Roland Griffiths speaks with us about his work studying psilocybin's intersection with meditation.

Episode 68 :: Stephen Schettini :: It Begins with Silence

Stephen Schettini speaks with us about his new book, It Begins with Silence – The Art of Mindful Reflection.

Episode 67 :: Scott Edelstein :: Sex and the Spiritual Teacher

Scott Edelstein speaks with us about his book Sex and the Spiritual Teacher.

Episode 66 :: Sikivu Hutchinson :: Moral Combat

Author and educator Sikivu Hutchinson speaks with us about her book, Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars.

Episode 65 :: Dr. Richard Davidson :: Center for Investigating Healthy Minds

Dr. Richard Davidson speaks with us about the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, and the use of science in validating the effects of meditation.

Episode 64 :: Glenn Wallis :: Buddhavacana, A Pali Reader

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.

Episode 63 :: Erik Storlie :: Lineage Delusions

Dr. Erik Storlie speaks with us about his online article Lineage Delusions: Eido Shimano Roshi, Dharma Transmission, and American Zen.

Episode 62 :: Peter Harvey :: An Introduction to Buddhist Ethics

Professor Peter Harvey speaks with us about his book An Introduction to Buddhist Ethics: Foundations, Values and Issues.

Episode 61 :: Winton Higgins :: Tragic Vision

Winton Higgins speaks with us about the First Noble Truth and Tragic Vision.

Episode 60 :: Modulation of Pain by Mindfulness Meditation

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.

Episode 59 :: Ethan Nichtern :: The Interdependence Project

Ethan Nichtern speaks with us about The Interdependence Project.

Episode 58 :: Rick Bateman & Tim Kiely :: Meetup Groups

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.

Episode 57 :: Bernie Glassman :: Socially Engaged Buddhism

Bernie Glassman speaks with us about Socially Engaged Buddhism, and the organization Zen Peacemakers.

Episode 56 :: Kevin Griffin :: A Burning Desire

Kevin Griffin speaks with us about his book A Burning Desire: Dharma God and the Path of Recovery.

Episode 55 :: Sam Trumbore :: Interfaith Dialogues

Sam Trumbore speaks with us about chess, secular spirituality, and the value of having interfaith dialogues.

Episode 54 :: Toni Bernhard :: How to Be Sick

Toni Bernhard talks about her book How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers.

Episode 53 :: Tom Clark :: Encountering Naturalism

Tom Clark speaks with us about his book Encountering Naturalism: A Worldview and Its Uses.

Episode 52 :: Matteo Pistono :: In the Shadow of the Buddha

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.

Episode 51 :: Chris McKenna :: Paradigms

Author Chris McKenna speaks with us today about his post-apocalyptic Buddhist themed book, Paradigms.

Episode 50 :: Sara Lazar :: Meditation Effect on Brain Density

Dr. Sara Lazar of Massachusetts General Hospital joins us to speak about a new study on the effects of meditation on brain density.

Episode 49 :: Tim Ward :: What The Buddha Never Taught

Today's guest is Tim Ward, author of What The Buddha Never Taught, about his experiences as a Theravadin monk in Thailand.

Episode 48 :: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche :: Rebel Buddha: On the Road to Freedom

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.

Episode 47 :: Ron Stillman :: Twelve Insights

Today we speak about the Twelve Insights of the Four Noble Truths with our friend Ron Stillman.

Episode 46 :: Paul Saintilan :: Buddhist Recovery Network

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.

Episode 45 :: Brad Warner :: Sex, Sin, and Zen

Brad Warner speaks with us about his new book, Sex, Sin, and Zen.

Episode 44 :: Chris Mitchell :: Asperger’s Syndrome and Mindfulness

Chris Mitchell speaks with us about his book, Asperger's Syndrome and Mindfulness.

Episode 43 :: Stephen Schettini :: The Novice

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.

Episode 42 :: Stanford M. Forrester :: Buddhism and Haiku

Stanford Forrester talks with us today about Buddhism and Haiku.

Episode 41 :: Meeting Faith :: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun

Faith Adiele joins us to speak about her experiences as your average Nigerian Nordic farm girl Buddhist nun in Thailand.

Episode 40 :: Glenn Wallis :: The Problem With Beliefs

Dr. Glenn Wallis speaks with us about beliefs, and how conflating them with knowledge can lead us down unhelpful paths in our practice.

Episode 39 :: Spring Washam :: East Bay Meditation Center and Diversity

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.

Episode 38 :: Jayarava's Raves

Jayarava joins us to speak about his blog, Jayarava's Raves, and his thoughts and reflections on being a pragmatic Western Buddhist.

Episode 37 :: Dr. Pam Gay :: Cosmologist Over Cocktails

Pam Gay speaks with us about comics, science fiction conventions, new discoveries with the Hubble telescope -- and practicing acceptance with others' spiritual views.

Episode 36 :: Jan Ford, Dana Nourie :: Buddhism and ZOMBIES!

Happy Halloween! Today we talk about Buddhism and zombies, and how the two relate.

Episode 35 :: Chris McKenna :: The Mind Body Awareness Project

Today we're joined by Chris McKenna, Executive Director of The Mind Body Awareness Project.

Episode 34 :: Doug McGill :: Right Speech

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.

Episode 33 :: Theo Koffler :: Minfulness Without Borders

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.

Episode 32 :: Roger Nygard :: The Nature Of Existence

Film maker Roger Nygard speaks with us about his movie The Nature Of Existence.

Episode 31 :: Dr. Peter Strong :: Mindfulness Meditation Therapy

Dr. Peter Strong speaks with us about Mindfulness Meditation Therapy, and his new book The Path of Mindfulness Meditation.

Episode 30 :: Eli Effinger-Weintraub :: Secular Paganism and Cats Pulling Sleds

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.

Episode 29 :: Rick Bateman :: Secular Buddhism Canada Style

Rick Bateman from SecularBuddhism.com speaks with us today about his work creating a secular Buddhist practice center in Victoria, British Columbia.

Episode 28 :: Dr. Cliff Saron :: Neuro Dharma

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.

Episode 27 :: Dr. Linda Elder :: Critical Thinking

Today we speak with Dr. Linda Elder about Critical Thinking, what it really is, and how to develop it.

Episode 26 :: Earl Frank Rectanus :: Secular Buddhist Groups

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.

Episode 25 :: Edith Haenel :: Phenomenology in Social Work

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.

Episode 24 :: Stephen Batchelor :: Secular Buddhism Arising

Today we speak with the author, teacher, and Atheist Buddhist, Stephen Batchelor.

Episode 23 :: Katherine MacLean :: Scientific Study :: Meditation Effects on Concentration

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.

Episode 22 :: Losing My Religion :: Coming Out As An Atheist

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.

Episode 21 :: Rita Gross :: Roles of Women in Buddhism

Author and teacher Rita Gross joins us to talk about the roles of women in Buddhism.

Episode 20 :: Sean Faircloth :: Secular Coalition for America :: Part Two

Today we talk with Sean Faircloth, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America.

Episode 19 :: Sean Faircloth :: Secular Coalition for America :: Part One

Today we talk with Sean Faircloth, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America.

Episode 18 :: Interreligious Symposium :: Part Two

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.

Episode 17 :: Labels, or Mindful Sinning

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.

Episode 16 :: Jim Eubanks :: Center for Pragmatic Buddhism

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.

Episode 15 :: Dr. Walter Bera :: Narrative Therapy

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?

Episode 14 :: Revitalization Movements :: Part Two

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.

Episode 13 :: Revitalization Movements :: Part One

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.

Episode 12 :: Lawrence Levy :: Juniper :: Buddhist Training for Modern Life

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.

Episode 11 :: Will Davidson :: Enlightenment Experiences: Validity and Usefulness

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.

Episode 10 :: David Mead :: Skeptical Monastics Unite!

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.

Episode 9 :: Grant Steves :: Spirituality for Atheists :: Part Two

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.

Episode 8 :: Grant Steves :: Spirituality for Atheists :: Part One

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.

Episode 7 :: John Doshin Taylor

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.

Episode 6 :: Brooks Peterson :: Cultural Intelligence :: Part Two

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.

Episode 5 :: Brooks Peterson :: Cultural Intelligence :: Part One

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.

Episode 4 :: Virtual Dhamma

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.

Episode 3 :: Interreligious Symposium

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.

Episode 2 :: Application

Grant Steves interviews Ted Meissner on the application of early Buddhism.

Episode 1 :: Foundation

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.