The Secular Buddhist

The Secular Buddhist

Published by: Ted Meissner
322 Episodes | First Released: May 7 '09 | 🇺🇸
The Secular Buddhist is the official podcast of the Secular Buddhist Association, focusing on early Buddhist teaching and practice from a secular point of view. http://secularbuddhism.org
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TomBerkery
May 14 '18
Rating:   10
Love it

This podcast is right up my alley. I love the guests and the perspectives they bring to this topic. My only complaint is that I wish the show was longer. With 30-40 minutes per interview there isn’t enough time to delve too deep into some topics. Long form interviews would provide more expansive conversations. Thanks again Ted!

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boo2uu
Jul 27 '17
Rating:   6
Good show - bad production

I listened to the first six episodes of the show and found the content and discussions engaging and thought-provoking. What I found difficult was the noise that overwhelms the discussions to the point that one must strain to hear what the speakers are saying. I'm not sure why Ted decided to hold these discussions in noisy environments like coffee shops, where the sounds of steamers and people talking and slamming glass wear around in the background impedes the quality of the listeners' experience to the point that you just want to turn it off. Perhaps he never intended to concern himself about others' listening experience and was just thinking of his own conversational process, rather than who might be listening. If you can get past the poor production quality, you will certainly enjoy this podcast.

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George_R_T
Jun 28 '17
Rating:   10
Great!

Love the discussion and insight provided.

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Maddy Love, @TransAtheistPod
Aug 21 '16
Rating:   10
Thank you

This is such a wonderful example of how different philosophies can complement one another, and another example (although not the only) of how one might be both spiritual and an atheist. Thank you for the great podcast Ted!

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Dhenfgochs
Sep 20 '15
Rating:   2
Not to sound insulting

Think about it, secular Buddhism is a watered down philosophy that demands justice and ethics but rejects absolute morality and absolute truth. The two ideas are not compatible, but keep searching!

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Tanyarama
May 25 '15
Rating:   10
Excellent

Very open-minded discussions! Secular Buddhist's host Ted Meissner finds BUddhist teachers and Buddhist practitioners from all different sects and groups, often professionals in science, journalism and other secular disciplines. I don't think I'm exactly a secular Buddhist---I'm learning in the very religious Tibetan tradition and from a personal standpoint, I'm about halfway between secular and religious, and I find Ted's open-mindedness, humanity, and lack of an agenda refreshing. Check out his talk with Ethan Nichtern from The Interdependence Project, especially

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catamania2112
May 26 '14
Rating:   4
Where are the women?

This podcast makes an attempt to put a new coat of paint on traditional buddhism to make it more palatable. I wish it had more female guests....at times it feels like guys talking to guys...

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MarieHTP
Jun 16 '13
Rating:   10
Stimulating and satifying

Listening the Ted Meissner and his guests is to the brain what healthy organic food and daily exercise are to the whole body. It stimulates and satisfies. I was introduced to The Secular Buddhist podcast a week ago, listened to 5 episodes in one afternoon, and fell in love with Episodes 8 and 9, Spirituality for Atheists part 1 and 2, with Grant Steves, which I listened on a loop for three days. It blew my mind. And it is not only because of the brilliance of Grant Steves, his clarity of thoughts and language (Here is an academic who talks to be understood), but it is also Ted's style as a host. He actually listens to his interviewees, contributes to the topic with just as much brilliance and sensitivity without stealing the spotlight from his guests, and responds in ways that keep the conversation going for a very long time without ever losing steam. Even on topics I know (Episode 81, Dan Siegel on Mindsight) he still manages to both clarify and deepen many points. Ted doesn't address the specialist in any particular topic. He addresses a general audience and offers a scrumptious cocktail of cognitive, emotional, and social intelligence served in the silver goblet of an enchanting speaking voice.

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New Vegan,
Jan 27 '13
Rating:   10
Adirabatadira

This is a thoughtful and engaging podcast. I feel that listening to the episodes add to my understanding of the meditation practice, the wider world of Buddhist thought and the dharma.

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Tentania
Jan 7 '13
Rating:   10
An excellent resource for mindfulness information

I have been listening to Ted Meissner's Secular Buddhist podcast for about six months. I have found it to be an excellent resource for Buddhist philosophy and practice with a clear and ever-present attentiveness to a skeptical/scientifically-based philosophy on Mr. Meissner's part. It is this position that makes the podcast particularly useful as the host will graciously and thoughtfully draw distinctions between the positions of some of his guests and his own positions. This secular arrangement focused on mindfulness makes the podcast an excellent resource for both mental health professionals, such as myself, and students training in these professions. I put the Secular Buddhist Podcast on both my Research and Human Behavior in the Social Environment Syllabi for courses that I teach at the graduate level of Social Work.

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