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The Secular Buddhist

By Ted Meissner

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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.

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This approach to Buddhism is all natural. And it

I have long been interested in Buddhism as an approach to living, but I always tripped up on the supernatural trappings. I just couldn't buy into the gods and demons and reincarnated lamas that I had to wade through to get down to the essence of the philosophy.

It was such a pleasant surprise to discover this podcast, the accompanying website and the Facebook page. Ted Meissner is a buddhist, an atheist, and a humanist. He is warm, funny and easy to listen to. He has brought in a wide range of guests, everybody from people getting ready to enter a Buddhist monastery to avowed "New Atheists".

This podcast has been a great touchstone and put me in contact with a network of people who share an interest in the practicality of the Buddhist worldview, but stripped of all the mysticism, woo-woo and magical thinking.

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.

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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