Secular Buddhism

Secular Buddhism
A podcast for secular-minded people interested in learning about Buddhist philosophy and teachings.

111 - Resisting Our Demons
Oct 13 • 21 min
In this podcast episode, I will discuss the Zen Koan titled “The Real Miracle”. I will also share the story/teaching of Milarepa and the Demons he resisted in his cave and how that story can help us with our own demons. I also share a new Zen koan at the…
110 - Unhappily Headed Towards Happiness
Sep 28 • 18 min
Often we find ourselves unhappily headed towards happiness. Thinking that once we arrive, we will suddenly not be how we’ve been all along. In this podcast episode, I will talk about Bodhidharma’s beard and the koan that invites us to look closer at…
109 - Finding Your True Self
Sep 12 • 15 min
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…
108 - Important Things To Think About Often
Sep 1 • 18 min
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…
107 - Learning To Be Silent
Aug 25 • 24 min
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.
106 - Everything Is Best
Aug 15 • 19 min
In this episode, I share three more Zen koans and what they mean to me. Calling card, Everything is Best, and Inch Time Foot Gem. Thank you for listening and for being a part of this journey with me. Until next time!
105 - Open Your Own Treasure House
Aug 7 • 21 min
We generally value answers more than we do questions but what if the bigger treasure in the pursuit of answers is to be found in the question itself? In this podcast episode I will share my thoughts regarding the koan: Open Your Own Treasure House.
104 - A Limited View
Jul 29 • 26 min
In this episode, I will discuss the Buddhist teaching of the Elephant and the blind men and how my understanding of having a limited view affects the type of questions I ask about myself, others, and life in general. I will also talk about how I use…
103 - Making Time For Nothing
Jul 15 • 13 min
Is nothing something? What happens when we make time for nothing? In this episode, I will explore the idea of boredom and how mastering boredom could be one of the great benefits of mindfulness practice.
102 - Never Lost
Jul 3 • 28 min
“Having no destination, I am never lost.” In this podcast episode, I will share some of my favorite quotes by Ikkyu Shojun. I will also explain one of my new favorite quotes that’s been floating in my head…”Having no certainty, I am never wrong.”
101 - What’s Your Sideshow?
Jun 24 • 23 min
A sideshow is a diverting incident or issue that distracts attention from something more important, the real show. In Buddhist practice, we strive to understand the sideshows we are often presenting to ourselves and to the world. What’s the real show…
100 - Keep Going
May 31 • 30 min
100 episodes! What an exciting milestone! In this podcast episode, I will talk about one of my favorite expressions/teachings from Sensei Kubose. “Keep Going” has become one of my go-to reminders about life in general.
99 - Presence Podcast Interview
May 21 • 39 min
Audio from a recent interview I did on Presence Podcast about Life Lessons. Are the stories you tell yourself real? How do you deal with your most sensitive emotions? Is there such a thing as good and bad? How do you define love? If you enjoy this…
98 - The Rascal Behind The Curtain
May 6 • 20 min
Sometimes when we peek behind the curtain, we discover something that we wish we didn’t know. Imagine what it would be like to peek behind the curtain of the mind only to see yourself peeking behind the curtain of the mind. Discovering that what you have…
97 - Dependent Origination
Apr 25 • 28 min
To understand dependent origination is to understand that nothing has independent, permanent, or absolute existence. Everything is part of a web of countless interconnections and the web is always changing. Everything arises from complex causes and…
96 - What If The Problem Is The Problem?
Apr 14 • 16 min
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…
95 - Levels Of Morality
Apr 2 • 17 min
What does it mean to be moral? Is morality just a form of obedience? In this episode, I will talk about the concept of levels of morality and how at a certain level, it’s no longer about obeying the rules, it’s about doing what seems right given the…
94 - Obstacles on the Path - The Five Hindrances
Mar 21 • 25 min
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…
93 - Stepping Into Groundlessness
Mar 6 • 20 min
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.
92 - Your Inner Compass
Feb 20 • 22 min
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…
91 - The Three Poisons
Feb 3 • 28 min
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…
90 - Ultimate Authority
Jan 28 • 17 min
The ultimate authority in your life is YOU. If you’re familiar with the Kalama Sutta, you’re aware of the teaching to analyze things against your own experience and to be cautious about relying on external sources for authority. Knowing this, why do we…
89 - Killing The Buddha
Jan 11 • 18 min
There is a famous quote in the Zen tradition that says “If you meet the Buddha, kill him”. This quote is attributed to Linji a prominent zen master. What does it mean? How can this teaching help us in our day to day lives as we seek to be less habitually…
88 - Radical Okayness
Dec 30, 2018 • 21 min
What is the state of radical okayness? There is a very clear message that seems to permeate through many of the Buddha’s teachings, that is, the importance of getting to know yourself, knowing your own mind. I believe that when we learn to look past our…
87 - Mindful Parenting | An Interview With Shirin Peykar
Dec 23, 2018 • 66 min
This is the audio recording of an interview I did with Shirin Peykar where we discussed the topic of mindful parenting. Shirin works with parents who are trying to be more mindful. Parenting is difficult at times and it’s easy to find ourselves reacting…
86 - Listening To Understand
Dec 18, 2018 • 17 min
We seem to really struggle when it comes to having conversations about difficult topics. Are we listening with the intent to understand the other person or are we simply assessing to determine what team the other person is on? Are they team “us” or team…
85 - Sometimes We Try Too Hard
Dec 2, 2018 • 16 min
Sometimes we fail because we try too hard, other times because don’t try hard enough. The trick is to find the right balance, the space in between, the space that is often referred to in Buddhism as The Middle Way. In this podcast episode, I will discuss…
84 - How To Practice Mindfulness Daily
Nov 18, 2018 • 30 min
In this podcast episode, I will discuss some of the exercises and introspective questions that I believe can lead to a more mindful way of living. These are exercises that are published in the new book “The 5-Minute Mindfulness Journal.”
83 - The Eightfold Path
Nov 11, 2018 • 29 min
The essence of many of the Buddha’s discourses and teachings can be found in the Eightfold Path, often referred to as the Path of Liberation. It is not a path we walk only once or in a particular order. It’s meant to be a guide for specific areas of life…
82 - Dealing With Dissatisfaction In Life
Nov 6, 2018 • 25 min
If Buddhism were to be summarized in one key teaching, that teaching would be about the nature of dukkha (suffering/dissatisfaction) and the cessation of dukkha. There is a fundamental unsatisfactoriness and stress that we all deal with in life. In the…
81 - The Tale Of Many Tales
Oct 17, 2018 • 34 min
The tale of many tales is the story we have about ourselves and the story we try to ensure that others have of us too. What are some of the stories you have about yourself? How attached are you to these stories? Does that attachment cause any…
80 - Life Is Not Fair
Sep 18, 2018 • 23 min
Life is not fair, it’s true! But is that really a problem? In this podcast episode, I will discuss the monkey reward experiment where one monkey was given cucumbers and another was given grapes and the result of that decision. I will also discuss the idea…
79 - The Blind Leading The Blind
Sep 5, 2018 • 30 min
In a reality that is continually changing, our views are limited in space and time. The result is that we are essentially the blind leading the blind. In this episode, I will discuss the teaching of the blind men and the elephant and share 5 tips for…
78 - No Hope No Fear
Aug 17, 2018 • 21 min
Suffering arises when we want things to be other than how they are. Where there is hope, there is fear and where there is fear there is hope. They are like two sides of the same coin. When we feel uneasy, we get restless, we want to change something about…
77 - Embracing Rebellion
Jul 29, 2018 • 25 min
“I think of mindfulness meditation as almost a rebellion against natural selection…Natural selection sets our agenda, and Buddhism says, ‘We don’t have to play this game.” In this episode, I will discuss the concept of embracing rebellion as a form of…
76 - Patience With Ourselves, Others, And Life
Jul 20, 2018 • 30 min
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…
75 - Everyday Buddhism Interview
Jul 8, 2018 • 65 min
This podcast episode is the audio of a recent interview I did on the Everyday Buddhism podcast with my friend Wendy. If you enjoy this podcast episode, check out the Everyday Buddhism Podcast on your favorite podcasting app or visit
74 - Goals, Relationships, and Non-Attachment
Jun 10, 2018 • 37 min
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…
73 - What Moves Us? The 5 Core Social Motives
Jun 4, 2018 • 31 min
What Moves Us? Why do we fear rejection? Why are we so motivated to want to belong? In this episode, I will discuss the 5 core social motives of Belonging, Understanding, Control, Enhancing Self, and Trust as presented by Susan Fiske. I will also…
72 - Yanny Or Laurel? - A Lesson in Mindful Communication
May 16, 2018 • 31 min
In this episode, I will share an audio clip that’s gone viral where some people hear the word “yanny” and others hear the word “laurel”. I will also discuss 6 tips to help us be more mindful of how we communicate.
71 - Breaking The Chain Of Reactivity
May 1, 2018 • 22 min
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…
70 - Beware Of The Guru Mind
Apr 22, 2018 • 30 min
In this episode, I will discuss my personal views about having a Guru/teacher. In order to learn something new or to develop a new skill, it can be helpful and wise to have the guidance and advice of a teacher but it can also become detrimental when we…
69 - Sitting With Sadness
Apr 8, 2018 • 27 min
Buddhist teachings often talk about “being with our emotions” or learning to “sit with an emotion” but what does that really mean? What does that look like in our day to day lives? In this episode, I will discuss a recent experience I had with sitting…
68 - Questions About Buddhism
Apr 3, 2018 • 20 min
In this podcast episode, I will discuss my newest book and I will share some of the specific Q&A’s directly from the book. Presented in a practical Q&A format, No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners is the most clear-cut introductory guide to understanding…
67 - Never Enough
Mar 25, 2018 • 30 min
In this podcast episode, I will discuss how the attitude of “never enough” can lead to a form emotional abuse that we inflict on our selves. I will discuss the idea of how letting go of the unhealthy views, ideas, and beliefs we have of ourselves can lead…
66 - The Joy & Pain Of Sharing Experiences
Mar 18, 2018 • 25 min
Have you ever felt the strong urge to capture the experience you’re having and then to share it with others? We do this with movies, books, restaurants, and of course ideas, opinions, and beliefs. In this episode, I will discuss the joy and pain that…
65 - What Does it Mean to Forgive?
Feb 14, 2018 • 35 min
The Buddhist approach to forgiveness is about changing our relationship with the reactive patterns that run our lives. It’s a form of introspection that allows me to understand my reactive patterns and then, more importantly to change my relationship with…
64 - We Don’t Need To Change Ourselves
Jan 30, 2018 • 27 min
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…
63 - Mindful Eating - A Discussion With Paige Smathers
Jan 16, 2018 • 61 min
Like breathing, eating is one of the most common things we do, but how mindful are we of this process? How mindful are we of our relationship with food? In this podcast episode, I will discuss the topic of mindful eating with Paige Smathers, host of the…
62 - What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully
Dec 22, 2017 • 78 min
In this episode, I discuss the topic of death with Frank Ostaseski, author of “The Five Invitations: What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully”. Death is perhaps our greatest teacher, a close encounter with death can forever change our perspectives and…
61 - Mindful Relationships, Social Justice & More - Yael Shy
Dec 14, 2017 • 67 min
In this podcast episode, I am sharing the audio of an interview with Yael Shy. Yael offers expert guidance on beginning a meditation practice and explores how to bring that practice to relationships, social justice, and the general ups and downs of…
60 - “Happiness” - A discussion with Ellen Petry Leanse
Nov 29, 2017 • 69 min
This is the audio recording of an interview with Ellen Petry Leanse (TEDx: Happiness by Design) and author of “The Happiness Hack: a brain-aware guide to life satisfaction”. I hope you enjoy listening to our discussion on the topic of happiness.
59 - “Escape Into Discomfort” - A discussion with Shinzen Young
Nov 19, 2017 • 93 min
In this episode, I am sharing the audio from an interview/discussion I had with Shinzen Young on the topic of “Escaping into Discomfort”. This interview was streamed live on November 16th, 2017.
58 - The Art of Stopping & Seeing
Nov 8, 2017 • 34 min
The Buddha told Angulimala (the murderer), “I stopped long ago, it’s you that hasn’t stopped”. The art of learning to stop….is about having the ability to pause for a moment and to shine some light on the hidden agendas that often determine why we say…
57 - Why Do We Experience All-Pervasive Suffering?
Oct 30, 2017 • 27 min
Why is it common to have that nagging feeling that things aren’t how they’re supposed to be? Do you ever feel like life is not how it’s supposed to be, others are not how they’re supposed to be or that you yourself are not how you’re supposed to be? In…
56 - What Makes You You?
Oct 24, 2017 • 28 min
According to classical Buddhist thought, “self” is a view…It is a product of our perception…and perception is always happening. What if perception is an event that occurs rather than a thing that exists? In this episode, I will talk about the 5 Skandhas /…
55 - The Four Foundations Of Mindfulness
Oct 10, 2017 • 23 min
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…
54 - Guided Meditation: Fostering Kindness And Compassion
Oct 2, 2017 • 10 min
This is a 10-minute guided meditation aimed at fostering kindness and compassion. Revisit this meditation anytime you feel the need to foster feelings of kindness and compassion.
53 - Freedom From The Bonds Of Anger & Hatred
Oct 2, 2017 • 27 min
In order to be free from the bonds of anger and hatred, we have to practice. We cannot simply pray or ask for anger or hatred to be removed from us. In this episode, I will discuss how we can use mindfulness practice as a tool to transform the craving,…
52 - The Sound Of Silence
Sep 19, 2017 • 23 min
What is the sound of silence? Listen to find out…In this episode, I will discuss the ideas of emptiness, signlessness, and aimlessness, known as the 3 doors of liberation.
51 - “Secular Buddhism” - A discussion with Stephen Batchelor
Sep 14, 2017 • 61 min
(This is the audio of the live interview I had with Stephen Batchelor). What if we understood the 4 Noble Truths to be tasks rather than truths? What if we were no longer burdened by the quest for truth regarding metaphysical claims/beliefs? In this…
50 - Creating Moments Of Awareness
Sep 6, 2017 • 21 min
3 simple questions are all it takes to create a moment of awareness. Where am I? What am I doing? What did it take for this moment to arise? In this episode, I will discuss how I use these 3 simple questions as a technique to allow myself to become more…
49 - “Addiction & Recovery” - A discussion with Noah Levine
Aug 31, 2017 • 64 min
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to interview Noah Levine, founder of Refuge Recovery, a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. We all know someone…
48 - Humanitarian Work In Uganda
Aug 28, 2017 • 35 min
Earlier this year, I had the priviledge of visiting Uganda with 16 podcast listners to do humanitarian work and also to spend time practicing mindfulness. A lot of people have asked me questions about this trip and want to know details about the upcoming…
47 - Buddhism And Christianity
Aug 14, 2017 • 26 min
I’m often asked whether or not Buddhism and Christianity are compatible. Can you be a Christian and a Buddhist? In this podcast episode, I will address some of the main differences between these two spiritual paths and I will highlight some of the key…
46 - “Why Buddhism Is True” - A discussion with Robert Wright
Aug 8, 2017 • 60 min
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…
45 - Questions And Answers 1
Jul 18, 2017 • 33 min
In this podcast episode, I will answer questions from several podcast listeners. This is part 1 of an occasional series of Q&A’s that I will post as podcast episodes.
44 - Finding The Teacher Within
Jul 10, 2017 • 26 min
One of the things I appreciate most about Buddhism is the emphasis on becoming your own teacher. In one of the last teachings the Buddha gave, he said, “Be a light unto yourselves.” In other words, be your own guide. “Don’t look for anyone for guidance”.…
43 - No Cows, No Problems
Jun 26, 2017 • 28 min
In this short episode, I want to talk about a story that is often shared about a farmer who lost his cows. To me, this is a story about attachment to our possessions. It’s a story about the suffering that arises out of our attachment to our possessions.…
42 - We Didn’t Sign Up For This
Jun 14, 2017 • 28 min
Imagine what it would be like to suddenly wake up and realize you are on a roller coaster ride. You didn’t choose to get on, you woke up on the ride. This is what it’s like to wake up to life. We didn’t will ourselves into existence. We are the result of…
41 - Life On The Buddhist Path
May 23, 2017 • 52 min
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…
Guided Meditation - Death & Impermanence
May 9, 2017 • 6 min
This is a guided meditation on death and impermanence.
40 - Dealing Mindfully With Grief And Loss
May 9, 2017 • 29 min
Mindfulness is helpful during the grieving process because it allows us to acknowledge the universality of loss. It helps us to accept the inevitability of loss as a part of life. At one point or another, we will all face the loss of everything we hold…
39 - What is Enlightenment?
Apr 24, 2017 • 48 min
What is enlightenment and how do we attain it? In this podcast episode, I will discuss the idea of enlightenment from the perspective of a Secular Buddhist teacher. The attainment of enlightenment/awakening is at the very heart of Buddhism, however, many…
38 - Life With And Without Beliefs
Apr 13, 2017 • 26 min
In this episode, I will talk about beliefs and the role they play in the fictional narrative we build around our perceived reality. The story we construct about reality is determined by our beliefs. This becomes problematic when reality doesn’t fit our…
37 - The Art Of Self-Compassion
Mar 22, 2017 • 34 min
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…
36 - Looking Deeply At Suffering
Mar 7, 2017 • 26 min
Suffering arises naturally when we crave for life to be other than it is. Knowing this, we can look deeply at our own suffering or the suffering of others and we can work to alleviate the causes and conditions of the suffering. When we experience an…
35 - The Pillars Of Joy
Feb 9, 2017 • 43 min
The key difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is an emotion we experience, while joy is an attitude we can develop. In this podcast episode, I will discuss the 8 pillars of joy and how these pillars can lead to a more joyful attitude that…
34 - The Art Of Giving And Receiving
Jan 11, 2017 • 17 min
In this episode, I discuss the art of giving and receiving. Life is, “as much about graciously receiving as it is about giving”. The Buddha taught that generosity should be measured by the level of attachment one has to what is being given and to the self…
33 - Heaven and Hell (Here and Now)
Dec 15, 2016 • 21 min
Heaven and Hell are real, they are the contents of everyday life. They are states we experience in the here and now and WE are the gatekeepers. In this episode, I will discuss the Zen koan called: the gate of paradise.
Guided Meditation - Threefold Mindfulness Meditation
Dec 8, 2016 • 15 min
This is a 15-minute GUIDED meditation track for practicing Threefold Mindfulness Meditation. Episode 32 “How To Meditate (Threefold Mindfulness Meditation)” explains how to use this file and how to practice Threefold Mindfulness Meditation.
Audio Only - Threefold Mindfulness Meditation - Unguided Meditation
Nov 30, 2016 • 15 min
This is a 15-minute meditation track for practicing Threefold Mindfulness Meditation. Episode 32 “How To Meditate (Threefold Mindfulness Meditation)” explains how to use this file and how to practice Threefold Mindfulness Meditation.
32 - How To Meditate (Threefold Mindfulness Meditation)
Nov 30, 2016 • 23 min
In this podcast episode, you will learn how to practice Threefold Mindfulness Meditation (Calm, Observe, and Analyze). This meditation technique is aimed at training the mind to overcome our habitual reactivity. The goal of this meditation technique is to…
31 - The Fear Of Uncertainty
Nov 22, 2016 • 24 min
Why do we fear uncertainty? In this episode, I will discuss how we are hardwired to fear the unknown and how that fear affects our quality of life in the present moment. The problem isn’t that there is uncertainty in life, the problem is that we’re not OK…
30 - Why Do I Do This?
Nov 13, 2016 • 31 min
Society tends to want to put labels on people, are you a this or a that? Are you one of us or one of them? These labels can be useful to describe how we are but not who we are. I’ve felt pressure recently to define what I am or what I’m not. This has made…
29 - What Happens When We Die?
Oct 17, 2016 • 30 min
What happens when we die? This is a common question I hear when I’m teaching workshops or seminars. The short answer is “change”. Change is what happens when we die. In this episode, I will discuss the Buddhist perspective of death and the thoughts behind…
28 - Stuck Between A Rock And A Hard Place?
Sep 27, 2016 • 18 min
Have you ever felt stuck between a rock and a hard place? It’s difficult to be aware while we’re experiencing difficulties and yet that is the very moment that awareness can change everything for us. In this short episode, I will share the zen story of…
27 - Understanding Non-Attachment
Sep 19, 2016 • 24 min
What does it mean to practice non-attachment? Rather than thinking of non-attachment as not attaching to things, think of it as not allowing things to own you. What things own you? Those are the things you’re attached to. In this episode, I will discuss…
26 - Want to be happy? Practice Gratitude
Sep 4, 2016 • 27 min
Gratitude is the key to happiness but gratitude requires practice. In this episode, I will discuss how we can develop a practice of gratitude. “The root of joy is gratefulness…It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” ―…
25 - Is Buddhism A Religion?
Aug 22, 2016 • 28 min
One of the most common questions I hear when I’m teaching is “Is Buddhism a Religion?” People are typically expecting a simple “yes” or “no” but I’ve found that the answer is a bit more complex than that. In this episode, I will share my view of why I see…
24 - The Journey Is The Goal
Aug 10, 2016 • 28 min
Life is a journey and the journey is the goal. What would life be like if we did things for the sake of doing them? In this episode, I will explore the idea of learning to enjoy the journey instead of always focusing on destinations.
23 - The Illusion Of Free Will
Jul 25, 2016 • 44 min
We want to win and we don’t want to lose. The problem is that there is no winning without losing. There is no good without bad, no right without wrong. This is the basic understanding of non-duality. We are free to be what we are free to be but that also…
22 - Dealing With Difficult Emotions
Jul 13, 2016 • 43 min
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.…
21 - Perfection and the problem with comparing
Jun 29, 2016 • 23 min
We are continually making comparisons, this vs that, good vs bad, here vs there, etc…In this episode, I will discuss the topic of perfection and the problems we run into when we compare things. The understanding of non-duality permeates through all…
20 - The Question of Good and Evil
Jun 22, 2016 • 24 min
How do we make sense of the atrocities that are committed every day in the world? Is there a source of evil behind such things? In this episode, I will discuss the Buddhist understanding of non-dichotomy in relationship to good and evil. How does our…
19 - Learning To Live Artfully
Jun 13, 2016 • 30 min
Modern society tends to assign a value to everything we do. If there is no utilitarian purpose to something, we think it’s not valuable. Why does a painter paint? Why does a dancer dance? For the simple joy of doing it. This is what it means to live life…
18 - Freedom From The Pursuit Of Happiness
May 30, 2016 • 27 min
Why do we chase after happiness? What if we could be free from the pursuit of happiness? In this episode, I will explore the nature of human emotions. When we understand that all emotions, including happiness, sadness, etc…are impermanent, we can learn to…
17 - Who are you?
May 23, 2016 • 31 min
Who are you? Who you were yesterday, may not be who you are today. Our true nature is that we are continually changing, evolving, and growing. There is no fixed permanent you. In this episode, I will discuss the Buddhist concept of “no-self”.
16 - “Truth” in the context of time
May 10, 2016 • 23 min
What’s true here may not be true there and what was true yesterday, may not be true today. The nature of truth, life, and reality is that they are impermanent. They are ALWAYS changing. How do we make sense of things like promises and commitments in a…
15 - The Faith To Doubt
May 2, 2016 • 22 min
True faith is the attitude of being open to whatever might be. When we create an image in our mind of how life is “supposed” to be, we literally blind ourselves to seeing life as it is. In this episode, I will explore the concepts of faith and doubt and…
14 - The Journey Of Life
Apr 15, 2016 • 18 min
This week I’m traveling for work so I thought it would be appropriate to talk about the journey of life. Every moment is a new experience we’ve never had. Each moment is unique and that’s what makes it all so beautiful.
13 - The Path of Liberation
Apr 7, 2016 • 29 min
It’s commonly said that Buddhism is a path of liberation…but what does that really mean? In this episode, I will discuss the concept of freedom and truth. I will also discuss how can we extend freedom to ourselves and to others. If you are interested in…
12 - Master Meditation by Not Meditating
Mar 29, 2016 • 31 min
In this episode, I will explore the idea of learning to meditate by not meditating. I share the poem “Dust if You Must” by Rose Milligan that went viral on the Secular Buddhism. It was viewed by over 10 million people in just a matter of days. I also…
11 - Parable Of The Raft
Mar 21, 2016 • 18 min
In this episode, I will discuss one of the Buddha’s most famous teachings: The Parable of the Raft. The general concept to be learned by this parable is the importance of letting go of the things that we no longer need on our journey. It would be wise to…
10 - True Selflessness
Mar 15, 2016 • 35 min
What does it mean to be selfless? In Gyomay Kubose’s essay on selflessness he mentions that “Buddhism is the way of selflessness”, but what does that really mean? In this episode, I will explore the topic of selflessness and how our sense of self is…
9 - Carrots & Sticks
Mar 7, 2016 • 22 min
In this episode, I’ll discuss how our evolutionary hardwiring causes us to chase after carrots and avoid getting hit with sticks. This constant seeking and avoiding can make it difficult to live authentic lives. We tend to focus on showing a good front…
8 - Problems with Terminology & Symbols
Mar 2, 2016 • 29 min
In this episode, I will explore the typical problems that people encounter when first learning or hearing about Buddhist terminology and symbols. Buddhism emphasizes truth rather than God, meditation rather than prayer, enlightenment rather than…
7 - Acceptance vs Resignation
Feb 24, 2016 • 11 min
This episode explores the difference between Acceptance vs Resignation. A common misconception about Buddhist thought is the idea that acceptance means we just resign to what is and we don’t/can’t do anything about it. Buddhism does not encourage…
6 - How to Teach Mindfulness to Kids
Feb 16, 2016 • 29 min
This episode explores how I teach mindfulness to my kids. We know that practicing mindfulness is beneficial for adults but it’s also very beneficial for kids. Research indicates that mindfulness can help kids improve their abilities to pay attention, to…
5 - Death, Karma, and Mindful Living
Feb 6, 2016 • 45 min
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…
4 - The illusion of the ego
Jan 25, 2016 • 28 min
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…
3 - Seeing With I’s of Wisdom
Jan 11, 2016 • 27 min
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…
2 - The Nature of Human Suffering
Jan 5, 2016 • 21 min
This episode explores the nature of human suffering or the nature of the human condition. The first main discourse of the Buddha was concerning the nature of suffering, taught in a format commonly known as “The 4 Noble Truths”. Understanding the nature of…
1 - What Is Secular Buddhism?
Dec 31, 2015 • 23 min
This episode is an introduction to the new Secular Buddhism podcast. I’ll talk about what it is and why I’m starting this podcast. I hope you enjoy the introduction and if you’re interested in learning more about Secular Buddhism, please follow the…