A Skeptic's Path to Enlightenment

A Skeptic's Path to Enlightenment

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A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment brings the inner science of Buddhist meditation to twenty-first century people hungry for happy, meaningful lives. It is a secular approach to meditation that requires no belief beyond our current understanding of scie?


The Dalai Lama’s “Simple Meditation”
Jul 7 • 27 min
On Ten Percent Happier a few weeks ago, The Dalai Lama described to Dan Harris a “simple meditation” for these times. This guided meditation is an interpretation of the two meditations His Holiness recommends in the morning: meditating on the mind and…
Guided Meditation: Transforming Bias with Equanimity
Jun 30 • 19 min
The Buddhist meditation on equanimity teaches a technique to eliminate bias and expand our love and concern from family and friends to strangers and even enemies. It tames our fierce attachment to loved ones and our anger toward enemies for a stabler,…
Spiritual Democracy
Jun 23 • 28 min
In everyday life we’re torn between fierce attachment to our loved ones and anger at those that give us trouble. But Buddhism, democracy, and social justice tell us that all people deserve the same rights and freedoms: we’re all equal and we all deserve…
Interview: Venerable Robina Courtin — Buddha’s Science of Mind
Jun 17 • 47 min
Venerable Robina Courtin, Buddhist nun and advocate for prisoner’s rights, on how activists can leverage meditation and mind training, how Buddhism functions as a science of the mind, and how being a Buddhist doesn’t mean being a pushover.Venerable…
Guided Meditation: Fighting Systemic Racism through Compassionate Action #BlackLivesMatter
Jun 9 • 30 min
A guided meditation on fighting the systemic racism against Black Americans through compassionate action.
The Adventure So Far: Analytic Meditation on the Stages of the Path
Jun 2 • 48 min
A guided analytical meditation through Skeptic’s Path meditations, based on Tibetan Buddhism’s Lamrim Stages of the Path. Each meditation is part of an adventure for the mind to bring about inner joy and purpose considering Life’s Preciousness,…
Guided Meditation: Renunciation
May 26 • 23 min
Dostoevsky once said, “The best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is to make sure he never knows he’s in prison.” This is the point of meditating on renunciation: to gain a clear-eyed sense of our state of mind right now, with many moments of…
The Red Pill of Renunciation - Embracing Reality as It Is
May 19 • 26 min
What do The Matrix and Jerry Seinfeld have to do with renouncing suffering?
Guided Meditation: Letting Go of Suffering
May 12 • 28 min
A clear-eyed meditation on suffering: both what suffering is, and the mental source of suffering in our delusions of attachment, anger, and self-centered ignorance. We practice the antidotes to these delusions, giving us tools for a more balanced, less…
Am I More Important Than Everyone Else in the Universe?
May 5 • 37 min
Do each of us believe deep down that we’re just a little bit more important than everyone else? My happiness, my goals, my relationships? The root cause of our suffering from the Buddhist perspective is this belief, a delusion called ignorance, seen as…
What Do You Do When You’re Alone?
Apr 28 • 29 min
What do you do when you’re alone? When you’re anxious, lonely, or afraid, when you feel strong craving? What do you turn to? In this episode we look at where our mind runs when we feel pain, when we don’t feel balanced or whole. We’ll examine the…
Podcast Trailer - A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment
Apr 27 • 0 min
A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment podcast brings Buddhist meditation to twenty-first century people hungry for happy, meaningful lives. Each week on the podcast, we share powerful Buddhist mind training techniques that use our imagination, our emotions,…
Guided Meditation: Alone Together
Apr 21 • 32 min
Millions are now faced with enforced solitude, while others, in the crush of families together all day, realize how much we needed that time alone we took for granted. The essence of meditation is getting to know yourself alone, without social stimulus,…
Guided Meditation: Mental Cause and Effect
Apr 14 • 22 min
A meditation practice of self reflection, taking control of the mental cause and effect that’s normally unconscious: the habits and activities conditioned by evolution, our upbringing, society and the media. This is a practice you can do at the end of…
Mental Cause and Effect
Apr 7 • 29 min
Science has greater and greater mastery in understanding and controlling physical cause and effect, from planets to particles, but we are only starting to understand cause and effect in our minds. Evolution, habits, and society all affect our behavior….
Guided Meditation: Embracing Impermanence
Mar 31 • 21 min
A guided meditation on impermanence that helps us release fear and anxiety to embrace the constant change at every scale of reality: from particles, possessions, homes, and the environment, to our thoughts, feelings, and perceptions, and relationships….
Embracing Impermanence
Mar 24 • 23 min
We cling to things as if they won’t change, but change is the nature of reality, as we’re seeing now with the Coronavirus crisis. When we embrace impermanence, we prepare ourselves for big changes, and are able to let go of our fear and anxiety to…
Guided Meditation: Combatting Coronavirus Fear With Compassion
Mar 17 • 26 min
A guided meditation combatting fear of the Coronavirus through compassion using the technique of Taking and Giving (in Tibetan, Tonglen). We soothe our own fear and anxiety by imagining how others are suffering now, just as we are. And we sincerely wish…
Guided Meditation: What Is the Mind?
Mar 10 • 28 min
This guided meditation takes us through different ways of observing the mind, first examining its ever-present parts: perception, feeling, will, and awareness. Then we explore the nature of subjective reality itself by asking what is the mind without…
What Is the Mind?
Mar 3 • 17 min
If the mind is our thoughts, then what is it that observes those thoughts? What are we without thoughts? Do we ever truly see an object, or only its mental reconstruction? Though we are all convinced that we have one, science has no agreed definition…
Guided Meditation: The Preciousness of Life
Feb 25 • 16 min
A guided meditation on the preciousness of our next 24 hours alive and our unique place in the universe as science understands it: intelligent, self-aware beings at the end of 14 billion years’ cosmic and biological evolution.If you are enjoying our…
The Preciousness of Life, from Cosmos to the Kardashians
Feb 18 • 18 min
“It is not more surprising to be born twice than once.” Contemplating the miracle of our place in this vast universe, to our next 24 hours alive.
Guided Meditation: Stabilizing the Mind and Watching Thoughts
Feb 11 • 30 min
A complete meditation session including an analytic meditation observing one’s thoughts.
What Is Meditation?
Feb 4 • 31 min
The lesser-known technique of analytic meditation doesn’t just reduce stress, but enhances our greatest human qualities through stories, thoughts, and emotions.
What Is A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment?
Jan 28 • 16 min
Introducing A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment, bringing the inner science of Buddhist meditation to twenty-first century people hungry for happy, meaningful lives.