Monday, October 31, 2011

The Secular Buddhist






Recently I found a ready-to-go media source to fill the "silence" when my mind has bad breath and needs to freshen up. It's an archive of podcasts on The Secular Buddhist. There’s a timely interview for Halloween featuring David Chapman.


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Addendum: Since posting this I've listened to several more podcasts and I find these podcasts quite worthwhile.

I am very glad to have discovered this archive of interviews on Atheism and Buddhism. I find the host, Ted Meissner, to be remarkably warm and open-hearted while also exhibiting his discerning intellect.

I find that his overall approach to Buddhism—and the path he's travelled from Zen to Theravadin practice combined with scholarly study and a healthy degree of skepticism—to be similar to and resonant with my own.
Check these podcasts out. The Secular Buddhist Podcasts.

9 comments:

Ted Meissner said...

Thank you for this very kind post, and I'm very glad to hear if the podcast is helping in some way.

Dan Gurney said...

Hey, Ted, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment here on MH. Thank you for your efforts to share the gift of the Dharma.

Sabio Lantz said...

To get to those podcasts you need to dirty yourself with the use of tons of filty products of the greedy, corrupting "corporate-capitalistic" system.

Wow, you were in a mood on this post. Your evangelical rant is accentuated by the pic of the open bible with the rosary on it.

Well, Dan, I steer away from the programming of commercials just like you: kayaking, playing music, sitting, growing our own food and animals. It is important to not be hypnotized into a passive, indiscriminate consumerist life style.

But having lived in countries that are not capitalist has shown me that other options are worse. I recall the loud speakers blasting out the communist values we should all hold when I lived in China. Or the mosques loud speakers telling us to reject American superficial consumerism and to be satisfied in poverty when I lived in Pakistan.

Discrimination is the key, I think. This is what you call for. Also, stopping corporations or individuals from doing harm is key too.

Meanwhile, I loved the interview with David Chapman (as I imagine you would understand). I think the technology of capitalism ironically offers us power to free ourselves of the hypnotists that are employed by corporations, churches or even Buddhist temples.

Stopping, thinking, choosing our own values is tough. The temptation to do otherwise lives everywhere.

Dan Gurney said...

Hey Sabio, you should've seen the unedited version of this rant! It was even more vehement. Yes, I was in a mood.

The picture I just grabbed from the Secular Buddhist website.

I thought you would like David Chapman's interview. I liked it, too.

Dan Gurney said...

Note to readers: November 4 I did a re-edit of this post.

Sabio Lantz said...

Laughing !
Lord Amitābha knows I have my days.
But for readers, least they think I am rabid,
they should know you went into a rather generic anti-capitalism, anti-industry rant. Mind you, I do the same at times, but my main rant is that I wish we had a government that they couldn't buy favor with.

Hey, Dan, I see you have no blogroll, but if ever you consider one, take a look at my "other" blog sometime just to see another side of me and to see the pretty diagrams! :-)

Keep ranting man -- no need to delete. We understand! Hugs!
-- Sabio

Dan Gurney said...

Hey, Sabio, I left that last comment so people wouldn't wonder about you.

Thanks for the link to your other blog. I wasn't aware of it. I only just looked at it now... but it looks like its got a lot of interesting material to go through. Your spatial intelligence is evident, that's a sure thing.

I can't remember when I got my last rabies vaccination, but it's been awhile....

Sabio Lantz said...

Hey Dan,
I didn't understand the "rabies" joke?
Ironically, yesterday morning my son spoke about the medical treatment, prevention, epidemiology and physiology of rabies. You are psychic!

Dan Gurney said...

In a comment just above mine, you said, "But for readers, least they think I am rabid,"

I was just echoing that.

Sometimes it seems to me that my mind is afflicted by rabies, as when I believe and develop my thoughts about stuff like politics, pollution, and social and economic inequality.