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A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment Podcast

Meditation Podcast Episodes

Meenadchi, a somatic healing practitioner, talks about her book, Decolonizing Nonviolent Communication, and how Buddhism influences her work.
Dr. Suzanne Wertheim, author of The Inclusive Language Field Guide, shares how to confront harmful speech and transform bias in our language.
Scott Tusa and Scott Snibbe discuss how Buddhism approaches hard choices: in their own lives, and in world conflicts like Israel and Gaza.
Scott Snibbe shares a gentle Buddhist approach to self-forgiveness, letting go, establishing good habits, and rejoicing in all the good we've done.
Dr. Katherine MacLean leads a meditation practice called RAFT: Remembering to be Aware of Feelings in your body and Trust your experience.
scott tusa meditation

Equanimity Meditation with Scott Tusa

Scott Tusa leads an equanimity meditation that works with three kinds of relationships in our life. The purpose is to cultivate compassion, loving-kindness, and understanding. [00:00:00] Scott Tusa: Welcome to our equanimity meditation. We’re going to take about 10 minutes to do a brief practice on working with three kinds of relationships in our life.

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war meditation smoke in city

War Meditation

What does the Dalai Lama say about ending war? This meditation helps us understand the causes of war, and how we might eventually be free of them.

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Kiri Westby Headshot

Finding Fearlessness with Kiri Westby

“In that moment I literally let go of my life. I was sure that that was the end of my life. There was not a part of me that didn’t think I was going to die in that moment.”
Lifelong human rights activist, writer, and Buddhist practitioner Kiri Westby spoke to us about how her Buddhist practice helped her through imprisonment in China and the role of Buddhism in her humanitarian mission.

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Dalai Lama gets his COVID Vaccine shot in public

Vaccines and Compassion

How does the Buddhist view on compassion help us think about COVID vaccine controversies? What do the Dalai Lama and the Pope have to say about vaccination? Host Scott Snibbe and Producer Tara Anderson talk about how to stay loving and connected to people we disagree with, how to avoid “compassion fatigue,” and how to (not) convince somebody to see things our way.

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Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, Buddhist Nun, Abbess, Teacher, and Icon

Women, Buddhism, and Equality with Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo is one of the world’s most revered Buddhist teachers and one of the very first Westerners to become ordained into the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. She is best known for having lived in a remote cave in the Himalayas for 12 years. She spoke with us about the role of women in Buddhism from a historical and contemporary lens, the nature of mind and simple, powerful ways to meditate in the modern world.

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Dr. Jan Willis Black American Scholar and Tibetan Buddhist

What is Enlightenment? with Dr. Jan Willis

Is enlightenment really possible for people like you and me? Do you lose yourself when you become enlightened? Are there people on earth who are enlightened right now? Buddhist scholar Dr. Jan Willis answers these questions and more as we explore what enlightenment (or awakening) really means.

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Buddhist teacher Elaine Jackson

Buddhist Relationship Advice with Elaine Jackson

How do we integrate the wisdom of Buddhism into our intimate relationships? Elaine Jackson shares Buddhist relationship advice for navigating arguments selflessly, knowing when a relationship is over, dealing with divorce, how to meditate while parenting, and relating to a partner who’s on a different spiritual path.

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Guided Meditation on Pleasure

How can we use pleasure in our meditation practice? Buddhism offers specific techniques for meditating on pleasure as a way to deepen our qualities of concentration, fearlessness, loving-kindness, and even our understanding of the ultimate nature of reality.

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Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald) on the four kinds of happiness in Buddhism

Four Kinds of Happiness with Ven. Sangye Khadro

Explore the four kinds of happiness in Buddhism with Ven. Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald). This episode offers an opportunity to reflect on where we derive our happiness from and how we can live happier lives by understanding how each kind of happiness relates to one another as well as to desire, attachment, and our own meditation practice.

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Primordial. Oil on canvas painting by Kongtrul Jigme Namgyel

Where Did I Come From?

The idea of past lives may not make make sense, and isn’t scientifically verifiable. But still, the question of what we might have been before our conception is one worth asking.

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i want to know what love is from the buddhist perspective

I Want to Know What Love Is

If you want to know what love is, search beyond eighties songs to the wisdom of Buddhist loving-kindness that expands our love to all beings while also deepening our connection to our partner and family.

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guided meditation, the interdependent self

Guided Meditation: The Interdependent Self

Who am I? From the Buddhist perspective, there’s a systematic way of asking this question of who you are in the form of a meditation on the ultimate nature of the self, or “emptiness.” This meditation is said to be the strongest antidote to our disturbing states of mind and a cause for greater self-awareness, happiness, and connection with others.

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who am I? Buddhist perspective

Who Am I?

Are you your body? Are you your mind? The Buddhist notion of emptiness, searches for the partless, independent, unchanging “I” that ordinarily appears to us and finds a self that’s far richer and interconnected with reality and with others.

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What Is Love?

Love is complex in our culture, tied up with finding a single person to satisfy our huge list of needs and dreams. But love from the Buddhist perspective is simpler: wishing others to be happy.

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Spiritual Democracy

The Buddhist meditation on equanimity teaches us a technique of “spiritual democracy” for developing healthy feelings of connection to others—even those we most despise.

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Guided Meditation: Renunciation

Meditating on renunciation gains a clear sense of our deluded state of mind right now, with many moments of frustration and anger and impatience and craving; turning away from these to the true source of refuge we find within our own mind.

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what do you do when you're alone? Buddhist perspective

What Do You Do When You’re Alone?

What do you do when you’re alone? When you’re anxious, lonely, or afraid, when you feel strong craving? The Buddhist view on this subject reveals a deep source of strength and support within our own minds that’s available any time we need it.

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Guided Meditation: Alone Together

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 finding a place of satisfaction in our minds that’s equally at ease alone or with others.

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mental cause and effect

Mental Cause and Effect

Evolution, habits, and society all affect our behavior, but we can gain conscious control of our actions through a daily practice of self-appreciation and self-forgiveness to release regret and pain and face each day with renewed presence and joy.

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embracing impermanance and the nature of reality

Embracing Impermanence

We cling to things as if they won’t change, but change is the nature of reality, as the COVID-19 reveals. By embracing impermanence we release fear and anxiety and become fully present to those around us.

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what is the mind from the Buddhist perspective?

What Is the Mind?

If the mind is our thoughts, then what observes those thoughts? What are we without thoughts? Do we ever truly see an object, or only its mental reconstruction?

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scott tusa meditation

Equanimity Meditation with Scott Tusa

Scott Tusa leads an equanimity meditation that works with three kinds of relationships in our life. The purpose is to cultivate compassion, loving-kindness, and understanding. [00:00:00] Scott Tusa: Welcome to our equanimity meditation. We’re going to take about 10 minutes to do a brief practice on working with three kinds of relationships in our life.

Listen / Read →
war meditation smoke in city

War Meditation

What does the Dalai Lama say about ending war? This meditation helps us understand the causes of war, and how we might eventually be free of them.

Listen / Read →
Kiri Westby Headshot

Finding Fearlessness with Kiri Westby

“In that moment I literally let go of my life. I was sure that that was the end of my life. There was not a part of me that didn’t think I was going to die in that moment.”
Lifelong human rights activist, writer, and Buddhist practitioner Kiri Westby spoke to us about how her Buddhist practice helped her through imprisonment in China and the role of Buddhism in her humanitarian mission.

Listen / Read →
Dalai Lama gets his COVID Vaccine shot in public

Vaccines and Compassion

How does the Buddhist view on compassion help us think about COVID vaccine controversies? What do the Dalai Lama and the Pope have to say about vaccination? Host Scott Snibbe and Producer Tara Anderson talk about how to stay loving and connected to people we disagree with, how to avoid “compassion fatigue,” and how to (not) convince somebody to see things our way.

Listen / Read →
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, Buddhist Nun, Abbess, Teacher, and Icon

Women, Buddhism, and Equality with Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo is one of the world’s most revered Buddhist teachers and one of the very first Westerners to become ordained into the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. She is best known for having lived in a remote cave in the Himalayas for 12 years. She spoke with us about the role of women in Buddhism from a historical and contemporary lens, the nature of mind and simple, powerful ways to meditate in the modern world.

Listen / Read →
Dr. Jan Willis Black American Scholar and Tibetan Buddhist

What is Enlightenment? with Dr. Jan Willis

Is enlightenment really possible for people like you and me? Do you lose yourself when you become enlightened? Are there people on earth who are enlightened right now? Buddhist scholar Dr. Jan Willis answers these questions and more as we explore what enlightenment (or awakening) really means.

Listen / Read →
Buddhist teacher Elaine Jackson

Buddhist Relationship Advice with Elaine Jackson

How do we integrate the wisdom of Buddhism into our intimate relationships? Elaine Jackson shares Buddhist relationship advice for navigating arguments selflessly, knowing when a relationship is over, dealing with divorce, how to meditate while parenting, and relating to a partner who’s on a different spiritual path.

Listen / Read →

Guided Meditation on Pleasure

How can we use pleasure in our meditation practice? Buddhism offers specific techniques for meditating on pleasure as a way to deepen our qualities of concentration, fearlessness, loving-kindness, and even our understanding of the ultimate nature of reality.

Listen / Read →
Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald) on the four kinds of happiness in Buddhism

Four Kinds of Happiness with Ven. Sangye Khadro

Explore the four kinds of happiness in Buddhism with Ven. Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald). This episode offers an opportunity to reflect on where we derive our happiness from and how we can live happier lives by understanding how each kind of happiness relates to one another as well as to desire, attachment, and our own meditation practice.

Listen / Read →