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“The time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics that is beyond religion.”

The Dalai Lama, Beyond Religion

A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment is a meditation podcast that adapts the rich tradition of Tibetan Buddhist meditation techniques to a modern secular audience, requiring no belief beyond our current understanding of science and psychology. Episodes explore in-depth the techniques of analytic meditation, a lesser known, but highly effective, type of meditation that uses imagination, emotions, and critical inquiry to probe our inner and outer realities and expand our compassion.

These Tibetan Buddhist mind training techniques expand on the popular mindfulness approach to meditation to help us better understand our minds from the inside out, and build healthy mental habits that are the true causes of happiness.

Each week in discussions, guided meditations and interviews, we explore the vast variety of analytic meditation topics including love, compassion, sleep, tonglen, vipassana, stress, the body, meditation posture, anger, anxiety, addiction, grief, forgiveness, patience, confidence, loneliness, work, relationships, and more.

You can read more about how A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment came to be in our first blog post: What is A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment?

Release Schedule

A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment’s podcast launched in February 2020 and new episodes are released weekly each Tuesday. Episodes alternate between a discussion on a topic followed by a meditation on the same topic. Episodes range from 15-30 minutes.

PEOPLE

SCOTT SNIBBE, Host

Scott Snibbe is a twenty-year student of Tibetan Buddhism whose teachers include Geshe Ngawang Dakpa, Choden Rinpoche, Ven. Rene Feusi, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Inspired by his teachers, he leads meditations that infuse the pure lineage of the great Buddhist masters with science, humor, and the realities of the modern world.

Before founding the Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment, Snibbe worked as a digital artist and entrepreneur. He has created bestselling art and music apps, and collaborated with musicians and filmmakers including Björk, James Cameron, and Philip Glass. His interactive exhibits have been collected by both science and art museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and New York’s Museum of Modern Art. His most recent company, Eyegroove, was acquired by Facebook to incorporate its augmented reality effect technology into Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp.

Stephen Butler, Producer

Stephen Butler has been a student of Buddhism for 30 years. Since 1999 he has trained under Geshe Ngawang Dakpa, one of the last Lamas schooled in Tibet’s original monasteries. Stephen’s other teachers include His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Denma Locho Rinpoche, and Choden Rinpoche. He holds a degree in East Asian Studies and Religious Studies from the University of Arizona.

Stephen works in the field of Native American and Indigenous music to deepen our understanding of Indigenous cultures. At Canyon Records he produced more than 230 studio and live productions, including 20 Grammy-nominated recordings by artists including R. Carlos Nakai and Northern Cree. Stephen’s volunteer work in Himalayan Nepal, India, Sera Jey Monastic University, and San Francisco’s Tse Chen Ling merge his interest in Dharma, his passion for cultural preservation, and his work in media production.

Podcast Details

Listen and subscribe: A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment is available for free on all major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Radio Public, TuneIn + Alexa, and RSS feed.

Website: skepticspath.org

Episode web pages: Each episode is posted on our website with a full transcript, accessible at skepticspath.org/podcast, or the complete archive at skepticspath.org/archive.

Social Media: we can be found under the skepticspath account name on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIN.

Podcast Reviews

5/5
“This is unlike any explanation of meditation and enlightenment that I've ever heard of. This is so refreshing. I love the view of it from science and practical application in the modern world. I can't wait for the next episode to come out. Everybody talks about mindfulness meditation but I'm really digging the exploring of analytical meditation too.”
L. Van Curen
Facebook Page Review
5/5
“This is an important podcast. The main thing neuroscientists agree on about the way our brain functions is that our reptilian brain will drive us towards our most destructive behaviors. Meditation is a way to bypass that. For this simple reason, skeptics should listen and get this in their toolbox.”
A. Jais
Apple Podcast Review
5/5
“I’ve listened to everything from calm to headspace to 10% to Sam Harris’s podcasts and really like the perspective these creators have taken to make me understand why and how I can be more appreciative of what meditation is and the value it can bring me.”
Arpac3000
Apple Podcast Review
5/5
“I’m just starting to explore meditation and have now done the first guided meditation twice. It was an incredible experience both times. I’m really excited to see where this podcast goes from here.”
ben of the trees
Apple Podcast Review

PODCAST TRAILER

Sample Episodes

Episode 6: What is the Mind?

Embedding the show

Show episodes can be embedded using the Radio Public Player. Copy the URL link for any episode and paste it onto your page to embed from A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment’s Radio Public Podcast Page.

Podcast Summary

Long: 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 science and psychology. Skeptic’s Path meditations are based on powerful Buddhist mind training techniques that use imagination, emotions, and critical inquiry to probe our inner and outer realities and expand our compassion.

Short: A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment draws on modern science and psychology to bring the ancient inner science of Buddhist meditation to twenty-first century people hungry for happy, meaningful lives.

Funding and Support

A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment is a not-for-profit activity. The show accepts donations, 100% of which go toward supporting and expanding our programs. You can support the show at skepticspath.org/support.

Contact

General: contact [at] skepticspath.org
Scott Snibbe: snibbe [at] skepticspath.org
Stephen Butler: sbutler [at] skepticspath.org

The team is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and are available for both in-person and remote interviews.

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