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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 science and psychology. Skeptic’s Path meditations are based on powerful analytical meditation techniques that use imagination, emotions, and critical inquiry to probe our inner and outer realities and expand our compassion. These Tibetan Buddhist ...
 
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A daily meditation on the four levels of happiness in Buddhism. Investigate the varying depths of happiness you get from sensory pleasures, positive states of mind, meditation, and the very nature of reality. Episode 73: Guided Meditation: Four Levels of Happiness in Buddhism Episode 72: Four Kinds of Happiness with Sangye Khadro Support the show (…
 
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 desire, attachment, compassion, and our own meditation practice. Episode 82: Four Ki…
 
A biologist and a Buddhist monk have a conversation on how science can make sense of rebirth, emptiness, and karma, the origins of consciousness and creativity, and how modern science's understanding of the nature of reality benefits from the wisdom of contemplative traditions. Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author best known for his hyp…
 
Artificial intelligence expert Kristian Simsarian joins host Scott Snibbe to discuss how we can create ethical, unbiased and compassionate AI, whether we should be scared of AI, and the implications of AI on the future of work and spirituality. Kristian Simsarian has a Ph.D. in human-robot collaboration and worked as a Robotics and AI computer scie…
 
Take an expansive tour through the four foundations of mindfulness in this sweeping guided meditation with Dr. David Kittay: mindfulness of body, feelings, mind, and mental objects. Guided Meditation: Four Foundations of Mindfulness with Dr. David Kittay Listen to our previous interviews with Dr. David Kittay here: Episode 77: Buddhism and Technolo…
 
Dr. David Kittay discusses science fiction, emptiness, whether life is a simulation, whether we should treat AI robots with compassion, and whether the singularity might be another term for enlightenment. Part 2 - Episode 78: Buddhism and Technology with Dr. David Kittay (Part 2) Part 1 - Episode 77: Buddhism and Technology with Dr. David Kittay (P…
 
Dr. David Kittay joins the show to talk about whether technologically assisted enlightenment is possible, the nature of time, whether our phones and our social media accounts have become part of ourselves, and how to deal with tech addiction. Dr. Kittay teaches philosophy, religion and technology at Columbia University, where his students call his …
 
Host Scott Snibbe offers a touching personal talk and meditation on how to best love our parents and our children using powerful Buddhist teachings and techniques on understanding, listening, and compassion. Episode 76: Loving Our Parents, Loving Our Children Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)…
 
Tibetan Buddhist Lama Dza Kilung Rinpoche leads a 10 minute meditation to relax into the vast spaciousness of heart and mind. Episode 75: 10-Minute Meditation to Relax the Mind with Dza Kilung Rinpoche The extraordinary Tibetan Buddhist Lama and teacher Dza Kilung Rinpoche talked to us in Episode 74 about his short yet profound book, The Relaxed Mi…
 
Tibetan Buddhist teacher Dza Kilung Rinpoche shares seven meditation practices for a relaxed mind, heart, and body. The extraordinary Tibetan Buddhist Lama and teacher Dza Kilung Rinpoche talks to us in this episode about his short yet profound book, The Relaxed Mind. This book is the culmination of his decades teaching in the west, where Rinpoche …
 
Buddhist monk Ven. Gyalten Lekden guides a Seven-Fold Cause and Effect Meditation to develop compassion and Bodhicitta (the mind of awakening) Guided Meditation: 7 Steps to Compassion with Ven. Gyalten Lekden Listen to the interview with Ven. Gyalten here: Engaged Buddhism with Ven. Gyalten Lekden Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/supp…
 
Theo Koffler, founder of Mindfulness Without Borders talks about mindfulness programs for teens and young adults and tips for parents on being mindfully present to make our lives joyful and meaningful. Theo Koffler on Mindfulness for Teens & Young Adults Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)…
 
Ruchika Sikri, who lead mindfulness, meditation, leadership and wellbeing programs at Google for 15 years, talks about the role of meditation at work, and what she would say to leaders like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Zuckerberg on how to build more a compassionate, supportive workplace. Ruchika Sikri on Mindfulness at Google & Compassionate Co…
 
Lily Meyersohn is a talented young author newly out of college that I met recently who’s written eloquently about grief, family, youth, and relationships. She’s our guest this week sharing her journey experiencing grief first hand with her family and friends, and the hesitance she’s feeling as spring blooms not to jump out and re-engage with the be…
 
Scott Tusa, mindfulness and Buddhist meditation teacher, talks with us on balancing a committed life of a Buddhist practitioner with the everyday life of work, friends, and family. He also shares some of the common challenges people face in meditation, and constructive, compassionate ways that we can work with these challenges. Scott Tusa on Medita…
 
Acclaimed author Vicki Mackenzie on the extraordinary lives of pioneering Buddhist nuns Tenzin Palmo and Freda Bedi, and the bias and prejudice they faced in a system that for thousands of years excluded women from the full path to enlightenment. Vicki Mackenzie on Groundbreaking Buddhist Nuns Tenzin Palmo and Freda Bedi Support the show (https://w…
 
What happens when you die? No one knows for sure. But the Tibetan Buddhist system describes a precise series of steps that our consciousness may experience as we die, which we can explore in a meditation to probe the boundary of life and death with curiosity and wonder. What Happens When You Die? Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/suppo…
 
I want to tell you a story about birth and death and infinity. We’re all born and we’re all going to die, but I don’t know how many of you have ever felt a connection to infinity. I want to tell you about the time in my life when I felt this connection to infinity every day. And I also want to tell you about how I lost it, and whether it’s possible…
 
A short guided meditation on loving-kindness and compassion by Tibetan Buddhist lama, author, and abstract painter Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. Meditation on Loving-Kindness and Compassion with Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)By Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
 
Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, renowned Tibetan Buddhist lama, author, and abstract expressionist painter talks about the mind, compassion, patience, and art. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche on Patience, Compassion, and Art Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)By Scott Snibbe, Stephen Butler, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
 
Our podcast producer finally steps in front of the mic! Stephen Butler, producer of Grammy-nominated Indigenous and Native American music on gentleness, openness, and the Buddhism of Mr. Rogers. Stephen Butler on Openness, Gentleness, and Mr. Rogers' Buddhism Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)…
 
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. This special Valentine's Day episode on love asks great Buddhist teachers the question of what love is, including Dr. Jan Willis, Ven. Kathleen Mc…
 
Part two of our mind expanding interview with Buddhist scholar and author Dr. Robert Thurman, who shares what is a healthy kind of ego, how to be a Buddhist without belief, and a powerful vision of enlightenment and Nirvana. Ten Questions for Dr. Robert Thurman (Part 2) Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)…
 
Buddhist scholar Dr. Robert Thurman answers 10 profound questions: What is the nature of time? What is enlightenment? Why is there no evidence for "nothing?" What is a psychonaut? And why is it important to be skeptical of both Buddhism and science? Join us for this first half of a wonderful conversation with one of the world's greatest minds. Ten …
 
Dr. Rick Hanson, best-selling author of Buddha’s Brain, Hardwiring Happiness, and Neurodharma, shares insights from neuroscience on how to grow our extraordinary potential for inner happiness without denying any of our pain. Interview with Dr. Rick Hanson, Author of Neurodharma and Buddha’s Brain Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/suppo…
 
Our first episode of 2021 is a guided meditation on "purification": a healthy way to let go of regrets from the last year and make a realistic path to being our best self this year through forgiveness and self-acceptance. Episode 47: Beginning the New Year with a Purification Meditation Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)…
 
In this deep and fascinating interview with Dr. Jay Garfield on the connection between compassion and emptiness, he shows how, when we realize our interdependence on other beings, ideas, and the world around us, it helps us to dissolve our self-centered view and embrace the needs of all beings and the reality around us. Dr. Jay Garfield on Healthy …
 
From the Buddhist, as well as the psychological and scientific perspectives, gratitude and dedication aren’t just polite bookends. The process of feeling gratitude and resolve creates the mental and neurological causes to actually become better people and to better serve the world. Meditation on Gratitude, Dedication, and Determination Support the …
 
We’ve spent the better part of a year going step-by-step through a modern secular version of the major topics from Tibetan Buddhism’s Stages of the Path, what we call A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment. In Tibetan this sequence is called the lamrim. It’s a series of meditations that progressively move our mind to better understand itself, bring out …
 
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. …
 
Are you your body? Are you your mind? Are you a collection of thoughts, memories, and neural connections that could be uploaded into a computer to live forever? Or are you an old-fashioned soul? This episode probes the nature of the self using the Buddhist notion of emptiness, searching for the partless, independent, unchanging "I" that ordinarily …
 
"Buddhism is not meant to make people Buddhist" Western Tibetan Buddhist master Geshe Tenzin Namdak on the mind, disturbing emotions, and emptiness, the ultimate nature of reality. Geshe Tenzin Namdak on the Mind, Disturbing Emotions, and the Ultimate Nature of Reality Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)…
 
Meditating on the interdependent nature of reality, or emptiness, breaks down the illusion of independent, partless, and unchanging objects; instead we observe their parts, causes, and our mind that wraps these with a label like phone, home, or our delicious dinner. 20-Minute Guided Meditation on the Interdependent Nature of Reality Support the sho…
 
The Buddhist understanding of how things exist breaks objects down into parts, causes, and a mind that bundles them into the illusion of a solid, singular, unchanging entity. When we apply this analysis to an iPhone, we see that it is made up of almost all the elements in the periodic table, and is connected to thousands of hours of hard labor and …
 
Objects around us ordinarily appear as if they are solid, singular, and separate from us. However, both science and the Buddhist understanding of reality show us that as we examine things more closely, they exist far more subtly and richly than they appear. This meditation focuses on an object most of us have strong feelings toward—our smartphone—b…
 
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