A Skeptic's Path to Enlightenment

A Skeptic's Path to Enlightenment

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 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.

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May 11, 2021 22 min

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 beautiful sensual world, but to pause, and use meditation to stay present and process h...

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A 10 minute guided meditation on the breath with mindfulness and open awareness.

10 Minute Breath Meditation

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April 27, 2021 9 min

A 10 minute guided meditation on the body, relaxing into the open connection between body and mind through mindful awareness.

10 Minute Body Meditation

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Scott Tusa leads a guided meditation on open awareness, allowing feelings and thoughts to arise in our body and mind without fixation or judgment.

Scott Tusa's Guided Meditation on Open Awareness

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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 Meditation and Mindfulness in Everyday Life

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April 6, 2021 19 min

Could the true cause of happiness be simply thinking about whatever we are doing at the moment, what meditators call mindfulness?

Why Mindfulness?

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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

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March 23, 2021 22 min

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?

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March 16, 2021 32 min

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. Where did I come from?

Where Did I Come From?

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March 9, 2021 29 min

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 to get it back again.

Birth, Death, and Infinity

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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

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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

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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

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February 12, 2021 9 min

A 10-Minute guided meditation on love shows us how to expand our love for our partner and family to a loving-kindness that embraces all beings.

10 Minute Meditation on Love

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February 9, 2021 28 min

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 McDonald, Dr. Rick Hanson, Geshe Tenzin Namdak, and Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche.

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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)

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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 Questions for Dr. Robert Thurman (Part 1)

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Dr. Rick Hanson, best-selling author of Buddha’s Brain and Neurodharma, shares his "Five Breaths" neuroscience-based guided meditation.

Dr. Rick Hanson's Five Breaths Meditation

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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

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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

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