Stephen Schettini talks with Ted Meissner on the question, “Does Buddhism Matter?”
Ted Meissner’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, but he is also known as The Secular Buddhist. Ted founded and hosts the Secular Buddhist podcast, where he’s interviewed a broad variety of Buddhists, proto-Buddhist, ex-Buddhists and non-Buddhists, including me. He’s recently inaugurated a second podcast series entitled Present Moment.
Ted interviewed me in 2010 and I immediately felt I was chatting with a friend. Like me, he’s an atheist, more interested in practice than theory, and also like me he’s not antagonistic to organized religion per se, though he is rather suspicious of over-zealous atheists.
In this talk we discuss Ted’s experience at a Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction workshop with Jon Kabat-Zinn, his commitment as a practicing Buddhist — notwithstanding his secularism — about religion and Buddhist institutions, about magic and materialism, spirituality and naturalism, fables and myth. Finally we speculate on the migration of Buddhism away from the exclusive monastic environment and into the more eclectic settings of lay life.
Episode 3 – Ted Meissner (46 minutes)
Or, download as MP3:TNM-003: Ted Meissner – 42.29 MB
Sound mixing by Anthony Dominello