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Don't use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist. Use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are.
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Secular Buddhism Noah Rasheta

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 209 Ratings

Don't use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist. Use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are.
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    188 - Examining the Beliefs That Drive Us

    188 - Examining the Beliefs That Drive Us

    In this introspective episode, Noah Rasheta shares personal updates about significant changes in his life over the past few months, including a career transition and a move to a new home. He explores the parallels between his new role in data infrastructure and the inner workings of the human mind, drawing insightful connections between hardware, software, and the beliefs that shape our experiences.
    Noah dives deep into the concept of the cognitive cycle, explaining how our beliefs influence our perceptions, thoughts, emotions, actions, and ultimately, our reality. He emphasizes the importance of examining and updating our beliefs, likening them to the software that runs on the hardware of our brains.
    Through relatable examples and personal anecdotes, Noah illustrates how our beliefs can impact our day-to-day lives, from fear of public speaking to the way we react to challenges. He encourages listeners to be introspective and mindful of the beliefs that drive their actions and to consider updating their "mental software" to better navigate life's complexities.
    Join Noah on this thought-provoking journey as he shares valuable insights from his own life experiences and invites listeners to reflect on the interconnectedness of their thoughts, emotions, and actions in the pursuit of inner peace and personal growth.

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    • 24 min
    187 - The Unseen Teachers

    187 - The Unseen Teachers

    In this episode, I reflect on my transformative journey from intense frustration to effortless flying, drawing parallels between the challenges of paragliding and the introspective path of personal growth. Sharing insights from my experience with learning to ridge soar, I connect these adventures to the Buddha's spiritual quest, underscoring the essence of self-reliance and the lessons adversity teaches us. This episode is a reflection on the powerful, often unseen teachers we encounter in life, and how they shape our journey towards mastering not just skills, but the very art of living itself.
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    • 32 min
    186 - Renunciation: Gaining Through Letting Go

    186 - Renunciation: Gaining Through Letting Go

    This episode discusses how renunciation is not merely about giving up material or physical pleasures but about a deeper understanding and release of attachments that cause suffering. The episode invites listeners to consider the ways in which they might be clinging too tightly to certain aspects of their lives and how letting go can lead to greater liberation and joy. Through personal anecdotes, practical tips, and thoughtful exploration of the middle way of attachment, the episode encourages contemplation of what we hold onto and what we might gain by learning to let go, emphasizing that renunciation is an ongoing, transformative process in the pursuit of a more meaningful life.
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    • 15 min
    185 - Weathering the Storms Within

    185 - Weathering the Storms Within

    In this episode, I delve into the landscape of our emotions, drawing parallels between the ever-changing sky and our internal world. Journey with me as we explore the transient nature of emotions, taking cues from the wisdom of ancient Buddhist teachings and insights from modern psychology. Learn how emotional agility can serve as a beacon, guiding us through life's inevitable storms with grace, resilience, and understanding. Featuring parables, contemporary analogies, and practical tips, this episode seeks to empower listeners to navigate their emotional world with greater awareness and intentionality. Whether you're seeking solace in turbulent times or simply aiming to deepen your emotional understanding, this episode offers a transformative perspective on embracing and mastering the dance of our emotions.


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    • 26 min
    184 - Emotional Equanimity and Antifragility

    184 - Emotional Equanimity and Antifragility

    In this episode of the Secular Buddhism Podcast, Noah delves into the concept of emotional equanimity, likening it to the tale of monk Sona who learned to maintain a balanced approach to life's challenges, akin to finely tuning a musical instrument. Drawing from the Mangala Sutta and Nassim Nicholas Taleb's "Anti-Fragile," the episode emphasizes the value of antifragility, where challenges can enhance our emotional resilience, much like an astronaut needing physical stress to prevent muscle atrophy in space. Noah offers five tips for practicing emotional equanimity and underscores that true growth arises from facing, not avoiding, life's storms.
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    • 21 min
    183 - Six Words of Advice

    183 - Six Words of Advice

    Welcome back to the Secular Buddhism Podcast, a globally top-ranked Buddhist show. Today, best-selling author and host Noah Rasheta delves into the topic of Tilopa's Six Words of Advice. Tilopa's 'Six Words of Advice' provide meditation guidance for people of all levels, including both beginners and experienced meditators. Despite their apparent simplicity, these six instructions hold deep meanings. One can spend a lifetime studying these simple instructions and still uncover new insights.
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    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
209 Ratings

209 Ratings

Monsoon miller ,

New learner

I have been reading, meditating and practicing yoga for some time and was interested in learning a little about Buddhism, but….I’m not religious and didn’t know how this could work. This is my find of the decade. Very relatable content which helps me try and make sense of things/life and fundamentally be a better me. I love the use of parables as it helps me grasp the meaning with more clarity.

hfox97 ,

Great insightful podcast

I’ve been listening to Noah for years and years. He is such a great source of knowledge on Buddhist teachings and how to incorporate it into you life. I have definitely become a better person because of this podcast and am so grateful to Noah for sharing his knowledge!

WelshIam ,

Highly recommend

An excellent and relatable guide to Secular Buddhism. Learning so much from each podcast. Thank you 🙏

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