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It turns out when you strip away the religious and institutional covers from the ancient masters like Lao Tzu, Buddha and Jesus, you can see that they figured out how to feel happy, healthy and fulfilled and told us how to do it. The practices they espoused like meditation and prayer are only now being demonstrated by neurologists and neuropsychologists to transform mood and outlook. But just learning to meditate, practicing mindfulness, or learning how to sense and move your energy isn't enough. You need a framework in which to practice these ancient techniques. Unfortunately, if you don't want the layers of institutional confusion and control that come with religion, there is almost nowhere to go. In the tradition of "Dharma talks," this podcast addresses that gap. It breaks these mysterious teachings down into contemporary language so that we can all benefit from the profound insights into the human condition provided to us by the likes of Buddha, Jesus, Lao Tzu and so many others. And rather than dwelling too much on esoteric texts, we anchor many of the teachings on great quotes from Star Wars, The Last Airbender, Kung Fu Panda, Harry Potter and other classics from our modern mythical toolbox. You can also find Serena Guided Meditations and the Serena Happy Body Podcast as separate shows. Like the all the Serena Podcasts, it's free.
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Happy Life - A Serena Podcast Zebediah Rice

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    • 4.9, 25 Ratings

It turns out when you strip away the religious and institutional covers from the ancient masters like Lao Tzu, Buddha and Jesus, you can see that they figured out how to feel happy, healthy and fulfilled and told us how to do it. The practices they espoused like meditation and prayer are only now being demonstrated by neurologists and neuropsychologists to transform mood and outlook. But just learning to meditate, practicing mindfulness, or learning how to sense and move your energy isn't enough. You need a framework in which to practice these ancient techniques. Unfortunately, if you don't want the layers of institutional confusion and control that come with religion, there is almost nowhere to go. In the tradition of "Dharma talks," this podcast addresses that gap. It breaks these mysterious teachings down into contemporary language so that we can all benefit from the profound insights into the human condition provided to us by the likes of Buddha, Jesus, Lao Tzu and so many others. And rather than dwelling too much on esoteric texts, we anchor many of the teachings on great quotes from Star Wars, The Last Airbender, Kung Fu Panda, Harry Potter and other classics from our modern mythical toolbox. You can also find Serena Guided Meditations and the Serena Happy Body Podcast as separate shows. Like the all the Serena Podcasts, it's free.
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    Skillful Means, Explained

    Skillful Means, Explained

    The Buddha taught that the cure for suffering was following the Middle Way or practicing Skillful Means. But when you look these up you will often come up with ambiguous or unsatisfying explanations. In this talk, Zebediah Rice explains how to live these principles in everyday life.
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    • 57 min
    Breaking the Habits of the Self

    Breaking the Habits of the Self

    We can say that there are two ways to look at the experience of life. On the one hand, the ancient masters tell us that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand (Jesus), that Nirvana (Buddhism) or Moksha (Hinduism) will release us from suffering, that the nature of the Tao will free us, or that submission to Allah will shift our consciousness to Illumination (Islam) and love. On the other hand, most people suffer, and suffer terribly. Whether it be physical pain or emotional and psychological distress, this struggle and suffering is the day to day experience for most people. So how do we explain that rift? What accounts for the difference in these two descriptions? Zebediah Rice explains the answers to these and related questions in this talk.
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    • 35 min
    The Greatest Master 🕌 & His Secret to the Happy Life

    The Greatest Master 🕌 & His Secret to the Happy Life

    In the Middle Ages there lived a man whose insights provide invaluable lessons for how to live a happy, healthy and peaceful life today. His name was Muhammad Ibn ‘Arabi. Ibn ‘Arabi was reportedly one of history’s spiritual geniuses. Widely known by the title Shaykh al-Akbar (“The Greatest Master”), even in his own time, this 12th century Islamic mystic is reputed to have authored as many as 800 books and was known across the Muslim world as a visionary spiritual teacher and jurist. Anticipating the debates today around consciousness by almost a thousand years, Ibn ‘Arabi spends much time discussing the question of free will. The framework he proposes is intriguing. He writes that there are two forces at work in the world. One he calls Divine Will and the other he names Divine Wish. Listen to the episode to learn what these forces are and how they relate to the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism.
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    • 50 min
    The 4 Noble Truths 🌺& The Book of Job 📖

    The 4 Noble Truths 🌺& The Book of Job 📖

    Why do bad things happen to good people? How can anyone have faith in a higher power or greater force of love in the world when innocent people suffer so greatly, so often, and in such large numbers? This is not a new question. In fact, one of the more mysterious stories coming to us through the Jewish tradition, the story of Job, grapples with this very question in a vivid and instructive way. But the story ends in a frustratingly ambiguous manner with only a glimpse into the real answer that we long for to these questions. To help elucidate the answer, Buddha's Four Noble Truths, the Hindu text the Bhagavad Gita, as well as a bit of Arthur Schopenhauer are brought to bear.
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    • 40 min
    The Wavefront 🌊of Wonder

    The Wavefront 🌊of Wonder

    There is a traditional European understanding of Easter. And then there is the story of Jesus' life, ministry, crucifiction and resurrection that is emerging from the tireless work of scholars from around the world. It is this latter story that is shared in this episode.
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    • 39 min
    Spiritual Freedom

    Spiritual Freedom

    It may seem like we are a victim of our circumstances and that we are subject to the emotions that arise within us. But the great masters of old like Buddha along with contemporary teachers like Victor Frankl, have shown us that we have a choice in the matter. It is we who manufacture our reality.
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    • 44 min

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Applying mind to heart and spirit

What an insightful and profound podcast. Approaching spiritual traditions from both analytical and experiential perspectives, Zeb makes meaning in a way that works for the questioning minds of 21st century seekers who yearn for both understanding and direct experience of something bigger or transcendent or universal. It’s amazing!

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Great Meta-Analysis of Spiritual Ascendant Teachings

Zeb does a great job translating ancient teachings into modern scientific language for the spiritually curious. I appreciate the clarity of his language, and highly practical roadmap to his scientific analysis. He teases out the common denominators of spiritual and therapeutic methods, giving shortcuts where possible. Transformation is inevitable for those willing to practice. Thanks for the great work!

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