59 episodes

It turns out when you strip away the religious and institutional covers from the ancient masters, 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 scientists to transform mood and outlook at the least and permanently alter human consciousness. But just learning to meditate, practicing mindfulness, or learning how to sense and move your energy isn't enough to continue to make progress and get the most out of the time spent on these mystical practices. 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, it is difficult to know where to begin and who to trust. In the tradition of "Dharma talks," this podcast addresses that gap. It breaks these mysterious teachings of old 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 entirely 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 the Happy Mind Guided Meditations and the Happy Body Podcast as separate shows for more hands on guidance and practice.
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Happy Life - A Wellness Podcast Zebediah Rice

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 28 Ratings

It turns out when you strip away the religious and institutional covers from the ancient masters, 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 scientists to transform mood and outlook at the least and permanently alter human consciousness. But just learning to meditate, practicing mindfulness, or learning how to sense and move your energy isn't enough to continue to make progress and get the most out of the time spent on these mystical practices. 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, it is difficult to know where to begin and who to trust. In the tradition of "Dharma talks," this podcast addresses that gap. It breaks these mysterious teachings of old 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 entirely 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 the Happy Mind Guided Meditations and the Happy Body Podcast as separate shows for more hands on guidance and practice.
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    The Parable of the Weed and the Trowel

    The Parable of the Weed and the Trowel

    Nearly a thousand years ago, the founder of the first of the great Sufi orders, Abdul-Qadir Gilani (1077–1166), wrote an extraordinary book aptly called The Secret of Secrets where he unveiled the secret to mystical awakening. Gilani is widely considered to be one of Islam’s greatest saints and yet “The Secret” was only translated into English in the last thirty years. With gems like these gathering dust it is perhaps not surprising that here we all are (at least in the English-speaking world), almost a thousand years later, still stumbling around looking for answers.



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    • 23 min
    All that the world confers

    All that the world confers

    The great masters of old told us of a world that for most of us seems unimaginable and unattainable. They spoke of a Kingdom of Heaven, a place of unlimited joy and inconceivable perfection, holding hidden treasures of divine beauty and love. An experience so good that is is beyond measurement or calculation. They claimed this not as a place we go when we die if we're good (contrary to the more mundane or popular accounts to the contrary) but as an experience available to every one of us right here, right now. And these masters also taught us how to achieve this in our own lifetime. In this talk, I share some of these extraordinary insights and practical tips ancient masters from Lao Tzu to Buddha shared. And I unpack a couple of real world examples to try to illustrate how these sometimes obscure sounding insights can be applied in real situations today.
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    • 47 min
    Karma Explained

    Karma Explained

    A talk to explain Karma. Before you can understand Karma, you need to understand the nature of reality and the nature of the self which is where the video beings. The talk then goes through the four kinds of grasping, the three kinds of actions that create Karma (with 10 examples). To more deeply understand Karma, the talk then goes through the four aspects of Karma, the four results of Karma and the four principles of Karma. Fortunately, Karma can be released so we then cover the four powers each one of us has to break the cycle of Karma. Finally, we take a quick look at the various religious expressions of Karma through history.
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    • 57 min
    What Happens When We Die? (Tibetan Bardos)

    What Happens When We Die? (Tibetan Bardos)

    According to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, there are six "Bardos" in the continuous turning of the wheel of life. "Bardo" means intermediate state or 'gap'. Each Bardo represents a moment that we can use to escape the continuous cycle of suffering caused by an unenlightened approach to a human life. Three Bardos occur in a human lifetime (our actual Life, the time we spend Dreaming, and the time we spend in Meditation) and three occur in between lives (the Painful Bardo of Dying and Death, the Luminous Bardo of Dharmata or the Afterlife, and the Karmic Bardo of Becoming or Rebirth). In this talk, Zebediah Rice walks you through what happens when we die, at least according to the culture that has thought most carefully and thoroughly about the end of our human lifetime.
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    • 54 min
    Shadows 👥 of the Spiritual

    Shadows 👥 of the Spiritual

    Taking our cue from the ancient masters, we assume that the world of form and phenomena is a shadow of spiritual truth. These "shadows" express themselves in myth, religion, and the sky itself (through the Zodiac), and Number is the unifying theme. We look at symbols and stories, creation myths, and religious pantheons from Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Pythagorean, Platonic, Greco-Roman, Islamic and Christian texts and tease out the unifying insights and themes. What emerges illuminates some of the most basic questions we have as humans such as who are we, where do we come from and why are we here.
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    • 52 min
    The Supreme Method

    The Supreme Method

    Most people use the ordinary tactics to feel good. They use their emotions as their guide and the immediate pleasure feedback from their body as the test for whether their actions are the right ones or not. Others yolk their emotions and body to the goals set by their mind. But there is an even better method, one taught throughout the ages by the great wisdom teachers. They call this the Supreme Method. This is the topic of the episode.


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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Priest Caine ,

Life changing

Thank you for putting these podcasts together. You have greatly contributed to the well being of all your listeners.

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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!

Commander Zander ,

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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