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A podcast for secular-minded people interested in learning about Buddhist philosophy and teachings.

Secular Buddhism Noah Rasheta

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A podcast for secular-minded people interested in learning about Buddhist philosophy and teachings.

    133 - Five Daily Life Guidelines

    133 - Five Daily Life Guidelines

    In this podcast episode, I will share five daily life guidelines that have been beneficial for me in my personal practice. They are: consume mindfully, practice loving kindness, practice gratitude, discover wisdom, and accept constant change.

    • 28 min
    132 - Nowhere To Hide Nothing To Hold

    132 - Nowhere To Hide Nothing To Hold

    In this podcast episode, I will discuss the koan about the great meaning of the Buddha's teaching. I will also discuss some thoughts about the Buddhist approach of theism vs non-theism and how leaves us with nowhere to hide and nothing to hold.

    • 38 min
    131 - The Truth Of Unsatisfactoriness

    131 - The Truth Of Unsatisfactoriness

    The nature of reality is that difficulties will arise, and we’ll experience suffering. We can begin to embrace that fact by recognizing that suffering, in general, is not personal. It’s simply part of the experience of existence. And we will experience suffering, no matter how hard we try to avoid it. In this episode, I will discuss the pervasive suffering that sometimes affects how we see our relationships, jobs, and parenting.
    Koan Discussed: What is the Sound of One Hand Clapping?

    • 27 min
    130 - Three Approaches for Doubt and Mistrust

    130 - Three Approaches for Doubt and Mistrust

    In Buddhism, doubt is beneficial because it is the first step in weakening our wrong views. The wonderful thing about doubt is that it can propel us in the direction of more skillful views. There is a strong emphasis in Buddhism to avoid “believing in” Buddhist teachings, instead, we are encouraged to evaluate them and to understand them and ultimately, to test them against our own experience.

    Koan Discussed: One day Chao-chou fell down in the snow, and called out, “Help me up! Help me up!” A monk came and lay down beside him. Chao-chou got up and went away.

    Koan Shared: What is the sound of one hand clapping?

    Book Mentioned: “Mind in Tibetan Buddhism” by Lati Rinbochay. Available at: https://amzn.to/3ezRfZa

    • 37 min
    129 - The HALT Method

    129 - The HALT Method

    In this podcast episode, I will discuss the HALT Method and share my thoughts on the koan shared in the last episode: "What is your original face before you were born?". I will also leave you with this new koan to explore: "One day Chao-chou fell down in the snow, and called out, “Help me up! Help me up!” A monk came and lay down beside him. Chao-chou got up and went away."

    • 23 min
    128 - No Going Back

    128 - No Going Back

    A key Buddhist principle is a recognition that things are always changing. Life is transient. When we have the feeling of wanting things to return back to normal, we need to remember that normal was always relative, there is no going back.

    • 20 min

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Can’t stop listening

Stumbled on this podcast and I can’t put it down! The best ‘accident’- although I know there are no accidents. ☺️ thank you, Noah!!

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I’m an agnostic who has had a craving for general nonreligious guiding principles to study, learn, and live by for a while now, but nothing seemed to fit. But I stumbled upon this one night and it feels like just the thing I was looking for in my life. Additionally, I’m a therapist and many concepts found here flow well with therapy concepts of mindfulness and acceptance. Thanks Noah.

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