A podcast for secular-minded people interested in learning about Buddhist philosophy and teachings.
155 - The First Meditation
In this episode, I will talk about "The First Meditation" a story about an experience that Siddhartha (the Buddha) had when he was 9 years old. I believe this experience shaped his understanding of the importance of experiential vs intellectual understanding and I believe there are some good lessons to be learned by us as we hear this story.
154 - Taking The Long View
It can be easy to get caught up "in the thick of thin things" when our perspective is too narrow or zoomed in. When we take the long view, we learn to zoom out and see things from a different perspective. In this podcast episode, I will talk about taking the long view and also discuss the parable of the lute and the analogy of tuning the strings of an instrument.
153 - The Beauty Of Not Knowing
Zen Master Seung Sahn said "I do not teach Buddhism. I only teach don't know." The beauty of not knowing arises when we understand that reality is unknowable as a complete picture. First, because it's always changing, and second, we are limited in our perspective in terms of space and time.
152 - A Liberated State Of Mind
Liberation is not a destination we strive to reach, it's a state of mind that is available to us right here and right now. When we fully understand the reality of emptiness, signlessness, and aimlessness, we become liberated from the type of thinking that has us trapped in the prison of our own mind.
151 - Observation and Action
Observation in Buddhist practice is an active thing, it's not passive and it's not a form of resignation. The skilled observer, observes precisely in order to be able to act more skillfully.
150 - Buddha Nature
In this podcast episode, I share my thoughts about "Buddha nature" and what it means to me. I also share the story of the little rock in my backyard that had a Buddha painted on the rock. When the paint started to fade, I was able to see the buddha nature of that rock.
This podcast has helped me grow as a person. Thank you.
Down-to-earth, compassionate, excellent
Practical, insightful, compassionate. Very useful. I appreciate Noah’s tone and openness— he is speaking to us as a fellow on the path, not as a master on the mountaintop.
Thought-provoking and Heartfelt
This is my absolute favorite podcast. Every episode gives me something to think about and implement into my life in some way, and I always look forward to listening to new episodes. Being a nursing student, life can get hectic and stressful at times and this podcast is another anchor for me.
Even if you don’t consider yourself a Buddhist, these episodes have something for everyone.