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A podcast for secular-minded people who are interested in learning about Buddhist philosophy.

A podcast for secular-minded people who are interested in learning about Buddhist philosophy.

Location:

Park City,, UT

Description:

A podcast for secular-minded people who are interested in learning about Buddhist philosophy.

Twitter:

@noahrasheta

Language:

English


Episodes

137 - The Beauty Of Nothing

7/30/2020
Is nothing something? What happens when we do nothing? In this podcast episode, I will share my thoughts on the concept of nothingness and the beauty of nothing. I will also discuss the koan "every day is a good day".

Duration:00:22:36

136 - Mountains And Rivers

7/16/2020
In this podcast episode, I will share some of my thoughts regarding the Mountains and Rivers Sutra by Zen master Dogen. This teaching reminds me of the simple yet complex nature of reality.

Duration:00:22:09

135 - Weathering The Storm

6/28/2020
One of my favorite Pema quotes is the one where she says, "You are the sky, everything else is the weather". In this podcast episode, I will discuss the concept of mental weather patterns and the way I correlate weather forecasting with understanding my own mental patterns and tendencies.

Duration:00:19:19

134 - Emotional Enlightenment

6/16/2020
In this podcast episode, I will discuss the idea of Emotional Enlightenment and what that means for me. We often find ourselves seeking certain emotions and avoiding other emotions. I've found that by giving all my emotions a sense of equanimity, I've found a tremendous sense of peace.

Duration:00:29:29

133 - Five Daily Life Guidelines

5/31/2020
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.

Duration:00:28:24

132 - Nowhere To Hide Nothing To Hold

5/19/2020
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.

Duration:00:38:17

131 - The Truth Of Unsatisfactoriness

5/4/2020
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?

Duration:00:27:46

130 - Three Approaches for Doubt and Mistrust

4/20/2020
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!”...

Duration:00:37:16

129 - The HALT Method

4/14/2020
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."

Duration:00:23:44

128 - No Going Back

4/5/2020
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.

Duration:00:19:59

127 - Becoming Nobody

3/29/2020
"Good concepts are like a gold chain, bad concepts are like an iron chain, they all equally bind you in the end." The concept we have about who we are is binding. What if instead of trying to become somebody, we practiced becoming nobody. In this podcast episode, I will discuss the idea of becoming nobody.

Duration:00:39:59

126 - Finding Peace Amidst Chaos

3/21/2020
How do we experience more peace in the midst of chaos? In this podcast episode, I will discuss the koan of the waiving mind and also discuss the idea of expanding our perspective to experience more peace amidst the chaos.

Duration:00:17:26

125 - Keep Calm And Carry On Skillfully

3/15/2020
In light of the ongoing spread of COVID-19, I wanted to share some thoughts about skillful action. In this episode, I will also share my thoughts about the koan "There is Nothing I Dislike".

Duration:00:28:28

124 - Dealing With People You Dislike

3/8/2020
We all deal with people or situations we dislike from time to time. In this podcast episode, I will talk about dealing with people we dislike. For me, the recognition of disliking someone is always an invitation to look inward and to learn something about myself.

Duration:00:28:31

123 - The Art Of Diving In

2/23/2020
In this podcast episode, I will discuss my thoughts on the idea of the art of diving in. Life is a lot like a pool and we are learning to dive in, we dive into new relationships, jobs, and countless other experiences but how do we do the actual diving in?

Duration:00:28:27

122 - Stop Trying to Eliminate Suffering

2/9/2020
What if the problem with suffering is the idea we have that we shouldn't suffer? Suffering is a word that has become synonymous with the core Buddhist teachings of the 4 Noble Truths. What if our understanding of those teachings has been tainted because of our views of what it means to suffer? In this episode, I will talk about suffering and unsatisfactoriness and how the latter makes more sense to me in terms of Buddhist practice.

Duration:00:28:47

121 - Just Enough To Be Dangerous

2/4/2020
Sometimes we know something but we haven't mastered it. We only know just enough to be dangerous with what we know. This applies to many aspects of life but also applies to our process of learning to live more mindfully. The key to mastering something is to practice it for a very long time.

Duration:00:22:04

120 - Unconditional Joy

1/17/2020
We normally think of joy as a reaction. Something happens and it causes joy to arise. That type of joy is conditioned. In Buddhism, unconditional joy is always there, covered or hidden by our conditioned mind (ideas and beliefs). We can uncover it through practicing awareness and asking ourselves, what did it take for this moment to arise?

Duration:00:31:22

119 - Endings And Beginnings

12/30/2019
As we approach the end of one year and the beginning of a new year, I thought I would share some thoughts regarding endings and beginnings from a Buddhist perspective and how these teachings can minimize our fear of pain.

Duration:00:27:38

118 - Revisiting The Parable Of The Raft

12/15/2019
The Buddha said, "I will teach you the Dhamma compared to a raft, for the purpose of crossing over, not for the purpose of holding onto." Everything in Buddhism, including Buddhism itself is a tool, a means to an end, but not the end itself. In this episode, I will revisit the parable of the raft and share my thoughts about what this teaching means to me.

Duration:00:33:28