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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

159 - When Things Fall Apart

11/21/2021
The nature of reality is that things come together and things fall apart and then things come together and things fall apart and that cycle goes on and on. Instead of running from the difficulties and the pain, the Buddhist approach is to move toward the painful situations and become intimate with them.

Duration:00:15:00

158 - I See You Mara

10/31/2021
Mara is "the personification of the forces antagonistic to enlightenment." Mara wants to be feared. We tend to run from the things that we fear, but what happens when we stop running and we look at Mara and say "I see you, Mara!" In this episode, I will share my thoughts about the interaction between the Buddha and Mara.

Duration:00:22:35

157 - This Is Because That Is

10/25/2021
Dependent Origination is a Buddhist notion that is common among all schools of Buddhism. It's the doctrine that states that all phenomena arise in dependence upon other phenomena. In other words, "this is because that is and this is not because that is not". In this episode, I will share my thoughts about how this concept can be beneficial in our day-to-day lives.

Duration:00:21:32

156 - Circle Of Skills

10/11/2021
Within any given discipline, we all have a circle of skills. In order to grow the circle of skills, we need to do things that are just outside the circle and once we master a new skill, that circle grows. The key to safely growing the circle is to go slowly and not attempt skills that are too far outside the current circle we have. I believe this is also the case with how we can approach Mindfulness practice.

Duration:00:18:44

155 - The First Meditation

9/22/2021
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.

Duration:00:17:39

154 - Taking The Long View

8/23/2021
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.

Duration:00:16:29

153 - The Beauty Of Not Knowing

8/6/2021
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.

Duration:00:22:47

152 - A Liberated State Of Mind

7/7/2021
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.

Duration:00:29:59

151 - Observation and Action

5/22/2021
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.

Duration:00:16:13

150 - Buddha Nature

4/21/2021
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.

Duration:00:16:49

149 - Firsts And Lasts

3/31/2021
Every moment that arises is simultaneously the first time and last time that moment exists. I used to value moments based on their pleasantness or unpleasantness but now I see the beauty of the uniqueness of each moment. In this episode, I will be vulnerable and share my thoughts as I process the recent loss of a loved one.

Duration:00:22:09

148 - The Dance Of Life

3/3/2021
I love thinking about life as a great song, with high notes and low notes and quiet pauses in between each note. I like to think of my relationship to this song as the dance of life. In this episode, I will share my thoughts about going through life as if it were a dance instead of a fight.

Duration:00:26:31

147 - Dharma Cat

2/18/2021
Life has a funny way of teaching us lessons even amidst circumstances or events that we don't particularly find to be pleasant. In this episode, I will share the story of how we ended up with a 3-legged cat as a pet.

Duration:00:18:39

146 - The Freedom To Be You

2/3/2021
In this episode, I will talk about the idea of "branding". The story we have about ourselves is our personal brand and we do a lot to influence the way others perceive us. Practicing non-attachment to our brand may allow us to experience greater freedom to be ourselves.

Duration:00:20:33

145 - The Quest For Answers

12/22/2020
In our search for answers to life's big questions, what if the question is actually more important than the answer? In this episode, I will talk about the quest for answers and how it may be more beneficial to focus on the quest for understanding the question.

Duration:00:29:59

144 - The Game Of Emotions

11/23/2020
In this podcast episode, I will share some thoughts around the idea that we can change our relationship to our emotions by pretending that we're playing a game where the goal is to experience the full range of possible emotions.

Duration:00:14:30

143 - Eye Of The Beholder

10/20/2020
In this episode, I will talk about perception and the role it plays in how we experience our reality. Reality is in the eye of the beholder. “Dependent on the eye and forms, eye-consciousness arises...The meeting of the three is contact.” With contact as a requisite condition, there is feeling. What one feels, one perceives. What one perceives, one thinks about.

Duration:00:25:59

142 - Wisdom and Fear

10/13/2020
"Some see something to fear where there is nothing to fear, and some see nothing to fear where there is something to fear." In this episode, I will talk about fear from a Buddhist perspective. Fear is universal but there are perhaps some fears that are skillful and others that are unskilful.

Duration:00:21:40

141 - Smarter Not Harder

9/30/2020
I'm sure you've heard the expression "work smarter, not harder". In this episode, I will share my throughs regarding Skillful Effort of the Eightfold Path and how it pertains to not only mindfulness practice but to everything we do in life.

Duration:00:17:56

140 - Mindfulness For Everyday Life

9/15/2020
ANNOUNCEMENT...I’m excited to present a new online workshop called "Mindfulness for Everyday Life" available exclusively through Himalaya Learning. Himalaya Learning is a new educational audio platform specializing in audio courses that focus on lifelong learning, business, personal development, and more, featuring courses from some of the world’s greatest minds like Tim Ferriss, Malcolm Gladwell, Elon Musk. You can listen to my full workshop series by visiting www.himalaya.com/mindfulness...

Duration:00:18:32