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A Skeptic's Path to Enlightenment

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A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment brings the inner science of Buddhist meditation to twenty-first century people hungry for happy, meaningful lives. It is a secular approach to meditation that requires no belief beyond our current understanding of science and psychology. Skeptic’s Path meditations are based on powerful analytical meditation techniques that use imagination, emotions, and critical inquiry to probe our inner and outer realities and expand our compassion. These Tibetan Buddhist mind training techniques expand on the popular mindfulness approach to meditation to help us better understand our minds from the inside out, and build healthy mental habits that are the true causes of happiness. Each week in discussions, guided meditations and interviews, we explore the vast variety of analytic meditation topics including love, compassion, sleep, tonglen, vipassana, stress, the body, meditation posture, anger, anxiety, addiction, grief, forgiveness, patience, confidence, loneliness, work, relationships, and more.

A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment brings the inner science of Buddhist meditation to twenty-first century people hungry for happy, meaningful lives. It is a secular approach to meditation that requires no belief beyond our current understanding of science and psychology. Skeptic’s Path meditations are based on powerful analytical meditation techniques that use imagination, emotions, and critical inquiry to probe our inner and outer realities and expand our compassion. These Tibetan Buddhist mind training techniques expand on the popular mindfulness approach to meditation to help us better understand our minds from the inside out, and build healthy mental habits that are the true causes of happiness. Each week in discussions, guided meditations and interviews, we explore the vast variety of analytic meditation topics including love, compassion, sleep, tonglen, vipassana, stress, the body, meditation posture, anger, anxiety, addiction, grief, forgiveness, patience, confidence, loneliness, work, relationships, and more.

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United States

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A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment brings the inner science of Buddhist meditation to twenty-first century people hungry for happy, meaningful lives. It is a secular approach to meditation that requires no belief beyond our current understanding of science and psychology. Skeptic’s Path meditations are based on powerful analytical meditation techniques that use imagination, emotions, and critical inquiry to probe our inner and outer realities and expand our compassion. These Tibetan Buddhist mind training techniques expand on the popular mindfulness approach to meditation to help us better understand our minds from the inside out, and build healthy mental habits that are the true causes of happiness. Each week in discussions, guided meditations and interviews, we explore the vast variety of analytic meditation topics including love, compassion, sleep, tonglen, vipassana, stress, the body, meditation posture, anger, anxiety, addiction, grief, forgiveness, patience, confidence, loneliness, work, relationships, and more.

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English

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Episodes

What Do You Do When You're Alone?

7/12/2022
What do you do when you’re alone? When you’re anxious, lonely, or afraid, when you feel strong craving? What do you turn to? In this episode we look at where our mind runs when we feel pain, when we don’t feel balanced or whole. We’ll examine the Buddhist view on this subject that reveals a deep source of strength and support within our own minds accessible to each of us any time we need it. 14. What Do You Do When You're Alone? Two years ago, we created A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment...

Duration:00:27:35

Guided Meditation on Giving and Receiving Love with Buddhist Psychologist Lorne Ladner

7/5/2022
Buddhist psychologist Lorne Ladner leads a meditation on giving and receiving love, a loving-kindness meditation with themes of connection, gratitude, and warmth. Episode 111: Guided Meditation on Giving and Receiving Love with Buddhist Psychologist Lorne Ladner Support the show

Duration:00:23:17

Buddhist Psychologist Lorne Ladner on Depression, Compassion, and Positive Psychology

6/28/2022
We talk with clinical psychologist and Buddhist practitioner Lorne Ladner about his patients' top questions, the difference between selfishness and self-compassion, setting healthy boundaries, and treating depression with Buddhist psychology. Episode 110: Buddhist Psychologist Lorne Ladner Read more in Dr. Lorne Ladner's wonderful book, The Lost Art of Compassion. Support the show

Duration:00:46:28

Meditation on Mental Cause and Effect

6/21/2022
A meditation practice of self reflection, taking control of the mental cause and effect that's normally unconscious: the habits and activities conditioned by evolution, our upbringing, society and the media. This is a practice you can do at the end of each day: reviewing your day, rejoicing in the positive, and finding ways to sincerely forgive yourself for anything that you regret, so you can sleep better and be your best self the next day. Episode 12: Guided Meditation on Mental Cause and...

Duration:00:22:52

Mental Cause and Effect

6/14/2022
Science has greater and greater mastery in understanding and controlling physical cause and effect, from planets to particles, but we are only starting to understand cause and effect in our minds. Evolution, habits, and society all affect our behavior. How do we gain conscious control of our behavior, much less our thoughts? One method is a daily practice of self-appreciation and self-forgiveness that lets us release regret and pain to face each day with renewed presence and joy. Episode...

Duration:00:32:25

Meditation, Science, and Christianity with Father Laurence Freeman

6/7/2022
Catholic priest and Benedictine monk Father Laurence Freeman discusses the role of community, meditation, contemplation, and science in his life and his dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He emphasizes his trust in humanity and the importance of wonder in our daily lives. Episode 109: https://www.skepticspath.org/podcast/meditation-science-and-christianity-with-father-laurence-freeman/ Support the show

Duration:00:21:41

Universal Love in Christianity and Buddhism with Dr. Greg Hillis

5/31/2022
Christian Scholar Greg Hillis speaks of the parallels between Christianity and Buddhism, the possibility of universal love, mystical experiences that break through to the beauty and interconnectedness of reality, and social activism that respects—and even loves—those we disagree with. Episode 108: Universal Love in Christianity and Buddhism with Dr. Greg Hillis Support the show

Duration:00:41:02

Guided meditation on impermanence

5/24/2022
A guided meditation on impermanence that helps us release fear and anxiety to embrace the constant change at every scale of reality: from particles, possessions, homes, and the environment, to our thoughts, feelings, and perceptions, and relationships. When we embrace impermanence, we more easily take on challenges like today’s Coronavirus crisis. We become more fully present to those around us and we can even more deeply appreciate life’s impermanent pleasures. Episode 10. Guided...

Duration:00:21:25

Embracing Impermanence

5/17/2022
We cling to things as if they won’t change, but change is the nature of reality. When we embrace impermanence, we prepare ourselves for big changes, and are able to let go of our fear and anxiety to become more fully present to those around us, to make the most meaningful choices day-to-day, and to more deeply appreciate life’s fleeting pleasures. Episode 9. Embracing Impermanence Two years ago, we created A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment to share the rich tradition of Tibetan Buddhist...

Duration:00:23:53

Guided Death and Rebirth Meditation with Laurie Anderson

5/10/2022
Laurie Anderson leads a meditation on death and rebirth, guiding you through the Buddhist understanding of death, the bardo, and a joyous rebirth. These tracks come from Songs from the Bardo, an album inspired by the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Meditating on death is a powerful Buddhist practice that enhances gratitude, helps you embrace impermanence, and increases mindfulness. Laurie Anderson is one of our greatest living artists. Her work includes spoken word and performance, top-charting...

Duration:00:21:35

Laurie Anderson's Buddhism: Art, Meditation, and Death as Adventure

5/3/2022
Grammy Award winning artist Laurie Anderson, a longtime student of Buddhism and meditation, shares her personal path with Buddhism, approaching art with a beginner’s mind, staying present with suffering without letting it overwhelm you, and making our lives meaningful. Laurie Anderson is one of our greatest living artists. Her work includes spoken word and performance, top-charting albums and music videos, digital art, film, virtual reality, and the invention of ingenious instruments like...

Duration:00:39:52

Ten Million Percent Happier - Interview with Scott Snibbe

4/26/2022
Scott Snibbe becomes the interviewee in this week's episode as Ven. Fabienne Pradelle speaks with him about finding meaning and spirituality through art and creativity, love without attachment, misconceptions about Buddhism, the afterlife, and our infinite potential. Ep. 105: Ten Million Percent Happier - Interview with Scott Snibbe Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)

Duration:01:01:38

Guided Meditation on the Mind

4/19/2022
This guided meditation takes us through different ways of observing the mind, first examining its ever-present parts: perception, feeling, will, and awareness. Then we explore the nature of subjective reality itself by asking what is the mind without thoughts? Where is the space of our consciousness? And, how finely can we slice moments of consciousness? Do we ever arrive at a quantum of consciousness? Episode 7. Guided Meditation: What Is the Mind? Two years ago, we created A Skeptic’s...

Duration:00:28:22

What Is the Mind?

4/12/2022
If the mind is our thoughts, then what is it that observes those thoughts? What are we without thoughts? Do we ever truly see an object, or only its mental reconstruction? Though we are all convinced that we have one, science has no agreed definition for consciousness or mind. Even subjectively, the mind is elusive, difficult to pin to any specific mental experience. Episode 6. What Is the Mind? Two years ago, we created A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment to share the rich tradition of...

Duration:00:19:06

Dr. Thupten Jinpa on Buddhism, Science, Compassion, and Climate

4/5/2022
Dr. Thupten Jinpa on the intersection of science, Buddhism, and critical thinking; how Buddhist principles can help us solve the climate crisis; and how to lead fulfilling lives at home with our families and relationships. Dr. Thupten Jinpa is one of the most renowned living Buddhist scholars and practitioners. He has served for decades as the Dalai Lama's principal translator and was a Buddhist monk for the first decades of his life in addition to his PhD in religious studies from...

Duration:00:51:16

Rob Hopkins: From What If to What Next?

3/22/2022
Rob Hopkins, climate activist, co-founder of the Transition Network and host of the podcast series From What If to What Next talks about an engaged, passionate form of Buddhism that actively works for positive change in our communities and in the world. 103. Rob Hopkins: From What If to What Next? Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)

Duration:00:49:41

Kim Stanley Robinson on Solving the Climate Crisis, Buddhism, and the Power of Science Fiction

3/15/2022
Kim Stanley Robinson is one of the greatest living science fiction writers, and one of the few people ever to have developed a credible solution to the climate crisis, which he describes in his latest novel, The Ministry for the Future. In this interview, we talk about climate change solutions, Buddhism in his life and work, sci-fi and cli-fi (climate fiction), colonizing Mars, the outdoors as meditation, and how to stay optimistic. 104. Kim Stanley Robinson on Solving the Climate Crisis,...

Duration:00:50:00

What to Do With Your Next 24 Hours Alive (Guided Meditation)

3/8/2022
A guided meditation on the preciousness of our next 24 hours alive and our unique place in the universe as science understands it: intelligent, self-aware beings at the end of 14 billion years’ cosmic and biological evolution. 5. Guided Meditation: The Preciousness of Life Two years ago, we created A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment to share the rich tradition of Tibetan Buddhist analytical meditation in a form that requires no belief beyond what science currently accepts. The first 40...

Duration:00:16:13

The Preciousness of Life, From Cosmos to the Kardashians

3/1/2022
“It is not more surprising to be born twice than once,” Voltaire once said. In this episode we contemplate the miracle of existing at all, from our place at the end of our universe’s 14 billion years’ evolution, to the simple joy of another 24 hours alive that Thich Nhat Hanh describes in Peace Is Every Step. 4. The Preciousness of Life from Cosmos to the Kardashians Two years ago, we created A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment to share the rich tradition of Tibetan Buddhist analytical...

Duration:00:18:36

Guided Meditation: Empathetic Joy with Ayya Dhammadipa

2/22/2022
Ayya Dhammadipa leads a 12-minute meditation on empathetic joy, also known as mudita. In this practice, we use joy that is sparked by the joy of other beings to radiate this state of mind, allowing the opportunity to go beyond ourselves and into a much vaster space of joyously relating to the world. This practice is one of the four brahmaviharas, also known as the heavenly dwellings or four immeasurables. Ayya Dhammadīpā is a Buddhist nun and teacher with a unique background: Before...

Duration:00:12:57