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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 philosophy and meditation to twenty-first century people hungry for happy, meaningful lives. In our weekly podcast, we share talks, guided meditations, and interviews exploring happiness, love, compassion, relationships, family, politics, technology, and work. Skeptic’s Path explores powerful "analytical meditation" techniques that use imagination, emotions, and critical inquiry to probe our inner and outer realities and expand our compassion based on the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. We expand on the popular mindfulness approach to meditation to help us better understand our minds from the inside out, building healthy mental habits that are the true causes of happiness.

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United States

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A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment brings the inner science of Buddhist philosophy and meditation to twenty-first century people hungry for happy, meaningful lives. In our weekly podcast, we share talks, guided meditations, and interviews exploring happiness, love, compassion, relationships, family, politics, technology, and work. Skeptic’s Path explores powerful "analytical meditation" techniques that use imagination, emotions, and critical inquiry to probe our inner and outer realities and expand our compassion based on the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. We expand on the popular mindfulness approach to meditation to help us better understand our minds from the inside out, building healthy mental habits that are the true causes of happiness.

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English

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Episodes

Meditation on Feeling Good with Meenadchi

3/5/2024
Meenadchi guides a meditation on discovering, playing with, and feeling the good things in your body through a light visualization. Episode 152: Meditation on Feeling Good with Meenadchi On March 12, podcast host Scott Snibbe's book How to Train a Happy Mind with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be release worldwide. Book events in New York, California, and New Mexico will feature Scott with some of the great artists, authors and activists you’ve heard on the podcast like Robert Thurman, Laurie Anderson, and sujatha baliga. Go skepticspath.org for more details on the book and tour. Support the show

Duration:00:17:29

Decolonizing Nonviolent Communication with Meenadchi

2/27/2024
A couple of decades ago, a friend introduced me to a book called Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg. Over the years, I've tried imperfectly to use its gentler forms of communication. At various points in life the techniques of NVC, as it's known for short, have saved me from losing a lawsuit, losing a job, and losing a partner. Still, these techniques didn't always work for me. When our producer Annie Nguyen recently introduced me to a book called Decolonizing Nonviolent Communication, it put words to those challenges. The book's author, Meenadchi, a somatic healing practitioner, spoke with me recently about the ways that she's updated nonviolent communication to account for the power structures in our society that exacerbate conflicts, and the interdependence between people and our environments that may have been missing from nonviolent communication's original formulation. I find her approach, distinctly Buddhist as a "middle way" that helps us draw strong boundaries and fight the injustices in the world, while still holding love and compassion, even for our enemies. Meenadchi's therapeutic work centers on social change and embodied transformation. She specializes in healing members of communities impacted by gender-based violence, complex trauma, and serious mental illness. Episode 151: Decolonizing Nonviolent Communication with Meenadchi Support the show

Duration:00:42:52

Compassionate Speech with Dr. Suzanne Wertheim

2/20/2024
Dr. Suzanne Wertheim is the author of The Inclusive Language Field Guide. An academic for many years, she now specializes in analyzing and addressing bias at work, helping companies like Google and Reddit promote speech that's more inclusive and more connecting. After I read Suzanne's book, I was struck by the parallels between her work and the Buddhist ethical foundation of right speech. In our interview, we talk about embarrassing mistakes we both made in our speech, how to both forcefully and compassionately confront harmful speech, and how to recognize and transform the bias in our own language. Suzanne and I spoke for so long that it far outran our normal episode length. So, if you'd like to hear the full unedited hour and a half of our great conversation, including many specific examples of ways to speak inclusively and compassionately, check out the Skeptic's Path YouTube channel. Episode 150: Compassionate Speech with Dr. Suzanne Wertheim On March 12, podcast host Scott Snibbe's book How to Train a Happy Mind with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be release worldwide. Book events in New York, California, and New Mexico will feature Scott with some of the great artists, authors and activists you’ve heard on the podcast like Robert Thurman, Laurie Anderson, and sujatha baliga. Go skepticspath.org for more details on the book and tour. Support the show

Duration:00:39:23

Meditation on Stabilizing the Mind and Watching Thoughts

2/13/2024
A complete guided meditation session expanding your compassion, stabilizing concentration on the breath, and observing your thoughts. Episode 3: Guided Meditation: Stabilizing the Mind and Watching Thoughts Four 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 episodes of the podcast gradually go through all of these topics, in order, beginning with appreciating the gift of our life and our place in the universe, and gradually moving up to cultivating boundless compassion for all beings and understanding the ultimate nature of our inner and outer realities. Over the next year, interspersed with new interviews, we will be re-releasing newly recorded versions of these talks and meditations. On March 12, podcast host Scott Snibbe's book How to Train a Happy Mind with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be release worldwide. Book events in New York, California, and New Mexico will feature Scott with some of the great artists, authors and activists you’ve heard on the podcast like Robert Thurman, Laurie Anderson, and sujatha baliga. Go skepticspath.org for more details on the book and tour. Support the show

Duration:00:31:15

What Is Meditation? [updated rebroadcast]

2/6/2024
Over the past few years meditation has become popular as a way to help reduce stress, be focused at work, sleep better, or simply relax. Yet meditation isn’t just a tool to improve focus or relax, but a way to strengthen the positive qualities we all naturally possess: compassion, kindness, generosity, patience, humor, and finding joy in everyday life. This episode explores this higher purpose of meditation through the less familiar technique of analytic meditationthat uses stories, thoughts, and emotions to steer our minds toward happiness, meaning, and benefiting others. Episode 2: What Is Meditation? Four 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 episodes of the podcast gradually go through all of these topics, in order, beginning with appreciating the gift of our life and our place in the universe, and gradually moving up to cultivating boundless compassion for all beings and understanding the ultimate nature of our inner and outer realities. Over the next year, interspersed with new interviews, we will be re-releasing newly recorded versions of these talks and meditations. On March 12, podcast host Scott Snibbe's book How to Train a Happy Mind with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be release worldwide. Book events in New York, California, and New Mexico will feature Scott with some of the great artists, authors and activists you’ve heard on the podcast like Robert Thurman, Laurie Anderson, and sujatha baliga. Go skepticspath.org for more details on the book and tour. Support the show

Duration:00:35:05

Equanimity Meditation with Scott Tusa

1/30/2024
Scott Tusa leads an equanimity meditation—based on the Mahayana Buddhist tradition—that works with three kinds of relationships in our life. The purpose is to cultivate compassion, loving-kindness, and understanding. Episode 149: Equanimity Meditation with Scott Tusa On March 12, podcast host Scott Snibbe's book How to Train a Happy Mind with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be release worldwide. Book events in New York, California, and New Mexico will feature Scott with some of the great artists, authors and activists you’ve heard on the podcast like Robert Thurman, Laurie Anderson, and sujatha baliga. Go skepticspath.org for more details on the book and tour. Support the show

Duration:00:15:30

What Is the Right Thing to Do? with Scott Tusa

1/23/2024
After ordination by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Scott Tusa spent nine years as a Tibetan Buddhist monk. Today, he's an irreverent meditation teacher and a brand-new father. In this episode, Scott and I talk about some hard decisions we've faced in life, and that the world faces today, asking ourselves, What is the right thing to do? Is there a right and wrong from a Buddhist perspective? How did Scott and I deal with the painful decisions we faced in our lives to get divorced and to give up a monastic life? We also grapple with one of the biggest ethical dilemmas facing the world today, the violent conflict in Israel and Gaza. Episode 148: What Is the Right Thing to Do? with Scott Tusa On March 12, podcast host Scott Snibbe's book How to Train a Happy Mind with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be release worldwide. Book events in New York, California, and New Mexico will feature Scott with some of the great artists, authors and activists you’ve heard on the podcast like Robert Thurman, Laurie Anderson, and sujatha baliga. Go skepticspath.org for more details on the book and tour. Support the show

Duration:00:37:50

10-Minute Meditation to Calm the Mind

1/16/2024
Even a short 10-minute meditation has the power to calm your body and mind. Here’s a helpful guided meditation that in just 10 minutes a day can improve your well-being. Even though it's short, this is a complete meditation session including establishing proper meditation posture, motivating our meditation to be a force for good, stabilizing the mind on the breath, letting go of thoughts, cultivating beneficial thoughts, and a dedication to seal your meditation practice. A Guided 10 Minute Meditation to Calm the Mind Four 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 episodes of the podcast gradually go through all of these topics, in order, beginning with appreciating the gift of our life and our place in the universe, and gradually moving up to cultivating boundless compassion for all beings and understanding the ultimate nature of our inner and outer realities. Over the next year, interspersed with new interviews, we will be re-releasing newly recorded versions of these talks and meditations. On March 12, podcast host Scott Snibbe's book How to Train a Happy Mind with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be release worldwide. Book events in New York, California, and New Mexico will feature Scott with some of the great artists, authors and activists you’ve heard on the podcast like Robert Thurman, Laurie Anderson, and sujatha baliga. Go skepticspath.org for more details on the book and tour. Support the show

Duration:00:10:50

What Is a Skeptic's Path to Enlightenment? [our first episode re-recorded and re-released!]

1/9/2024
Four 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 episodes of the podcast gradually go through all of these topics, in order, beginning with appreciating the gift of our life and our place in the universe, and gradually moving up to cultivating boundless compassion for all beings and understanding the ultimate nature of our inner and outer realities. Over the next year, interspersed with new interviews, we are re-releasing updated versions of these talks and meditations. Episode 1: What Is A Skeptic's Path to Enlightenment? Introducing A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment, bringing the inner science of Buddhist meditation to twenty-first century people hungry for happy, meaningful lives. We take a secular approach to meditation that requires no belief beyond our current understanding of science and psychology, based on powerful Buddhist mind training techniques that use imagination, intelligence, and emotions to probe our inner and outer realities, and expand our compassion. On March 12, podcast host Scott Snibbe's book How to Train a Happy Mind with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be release worldwide. Book events in New York, California, and New Mexico will feature Scott with some of the great artists, authors and activists you’ve heard on the podcast like Robert Thurman, Laurie Anderson, and sujatha baliga. Go skepticspath.org for more details on the book and tour. Support the show

Duration:00:20:19

Letting Go and Looking Forward in the New Year

1/2/2024
Scott Snibbe shares a gentle Buddhist approach to self-forgiveness, letting go, establishing good habits, and rejoicing in all the good we've done. Move into the new year with your best intentions and best self. Episode 147: Letting Go and Looking Forward in the New Year On March 12, podcast host Scott Snibbe's book How to Train a Happy Mind with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be release worldwide. Book events in New York, California, and New Mexico will feature Scott with some of the great artists, authors and activists you’ve heard on the podcast like Robert Thurman, Laurie Anderson, and sujatha baliga. Go skepticspath.org for more details on the book and tour. Support the show

Duration:00:28:45

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

12/26/2023
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 the tape bow violin and the talking stick. She’s won the Grammy Award and many other honors, and is currently the subject of a fantastic solo show at the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. Episode 106: Laurie Anderson's Buddhism: Art, Meditation, and Death as Adventure On March 12, podcast host Scott Snibbe's book How to Train a Happy Mind with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be release worldwide. Book events in New York, California, and New Mexico will feature Scott with some of the great artists, authors and activists you’ve heard on the podcast like Robert Thurman, Laurie Anderson, and sujatha baliga. Go skepticspath.org for more details on the book and tour. Support the show

Duration:00:40:30

Dan Harris: Love, Skepticism, and the "Cheesy Upward Spiral" [rebroadcast]

12/19/2023
Dan Harris, former ABC News anchor and host of the hit podcast Ten Percent Happier, talks with Scott Snibbe about love, skepticism, Buddhism, and the "cheesy upward spiral." Episode 134: Dan Harris: Love, Skepticism, and the "Cheesy Upward Spiral" This is a rebroadcast of one of the year's most popular episodes. On March 12, podcast host Scott Snibbe's book How to Train a Happy Mind with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be release worldwide. Book events in New York, California, and New Mexico will feature Scott with some of the great artists, authors and activists you’ve heard on the podcast like Robert Thurman, Laurie Anderson, and sujatha baliga. Go skepticspath.org for more details on the book and tour. Support the show

Duration:00:41:50

RAFT Meditation with Dr. Katherine MacLean

12/12/2023
Dr. Katherine MacLean leads a meditation practice called RAFT: Remembering to be Aware of Feelings in your body and Trust your experience. Katherine says that mushrooms shared this practice with her as a way to help others access the space of psychedelics from a sober standpoint. Episode 146: RAFT Meditation with Dr. Katherine MacLean On March 12, podcast host Scott Snibbe's book How to Train a Happy Mind with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be release worldwide. Book events in New York, California, and New Mexico will feature Scott with some of the great artists, authors and activists you’ve heard on the podcast like Robert Thurman, Laurie Anderson, and sujatha baliga. Go skepticspath.org for more details on the book and tour. Support the show

Duration:00:17:27

Psychedelics, Meditation, and Buddhism with Dr. Katherine MacLean

12/5/2023
Ten years ago Dr. Katherine MacLean conducted the first scientific study of the combined effects of psychedelics with meditation. The encouraging results of the study showed the long-term beneficial effects these substances can have on our concentration, emotion regulation, openness, wellbeing, and happiness. In our conversation I learned what psychedelics have in common with meditation and how they can compliment one another. Katherine also shared when psychedelics aren't useful or even when they can be harmful. She offers careful advice as to when these substances might be of benefit and when they aren't. Episode 145: Psychedelics, Meditation, and Buddhism with Dr. Katherine MacLean On March 12, podcast host Scott Snibbe's book How to Train a Happy Mind with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be release worldwide. Book events in New York, California, and New Mexico will feature Scott with some of the great artists, authors and activists you’ve heard on the podcast like Robert Thurman, Laurie Anderson, and sujatha baliga. Go skepticspath.org for more details on the book and tour. Support the show

Duration:00:43:10

Mindful Awareness Meditation with Michael Sapiro

11/28/2023
Psychedelic psychotherapist Dr. Michael Sapiro leads a guided meditation on mindful awareness that connects you with the present moment and your senses. Episode 144: Mindful Awareness Meditation with Michael Sapiro On March 12, podcast host Scott Snibbe's book How to Train a Happy Mind with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be release worldwide. Book events in New York, California, and New Mexico will feature Scott with some of the great artists, authors and activists you’ve heard on the podcast like Robert Thurman, Laurie Anderson, and sujatha baliga. Go skepticspath.org for more details on the book and tour. Support the show

Duration:00:12:45

Psychedelic Psychotherapy with Michael Sapiro

11/21/2023
Psychedelics have been in the news a lot lately as a new way to help people work through otherwise intractable issues of grief depression and PTSD. Dr. Michael Sapiro is a psychedelic psychotherapist and researcher who has worked successfully with psychedelics in his practice for years. He focuses on helping combat vets and first responders overcome PTSD and other trauma; in his words, transforming worldly warriors into spiritual warriors. Listen to this episode to hear how psychedelic substances, meditation, and Buddhism have helped his patients overcome huge problems and open up to themselves and to the people around them. Episode 143: Psychedelic Psychotherapy with Michael Sapiro On March 12, podcast host Scott Snibbe's book How to Train a Happy Mind with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be release worldwide. Book events in New York, California, and New Mexico will feature Scott with some of the great artists, authors and activists you’ve heard on the podcast like Robert Thurman, Laurie Anderson, and sujatha baliga. Go skepticspath.org for more details on the book and tour. Support the show

Duration:00:50:03

War Meditation

11/14/2023
On several occasions I’ve heard people ask the Dalai Lama how to end war, and he’s always answered the same way: begin by trying to resolve the conflicts in your own life. But how do we do that? This meditation goes through some of the Buddhist approaches to understanding the causes of war, both in ourselves and others, and how we might eventually be free of them. Episode 142. War Meditation On March 12, podcast host Scott Snibbe's book How to Train a Happy Mind with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be release worldwide. Book events in New York, California, and New Mexico will feature Scott with some of the great artists, authors and activists you’ve heard on the podcast like Robert Thurman, Laurie Anderson, and sujatha baliga. Go skepticspath.org for more details on the book and tour. Support the show

Duration:00:31:48

Four Foundations of Mindfulness with Dr. David Kittay — A Guided Meditation

11/7/2023
Take an expansive tour through the four foundations of mindfulness in this sweeping guided meditation with Dr. David Kittay: mindfulness of body, feelings, mind, and mental objects. Guided Meditation: Four Foundations of Mindfulness with Dr. David Kittay Listen to our previous interviews with Dr. David Kittay here: Episode 77: Buddhism and Technology (Part 1) Episode 78: Buddhism and Technology (Part 2) On March 12, podcast host Scott Snibbe's book How to Train a Happy Mind with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be release worldwide. Book events in New York, California, and New Mexico will feature Scott with some of the great artists, authors and activists you’ve heard on the podcast like Robert Thurman, Laurie Anderson, and sujatha baliga. Go skepticspath.org for more details on the book and tour. Support the show

Duration:00:27:27

AI, Compassion, and Enlightenment with Dr. David Kittay

10/31/2023
Professor David Kittay talks with Scott Snibbe about whether we should treat AIs with compassion, whether we are living in a simulation, and whether technologically assisted enlightenment might be possible. Dr. David Kittay teaches philosophy, religion, and technology at Columbia University, where his students call his courses life changing. Dr. Kittay is also an author, a translator, and a Tibet House board member. His latest publication is the Vajra Rosary Tantra, available from Wisdom Publications. Episode 77: Buddhism and Technology with Dr. David Kittay Episode 78: Buddhism and Technology with Dr. David Kittay (Part 2) On March 12, podcast host Scott Snibbe's book How to Train a Happy Mind with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be release worldwide. Book events in New York, California, and New Mexico will feature Scott with some of the great artists, authors and activists you’ve heard on the podcast like Robert Thurman, Laurie Anderson, and sujatha baliga. Go skepticspath.org for more details on the book and tour. Support the show

Duration:01:00:25

The Natural Goodness of our Mind: Guided Meditation with Ven. Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald)

10/24/2023
A guided meditation by Ven. Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald) on the natural goodness of our mind, or Buddha nature. In this meditation we let go of all our negative, disturbing states of mind like anger, anxiety, or fear; and cultivate our positive mental qualities of compassion, wisdom, and courage. 36. Guided Meditation on the Natural Goodness of our Mind — Ven. Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald) On March 12, podcast host Scott Snibbe's book How to Train a Happy Mind with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be release worldwide. Book events in New York, California, and New Mexico will feature Scott with some of the great artists, authors and activists you’ve heard on the podcast like Robert Thurman, Laurie Anderson, and sujatha baliga. Go skepticspath.org for more details on the book and tour. Support the show

Duration:00:17:27