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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

Dr. Rick Hanson's Five Breaths Meditation

1/19/2021
Dr. Rick Hanson, best-selling author of Buddha’s Brain and Neurodharma, shares his "Five Breaths" neuroscience-based guided meditation. Dr. Rick Hanson's Five Breaths Meditation Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)

Duration:00:11:16

Dr. Rick Hanson, Author of Neurodharma and Buddha’s Brain

1/12/2021
Dr. Rick Hanson, best-selling author of Buddha’s Brain, Hardwiring Happiness, and Neurodharma, shares insights from neuroscience on how to grow our extraordinary potential for inner happiness without denying any of our pain. Interview with Dr. Rick Hanson, Author of Neurodharma and Buddha’s Brain Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)

Duration:01:05:39

Beginning the New Year with a Purification Meditation

1/5/2021
Our first episode of 2021 is a guided meditation on "purification": a healthy way to let go of regrets from the last year and make a realistic path to being our best self this year through forgiveness and self-acceptance. Episode 47: Beginning the New Year with a Purification Meditation Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)

Duration:00:37:11

Dr. Jay Garfield on Healthy Realities

12/29/2020
In this deep and fascinating interview with Dr. Jay Garfield on the connection between compassion and emptiness, he shows how, when we realize our interdependence on other beings, ideas, and the world around us, it helps us to dissolve our self-centered view and embrace the needs of all beings and the reality around us. Dr. Jay Garfield on Healthy Realities Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)

Duration:00:49:54

Meditation on Gratitude, Dedication, and Determination

12/22/2020
From the Buddhist, as well as the psychological and scientific perspectives, gratitude and dedication aren’t just polite bookends. The process of feeling gratitude and resolve creates the mental and neurological causes to actually become better people and to better serve the world. Meditation on Gratitude, Dedication, and Determination Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)

Duration:00:25:07

Secular Guided Meditation on the Buddhist Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lamrim)

12/8/2020
We’ve spent the better part of a year going step-by-step through a modern secular version of the major topics from Tibetan Buddhism’s Stages of the Path, what we call A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment. In Tibetan this sequence is called the lamrim. It’s a series of meditations that progressively move our mind to better understand itself, bring out our best qualities, and create the causes for a happy meaningful life. People who practice the Stages of the Path in the Tibetan style normally...

Duration:00:48:35

Guided Meditation: The Interdependent Self

11/24/2020
Who am I? From the Buddhist perspective, there’s a systematic way of asking this question of who you are in the form of a meditation on the ultimate nature of the self, or "emptiness." This meditation is said to be the strongest antidote to our disturbing states of mind and a cause for greater self-awareness, happiness, and connection with others. Episode 43: Guided Meditation — The Interdependent Self Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)

Duration:00:43:08

Who Am I?

11/17/2020
Are you your body? Are you your mind? Are you a collection of thoughts, memories, and neural connections that could be uploaded into a computer to live forever? Or are you an old-fashioned soul? This episode probes the nature of the self using the Buddhist notion of emptiness, searching for the partless, independent, unchanging "I" that ordinarily appears to us, and finding a self that's far richer and interconnected with reality and with others. Who Am I? Support the show...

Duration:00:53:39

Geshe Tenzin Namdak on the Mind, Disturbing Emotions, and the Ultimate Nature of Reality

11/4/2020
"Buddhism is not meant to make people Buddhist" Western Tibetan Buddhist master Geshe Tenzin Namdak on the mind, disturbing emotions, and emptiness, the ultimate nature of reality. Geshe Tenzin Namdak on the Mind, Disturbing Emotions, and the Ultimate Nature of Reality Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)

Duration:00:43:32

20-Minute Meditation on the Interdependent Nature of Reality

10/30/2020
Meditating on the interdependent nature of reality, or emptiness, breaks down the illusion of independent, partless, and unchanging objects; instead we observe their parts, causes, and our mind that wraps these with a label like phone, home, or our delicious dinner. 20-Minute Guided Meditation on the Interdependent Nature of Reality Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)

Duration:00:19:58

The Interdependent Nature of Reality

10/27/2020
The Buddhist understanding of how things exist breaks objects down into parts, causes, and a mind that bundles them into the illusion of a solid, singular, unchanging entity. When we apply this analysis to an iPhone, we see that it is made up of almost all the elements in the periodic table, and is connected to thousands of hours of hard labor and the entire history of our civilization, planet, and universe. The Interdependent Nature of Reality Support the show...

Duration:00:32:08

Guided Meditation: How Things Exist

10/20/2020
Objects around us ordinarily appear as if they are solid, singular, and separate from us. However, both science and the Buddhist understanding of reality show us that as we examine things more closely, they exist far more subtly and richly than they appear. This meditation focuses on an object most of us have strong feelings toward—our smartphone—breaking it apart into its myriad parts, and giving us a meditative glimpse of how it truly exists. This episode is the second in a series...

Duration:00:30:54

How Things Exist

10/13/2020
The Buddhist view on reality, called emptiness, combines the awe of scientific knowledge with the inner, experiential knowledge that comes from meditation and critical reasoning to arrive at a feeling of interconnectedness. How Things Exist Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)

Duration:00:32:28

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

10/6/2020
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. Guided Meditation on the Natural Goodness of our Mind — Ven. Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald) Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)

Duration:00:17:25

Venerable Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald) on The Natural Goodness of our Mind

9/29/2020
Venerable Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald), renowned author of How to Meditate and fully ordained Tibetan Buddhist nun, talks about the natural goodness of our mind, karma, and powerful analytical meditation mind training techniques for living a compassionate, meaningful life. Venerable Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald) on The Natural Goodness of our Mind Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)

Duration:00:32:46

Sympathetic Joy: Opening Your Heart to the Happiness of Others

9/22/2020
Sympathetic joy is an easy-to-understand meditation practice that expands our love and compassion by rejoicing in all the good things that others did today. It counteracts greed, jealousy, and envy, and can be done kicking back on the couch at the end of a hard day. Sympathetic Joy: Opening Your Heart to the Happiness of Others Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)

Duration:00:21:05

Be Willing to Get Woke - Interview with Dr. Jan Willis

9/15/2020
Dr. Jan Willis, renowned scholar and teacher of Buddhism, talks about race and racism through a Buddhist lens. She shares stories about growing up with racism in Birmingham, Alabama; marching with Dr. Martin Luther King there in 1963; brushes with the Black Panthers; her experience as one of the first Westerners to dive deeply into Tibetan Buddhism; and how we can compassionately combat systemic racism and Anti-Blackness today. Dr. Willis has a distinguished career as a scholar and teacher...

Duration:00:37:46

Universalizing: Transforming Pain and Pleasure into Love and Compassion

9/8/2020
One of the most powerful Tibetan Buddhist mind training techniques is universalizing, a practice that transforms everyday pains and pleasures into profound meditations. From arguing with the family to stuffing yourself with a delicious meal, life’s problems and pleasures can bring anger, guilt, and sadness. The meditation technique of “universalization” transform our everyday experiences of pleasure and pain into engines of love and compassion. Universalizing: Transforming Pain and Pleasure...

Duration:00:23:32

Guided Meditation: Universalizing our Problems and Pleasures

9/1/2020
A guided meditation on “universalizing,” a Tibetan Buddhist mind training technique for transforming our everyday problems and pleasures through love and compassion. Guided Meditation: Universalizing our Problems and Pleasures Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)

Duration:00:14:45

Guided Tonglen Meditation: Exchanging Yourself with Others

8/18/2020
Tonglen is a meditation practice that combines meditating on loving-kindness with meditating on compassion to release our own pain, suffering, and loneliness. In translation, tonglen practice can be called “taking and giving” or “exchanging self with other." Tonglen is one of the “mind training” techniques from Tibetan Buddhism that reverse our ordinary state of mind of selfishly seeking happiness and pleasure for ourselves and those close to us. Instead, we willingly open ourselves to the...

Duration:00:24:40