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A Skeptic's Path to Enlightenment

Scott Snibbe
67 episodes
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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Mindfulness and Grief

Lily Meyersohn is a talented young author newly out of college that I met recently who’s written eloquently about grief, family, youth, and relationships. She’s our guest this week sharing her journey experiencing grief first hand with her family and friends, and the hesitance she’s feeling as spri…

10 Minute Breath Meditation

A 10 minute guided meditation on the breath with mindfulness and open awareness. 10 Minute Breath Meditation Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)

10 Minute Body Meditation

A 10 minute guided meditation on the body, relaxing into the open connection between body and mind through mindful awareness. 10 Minute Body Meditation Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)

Scott Tusa's Guided Meditation on Open Awareness

Scott Tusa leads a guided meditation on open awareness, allowing feelings and thoughts to arise in our body and mind without fixation or judgment. Scott Tusa's Guided Meditation on Open Awareness Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)

Scott Tusa on Meditation and Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Scott Tusa , mindfulness and Buddhist meditation teacher, talks with us on balancing a committed life of a Buddhist practitioner with the everyday life of work, friends, and family. He also shares some of the common challenges people face in meditation, and constructive, compassionate ways that we …

Why Mindfulness?

Could the true cause of happiness be simply thinking about whatever we are doing at the moment, what meditators call mindfulness? Why Mindfulness? Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)

Vicki Mackenzie on Groundbreaking Buddhist Nuns Tenzin Palmo and Freda Bedi

Acclaimed author Vicki Mackenzie on the extraordinary lives of pioneering Buddhist nuns Tenzin Palmo and Freda Bedi, and the bias and prejudice they faced in a system that for thousands of years excluded women from the full path to enlightenment. Vicki Mackenzie on Groundbreaking Buddhist Nuns Tenz…

What Happens When You Die?

What happens when you die? No one knows for sure. But the Tibetan Buddhist system describes a precise series of steps that our consciousness may experience as we die, which we can explore in a meditation to probe the boundary of life and death with curiosity and wonder. What Happens When You Die? S…

Where Did I Come From?

The idea of past lives may not make make sense, and isn’t scientifically verifiable. But still, the question of what we might have been before our conception is one worth asking. Where did I come from? Where Did I Come From? Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)

Birth, Death, and Infinity

I want to tell you a story about birth and death and infinity. We’re all born and we’re all going to die, but I don’t know how many of you have ever felt a connection to infinity. I want to tell you about the time in my life when I felt this connection to infinity every day. And I also want to tell…

Meditation on Loving-Kindness and Compassion with Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

A short guided meditation on loving-kindness and compassion by Tibetan Buddhist lama, author, and abstract painter Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. Meditation on Loving-Kindness and Compassion with Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche on Patience, Compassion, and Art

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, renowned Tibetan Buddhist lama, author, and abstract expressionist painter talks about the mind, compassion, patience, and art. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche on Patience, Compassion, and Art Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)

Stephen Butler on Openness, Gentleness, and Mr. Rogers' Buddhism

Our podcast producer finally steps in front of the mic! Stephen Butler, producer of Grammy-nominated Indigenous and Native American music on gentleness, openness, and the Buddhism of Mr. Rogers. Stephen Butler on Openness, Gentleness, and Mr. Rogers' Buddhism Support the show (https://www.skeptic…

10 Minute Meditation on Love

A 10-Minute guided meditation on love shows us how to expand our love for our partner and family to a loving-kindness that embraces all beings. 10 Minute Meditation on Love Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)

I Want to Know What Love Is

If you want to know what love is, search beyond eighties songs to the wisdom of Buddhist loving-kindness that expands our love to all beings while also deepening our connection to our partner and family. This special Valentine's Day episode on love asks great Buddhist teachers the question of what …

Ten Questions for Dr. Robert Thurman (Part 2)

Part two of our mind expanding interview with Buddhist scholar and author Dr. Robert Thurman, who shares what is a healthy kind of ego, how to be a Buddhist without belief, and a powerful vision of enlightenment and Nirvana. Ten Questions for Dr. Robert Thurman (Part 2) Support the show (https://w…

Ten Questions for Dr. Robert Thurman (Part 1)

Buddhist scholar Dr. Robert Thurman answers 10 profound questions: What is the nature of time? What is enlightenment? Why is there no evidence for "nothing?" What is a psychonaut? And why is it important to be skeptical of both Buddhism and science? Join us for this first half of a wonderful conver…

Dr. Rick Hanson's Five Breaths Meditation

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/)

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

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 S…

Beginning the New Year with a Purification Meditation

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…

Dr. Jay Garfield on Healthy Realities

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 …

Meditation on Gratitude, Dedication, and Determination

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 Gr…

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

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 …

Guided Meditation: The Interdependent Self

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…

Who Am I?

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 par…

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

"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://ww…

20-Minute Meditation on the Interdependent Nature of Reality

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 t…

The Interdependent Nature of Reality

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…

Guided Meditation: How Things Exist

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…

How Things Exist

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/)