Secular Buddhism



A podcast for secular-minded people who are interested in learning about Buddhist philosophy.


  • 188 - Examining the Beliefs That Drive Us

    28/04/2024 Duration: 24min

    In this introspective episode, Noah Rasheta shares personal updates about significant changes in his life over the past few months, including a career transition and a move to a new home. He explores the parallels between his new role in data infrastructure and the inner workings of the human mind, drawing insightful connections between hardware, software, and the beliefs that shape our experiences.Noah dives deep into the concept of the cognitive cycle, explaining how our beliefs influence our perceptions, thoughts, emotions, actions, and ultimately, our reality. He emphasizes the importance of examining and updating our beliefs, likening them to the software that runs on the hardware of our brains.Through relatable examples and personal anecdotes, Noah illustrates how our beliefs can impact our day-to-day lives, from fear of public speaking to the way we react to challenges. He encourages listeners to be introspective and mindful of the beliefs that drive their actions and to consider updating their "mental

  • 187 - The Unseen Teachers

    26/01/2024 Duration: 32min

    In this episode, I reflect on my transformative journey from intense frustration to effortless flying, drawing parallels between the challenges of paragliding and the introspective path of personal growth. Sharing insights from my experience with learning to ridge soar, I connect these adventures to the Buddha's spiritual quest, underscoring the essence of self-reliance and the lessons adversity teaches us. This episode is a reflection on the powerful, often unseen teachers we encounter in life, and how they shape our journey towards mastering not just skills, but the very art of living itself. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

  • 186 - Renunciation: Gaining Through Letting Go

    31/12/2023 Duration: 15min

    This episode discusses how renunciation is not merely about giving up material or physical pleasures but about a deeper understanding and release of attachments that cause suffering. The episode invites listeners to consider the ways in which they might be clinging too tightly to certain aspects of their lives and how letting go can lead to greater liberation and joy. Through personal anecdotes, practical tips, and thoughtful exploration of the middle way of attachment, the episode encourages contemplation of what we hold onto and what we might gain by learning to let go, emphasizing that renunciation is an ongoing, transformative process in the pursuit of a more meaningful life. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

  • Weathering the Storms Within

    02/10/2023 Duration: 26min

    In this episode, I delve into the landscape of our emotions, drawing parallels between the ever-changing sky and our internal world. Journey with me as we explore the transient nature of emotions, taking cues from the wisdom of ancient Buddhist teachings and insights from modern psychology. Learn how emotional agility can serve as a beacon, guiding us through life's inevitable storms with grace, resilience, and understanding. Featuring parables, contemporary analogies, and practical tips, this episode seeks to empower listeners to navigate their emotional world with greater awareness and intentionality. Whether you're seeking solace in turbulent times or simply aiming to deepen your emotional understanding, this episode offers a transformative perspective on embracing and mastering the dance of our emotions. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

  • Emotional Equanimity and Antifragility

    25/09/2023 Duration: 21min

    In this episode of the Secular Buddhism Podcast, Noah delves into the concept of emotional equanimity, likening it to the tale of monk Sona who learned to maintain a balanced approach to life's challenges, akin to finely tuning a musical instrument. Drawing from the Mangala Sutta and Nassim Nicholas Taleb's "Anti-Fragile," the episode emphasizes the value of antifragility, where challenges can enhance our emotional resilience, much like an astronaut needing physical stress to prevent muscle atrophy in space. Noah offers five tips for practicing emotional equanimity and underscores that true growth arises from facing, not avoiding, life's storms. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

  • Six Words of Advice

    11/09/2023 Duration: 14min

    Welcome back to the Secular Buddhism Podcast, a globally top-ranked Buddhist show. Today, best-selling author and host Noah Rasheta delves into the topic of Tilopa's Six Words of Advice. Tilopa's 'Six Words of Advice' provide meditation guidance for people of all levels, including both beginners and experienced meditators. Despite their apparent simplicity, these six instructions hold deep meanings. One can spend a lifetime studying these simple instructions and still uncover new insights. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

  • Unraveling Suffering: The Four Noble Truths Explained

    10/08/2023 Duration: 35min

    Prepare to step onto a path of transformation and liberation as we unravel the most fundamental teachings of Buddhism - the Four Noble Truths. I'll break down each of these foundational truths, venturing into the realm of life's inherent suffering, understanding its root cause, and most significantly, the very possibility of liberation from this suffering by letting go of craving and attachment.The first Noble Truth states that life is characterized by suffering or dissatisfaction, the second Noble Truth states that the cause of suffering is clinging or craving, driven by ignorance of the true nature of reality, the third Noble Truth is that it is possible to be free from suffering by letting go of craving and attachment, and the fourth Noble Truth is that there is a path that leads to the complete liberation from suffering, known as the Eightfold Path or the Middle Way Path. Understanding the Four Noble Truths is the first step to awakening and liberation in Buddhism. Hosted on Acast. See f

  • 181 - Redefining Kindness

    12/07/2023 Duration: 24min

    In the practice of self-kindness, we often overlook a profound truth: our relationship with ourselves sets the tone for our relationship with others. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

  • 180 - Meditation: The Pause Button for Habitual Reactivity

    16/05/2023 Duration: 29min

    In this episode, I delve deeper into how meditation acts as a massive pause button for the cycle of habitual reactivity. I'll explore beliefs, thoughts, emotions, feelings, actions, and consequences, discussing how they influence our lives and the lives of others. We'll look at how we can cultivate skillful habits through meditation or mindfulness. By taking a pause from our habitual ways of living, we can achieve powerful self-reflection and lasting change.We also examine the two primary types of meditation - fixed attention and open awareness - and why it's essential to practice both to create the Middle Way.So, take a break from your busy life and give this episode a listen! Let me explain how hitting the pause button in the cycle of reactivity can lead to a more balanced life. Make sure to stay tuned for my upcoming online course, where I'll share specific techniques for both types of meditation. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

  • 179 - Notice Your Thoughts

    28/03/2023 Duration: 32min

    "All experience is preceded by mind"; that is to say, our mind determines whether or not we suffer. Knowing that we can't escape the consequences of our actions and that actions originate with thoughts, this episode will explore how and why we should practice noticing our thoughts. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

  • 178 - The Four Investigations

    30/01/2023 Duration: 19min

    This is episode #178. The topic I have in mind for today is the teaching of "The Four Investigations." This is a teaching that comes from the Yogachara school of Buddhism. According to Yogachara teachings, the key to understanding reality is to understand the mind. There are four investigations we can explore that are intended to help us to have a correct view or understanding of reality. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

  • 177 - 10,000 Heroes Podcast Interview

    24/01/2023 Duration: 01h05min

    In this episode, I'll share the audio from an interview I did on the 10,000 heroes podcast. You can find the episode here: you interested in trekking with me to Everest Base Camp? Learn more at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

  • 176 - Working with our Propensities

    04/01/2023 Duration: 34min

    In this first episode of 2023, I will talk about propensities and our relationship to our propensities. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

  • 175 - The Two Truths

    02/11/2022 Duration: 25min

    What are the two truths?There is the Truth of how things really are, and the truth of how things seem to be. These are sometimes referred to as Absolute truth and Relative truth. Relative truths are always dependent on HOW we perceive them. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

  • 174 - Be Whatever You Already Are

    28/10/2022 Duration: 30min

    A deep sense of unsatisfactoriness arises anytime we want to be other than how we are. It takes skillful effort to BE WHATEVER WE ALREADY ARE. In this episode, I will share my thoughts on the process of befriending our thoughts, emotions, feelings, and ultimately ourselves. "No one to be""Nothing to do""Nowhere to go"Some of the Buddhist concepts/topics shared in this episode:EmptinessSignlessnessFormlessnessSuffering/UnsatisfactorinessInterdependent co-arisingImpermanenceTo join our online community, visit Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

  • 173 - The Causes Of Unsatisfactoriness

    02/10/2022 Duration: 34min

    Unsatisfactoriness exists and it has a cause. What is the cause of unsatisfactoriness? In this episode, I will talk about craving and the role it plays in how we feel about life. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

  • 172 - Practicing Acceptance

    25/09/2022 Duration: 33min

    Psychological acceptance is "the active embracing of subjective experience, particularly distressing experiences." In this episode, I will discuss practicing acceptance and using the OODA loop as decision-making tools to help us act more skillfully during difficult or stressful times. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

  • 171 - How To Feel Whole And Complete

    28/08/2022 Duration: 43min

    Something whole is comprised of ALL its undiminished parts or elements. We are a combination of our body and mind (hardware and software). The key to feeling whole is to understand and embrace all of the parts that make us who we are. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

  • 170 - The Five Remembrances

    28/06/2022 Duration: 41min

    The 5 remembrances are wake-up calls that help us to see more clearly, the nature of reality. They are wake-up calls that help us to live more intentionally and skillfully. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

  • 169 - 84000 Gates

    22/05/2022 Duration: 29min

    In this episode, I will share my thoughts about the 84,000 gates and the notion of Emptiness. In the last 2 episodes, I shared my thoughts around Signlessness and Aimlessness and now I will share my thoughts around Emptiness. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

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