Ep 512 – No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners, P2


Posted August 8th, 2018

The four noble truths.  The eightfold path.  The dangers of dogmatism.  The suffering caused by over-attachment to an impermanent world.  This is the 2nd half of Glenn’s interview with Noah Rasheta, of the Secular Buddhism podcast, about his new book “No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners.”


  • I enjoyed the Buddha discussion more in spite of its secularity than because of it, but IMHO you can do more any time you want.

    I was going to be a dogmatic smart-ass and point out that “Buddha” is actually a title and that the guy’s name (as far as we know) was Siddhārtha Gautama, but Alan Watts covered that in one of his blurbs. Another designation, that the Buddha reportedly used to refer to himself, is “(the) Tathagata,” which I always got a kick out of because, depending on how you do the ligatures in Sanskrit (and apparently Pali), the same word means “he who has come thusly” or “he who has gone thusly,” or, in the parlance of Father Guido Sarducci, the Comin’ And A Goin’ Guy.

    There’s another group called The Secular Buddhist Association (http://secularbuddhism.org/). They, too, seem to be all about Buddhism you can embrace without removing your atheist leg irons. Are they any relation?

    • Gabriel von Himmel

      Ralph, as usual your research is impecibie: the “Father Guido Sarducci, the Comin’ And A Goin’ Guy”
      brought your inquiry to singularity without removing your atheist leg irons.
      Oh, thanks you . . .

  • David Parsons

    Great pair of podcasts! Noah spoke like he was in a constant state of enlightenment. Nice editing Glenn!