Ep 323 – Secular Buddhism


Posted November 12th, 2016

Take a break from all the post-election fallout.  Calm your mind.  Breathe.  And then listen in as Noah Rasheta delivers a talk to the Nautilus Community in Mesa, Arizona.  Noah is the host of the Secular Buddhism podcast. He addresses meditation practice, philosophy, how to break up 3 patterns (implied), and of course and secular buddhism.


  • RE: Noah’s inability to see Chris. There need to be Assumption Therapists: people who work with you to find and expose all of the assumptions you’ve made. It ranges from difficult through highly unlikely to downright impossible to recognize your own assumptions. They are the proverbial “elephants in the room.” In most cases there’s not an elephant in the room; there’s a whole friggn’ herd of them. You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting an elephant in the knee with it.

    It has been said by some that our world is is constructed entirely of assumptions, though it may be that is constructed more of the dances we do subconsciously around our assumptions to avoid acknowledging them. “Magic” tricks (street magic, theater magic, card tricks, etc.) work by taking advantages of assumptions we have made about what’s possible and what’s not, as well as what’s likely and what’s not. People like Penn and Teller and Ricky Jay can show you in five minutes or less that you don’t “know” half the stuff you thought you “knew.” Interestingly, some “magic” tricks don’t work very well on young kids, partly because they don’t yet make all of the assumptions that normal adults do and they don’t follow misleading narratives very well—they take everything too literally.

    Taken to it’s logical and largely unbelievable conclusion, if you found, recognized and acknowledged every assumption you are now or have ever labored under, your world would go—poof. Some Eastern masters say that’s a good thing. I don’t know that I’m ready for that, but it’s an interesting concept.

    If we can’t see Chris, what else can’t we see?

  • I’m a Board Member for Salt Lake Oasis — a secular group in SLC (not unlike Nautilus)— and we had Noah come speak to us as well. He did a great job of explaining buddhist thought and wisdom to a crowd that’s pretty skeptical of religion and is looking for practical reason-based ways to live. I was impressed with him and his presentation. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Jimbo

    I really liked this podcast, and think I will begin studying Buddhism now. Thank you Noah and Scott for making this available. Meditation just might be what I need.