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Author: Noah Rasheta

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Don't use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist. Use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are.




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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 software" to better navigate life's complexities.Join Noah on this thought-provoking journey as he shares valuable insights from his own life experiences and invites listeners to reflect on the interconnectedness of their thoughts, emotions, and actions in the pursuit of inner peace and personal growth. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 acast.com/privacy for more information.
"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 acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 acast.com/privacy for more information.
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: https://pod.link/1565667158/episode/f438b75d2dfc86e40c526270a4cd4975Are you interested in trekking with me to Everest Base Camp? Learn more at mindfultrekking.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In this first episode of 2023, I will talk about propensities and our relationship to our propensities. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
175 - The Two Truths

175 - The Two Truths

2022-11-0225:071

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 acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 secularbuddhism.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 acast.com/privacy for more information.
169 - 84000 Gates

169 - 84000 Gates

2022-05-2229:27

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 acast.com/privacy for more information.
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Shawna

today is always the yesterday of tomorrow ...

May 31st
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Duncan Biscuit

does this podcast even get updated anymore

Apr 12th
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lisa kurtz

the dust if you must poem, wow that got me. just yesterday was considering how little time I devote to relaxing and enjoyment bc there's always a chore to get done. it's never ending, yet my life will end and I don't want to look back seeing only chores.

Nov 22nd
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lisa kurtz

wonderful podcast. easy to understand. and the host has a very pleasant voice which makes the listen even more enjoyable. 5 stars

Nov 22nd
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lisa kurtz

the 2 arrows. what a very useful analogy.

Nov 15th
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Shawna

"the greatest thing you will ever get is realizing there is nothing to get" so powerful!!!

Jun 29th
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Shawna

"we only exist in the present moment" so powerful!!!

Jun 5th
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Shawna

thank you for reminding me to pause when dealing with difficult emotions

May 23rd
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Shawna

your episodes are always so helpful . Thank you!!

Apr 22nd
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Shawna

show up and be you!!! going to remind myself of this daily

Feb 13th
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Shawna

so powerful!!!

Feb 13th
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Shawna

these episodes are so helpful and help me look at the world differently and react in a positive way.. Thank you!!!

Feb 10th
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Shawna

excellent episode. thank you for sharing. we are blinded to so many things in life

Jan 27th
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Corcelim

I like that Tetris analogy! I'm going to keep it in mind going forward!😊

Mar 9th
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Jenny Mummert

excellent teaching. thank you.

Jan 17th
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Ves

Sending condolences and love!

Jun 27th
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Deirdre

Hey I live near Park City. Do you have classes or community gatherings?

Jun 22nd
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TruthSeeker

Sorry for your losses Noah

Apr 27th
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Ves

This is a beautiful concept that I’ve been coming to terms with for awhile now and I’m so grateful for this episode..kind of concretes what I’ve been doing/thinking! I will definitely check out the community as well(: missed you!

Mar 16th
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TruthSeeker

Thanks Noah, love your podcasts 🙂

Feb 7th
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