In this video interview recorded in June 2020, Paul discusses ‘Buddhist’ meditation practices with Ted Meissner. The interview is based upon Paul’s book Darwin Meets the Buddha. The basic point is this: mindfulness and awareness allow us to see our own thoughts and emotions arising in real time. This allows us to observe how our mind frequently distorts our perceptions, and thereby distorts our interactions with our fellow humans, not to mention our entire life entire situation. The mind is not a video recorder. Rather, it usually offers us a drama (or ‘story line’) that presents quite an inaccurate interpretation of our own lives. We can escape this confusion by using mind-training practices that were taught by the Buddha several thousand years ago. This kind of mind training need not be called a religious activity at all — or, if it is ‘spiritual’, it is certainly different from how most people understand the meaning of that word. Paul and Ted discuss how this secular approach to life is rooted in human evolution. They also discuss how modern people might employ the Buddha’s teachings without adopting a medieval world view or an exotic foreign culture.
The Secular Buddhist Association will present this interview as a podcast in 2020, and the link will be provided here when available.