Today my guest is Noah Rasheta. He’s a Buddhist teacher, lay minister and author, as well as the host of the podcast, Secular Buddhism. Noah teaches mindfulness and Buddhist philosophy online and in workshops all around the world. He works with others to make the world a better place as he studies, embodies, and teaches the fundamentals of Buddhist philosophy, integrating Buddhist teachings with modern science, humanism, and humor. He lives in Kamas, Utah with his wife and three kids. Noah and I have a very wide-ranging conversation. We talk about his passion for powered paragliding. We get into a little bit about how he’s achieved 2 million downloads on his podcast, what it means to live skillfully versus unskillfully, what it means to be awakened and enlightened. How to see deeply. He talks about in this how to use meditation, not to change yourself, but to befriend who you already are, and then also how mindfulness has helped him to change his relationship with his thoughts. I think that you’ll find something in this that will be very valuable for you.
00:02:22 – Powered paragliding.
00:04:24 – What’s life about?
00:07:40 – Substitute school bus driver.
00:15:34 – What spurred change.
00:19:05 – A quest for answers
00:24:4 – Non-religious Buddhism
00:26:38 – A clear lesson learned from paragliding.
00:37:21 – Lightning round.
00:42:54 – What are our expectations and where do they come from?
00:48:29 – Meditation and bubbling to the surface.
01:06:28 – 2 million downloads.
01:15:04 – Being asked to write.
01:20:46 – Writing without a team and other details.
01:34:25 – Podcasting details.
LINKS – (In order of appearance)
10% Happier by Dan Harris
The Dalai Lama
Rebel Buddha by Dzogchen Ponlop
Buddhism Without Beliefs by Stephen Batchelor
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche
Callisto Media (publisher)
Scrivener, Evernote, Ommwriter
Waking Up Podcast with Sam Harris
Hardcore History podcast with Dan Carlin
Noah recommended podcast links: How To #1 / How To #2