Author Archives: Ramsey Margolis

Noah Rasheta interviews Stephen Batchelor

A lightly edited transcript of an interview given by Stephen Batchelor to Noah Rasheta for his podcast ‘Secular Buddhism’ which was published on 14 September 2017, this has been posted here with permission from both interviewer and interviewee. Their conversation makes an excellent introduction to secular Buddhism.

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Can anyone spot an initial capital letter?

In a Burmese square script called Magyi-zi, or ‘tamarind seed script’, blocks such as this in the Pali language, used in the earliest Buddhist texts, were commissioned by a Sri Lankan family when a son entered a Buddhist monastery, for use in the ordination ceremony.

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Online, together, meditating, secular

Whether you practice on your own or are part of a group and you’re wanting additional support for your practice, you’re in Wellington or elsewhere, you’re welcome to take part in the One Mindful Breath online secular Buddhist practice sessions.

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Secular Buddhism and the the politics of decency

Is this talk – for you – a good expression of a contemporary secular Buddhist approach to political and social issues?

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Winton Higgins’ week in Wellington

Visiting Wellington from Sydney at the end of April 2017, Winton Higgins has a busy week ahead of him.

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False starts and blind alleys – bringing secular dharma practitioners together

Nothing is permanent. This includes the ways we come together as dharma practitioners. Without a dharmic Google Maps to show us the way, we are continually developing our understanding of what it means to be part of a community of secular meditation practitioners.

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Training Buddhist chaplains

In 2013, New Zealand Buddhist Council and Amitabha Hospice started training the first intake of applicants in the first of a three-stage process that was intended to train this country’s first locally-trained cohort of Buddhist chaplains.

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Wellington’s Simply Meditation has a new name

After coming together for four years as Simply Meditation, Wellington’s secular Buddhist community will have a new name from January 2017.

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Awakening community – a weekend workshop

The workshop Awakening Community which will be taking place in Sydney on November 12 & 13 will look at the contemporary relevance of Buddhist practice. The SIM newsletter editor spoke with Winton Higgins, one of the workshop teachers, to find out how he sees the relevance of the dharma in our current context.

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De-Mystifying Mindfulness – an online course

Mindfulness is big business; for millions of people around the world it has become a lifestyle choice, enhancing and enriching everyday experience. The University of Leiden in the Netherlands has put together a course in English and made it available free online through

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