Author Archives: Ramsey Margolis
A dharma that westerners could easily relate to arrived in the West in the 1960s, just fifty years ago, so despite the relative difference in the speed of change in these different societies it really is too early to claim that we have evolved it into a secular form which is well and truly integrated into our lives.
A group of people from Simply Meditation will shortly be holding the first of eight discussions around a series of talks by Stephen Batchelor and Roshi Joan Halifax from a retreat titled Being Completely Human, Secular Buddhism and Beyond.
The March 2016 Bodhi College newsletter contains links to longer articles by three of the four core members of the college faculty, Ancincano M. Weber, John Peacock and Stephen Batchelor. As there’s no facility to discuss them on the Bodhi College website, feel free to comment on them here.
There’s a new website at simplymeditation.org.nz. Simply Meditation is Wellington’s secular Buddhist community, a small group of people who are full of vitality and who enjoy coming along on a Wednesday evening to meditate, talk and laugh.
In February 2016, BBC radio presenter Rana Mitter had a wide-ranging discussion with Stephen Batchelor for the BBC Radio 3 flagship arts and ideas programme ‘Free Thinking’.
If, like a number of people from around the world, you’re considering setting up a secular buddhist group in your community the first thing I will recommend to you is this: think small and start simple.
‘Secular meditators remain inquisitive and critical toward all meditation approaches,’ according to Rick Heller. His new book Secular Meditation: 32 Practices for Cultivating Inner Peace, Compassion, and Joy has been reviewed by Sylvie Vanasse, a coach, counsellor and facilitator who is a member of Beaches Sangha.
Linda Modaro and Jason Siff are planning to teach a four week online recollective awareness meditation course from June 25 to July 22, 2016. This online course will have an introductory track and an intermediate one running at the same time.
The glossary of dharma terms on this website has been updated. It sets out to explain terms commonly used in dharma (‘Buddhist’) circles in plain English, in particular those which newcomers may find difficult to grasp. Your thoughts are most welcome.
Helping you to put the notion of a secular dharma into practice, here are some talks given at a retreat led by Martine and Stephen Batchelor at Gaia House, Devon between 18 and 24 July 2015.