Author Archives: Ramsey Margolis

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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A secular approach to the dharma will take how long to develop?

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.

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Being Completely Human – a study course in secular Buddhism

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.

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3 useful articles

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.

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Blowing my own trumpet

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.

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Free Thinking – Rana Mitter in conversation with Stephen Batchelor

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’.

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Bringing together people to practice the dharma

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.

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