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Author Archives: Ramsey Margolis
Visiting Wellington from Sydney at the end of April 2017, Winton Higgins has a busy week ahead of him.
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.
After coming together for four years as Simply Meditation, Wellington’s secular Buddhist community will have a new name from January 2017.
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.