Author Archives: Ramsey Margolis

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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Review of Secular Meditation by Rick Heller

‘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.

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Four week online meditation course

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.

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Glossary of dharma terms

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.

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Talks from a recent retreat

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.

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Learning Pali online

The University of South Wales is about to offer a module in Pali language as part of their MA in Buddhist Studies, but open to all.

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‘Classical’ vs ‘Secular’ Buddhism – Bhikkhu Bodhi faces a great divide

‘The contrast between Classical Buddhism and Secular Buddhism stems primarily from different ways of understanding the human condition,’ writes Pali translator Bhikkhu Bodhi in this article from the U.S. magazine Inquiring Mind.

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Bodhi College to launch October 2015

A groundbreaking new educational centre which will be offering residential courses and study programmes across Europe, Bodhi College will integrate early Buddhist theory with practice, with a view to understanding and applying these teachings in a contemporary context.

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