Hardwiring Happiness with Rick Hanson

A neuropsychologist and the author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence, Rick Hanson will be in New Zealand during January, giving a talk in Auckland and teaching full day workshops in Wellington and Christchurch.

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New Wellington community education course on Mindfulness Meditation

I’ve been meditating regularly for a couple of years, firstly with an insight meditation group and more recently with the Simply Meditation secular Buddhist group in Wellington, and have been teaching Mindfulness Meditation for a year with Mindfulness Works gaining in confidence and experience in the process. In the middle of last year I decided I’d like to create something which went a little further than the Mindfulness Works courses. The course I designed runs over four Wednesday evenings from Wednesday February 11 at Wellington High School as part of their Community Education programme.

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Online secular Buddhism study course

Use this structured study course on secular Buddhism to study on your own at home or with friends. It is made up of a series of recorded talks by Stephen Batchelor with study guides used at Upaya Sangha of Tucson from September through December 2014.

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Film festival and competition – how it went

A report from Mark Sweeney and I on how we felt Stillness, & The Moving Image went, both the film festival and the short film competition, has just gone up on the festival website – what did you think of it?

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Why Recollect After a Meditation Sitting

Here are five reasons why recollecting your meditation sittings is essential for developing an open, unstructured meditation practice.

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Pithy quotes

Jan asked everyone in the sitting group here in Wellington to bring along some of our favourites quotes to share with some food and drink tonight, the final sit of the year.

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4 Bonds of Fellowship that Help Build Community

There are four grounds for the bonds of fellowship, four qualities which will help community building. Which four?

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‘Against Productivity’ – an essay by Quinn Norton

I have great pleasure in finding examples of mindfulness in places other than secular Buddhist explanations of the Buddhist tradition. As a European New Zealander who has left it far too late ever to be a serious student of Buddhism, examples that speak directly to me of what meditation is all about can easily be found in the secular and Western world.

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New group in Invercargill

We have now established a small secular buddhist community in Invercargill. We meet on Monday evenings and all are welcome, regardless of traditional background.

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Waking Up: A Review

I still remember my excitement on encountering, in Sam Harris’ first book, The End of Faith, the suggestion that it would be possible to enjoy many of the benefits which people had traditionally sought from religion without the need to embrace religion itself. Buddhist meditiation was one of the practices Harris mentioned as a specific example of wisdom that could be extracted from its religious context. “I wonder if anybody is actually doing anything like that?” I remember asking myself.

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