Blowing my own trumpet

There’s a new website at simplymeditation.org.nz and I’d like you to go take a look at it. 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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Awakening in the real world

The Buddha left us with some invaluable pointers about how to direct our spiritual ambition so we recognise what’s important and don’t drive it into dead ends. The four great tasks, and the eightfold path in particular, articulate these pointers to awakening. But was the Buddha ultimately concerned not so much with individual awakenings as a communal development towards a new civilisation based on a shared awakening?

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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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Review of Steven Batchelor’s After Buddhism

After Buddhism: Rethinking the dharma for a secular age by Stephen Batchelor (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015. 381 pp.) will focus discussion around a secular Buddhism and dharma renewal for years to come. Anyone with an interest in these subjects will need to know it.

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Ten theses of secular dharma

The ten theses that appear here constitute the final part of the last chapter of After Buddhism: Rethinking the dharma from the ground up, A Culture of Awakening.

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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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Heidegger for dharma wallahs

Well, you asked for it: a commissioned talk on that notoriously impenetrable philosopher, Martin Heidegger, whom I’ve mentioned on various occasions as someone who can help us express something that’s foundational to the dharma, but rarely articulated.

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