Using mindfulness to reduce anxiety, go to sleep etc

From time to time I’ve heard participants at retreats etc mention the reason they want to learn meditation is to reduce/manage their anxiety [a couple of my friends dabbled in meditation (they never really became meditators) because they hoped meditating would reduce their anxiety – it didn’t and they no longer meditate].

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Inadequately translated texts can be misleading

I’m going to be offering a few thoughts today on the practice of translating Asian texts, and how we discern that inadequately translated texts are misleading us, as dharma practitioners, in Aotearoa New Zealand today.

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A Gathering for NZ Mindfulness Facilitators and Teachers

You are invited to attend a meeting of those teaching and facilitating mindfulness throughout New Zealand. We are fortunate to have a wide range of attendees including those with experience in traditional mindfulness practices, and those teaching mindfulness with children, in mental health settings, in business and with the general public.

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Disrobing – the challenge of letting go, the courage to come back home

Working as a nurse with terminally ill people, Sophie Boyer discovered meditation. After several long retreats, she became a Buddhist nun but disrobed a couple of years later, finding that disrobing came with more challenges than she expected. Born in France in 1972, Sophie is a student of Martine Batchelor.

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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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