‘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.

continue reading »
Posted in Writing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Bodhi Institute to launch in 2016

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

continue reading »
Posted in Education, Retreats | Tagged | Leave a comment

The Dharma Bum | Atheist Alcoholic Freethinker Activist Buddhist Monk

Once upon a time, over a hundred years ago, there was a little boy born in the county of Dublin. An alcoholic, homeless tramp, he made his way as a beachcomber all the way from Japan to Burma where he was taken in by local Buddhist monks, he dried out, shaved his head and became a monk, making him the first ever white man in the world to do so.

continue reading »
Posted in Podcast, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Relationality is crucial for an intelligent and coherent secular Buddhism

A reflection on human relationality and why it is important, I’d argue essential, as a core consideration of the emergent notion of secular Buddhism. It does not enter the usual arena of this inquiry: rebirth, the validity of the discourses, and so on. Where it does answer will, I trust, speak for itself.

continue reading »
Posted in Writing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Online course – The Four Great Tasks: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age

From 27 May to 21 June 2015, I will be teaching an online course hosted by Realize Media titled The Four Great Tasks: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age.

continue reading »
Posted in Talks | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Mindfulness Teachers’ Meeting

Last February I posted a notice about a meeting of New Zealand mindfulness teachers. Well, the meeting has taken place and I thought I would share some feedback regarding the meeting.

continue reading »
Posted in Community | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Book review: Life’s Meandering Path

When an article in the Otago Daily Times last year described mindfulness as ‘the new black’, the writer’s tongue may have been in her cheek, but the fashion reference is a reminder of how the West can strip rich traditions of so much meaning that they risk becoming yet another fad.

continue reading »
Posted in books, Writing | Tagged | Leave a comment

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].

continue reading »
Posted in Meditation | Tagged , | 2 Comments

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.

continue reading »
Posted in Talks | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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.

continue reading »
Posted in Community, Talks | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment