Stillness, & The Moving Image

Doesn’t that sound a lot better than a ‘Secular Buddhist Film Festival’? A couple of us in Wellington have been talking about putting on a festival of films that people who are interested in mindfulness, meditation and a secular approach to Buddhism and other religious practices might find nourishing.

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Insight dialogue

A mindfulness meditation practice “off the cushion” which guides us when we’re in the midst of stressful situations and interactions in our daily lives, at work and with family and friends, insight dialogue is a methodical approach to listening and speaking that allows us to experience the wisdom of awareness.

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‘Life is short,’ declare the wise

Rachel Kohn interviewed secular Buddhist teacher Stephen Batchelor on her Radio National programme The Spirit of Things during his recent visit to Sydney.

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Working it out for myself

When I was younger, I didn’t like the Buddhists I met – and I’d still never call myself one – they seemed to be attempting to be good. That Buddhism would attract such fearful [of being bad] people is hardly surprising given that each factor of the eightfold path – in English – starts with […]

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Book reviews

From Alexandra, Jonathan Casbolt has contributed the first of what may well be a growing number of book reviews that will be listed on the Resources page. If there’s a book which you believe relevant to people looking to develop a secular approach to Buddhism that you would like to review let me know by email or through the Contact form.

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My Year of Living Without

At the beginning of January I decided to conduct an experiment that I’m calling 2014 – My Year of Living Without (hat tip to Leon Bahauta in San Francisco) and I invited my Wednesday evening meditation buddies here in Wellington to do this experiment with me.

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Winton Higgins in conversation

Noel Cheer interviewed Winton Higgins for his ‘In Conversation’ programme on FaceTV in February 2013 during Winton’s visit to New Zealand. They had both just arrived in Auckland from the Sea of Faith conference in Hastings. Well worth watching, you can see this on the video page.

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Meditating with Chaotic Inner Conflict

Sitting down to meditate and having a slew of thoughts rush into your head, and then doing nothing about it, when you know you can settle your mind a bit first, may seem crazy and unreasonable. What is the advantage of letting thoughts and emotions build and consume you at the beginning of a meditation sitting? Why not first calm your mind down with a practice of following the breath, using a mantra, reciting some phrases, or any means by which you can get settled?

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Martine and Stephen Batchelor to teach in Australia

During February and March 2014, world-renowned Buddhist scholars, authors and teachers Martine and Stephen Batchelor will give talks, retreats and workshops in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Northern New South Wales, Brisbane and Cairns.

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My 6 Days at a Vipassana Retreat

Yep folks, I lasted 6 days out of the 10 day retreat. The longest 6 days of my life. I had looked forward to this retreat with a mixture of excitement and trepidation since I booked it, 3 months ago. I knew it would be hard work, but that was ok if I were to get some of the results I’d read people get, from a 10 day Vipassana retreat.

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