Killing The Buddha

Killing The Buddha is another recent Sam Harris blog. http://www.samharris.org/site/full_text/killing-the-buddha/ I generally agree with what Sam is saying in it this post [Buddhism would benfit from taking out the irrational elements] but can’t help thinking that criticizing religions is too narrow and somewhat misses the point of the difficulty he is referring to; superstition, blind […]

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Sam Harris: Waking Up

Sam Harris best known for being part of a group of four who beat a very loud drum against religion. What is less known is that Harris a very experienced meditator and he’s about to publish a new book, Waking Up: A guide to Spirituality Without Religion.

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In the next three minutes

You can … make a 30 second to two minute long video on the topic of ‘stillness’ and submit it as an entry to the short film competition, or…

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A study retreat in your own home

Here’s a suggestion – dedicate a couple of weekends to a study retreat in the comfort of your own home, practicing meditation and going in depth into a secular approach to Buddhism.

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Invitation – 108 days of practice

The Zen group I sit with has a retreat (Sesshin) every spring. Last Wednesday, among our discussions after zazen we briefly talked about the idea of making a commitment to sit everyday for 108 days.

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Short Film Competition

As part of the film festival which will be happening in Wellington in October 2014 titled Stillness, & The Moving Image, you have an opportunity to create a short film between 30 seconds and two minutes on the topic of ‘stillness’.

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Busy life meditation

From Joseph Goldstein:

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Meditating with eyes open

This is also in the Sam Harris blog I posted earlier. I’m putting it in separately because I think it’s such an important notion to consider.

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Meditation

“People who haven’t tried to meditate have very little sense that their minds are noisy at all. And when you tell them that they’re thinking every second of the day, it generally doesn’t mean anything to them.

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Embrace Life – Stephen Batchelor’s 2014 Sydney workshop

Looking for a good introduction to the secular approach to Buddhism? Go to the Sydney Insight Meditation website if you would like to listen to the talks Stephen Batchelor gave at the weekend workshop in Sydney on 21 and 22 February this year with the title ‘Embrace Life’.

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