- Creating secular
Aotearoa New Zealand
BHIKKHU BODHI FACES
A GREAT DIVIDE
Prominent U.S. Pali translator contrasts 'Classical' and 'Secular' Buddhisms
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After coming together for four years as Simply Meditation, Wellington’s secular Buddhist community will have a new name from January 2017.
There’s a new website at simplymeditation.org.nz. 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.
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.
Filling in the gaps between religion and philosophy – is this what a secular approach to Buddhism does?
Do you think there is a discussion to be had about how a secular approach to Buddhism fits into the space between religion and philosophy? Human ‘beliefs’ about the nature of consciousness and of free will are very diverse. What importance do you think this diversity makes to our ability to build a strong sense of a community bound by ethics rather than faith?
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.
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.
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.
There are four grounds for the bonds of fellowship, four qualities which will help community building. Which four?
We have now established a small secular buddhist community in Invercargill. We meet on Monday evenings and all are welcome, regardless of traditional background.
Napier’s secular insight meditation group meets from 5.30pm on the second and fourth Sundays of the month at the Hawke’s Bay Tibetan Buddhist Centre ‘Phuntsok Choeling’ on Herschell Street.