Category Archives for Dharma study

Barcelona – dharma 2.0, a course in secular Buddhism

During the course dharma 2.0, we will articulate a contemporary vision of meditation and practical Buddhist philosophy in an integrative and accessible but also an exhaustive way.

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After Buddhism, a workbook

The Tuwhiri Project is a new social enterprise that has been set up to create educational resources for secular Buddhists. It consists of Pete Cowley and myself (Ramsey Margolis) in Wellington with Winton Higgins and Margaret Tung in Sydney. We are seeking your support to produce, print, distribute and promote our first book, After Buddhism: a workbook.

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Not-self and the narcissism epidemic

Western countries accord their citizens the freedom to practise the religion of their choice. But also as harbingers of the narcissism epidemic, they give Buddhists an extra incentive to practise ardently, in order to remain in good non-narcissistic health and so live skilful, fulfilling lives – including the nurturing of deep relationships.

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Did Gotama intend to start a religion?

These two questions were posted to an online interactive session with Stephen Batchelor during a Bodhi College course in December 2016.

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The ten undeclared topics

Known as the ten undeclared topics, these are the statements that Gotama, the Buddha, refused to give a view on.

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Can anyone spot an initial capital letter?

In a Burmese square script called Magyi-zi, or ‘tamarind seed script’, blocks such as this in the Pali language, used in the earliest Buddhist texts, were commissioned by a Sri Lankan family when a son entered a Buddhist monastery, for use in the ordination ceremony.

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Are secular Buddhists modern or traditional?

What is secular Buddhism, or what are secular Buddhisms? Is secular Buddhism the same as modern Buddhism, or Buddhist modernism? How different is it from traditional Buddhisms? Are individual secular Buddhists modern or traditional?

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Introduction to secular dharma – a study group

What is secular Buddhism, or a secular dharma? Recently, Wellington’s secular dharma practice community, One Mindful Breath, ran a successful study group which investigated this question. This is what we did.

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Awakening community – a weekend workshop

The workshop Awakening Community which will be taking place in Sydney on November 12 & 13 will look at the contemporary relevance of Buddhist practice. The SIM newsletter editor spoke with Winton Higgins, one of the workshop teachers, to find out how he sees the relevance of the dharma in our current context.

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De-Mystifying Mindfulness – an online course

Mindfulness is big business; for millions of people around the world it has become a lifestyle choice, enhancing and enriching everyday experience. The University of Leiden in the Netherlands has put together a course in English and made it available free online through coursera.org.

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