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Why do you meditate?
A few days ago, I was listening to a podcast episode of The Ezra Klein Show from 27 November last year, and there was something in it that really stood out to me. I’d found this podcast looking through the show’s back catalogue, and although I found the title a bit clunky (‘What Buddhism got right about the human brain’) I gave it a listen as I was interested to hear what Ezra’s guest had to say.
I would like to announce my intention to get a new meditation group together later this year in Invercargill. My personal circumstances are now such that facilitating a meditation group down here is once again viable. Anyone who is interested is encouraged to contact me.
Last month, I was invited to a Re~Collective online meeting, “…discussing the conversation that took place during the October 28th Sydney Insight Meditators meeting in which the focus was building, renewing and sustaining community.” I was able to review the SIM meeting minutes and a related article, Sanghas R Us, by Winton Higgins – and even to attend despite time zone confusion on my part.
Whether you practice on your own or are part of a group and you’re wanting additional support for your practice, you’re in Wellington or elsewhere, you’re welcome to take part in the One Mindful Breath online secular Buddhist practice sessions.
Meditation is simple, but not easy. As secular Buddhists we have a simple, valuable practice which we believe will be of benefit but one that is also not at all easy to do, and one that is not at all easy for many meditators to establish. None of us are practicing in a monastic environment, where meditation is scheduled into the daily routine and expert guidance is at hand. So what can we do to help establish a regular practice of meditation? In this article I make the analogy with another practice that I’ve been working to establish.
In this blog post I describe a simple formal practice of meditation on sounds, why it might be something that you should engage with, and how the experience went for me this morning when I practiced it.
Have you ever thought ‘What if I’m doing it wrong?’ We’ve all had that feeling when learning something new. This is no less true when the new activity is meditation.
This evening’s topic brings together a relatively recent current in the dharma world – secular dharma, aka ‘secular Buddhism’ – with the much older practice of insight meditation. Let’s first up get clear what each of these terms means before exploring their relationship.
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?