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A group of around 8 people is meeting at 80 Chartwell Ave, Glenfield [on Auckland’s North Shore] every two weeks. We have a 40 minute sitting meditation and then some discussion.
For three days in late March, nine women and 23 men came together in Barre, Massachusetts to discuss Secular Buddhism, the growing tendency which emphasises the practical applications of Buddhist ideas and sidesteps – or drops – the religiosity of the various Asian styles of Buddhism that have been transplanted into the West over the past century.
It had to happen: after a little over a year the Wellington Wednesday evening sit has outgrown the living room. From Wednesday 10 April it will be taking place in the Kilbirnie Plunket rooms at 620 Evans Bay Parade, starting at 7:30pm.
To a spectator, meditation must seem like the most utterly selfish practice imaginable: a group of people, their eyes shut to the world, listening to their thoughts, observing their minds, noting their feelings. How wonderfully paradoxical, then, that when practised consistently it can lead to an marvellous sense of connectedness with all beings, an openness to life, and a delight in generosity.
This Saturday, 9th March, from 11am to 12pm, there will be a 40 min meditation [and some discussion afterwards] at 80 Chartwell Ave Glenfield, Auckland.
Wanting people to focus on his teachings rather than him as a person or a teacher, Mr Gotama asked that no images be made in his memory. For several hundred years after his death, the Buddha’s life and his teachings were represented by the bodhi tree under which he awoke, an empty chair, by footprints, and possibly also other images.
Meditation and discussion, this Saturday, 11am to 1pm 80 Chartwell Ave, Glenfield, Auckland All welcome call Tony 021 067 0974 or send an email if you’d like to know more.
If you weren’t able to make it to St Andrew’s on The Terrace in Wellington on Friday 15 February, you can watch Lloyd Geering and Winton Higgins’ conversation live in the comfort of your own home.
Burmese meditation teacher Sayadaw U tejaniya is coming to New Zealand in November. He’ll be at Te Moata rettreat Centre on the Coromandel Penninsular for a 10 day retreat.
It will be wonderful to welcome Winton to Wellington one week from now. He’ll be in conversation with Lloyd Geering at St Andrew’s on The Terrace on the Friday evening and leading a secular Buddhist weekend workshop at 31 Hobson Crescent in Wellington which has the title ‘Making the Most of Being Human’.