- Creating a
Aotearoa New Zealand
CULTURE OF AWAKENING
Study course using talks
by Stephen Batchelor
Seven Monday evenings
21 Oct–2 Dec 2013
WellingtonMore information here
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This video is well worth watching again and again for those interested in grasping a bit more of both “Buddhism” (a misnomer as Stephen Batchelor points out) and “Secular Buddhism” (the latter is actually perfectly possible and does seem to get back to the roots of authentic “Buddhism”).
Mindfulness based training for health professionals – training mindfulness practice in a secular setting
Over the weekend of the fourth to the sixth of October, Glenn Wallis (Roshi, of Dunedin, not the translator) and I, Jim Hegarty, ran a mindfulness training course for health professionals in Auckland.
I invite anyone within the community to feel free to contact me (via email or on this forum) with questions around my support of children and parents in mindful practice and philosophy.
So did you believe that secular Buddhism originated in the USA, or perhaps in the southwest of France where Stephen Batchelor writes his books? Winton Higgins, in a brand new article, proposes some German roots of secular Buddhism. Accepted for publication in the journal Buddhismus aktuell, immediately before publication date major changes were requested which couldn’t be made in time.
I am convening a meeting in Alexandra with the hope of setting up an insight meditation/Buddhist wisdom group. This meeting is to be held on Monday 30th September from 7pm at Alexandra Community House. Can it work? Time will tell. Hopefully, people will come along.
People wanting to know about the study course Creating a Culture of Awakening due to start in October ask this question more than any other. My answer is generally – no, not knowing you (probably) and not being you (definitely) I am simply unable to suggest the right amount of money for you to contribute for a place on the course. It’s completely up to you, and the amount is not what’s important.
Secular Buddhism Aotearoa New Zealand has been accepted into membership of the New Zealand Buddhist Council, an incorporated society which brings together 28 Buddhist organisations. Comprising mainly groups of Asian migrants making a new home here, as a non-organisation and a non-charity, SBANZ is an associate member.
If you’d like to have a look at what scholars and Buddhist practitioners have been writing about the earliest forms of Buddhism, take a look at this web page.
What would occur if we stopped taking everything for granted? How would it feel to wake up in a fresh summer morning? It would perhaps feel like being in love when you are not yet used to it.
German philosopher Thomas Metzinger is a co-founder of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. In 2003 he published ‘Being No One’ in which he argues that no such things as selves exist in the world: nobody ever had or was a self. All that exists, he states, are phenomenal selves, as they appear in conscious experience. He argues that the phenomenal self, however, is not a thing but an ongoing process; it is the content of a ‘transparent self-model’,