If you’re wanting a practice of meditation that is secular in orientation and framed by Buddhist ethical and philosophical values, you will most likely find yourself
- Trying to explore the role of mindfulness in embracing the suffering of life;
- Letting go of the dictates of reactivity;
- Experiencing the calm and clarity of spaciousness; and
- Cultivating creative engagement as a way of being in the world.
Brief meditation instructions
The purpose of meditation is personal transformation. The ‘you’ that goes in one side of the meditation experience is not the same ‘you’ that comes out the other side. Meditation changes your character by a process of sensitisation, by making you deeply aware of your own thoughts, words and deeds.
But don’t take our word for it – use the meditation instructions below and try it for yourself.
1 – Open meditation instructions (Winton Higgins) (6:14)
2 – Mindfulness of breathing (Stephen Batchelor) (26:22)
3 – Listening as a meditation practice (Stephen Batchelor) (24:04)
4 – Questioning – What is this? (Stephen Batchelor) (27:29)
A wonderful introduction to meditation, Martine Batchelor was speaking at the English Buddhist Library in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
Starting with meditation as cultivation, she looks at the ethics of meditation, at the notion of non-grasping, goes on to examine creative engagement and finally in the third video she looks at meditation in daily life.