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Buddhism in a nutshell

I’m supposed to take a risk and say in 25 words or less what Buddhism is. That of course is a very arrogant presumption on one level. But what I have concluded tentatively in recent years is to identify four points that the Buddha taught that cannot be derived from the socio-historical context of his time, in other words that are distinctively and non-controversially his own ideas.

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A study retreat in your own home

Here’s a suggestion – dedicate a couple of weekends to a study retreat in the comfort of your own home, practicing meditation and going in depth into a secular approach to Buddhism.

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Embrace Life – Stephen Batchelor’s 2014 Sydney workshop

Looking for a good introduction to the secular approach to Buddhism? Go to the Sydney Insight Meditation website if you would like to listen to the talks Stephen Batchelor gave at the weekend workshop in Sydney on 21 and 22 February this year with the title ‘Embrace Life’.

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‘Life is short,’ declare the wise

Rachel Kohn interviewed secular Buddhist teacher Stephen Batchelor on her Radio National programme The Spirit of Things during his recent visit to Sydney.

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Martine and Stephen Batchelor to teach in Australia

During February and March 2014, world-renowned Buddhist scholars, authors and teachers Martine and Stephen Batchelor will give talks, retreats and workshops in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Northern New South Wales, Brisbane and Cairns.

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Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism

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”).

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Community is something you create

A community is a network or a set of friendships and relationships that serve the individuation of each member of the community. I don’t see a conflict in realising one’s potential as an individual and belonging to and being an active participant within a community.

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Winton Higgins and Lloyd Geering in Conversation

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.

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A couple of years ago I thought that Stephen Batchelor had said what he had to say

A couple of years ago I thought that Stephen Batchelor had said what he had to say; he’d loosely but effectively articulated a secular Buddhism and now seemed to be just repeating himself. I was wrong.

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Journal of Global Buddhism

The 2012 edition of the online Journal of Global Buddhism has two articles of interest to those who incline toward a secular approach to Mr Gotama’s teachings.

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