- Creating secular
Aotearoa New Zealand
BHIKKHU BODHI FACES
A GREAT DIVIDE
Prominent U.S. Pali translator contrasts 'Classical' and 'Secular' Buddhisms
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What is secular Buddhism, or a secular dharma? Recently, Wellington’s secular dharma practice community, One Mindful Breath, ran a successful study group which investigated this question. This is what we did.
After coming together for four years as Simply Meditation, Wellington’s secular Buddhist community will have a new name from January 2017.
There’s a new website at simplymeditation.org.nz. Simply Meditation is Wellington’s secular Buddhist community, a small group of people who are full of vitality and who enjoy coming along on a Wednesday evening to meditate, talk and laugh.
I’m going to be offering a few thoughts today on the practice of translating Asian texts, and how we discern that inadequately translated texts are misleading us, as dharma practitioners, in Aotearoa New Zealand today.
A neuropsychologist and the author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence, Rick Hanson was in New Zealand during January 2015 to give a talk in Auckland and teach full day workshops in Wellington and Christchurch.
I’ve been meditating regularly for a couple of years, firstly with an insight meditation group and more recently with the Simply Meditation secular Buddhist group in Wellington, and have been teaching Mindfulness Meditation for a year with Mindfulness Works gaining in confidence and experience in the process. In the middle of last year I decided I’d like to create something which went a little further than the Mindfulness Works courses. The course I designed runs over four Wednesday evenings from Wednesday February 11 at Wellington High School as part of their Community Education programme.
A report from Mark Sweeney and I on how we felt Stillness, & The Moving Image went, both the film festival and the short film competition, has just gone up on the festival website – what did you think of it?
A group of around a dozen friends, we come together on Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9pm upstairs at Newtown Community Centre, on the corner of Rintoul St and Colombo St in Newtown, Wellington.
In a little over a month from now, the film festival “Stillness, & The Moving Image” will be taking place at Nga Taonga Sound & Vision in Taranaki St, Wellington. A website for the festival can be found at www.stillnesscommafilmfestival.co.nz.