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BHIKKHU BODHI FACES
A GREAT DIVIDE
Prominent U.S. Pali translator contrasts 'Classical' and 'Secular' Buddhisms
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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.
As part of the film festival which will be happening in Wellington in October 2014 titled Stillness, & The Moving Image, you have an opportunity to create a short film between 30 seconds and two minutes on the topic of ‘stillness’.
Doesn’t that sound a lot better than a ‘Secular Buddhist Film Festival’? A couple of us in Wellington have been talking about putting on a festival of films that people who are interested in mindfulness, meditation and a secular approach to Buddhism and other religious practices might find nourishing.
A mindfulness meditation practice “off the cushion” which guides us when we’re in the midst of stressful situations and interactions in our daily lives, at work and with family and friends, insight dialogue is a methodical approach to listening and speaking that allows us to experience the wisdom of awareness.
At the beginning of January I decided to conduct an experiment that I’m calling 2014 – My Year of Living Without (hat tip to Leon Bahauta in San Francisco) and I invited my Wednesday evening meditation buddies here in Wellington to do this experiment with me.
On Sunday 5 May, progressive Christian churches worldwide will be celebrating Pluralism Sunday. I’ve been asked to address the congregation at St Andrews on The Terrace in Wellington by the minister, Rev Dr Margaret Mayman. She’s asked me to offer some thoughts about my ‘faith journey as a secular Buddhist’ during the ‘reflection time’. Reflection time is a lovely way of describing what used to be called a sermon.
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.
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.
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’.
A new video by Stephen Batchelor is now available on the videos page of this website and on our youtube channel.
Being Completely Human – Buddhist Practice in a Post-Christian World was the subject of a talk given by Stephen Batchelor on 27 February 2012.