Try an open-minded, open-hearted, thoughtful approach to meditation. Take this opportunity to learn a reflective insight meditation practice in a quiet loft just off Cuba St.
As a child, writes Anna Markey, I managed to construct my own practise by fostering confidence, curiosity and kindness through having an image of a hidden, secret teacher. Whatever happened to me, I felt, was being given as a lesson – no need to be regretful, just courageous. Over the years, the legacy of this image has held me in good stead so now I encourage others to be their own teacher.
In challenging times, evoking self-compassion in meditation can seem impossible. In this session, Duncan Nimmo will propose a way of engaging the architecture of your brain to self-calm and self-soothe when your mind is trapped in anxious and distressing thought patterns.
Inquiry into sound consists in noticing the changing nature of sounds in general, and within themselves. Sounds erupt; suddenly they exist when they did not before. Ramsey Margolis will set the conditions for a meditation on sound – but before you come along we ask that you watch a short music video.
Has your mindfulness practice only taken you so far? Do you think there has to be be more to it, but you’re not sure where to look? Come along tonight and get an idea of how you might develop your practice. Remember, please, to bring a notebook and a pen/cil.
Zooming in from Christchurch, zen teacher Arthur Wells will make a case that the Buddha was a ‘proto-scientist’ who was strongly drawn to asking empirical questions and weighing evidence. In this his teachings have a strong affinity with humanist values. However...
How do we attend to negative emotions in a way that doesn’t draw us into rumination? In this session, Duncan Nimmo will discuss strategies that allow us to observe and manage rumination – a focused attention on the symptoms of one’s distress, its possible causes and consequences, rather than on solutions
In this workshop, Winton Higgins explored what we need to do to retrieve a wider, ethical vision of dharma practice in the face of today’s social, political and environmental challenges. On this page, you can listen to the main talk he gave, and read a transcript.
The tide of xenophobia, misogyny, prejudice and callousness towards ‘the Other’ is rising. This is the politics of indecency, so how do we create a sea wall that will turn it back? Winton Higgins will speak on how we respond forcefully with a politics of decency. What sort of communities and civil society do we want to build? How can we flourish as humans, living in harmony with each other and with nature?
Visiting from Sydney, secular Buddhist teacher Winton Higgins will encourage those who attend to meditate with an open awareness, and then speak about how responding skilfully to the context in which we all live is key to human flourishing.
Zooming in from Santa Monica, California, Linda Modaro will speak about the benefits of choosing to meditate with an open awareness, and respond to questions and observations from those among us who would like to explore their experience of practice with her.
From Tucson, Arizona, Tim Clark has spent 28 years trying to find out what’s going on. After more than a quarter century’s experience of dharma practice with a range of traditions, Tim developed his unique secular approach to waking up while teaching recovering veterans at a Veterans Administration hospital.
The first meeting of this new secular meditation group will be taking place at Ron Tustin’s home in Paraparaumu Beach from 7–9pm tonight.