Exploring Secular Buddhism
Jul
29
Jul 30

Exploring Secular Buddhism

  • Home of Compassion

Would you be interested in taking part in a study weekend? Over the weekend of July 29 and 30, between eight and ten people will come together to discuss Stephen Batchelor’s recent book, Secular Buddhism, Imagining the Dharma in an Uncertain World


<em>Joy!</em>
Jun
21
7:15 pm19:15

Joy!

  • The Friends’ Centre

Zooming in from Sydney, Sylvie Vanasse will explore in an experiential and joyful activity what brings joy to your life, and why is it truly one of the four sublime states.

Meditation on sound
May
31
7:15 pm19:15

Meditation on sound

  • The Friends’ Centre

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.

Developing your mindfulness practice
May
24
7:15 pm19:15

Developing your mindfulness practice

  • The Friends’ Centre

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.

Rumination
May
10
7:15 pm19:15

Rumination

  • The Friends’ Centre

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

The Politics of Decency
Apr
27
12:30 pm12:30

The Politics of Decency

  • St Andrew’s on The Terrace

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?
 

<em>Rule of Law</em> – Winton Higgins in conversation
Apr
26
12:00 pm12:00

Rule of Law – Winton Higgins in conversation

  • Unity Books

Winton Higgins will be in conversation about his new novel, Rule of Law, with Sir Anand Satyanand, a former lawyer, judge and ombudsman who was the 19th Governor-General of New Zealand and the current Chair of the Commonwealth Foundation

Kindness, decency <em>&</em> wisdom
Apr
19
7:15 pm19:15

Kindness, decency & wisdom

  • Wellington Friends’ Centre

Anna Markey will be Zooming in from Adelaide to talk with us about kindness, wisdom and decency, and how the open approach to meditation she teaches is validated by the development of these qualities in us.

Heart full of kids
Mar
29
7:15 pm19:15

Heart full of kids

  • Wellington Friends Centre

Duncan Nimmo will look at how having a meditation practice has brought him so much closer to his two sons, and at how he practices. This is a particularly suitable session for dads and mums who want to make better choices.

What if I’m doing it wrong?
Mar
22
7:15 pm19:15

What if I’m doing it wrong?

  • Wellington Friends Centre

Doing it wrong? Okay. So what if you choose to sit without any instructions to fall back on? You can’t do that wrong, surely? This Wednesday, Ramsey Margolis will further explore open awareness meditation with us.

Open awareness meditation
Mar
15
7:15 pm19:15

Open awareness meditation

  • Wellington Friends Centre

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.

Wake up first – you make better choices
Mar
8
7:15 pm19:15

Wake up first – you make better choices

  • Wellington Friends Centre

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.

Meditate in Paraparaumu
Feb
23
7:00 pm19:00

Meditate in Paraparaumu

  • Paraparaumu Beach New Zealand

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.