This week’s One Mindful Breath session will start with the Aotearoa launch of Martine and Stephen Batchelor’s new book, and as it’s the fifth Wednesday of the month we will follow this with a potluck celebration. Please bring food and drink to share.
Live streaming to us from Abingdon in Oxfordshire from 8pm, Jim Champion contends that a healthy approach to the Buddha’s eightfold path – which is sometimes equated with ‘the middle way’ – is one in which we do not assume that we already have the complete picture.
Coming up next month is our 'commit to sit' challenge – encouraging each other try to meditate every day for the month of June! In preparation, it's a great idea to get a few more meditation techniques under your belt. On Wednesday evening we'll be learning open awareness meditation as taught by Winton Higgins.
All of us share the same dilemma: we are born, we live, we die. So what do we do with the bit in the middle … the only part in which we have choices? Zooming in from Goolwa in South Australia, Anna Markey will explore this dilemma – which seems to raise more questions than answers.
Following a group meditation, all participants will have an (optional) opportunity to discuss and reflect on a book, film or TV programme you have selected from a mindfulness or dharma perspective. It could be a book about meditation, it could be the latest season of Game of Thrones. The challenge is to think about how it connects with your mediation or ethical practice.
In the Japanese Zen tradition there is a saying: ‘to catch a tiger’s cub, you must first enter the tiger’s cave.’ During this daylong workshop, Sydney secular insight meditation teacher Winton Higgins will locate meditation practice within the wider transcultural project to ‘know thyself’ – of cultivating the inner life, however scary it might seem.
Tracking the ‘know thyself’ aphorism from the ancient Egyptians, through the ancient Greeks (oracle at Delphi) and early Christianity, Winton Higgins will show how these lead to modern iterations, including secular philosophy and psychoanalysis – and the supreme importance of the inner life, the reflective life.
An invitation to share our experiences of being secular dharma students and practitioners in Wellington, Cardiff and ... ?
A core member of Cardiff’s secular dharma group, you are invited to come along, hear what Lorna Edwards has to say about her group, and share your experience of being a secular dharma student and practitioner with her.
Happy New Year, we hope everyone had an enjoyable break. This is our first session of the year in which we will ease back into our meditation practice. We will start off with a quick catch up, followed by our usual meditation session. This will be followed by tea and biscuits.
Seeing as it was the third Wednesday in December and we were getting close to Xmas, Juhana Kokkonen spoke to us from the North Pole on meditation, fiction and Santa Claus. Well, actually he’s in Helsinki – is that close enough?
What are you wanting to escape from? Anxiety? A busy mind? Painful memories? Life, the universe and everything? Novelist, academic and secular Buddhist teacher Winton Higgins Zoomed in from Sydney to speak to us about mindfulness, and whether we can use it as a quick fix.
After a 20 minute meditation, the French secular zen buddhist teacher Martine Batchelor will offering her thoughts on having a regular meditation practice, one with a focus on creative awareness, and respond to questions.
Did you start to meditate and then become a Buddhist, or were you a Buddhist before you started to practice meditation. Do you know why you meditate? And if you have a meditation practice, what goals (if any) do you have? Introduced by Ramsey, everyone is welcome.
On the first Wednesday of each month, Beginners’ Mind offers you a chance to experience a short meditation practice. With the theme being kindness to both yourself and others, Alex Carr will lead us through a loving kindness or metta meditation.
Tonight, One Mindful Breath will be running the eighth of an eight part secular dharma study course titled What is this? and it focuses on two talks – The four great vows and Instruction: waiting and listening – given by Stephen Batchelor at Gaia House, Devon, on 14 and 15 April 2016.
From Invercargill in the deep south, Leon Frampton will speak to us by Zoom on the gains and losses we can expect from meditation practice. Examining and gently discarding the once useful but maladaptive behaviours and beliefs of our past with the help of an open practice, he believes, allows different people to speak to us in the various stages of our lives and practice.
During this three-night, four-day residential retreat, Linda Modaro, Ramsey Margolis and Meegan Care will teach an open, experience-based meditation practice that will be followed by reflection and journalling. For more info and to register your interest send us an email.
Tonight, One Mindful Breath will be running the seventh of an eight part secular dharma study course titled What is this? and it focuses on the talk Instruction – I don’t know, given by Stephen Batchelor at Gaia House, Devon, on 13 April 2016.
In his discourses, Gotama used a huge number of analogies and similes, and they’ve been used in the various Buddhist traditions to illustrate the teachings. Zooming in from Southampton in the UK, Jim Champion will speak to us on ways we can interpret these metaphors that are closer to our lived experience.
Tonight, One Mindful Breath will be running the sixth of an eight part secular dharma study course titled What is this? and it focuses on two talks – Instruction: What is this? and Good snowflakes: they don‘t fall anywhere else – given by Stephen Batchelor at Gaia House, Devon, on 11 and 12 April 2016.
Tonight, One Mindful Breath will be running the fifth of an eight part secular dharma study course titled What is this? and it focuses on the talk Question and response, given by Stephen Batchelor at Gaia House, Devon, on 10 April 2016.
Tonight, One Mindful Breath will be running the fourth of an eight part secular dharma study course titled What is this? and it focuses on the talk Clearly visible dharma, given by Stephen Batchelor at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Massachussets, on 18 November 2015.