After starting this fifth Wednesday of the month session with an eating meditation practice led by Derek LeDayn, we’ll end with a potluck – so please bring something to eat and drink to share.
In plain English on the first Wednesday of each month, Beginners’ Mind is the evening at which those who’ve never (or rarely) meditated will feel comfortable, one you can bring your friends to.
Setting a new habit is one of the most difficult things we can do. Come along and get some ideas from Derek LeDayn and Ramsey Margolis as to how you can set a habit successfully that will result in a regular meditation practice.
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.
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.
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
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.