In plain English on the 1st Wednesday of every month, Beginners’ Mind is the evening you can bring your friends to, one at which beginners will feel comfortable.
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.
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?
In this workshop, Winton Higgins will explore 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.
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.
Bring a notebook and a pen/cil and we’ll spend a little time after the meditation recollecting what happened for us during the session.