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The middle way & dead ends

  • Wellington Friends’ Centre 7 Moncrieff Street Mt Victoria Wellington (map)

‘If you try hard enough you will succeed is the mantra of the culture I live in,’ says Anna Markey. ‘One must do one’s best: either you’re committed or you’re not committed, right or wrong, naughty or nice.’

In his first teaching, Gotama (a.k.a. the Buddha) presented the framework for his philosophy and insights as ‘The Middle Way’. ‘The extremes of any practice,’ he said, ‘shouldn’t be pursued. They are dead ends.’

Let’s explore the implications of this on our lives and our practice.

Anna Markey was introduced to Buddhist practice in 1983 while teaching in a Tibetan village in India. Currently she leads two dharma groups in South Australia: Goolwa Dharma Group in Middleton and Ashtree Sangha in Adelaide.

Anna is interested in the early teachings of the Buddha and how we can apply the Buddha’s teachings to our daily lives. She teaches how to foster qualities such as kindness, wisdom and insight through a gentle and open approach to meditation.