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Selfing

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

Zooming in from Vienna, Austria, Bernd Kaponig will give a talk on selfing, and field your questions.

In the talk, he’ll discuss the age-old Pali terms of moha (confusion) and anatta (not-self) that seem to be central to the Buddha’s teaching. Rather than dissecting them using traditional Buddhist interpretations, however, we’ll look at what modern science has to contribute to these topics and how they might be reframed in more contemporary language. And above all, how we might be able to reframe our practice so as to make these abstract concepts utterly practical.

Bernd started his meditation practice in traditional Japanese Zen and has softened up ever since, through vipassana to open and formless recollective awareness meditation currently.

Influenced strongly by Stephen Batchelor’s secular approach to Buddhism, Bernd co-founded a peer-led, self-teaching meditation group in Vienna, Austria, and curates the website saekularbuddismus.org. During the day he is an IT architect.

 

POSTSCRIPT

Here’s a recording of his talk

Earlier Event: March 14
Meditation, reflection, journalling
Later Event: March 22
Hataitai drop-in group meditation