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Nirvana, McMindfulness & ethics

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

Best-selling author and Buddhist teacher Stephen Batchelor Zoomed in from his home in southwest France and spoke to us on Nirvana, McMindfulness and Ethics.

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Stephen Batchelor at St Andrew’s on The Terrace in 2012

Stephen Batchelor at St Andrew’s on The Terrace in 2012

In his talk he offered a critique the nationalist ethics of Burmese and Sri Lankan monks, as well as the recent articles that reduce commercially-taught mindfulness programmes to an offering of ‘McMindfulness’, relating these to Buddhist ethics.

If you’d like to offer dana to Stephen for his teachings, you can do so with a charitable donation to Martine and Stephen’s Aotearoa Buddhist Education Trust account, which is 38 9019 0064662 01.

Stephen’s website is at www.stephenbatchelor.org. His most recent book, co-authored with Martine Batchelor, is What is this? Ancient questions for modern minds – there’s more on this here.