Did you start to meditate and then become a Buddhist, or were you a Buddhist before you started to practice meditation. Do you know why you meditate? And if you have a meditation practice, what goals (if any) do you have? Introduced by Ramsey, everyone is welcome.
From Invercargill in the deep south, Leon Frampton will speak to us by Zoom on the gains and losses we can expect from meditation practice. Examining and gently discarding the once useful but maladaptive behaviours and beliefs of our past with the help of an open practice, he believes, allows different people to speak to us in the various stages of our lives and practice.
In his discourses, Gotama used a huge number of analogies and similes, and they’ve been used in the various Buddhist traditions to illustrate the teachings. Zooming in from Southampton in the UK, Jim Champion will speak to us on ways we can interpret these metaphors that are closer to our lived experience.
After a short meditation, best-selling author and Buddhist teacher Stephen Batchelor will be Zooming in from southwest France to give a short talk and take our questions.
Visiting us this Wednesday evening from Barcelona by Zoom, Bernat Font will offer some reflections on social media, which he believes is such an important part of our saeculum and of our daily lives that it should be given a proper – even prominent – place in our practice.
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.
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...
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?
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