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21–25 Oct – Kookaburra sangha (Sydney NSW, Australia)
Infinite tenderness: old age, sickness and death
A residential retreat led by Joyce Kornblatt and Lizzie Turnbull
How can we meet these inevitable experiences of loss and transformation? Together we’ll explore the insight and compassion available to us from Buddhist teachings, meditation, somatics practice, dialogue and contemplative writing. Through tender investigation into the truth of our human mortality we’ll grow more intimate with what poet Mary Oliver called our ‘one wild and precious life’.
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4 Nov • 19:00–20:30 – The British Library (Euston Rd, London, UK)
Stephen Batchelor will speak on
From enlightenment to human flourishing: how I became a secular Buddhist
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8 – 13 Nov – Gondwana Sanctuary (Byron Bay NSW, Australia)
A refuge for independence and dependence
a Sati Sangha reflective meditation retreat with Linda Modaro and Bavara
‘Consider that we, as humans, have needs: for nourishment, for inspiration, for solitude, for the company of others… how we understand and relate to dependence and our need for independence is an integral part of meditation and reflection practice.’ – Linda Modaro
Linda and Bavara will offer an open meditation practice followed by reflection and journalling. A small, intimate retreat, Bavara and Gerd are offering it from their home, their guest rooms, and the meditation hall in Gondwana Sanctuary. We can accommodate eight meditators in shared rooms and bath, and have two single rooms with shared bath. Five spaces are open for local meditators to take part, staying offsite.
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16 & 17 Nov – Melbourne Meditation Centre (Clifton Hill VIC, Australia)
Teaching meditation backwards
with Linda Modaro and Matt Young
Meditation is usually taught as a set of instructions, principles and techniques handed down from the ‘expert’ teacher to the ‘novice’ student. This approach is predicated on the assumption that the teacher knows best, that the meditation instructions are in some way ‘optimal’, and that the student’s own instincts and wisdom should be set aside during the learning process.
Here are some of the questions we’ll consider in this workshop:
- Are the meditation instructions or techniques that suit us the best instructions for our students?
- Can anyone know what’s best for another person?
- Might it be possible that students can learn to meditate without instructions at all?
Linda and Matt will demonstrate how they support meditation students in their own process of learning through curiosity-driven listening and questioning. The workshop is open to meditation and mindfulness teachers as well as anyone interested in exploring a student-centred approach to meditation. These two days are an opportunity to hear unusually detailed accounts of what happens during meditation, and to learn how to skilfully engage with your students using a patient and compassionate approach to teaching meditation.
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21 – 24 Nov 2019 – Brahma Kumaris Centre, (1hr outside Sydney NSW, Australia)
Letting openness and curiosity be our refuge
a Spring reflective meditation retreat
with Linda Modaro and Mary McIntyre
In this secular retreat, we will be emphasising being present to what arises in your meditation practice, without trying to focus on anything in particular. What arises is an intimate experience of seeing into how your mind operates moment to moment. We will support this exploration by encouraging you to recollect your meditation sessions through journalling, and to explore this with a teacher individually or in small groups.
What is in your mind and heart matters and does not need to be kept separate. Much of the learning comes from your own recognition and insight rather than from an authority, tradition or dogmatic thinking about meditation. Most likely you have a goal in mind when you practice. You are free to work with concentration practice or more open awareness practice – and simply reflect actively on what arises as we go.
The roots of this practice are to be found in the Buddha’s early teachings and are based on learning to trust ways of knowing that develop in meditation. This enables you to be more trusting, responsive and present in your life.
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1 Dec • 9:30–16:00 – Goodenough College (Mecklenburgh Sq, London, UK)
A Bodhi College day of celebration and discovery ‘Early Buddhism for Today’
The latest thinking on mindfulness and awakening in this life with
Stephen Batchelor, Chris Cullen, Christina Feldman, Christoph Köck, John Peacock, Akincano Weber
Book before 1 Nov to secure an Early Bird discount of 10%, applied automatically at checkout
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20 Feb 3pm to 23 Feb 2pm – Garrison Institute (Garrison NY, USA)
Secular dharma in theory and practice
a workshop led by Stephen Batchelor and Marlon Barrios Solano
Secular dharma is a radical project to rethink the Buddha’s dharma from the ground up in order to address the condition of modernity. This workshop will explore the foundational insights of secular dharma and consider how they contribute to our contemplative, ethical and social practice of human flourishing.
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26 Feb to 1 March – Upaya Zen Center (Santa Fe NM, USA)
Autonomy, imagination and care
A retreat led by Stephen Batchelor
This retreat will focus on the cultivation of three interconnected themes that constitute the heart of contemporary dharma practice:
◼ autonomy – the inner freedom to respond rather than react to life situations;
◼ imagination – the capacity to engage creatively with all activities; and
◼ care – an openhearted concern for oneself and others to flourish.
Such a perspective encourages a way of life that is less constrained by psychological habit and social pressures, rendering one more willing and able to assume responsibility and take risks. It offers a path to increased aesthetic sensitivity with regard to both nature and art, while also refining the empathetic capacity to engage with the suffering of others.
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25 – 29 March – Buddhistisches Zentrum Scheibbs (Scheibbs, Austria)
A secular buddhist retreat
led by Martine and Stephen Batchelor
In this retreat, we will explore the kind of dharma practice that may arise in the kind of Buddhism that has been stripped of the religious, dogmatic and patriarchal vestiges found in traditional Asian societies. In the modern secular and contingent world, secular Buddhism teaches and puts into practice what is meant by philosophy, psychology and literature.
Regular repeating events
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1st & 3rd Mondays of each month • 19:30–20:30 New Zealand time
Online, meditating, together, secular
Whether you’re in New Zealand or elsewhere, you practice on your own or are part of a group, if you’re wanting additional support for your practice you’re welcome to take part in these online secular Buddhist practice sessions with members of One Mindful Breath, Wellington’s secular dharma practice community.