Liberation Through Non-Clinging: An Exploration of the Five Aggregates The goal of the Buddhist path is sometimes defined as “liberation through non-clinging.” But what is meant by clinging? In the First Noble Truth, the Buddha proclaimed that there is dukkha (suffering, stress, distress, unsatisfactoriness), and he defined dukkha in short as “the five clinging-aggregates” of form, feeling-tone, perception, formations, and consciousness.To have any possibility of experiencing the … Continue reading New: six-week online study and practice course for the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies
An online retreat including Insight Dialogue offered by Ayya Anopama and Nicola Redfern Using the poems from ‘The First Free Women’ which are based on the Therigatha, the world’s oldest collection of women’s literature, we will be exploring the struggles and moments of awakening of the very first nuns at the time of the Buddha. These women came from all walks of life and their realizations took many forms. Investigating these … Continue reading Voices of Awakening – Poems of the First Free Women
Feeling stretched? As the bad news continues and intensifies in various parts of the world, I’ve started collecting news articles, books and courses to turn to when I need some inspiration. Below are just a few suggestions – let me know if you have any favourites of your own! Finding good news in the midst of the pandemic The intent behind KarunaVirus.org is to amplify … Continue reading A few resources for resilience
Registration closes 10 October Cultivating resilience in challenging times: Learning from the “heavenly messengers” This eight-week online course offers an opportunity to develop and strengthen our inner resources of kindness, compassion, calm and clarity, through an exploration of what are traditionally known as “the four heavenly messengers.” In Buddhist teaching, these are four archetypes that symbolise the existential challenges we face, and the way … Continue reading Eight-week online Dharma Study class series October-November 2020
Postponed to November – see details below Two-day relational meditation workshop – Auckland, New Zealand Introduction to Insight Dialogue Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice that brings the mindfulness and tranquility of traditional silent meditation into our experience with others. Resting on the foundation of traditional Buddhist teachings, this practice offers a way to integrate wisdom and compassion into our relational lives through mindful speaking … Continue reading Insight Dialogue workshop Auckland
United States White and Awakening Together An online course run by Spirit Rock starting August 2 Description:This is a time in America when white people’s awareness of the terrible impact of racial injustice has increased dramatically in the context of the pandemic and following the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. How can we respond? What can we do? What is whiteness, … Continue reading A Few More Anti-Racism Resources
Can you listen as if it was your sister speaking? Your grandson? Your niece? Your father? Your aunt? Kimberley Jones, US Black Lives Matter Activist In the Buddha’s teaching, all beings have been our mothers and fathers at some point in the past … Trevor Noah, South African comedian Whether or not we “believe” in rebirth, we might approach that teaching as an invitation to … Continue reading Can you hear these voices?
Due to a few last-minute cancellations, there is now space in the six-week online course “Cultivating Resilience: learning from the Heavenly Messengers” which starts this weekend, 13 June. See here for more information And, at the end of August, Julie Downard and I will be teaching a real, live, nine-day retreat in the beautiful natural environment of Te Moata Retreat Centre in the Coromandel. Registrations … Continue reading An online course AND a real, live retreat!
Wherever you are in the world, you may have seen the recent video from 26 May of police officers standing over an unarmed black man lying on the ground. One of those police officers kneels on the neck of the black man, George Floyd, for at least nine minutes, preventing him from breathing. He dies on the way to hospital. How to respond? At the … Continue reading The Police Killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis
May 23: One-day online workshop for Bellingham Insight, Washington This one-day online workshop offers an opportunity to develop and strengthen our natural resilience and capacity to meet life’s inevitable challenges with more steadiness, ease, and even appreciation. Using the Zoom platform, we will meet together online to explore a variety of practices from the Four Establishments of Mindfulness, alongside the four brahmavihara heart practices … Continue reading A couple of new online practice options