Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sutta Study - first session available

If you'd like to follow along with our Sutta Study at Beaches Sangha, grab yourself a copy of The Basic Teachings of the Buddha by Glenn Wallis, read the Introduction, and then listen to the podcast of our first session here

(Note: I'm doing some re-arranging on this web site, so these podcast sessions are not currently on the 'podcasts' page, but have their own page.)

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Some good stuff coming

Well it has been a very long time since I posted on here. The Secular Buddhism Australia Facebook Page has received a little more love over the last couple of years, but this SBA web site project I'm sorry to say, has lain fallow.....

....but that's about to change!!

This year at my local Sangha (meditation group), we are embarking on a program of sutta study. That is, we are studying a selection of 16 suttas (recorded dialogues the Buddha had) from the Pali canon. The Pali canon is the most original version of the Buddha's teachings. 

As a Secular Buddhist, adapting the teachings to our own place and time, it's important that we know what the Buddha actually taught, so that our adaptations don't take things off track. While even the Pali canon is a translation (into English) of a translation (into Pali), the extensive recorded suttas in this collection of works are as good as it gets.

As I was preparing for the first of these sessions, it occurred to me that people who aren't lucky enough to have a local Sangha, might like to follow along with us. So I checked with the group, and they were all happy for me to record it as a podcast and share it with you.

So, if you'd like to join in, get yourself a copy of The Basic Teachings of the Buddha by Glenn Wallis. Each month we'll do a chapter. This month we did the Introduction which is an excellent chapter in itself, giving context and framing the suttas well. I will try to post a podcast of each month's session within two weeks. They'll be on the Resources page.

I'll post again as soon as the first session is uploaded. I hope you find it useful.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Two day workshop in Sydney: A Street Guide to Meditation and the Buddha's Teachings

Well, it's a long time between posts here. It seems the weekly posts on the Secular Buddhism Facebook Page are as much as I've been able to muster on a regular basis for a while now. I do hope to get back to building the resources on here at some point.

In the meantime, I'd like to let Sydneysiders (or those who can get to Sydney) know about a two-day workshop coming up on May 14 & 15 here on the northern beaches of Sydney. The workshop will be very secular in orientation and will give a great overview of different meditation styles and the key teachings of Siddhattha Gotama (the Buddha). 

Click here for more details and to register. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Secular Buddhism vs other Buddhisms

If you're interested in knowing a little about how Secular Buddhism differs from other Buddhisms, here's a link to a terrific collection of thinking that's recently sprung up on our sibling web site in NZ. 

The link below will take you to an article by a Buddhist monk, Bikkhu Bodhi, about what he calls 'the great divide' between secular Buddhism and the more religious varieties which he lumps together as 'classical' Buddhism.

Make sure you read the responses that follow as they include comments from some very knowledgeable and influential people in the secular Buddhist movement including Stephen Batchelor who is considered the unofficial leading bush-basher for us secular types, as well as our homegrown Winton Higgins who gives an erudite and educational response. I too have commented (Lenore Lambert).

Click here to read it.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The negative eddy + join us on Facebook

If you haven't already joined us, the Secular Buddhism Australia Facebook Page is going strong with over 6000 followers. If you 'Like' the Page, you'll receive several Facebook posts a week with links to articles, tips, reflections, cartoons, and other thought starters all with a Secular Buddhist theme.

Also, as I sit down to pen a new blog post on Dharmadaptation, I realise I didn't let you know about the last one. It's called 'The negative eddy' and is about the way a negative event in our day can send us into a downward spiral. If we can see the eddy for what it is, we can take steps to let the swirling momentum peter out rather than adding to its momentum.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Free mini-podcast - overview of meditation practices

I have to admit much of my small-scale dharma time has been taken up with posting on the Secular Buddhism Facebook Page lately. If you haven't already 'liked' it, have a squiz. You'll probably enjoy it. We've just passed the 5000 followers mark which is pretty exciting!

I have however, mananged to create one new resource lately - a mini-podcast which gives an introduction to and overview of meditation practices. The 8 minute podcast gives an overview of the different types of meditation, where it came from, and dispels the idea that there's one 'right way' to meditate or that we can be 'bad' at it. The next two mini-podcasts in the series will give some example instructions for meditations in each of the two 'buckets' described (the 'serenity' bucket and the 'insight' bucket).

I've put this up on this site under the 'Downloads' tab on the right. You'll need to put in your email address the first time you download something from this section of the web site but once you're registered you won't need to do that again. 

Of course if you know anyone who's just starting with meditation or who's a bit interested in it, or even someone who's been doing it for a while but would like a bit of perspective on it, please feel free to forward the link.

I hope you find it useful.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Secular Buddhism Australia facebook page

Just a quick note to let you know I've started a Secular Buddhism Australia Facebook page. Eventually the site and the FB page will be linked but for now, just click here  and 'like' it to stay in touch.