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Posts by Nigel Wellings

Buddhist Background – Week 4

The Noble Eightfold Path This is the fourth of eight blogs that use notes from our ‘The Buddhist Background To Mindfulness’ course that we are presently running. Each session covers one (or here two) aspect of the Noble Eightfold Path and ends with some questions and practices that may help you make the subject more […]

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Two Paths One Goal (or non-goal)

  These are the notes to accompany The Buddhist Background To Mindfulness Course – week 5. Buddhism has been around for almost two and a half thousand years, during that time Buddhist meditation practice has gone through lots of changes. In this session I want to compare the type of meditation that was very probably […]

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Why Am I Reacting Like This?

Character styes, community and mindfulness. During roughly the last hundred years developmental psychology has mapped out in detail how we become emotionally an adult and how our environment – emotional and physical – can adversely impact upon this. Put simply as we grow up things wound us and these wounds we may then bear for […]

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The Nirvana Debate – Joseph Goldstein extract.

INTRODUCTION In this article Joseph Goldstein, a very experienced and influential Insight meditation teacher, explores his confusion about the apparent difference of opinion between different schools of Theravada Buddhism, Korean Ch’an and Dzogchen on the status of consciousness / awareness. His own tradition teaches consciousness is something transitory whilst Ch’an and Dzogchen believe awareness – […]

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Shall we trance?

At the heart of Buddhism is a recipe for successful meditation; it is a balance between the right amount of effort, mindfulness and concentration. Both historically and also particularly recently the emphasis has been on mindfulness, an open awareness that enables us to remain fully present moment to moment with what we are experiencing. However […]

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