Posture

The Buddha's Path of Peace - A Step-by-Step Guide - Geoffrey Hunt

Geoffrey Hunt [+-]
University of Surrey
Geoffrey Hunt is Buddhist Chaplain at the University of Surrey, UK. He is now Visiting Professor in Buddhist Ethics at the same university where, before retirement, he was Full Professor in Philosophy of Care, and taught and researched mainly in the field of healthcare and bioethics. From 2008 to 2014 he worked on ethical aspects of nanotechnology for scientific projects of the European Commission. In 2002 he founded, and continues to lead, the lay movement New Buddha Way www.newbuddhaway.org in Surrey, UK.

He has taught meditation in schools, in a prison, a village for the elderly, and an alcohol rehabilitation centre. He has served the Dhamma in hospices, funerals and interfaith events. He has worked in Japan, Nigeria and Lesotho and is a writer and international speaker on ethical issues of health, science and advanced technology. He has published several books in the field of professional ethics. He is married to Rev. Beverley Hunt, an Anglican minister.

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Many lay people will have seen monks or nuns of various traditions in a sitting posture. You might imagine that they are very peaceful. You may wonder whether you can or want to adopt such a posture, and what it has to do with meditation anyway. Well, it is your state of mind that is important, not concern about posture. The Buddha’s path to peace is not to be confused with yoga, beneficial as yoga may be. Posture does have something to do with meditation, but probably not as directly as you think. Here we consider what specific postures there are and what the benefits might be.

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Hunt, Geoffrey. Posture. The Buddha's Path of Peace - A Step-by-Step Guide. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Jul 2020. ISBN 9781781799635. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=39420. Date accessed: 25 Aug 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39420. Jul 2020

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