Stephen Batchelor is one of the core faculty at Bodhi College, an educational organisation dedicated to contemplative learning. It has as its focus an exploration of the dharma as found in the earliest Buddhist texts through courses combining study and retreats. He and Martine Batchelor are currently teaching two courses related to secular Buddhism.
Tricycle Online Course (in association with Bodhi College)
In partnership with the U.S. journal Tricycle and Bodhi College, Stephen and Martine Batchelor offered a six weeks online course on the secular dharma beginning in November 2019 which provides an encompassing vision for understanding and practicing dharma in the contemporary world. At its heart is an easy acronym we can all learn to apply, ELSA: Embrace, Let go, See, and Act.
Secular Dharma is a novel way of rethinking Buddhist wisdom in an age of global modernity. This online course sets forth a comprehensive philosophical, contemplative, and ethical way of life without reference to the Indian metaphysical framework common to the various schools of Buddhism. The aim of Secular Dharma is human flourishing rather than the attainment of “enlightenment.”
In six units, Martine and Stephen Batchelor present their understanding of Secular Dharma as they have been practicing it themselves and teaching it at Bodhi College. In each unit they offer meditations, talks, reflections and parables to illuminate their approach.
For more information go to https://learn.tricycle.org/courses/secular-dharma
Bodhi College Programme on the Secular Dharma
Bodhi College will be offering from November 2020 to February 2022 their second two year programme on the Secular Dharma combining study, meditation practice, and group discussions. The instructors are Martine Batchelor and Stephen Batchelor.
Each year, there are two residential study modules plus one residential meditation retreat. The theme of each module is based on one of the four great tasks.
The next round of the Secular Dharma Programme will be open for applications in early 2020.