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 partnership with the U.S. journal Tricycle and Bodhi College, Stephen and Martine Batchelor will be offering a six weeks online course on the secular dharma in November 2019 which will provide 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 will present their understanding of Secular Dharma as they have been practicing it themselves and teaching it at Bodhi College. In each unit they will 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 is currently offering a two year programme on the Secular Dharma combining study, meditation practice, and group discussions. The instructors are Martine Batchelor, Stephen Batchelor, Jennie Wilks, and Renate Seifarth.
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.
- Suffering: Vision and Intentionwith Stephen Batchelor and Renate Seifarth 13-18 February 2018
- Reactivity: Mindful Awareness and Effortwith Stephen Batchelor and Jenny Wilks 13-18 November 2018
- Freedom: Unification of Mindwith Stephen Batchelor and Renate Seifarth 5-10 February 2019
- The Path: Speech, Action and Livelihoodwith Stephen Batchelor and Jenny Wilks 5-10 November 2019