COURSES & RETREATS
Exploring secular Buddhism through courses and retreats
For those who want an introduction to secular Buddhism, or who wish to explore key ideas in secular Buddhism more thoroughly, there are a number of excellent courses and retreats to choose from. They range from self-paced, online courses to the two-year course on secular dharma offered by Bodhi College.
On this page you will find the variety of courses and retreats available on secular Buddhism.
An online course with Stephen and Martine Batchelor
This online course sets out a comprehensive philosophical, contemplative and ethical way of life without reference to the Indian metaphysical framework common to the various schools of Buddhism.
The course will be addressed to committed Buddhists, mindfulness practitioners, and complete beginners alike. Enroll today to join Stephen and Martine on November 4th, 2019.
Watch the introductory video with Stephen and Martine Batchelor.
This video was made by Tricycle magazine, which has organized this course with the Batchelors.
The aim of secular dharma is human flourishing rather than the attainment of ‘enlightenment’.
The purpose of the course is not to disparage traditional Buddhism but to provide a positive, constructive vision for a secular understanding of the dharma and meditation practice.
The course will be addressed to committed Buddhists, mindfulness practitioners, and complete beginners alike.
Stephen Batchelor is a Buddhist teacher and writer known for his secular or agnostic approach to the dharma. Stephen considers Buddhism to be a constantly evolving culture of awakening rather than a religious system based on immutable dogmas and beliefs.
Formerly a Buddhist monk in the Tibetan and Zen traditions, he is the translator and author of several books including Buddhism Without Beliefs, Living With the Devil, After Buddhism and most recently What is this? Ancient questions for modern minds, co-authored with Martine Batchelor.
Martine Batchelor studied Zen Buddhism in Korea under the guidance of the late Master Kusan at Songgwang Sa monastery. She served as Kusan Sunim’s interpreter, accompanied him on lecture tours throughout the United States and Europe, and translated his book The Way of Korean Zen.
Following Master Kusan’s death she returned her nun’s vows and left Korea. Martine is the author of several books including Principles of Zen, The Path of Compassion, Women in Korean Zen, The Spirit of the Buddha and most recently What is this? Ancient questions for modern minds, co-authored with Stephen Batchelor
Each of the six units will offer meditations, talks, reflections and parables to illuminate their approach. In additon there will be:
Stephen and Martine are highly respected thinkers and teachers of Buddhism, and especially its transition to the modern-day context.
Six hours of high-quality video
Immerse yourself in compelling, concise, video teachings.
Each unit begins with a meditation so you can start putting new skills into practice and feel the benefits immediately.
Practices for daily life
Feel the ease and joy of setting clear, achievable goals for bringing practice off the cushion and into your day.
There is so much wisdom in stories. In each unit, Stephen recalls a traditional Buddhist parable and reveals its significance.
Downloadable audio files
Take the whole course with you wherever you go. Practice with guided meditations on the train or listen in the garden.
Save and print important instructions and explanations for future reference.
Structured reflection will deepen your enjoyment and absorption of the material as well as your personal development.
Be part of a friendly and engaged community. Each week there will be a suggested topic to debate. It’s easier to walk the path with friends.
If you are interested in taking this course or want to find out more then click the link below. It will take you to the enrollment page at Tricycle.
The course costs only €169, reduced from $219.
Discounted rates are available to groups of five or more – all details can be found at this link.
Enroll today to join Stephen and Martine on November 4th, 2019.
Meditation retreats offered by Martine & Stephen Batchelor
Stephen and Martine Batchelor’s retreats explore key ideas in secular Buddhism, including the fourfold task, the importance of doubt and uncertainty on the path, and the need to create a culture of awakening.
By SBN Editor
Bodhi College courses on secular Buddhism
Bodhi College is 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.
By SBN Editor
Being completely human – a study course in secular Buddhism
This eight-part course uses recorded talks by Stephen Batchelor and Roshi Joan Halifax given in which they rebuild the standard ‘Four Noble Truths’ of Buddhism from the ground up, rendering them as noble tasks.
By SBN Editor
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