Exploring a secular dharma: SBN’s online course

Registrations are now being accepted for the Secular Buddhist Network’s free online course, Exploring a secular dharmaThis course, which runs from 22 February to 2 May 2023, explores the key ideas and practices of secular Buddhism, an important trend that has emerged in western Buddhism in recent years. 

Course Calendar and Schedule:

Module 1: Introduction to secular Buddhism (Feb. 22 – March 7)

Module 2: The heart of secular Buddhism – the four tasks (March 8 – 21)

Module 3: A secular eightfold path (March 22 – April 4)

Module 4: The role of meditation in a secular dharma path (April 5 – 18)

Module 5: A flourishing life for all (April 19 – May 2)

Zoom meetings with the instructors will occur on the last scheduled day for each module.

Instructors for the course:

The instructors for the Spring 2023 course are Lorna Edwards, Ciara Cullen, and Mike Slott.

Lorna Edwards

Lorna is a psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher in Wales, and one of the teachers of SBN’s online course on secular Buddhism. She is curious as to how Stephen Batchelor’s Four Tasks can help us to change how we live so as to care for planet Earth and practice social justice..

Ciara Cullen

A yoga and mindfulness teacher, Ciara takes a reflective approach to teaching that incorporates elements of early Buddhism, exploring ethics as embodied practice. She participated in the first Secular Dharma course at Bodhi College. Ciara is also an organic farmer, environmental educator and activist.

Mike Slott

Mike is a part-time lecturer in labor history at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA. A long-time political and labor movement activist, he is the editor of the Secular Buddhist Network website and its monthly newsletter, Reimagining Community.



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