Secular Buddhist Network’s free online course, Exploring a secular dharma, will run from 15 September to 30 November 2023. The course explores the key ideas and practices of secular Buddhism, an important trend that has emerged in Buddhism in recent years.
|Registrations for the Fall 2023 course of Exploring a Secular Dharma are now closed. Our next course will be offered Spring 2024. If you fill out the form below, we will include you on a list of those interested in the course. As we get closer to the spring course, we will notify you of the next steps.|
Course Calendar and Schedule – Fall 2023
Module 1: Introduction to secular Buddhism (Sept. 15 – Sept. 28)
Module 2: The heart of secular Buddhism – the four tasks (Sept. 29 – Oct. 12)
Module 3: A secular eightfold path (Oct. 13 – Oct. 26)
Module 4: The role of meditation in a secular dharma path (Oct. 27 – Nov. 9)
Module 5: A flourishing life for all (Nov. 10 – Nov. 30) Please note: Because of Thanksgiving Day, the Zoom session for this module will occur one week later, on Nov. 30)
Zoom meetings with the instructors will occur on the last scheduled day for each module.
Instructors for the course:
The instructors for the Fall 2023 course are Lorna Edwards, Ciara Cullen, and Mike Slott.
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..
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 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.