by SBN Editor
Registrations are now being accepted for the Secular Buddhist Network’s free online course, Exploring a secular dharma. This course, which runs from September to December 2021, explores the key ideas and practices of secular Buddhism, an important trend that has emerged in western Buddhism in recent years. The course is based mainly on Stephen Batchelor’s book, After Buddhism: rethinking the dharma for a secular age and the companion book published by The Tuwhiri Project, After Buddhism: a workbook by Winton Higgins.
Individuals can access this course on a self-paced basis without an instructor. However, beginning Fall 2020, we began to offer the course as a group learning experience. Participants go through the course modules and participate in group discussions for each module. They then meet on Zoom every two weeks with the instructors for the course.
The course begins 8 September 2021 and will be limited to 20 participants. The registration deadline is 31 August. For more information or to register, please email email@example.com.
Instructors for the course:
The instructors for the Fall 2021 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.
Course Calendar and Schedule:
Let’s get started (Sept. 8 – 14)
Module 1: Introduction to secular Buddhism (Sept. 15 -28)
Module 2: The heart of secular Buddhism – the fourfold task (Sept. 29 – Oct. 12)
Module 3: The Noble Eightfold Path (Oct. 13 – 26)
Module 4: Letting go of truth and metaphysical beliefs (Oct. 27 – Nov. 9)
Module 5: Where does meditation practice take us? (Nov. 10 – Nov. 23)
Module 6: Toward a culture of awakening (Nov. 24 – Dec. 7)
Module 7: Conclusion (Dec. 8 – 21)
Zoom meetings with the instructors will occur on the last scheduled day for each module.