by SBN Editor
Since summer 2019, the Secular Buddhist Network, in partnership with the Tuwhiri Project, has been offering a free online course, called After Buddhism: exploring a secular dharma. Over 100 individuals have taken the course, moving through the course material at their own pace.
Beginning this fall, 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 instructor(s) for the course.
The instructors for the Spring 2021 course are Lorna Edwards and Ciara Cullen.
Lorna is a member of a secular dharma group in Cardiff, South Wales, and has taken part in the two-year Bodhi College course, ‘Secular Dharma: study, practice and community’. Lorna practices as a systemic psychotherapist and loves exploring resonances between the dharma and literature: poetry and prose.
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.
The course begins February 3 and registrations are now being accepted. The course will be limited to 20 participants. The registration deadline is January 29.
While the course is for free, we encourage participants to offer dana at the end of the course, which will be divided equally between the Secular Buddhist Network and the Tuwhiri Project.
Below is the course calendar and schedule:
Let’s get started (Feb. 3 – 9)
Module 1: Introduction to secular Buddhism (Feb. 10 – 23)
Module 2: The heart of secular Buddhism – the fourfold task (Feb. 24 – March 9)
Module 3: The Noble Eightfold Path (March 10 – 23)
Module 4: Letting go of truth and metaphysical beliefs (March 24 – April 6)
Module 5: Where does meditation practice take us? (April 7 – 20)
Module 6: Toward a culture of awakening (April 21 – May 4)
Module 7: Conclusion (May 5 – 18)
Zoom meetings with the instructor will occur on the last scheduled day for each module at two times: 9 am to 10 am and 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm (Wales/UK time zone). Based on their own time zone, participants will choose one of the meetings.
For more information and/or to register for the course, click here.