by SBN Editor
Since last summer, 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.
We are now offering the course as a group learning experience. Participants will go through the course modules and participate in group discussions for each module. They will then meet on Zoom every two weeks with the instructor for the course, Lorna Edwards. 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.
The course begins in September and registrations are now being accepted. 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 (September 9 – 15)
Module 1: Introduction to secular Buddhism (Sept. 16 – 29)
Module 2: The heart of secular Buddhism – the fourfold task (Sept. 30 – Oct. 13)
Module 3: The Noble Eightfold Path (Oct. 14 – 27)
Module 4: Letting go of truth and metaphysical beliefs (Oct. 28 – Nov. 10)
Module 5: Where does meditation practice take us? (Nov. 11 – 24)
Module 6: Toward a culture of awakening (Nov. 25 – Dec. 8)
Module 7: Conclusion (Dec. 9 – 22)
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, GMT+1 time zone). Based on their own time zone, participants will choose one of the meetings. For participants in the U.S. East time zone, for example, the second meeting will be from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
For more information and/or to register for the course, click here.