SBN Contributor Bernat Font is starting a monthly study group in September. The group will review and explore basic notions and doctrines of the dharma; in this sense, it will be a sort of ‘Buddhist literacy’ class.
The Secular Buddhist Network is offering a free online course, called After Buddhism: exploring a secular dharma, as a group learning experience. Participants in the course will go through the course modules, discuss the topics in each module with each other, and meet on Zoom every two weeks with the instructor for the course.
Bodhi College’s Secular Dharma course takes a secular rather than a religious approach to the teachings of the Buddha. The course emphasizes the humanity of Gotama and the practical applications of his teaching in this world, and encourage each student to find his or her own way of practice within the secular/religious spectrum of their own lives.
The Tuwhiri Project and the Secular Buddhist Network have created a free online course which explores the key ideas and practices of secular Buddhism. This course is mainly based 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.
Bodhi College is an educational organisation dedicated to contemplative learning. It has as its focus an exploration of the dharma as found in the earliest Buddhist texts through courses combining study and retreats.
The Upaya Sangha of Tuscon in Arizona, USA is offering a ten-week Winter-Spring study group on Stephen Batchelor’s book, ‘After Buddhism: rethinking the dharma for a secular age.’ The group will use ‘After Buddhism: a workbook’ by Winton Higgins to give structure to the group’s discussion of key themes in Stephen’s book.
This eight-part course uses recorded talks by Stephen Batchelor and Roshi Joan Halifax in which they rebuild the standard ‘Four Noble Truths’ of Buddhism from the ground up, rendering them as noble tasks.
You may have tried to study Pali on your own at home, using one of the grammars available on the internet. It’s not easy, right? Well, there are currently two online course offers that will give you a better shot at it.