Upcoming courses and retreats for secular Buddhists

November 2021 to November 2022

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2 November 2021 to 9 November 2022 (in-person)

Secular Dharma: An Extended Programme of Study, Practice and Community – Bodhi College
taught by Martine Batchelor and Stephen Batchelor

This course takes a secular rather than a religious approach to the teachings of the Buddha. In it, we will emphasize 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.

For more information, click here.


September 2022

17 September (online)

Perspectives on Secular Dharma – New York Insight Meditation Center
with Stephen Batchelor, Seth Segall, Karsten Struhl, and Mike Slott

While secular Buddhists are skeptical of or reject the supernatural elements of traditional Buddhism (e.g., rebirth), there are different perspectives on the meaning of this approach and its application to our life. In this online program, Stephen Batchelor, Seth Zuiho Segall, Karsten Struhl and Mike Slott will explore these different perspectives in a panel discussion.

For more information and to register for the program, click here.


September 2022 to December 2022

14 September to 13 December (Online) 

Secular Buddhist Network’s course on Exploring a secular dharma
taught by Ciara Cullen, Lorna Edwards and Mike Slott

In this online course we will explore the key ideas and practices of secular Buddhism, an important trend which has emerged in western Buddhism in recent years. We will be using as primary sources for this course Stephen Batchelor’s book, After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age, and After Buddhism: A Workbook, written by Winton Higgins, and based on a series of dharma talks he gave on Batchelor’s book in Sydney, Australia.

The course will provide both secular Buddhists and those curious about secular Buddhism the opportunity to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of a secular approach to the dharma. In this course we will:

  • Identify and explain the key concepts of secular Buddhism
  • Contrast secular Buddhism with traditional/institutional forms of Buddhism
  • Sketch a vision of secular Buddhist practice for individuals and communities

For more information, click here.


October 2022

7 October to 9 October (Online) 

Re-envisioning the Aggregates
taught by Bill Wellhouse, Brad Parks and Anna Delacroix

During this online retreat, we will approach the topic of the five aggregates with an open meditation practice followed by reflection and journaling. We welcome continuing students as well as meditators who are new to Reflective Meditation practice and retreats. The roots of this practice can be found in the Buddha’s early teachings and are based on learning to trust the ways of knowing that develop in meditation so that we may be more responsive and present in our everyday lives.

For more information, click here.

 

Saturday 8, 15, 22, 29, October (online)

Mindfulness Based Human Flourishing (MBHF): The ethics and philosophy of mindful living
taught by Stephen Batchelor

This series of four online workshops will explore the role of mindfulness practice as a key to flourishing in every aspect of human life. The workshops will provide a comprehensive ethical, contemplative and philosophical framework for mindfulness, based on Stephen Batchelor’s secular interpretation of the Buddhist foundation of mindfulness. The program is intended for mindfulness practitioners and teachers in all fields. No prior knowledge of Buddhism is needed.

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