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.

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March 2022 to May 2022

2 March to 31 May (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

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