DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS, MANY RETREATS AND COURSES ARE EITHER BEING CANCELLED OR CHANGED TO ONLINE PROGRAMS. PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINKS PROVIDED WITH EACH COURSE OR RETREAT TO FIND OUT THEIR CURRENT STATUS.
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6 September to 13 December (Online, in Catalan)
Foundations of Buddhism study group
taught by Bernat Font
The study group ‘Foundations of Buddhism’ (GEFB) is a new activity of the Secular Sangha. These are monthly sessions, between 1 1/2 and 2 hours, where we will acquire a knowledge base of Buddhism on which to build, establish connections between concepts, and relate our personal experience to the teachings. Each session will discuss one of the formulas or ‘lists’ of Buddhism, to acquire a general notion of what it is about, what its meaning or purpose is, and what place it occupies in the dharma tree. We will also spend time meditating.
To register for the study group: https://forms.gle/g8qKSZKJ1MkYmLtP8
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10 September to 23 December (Online)
Secular Buddhist Network’s course on After Buddhism: exploring a secular dharma
taught by Lorna Edwards
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 and/or to register for the course, click here.
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24 October to 25 October (Online lectures and retreat, in German and English)
Symposium Säkularer Buddhismus – The Middle Way: a way out of hatred and polarization?
Presenters: Stephen Batchelor, Ursula Battz, Stefan Bauberger, Robert Ellis, Tsunma Konchok Jinpa Chodron, and Akincano Weber
The first day will consist mainly of lectures, some of which will be held in English, some in German. The second day will be an online retreat with Stephen Batchelor, in the English language.
For more information, go to https://buddhastiftung.de/study-retreat-saekularer-buddhismus-mittlerer-weg-2020-heidelberg
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17 November to 22 November (online)
Mindfulness of Feeling Tones Retreat
Led by Martine Batchelor and Bernat Font
During this retreat we will explore mindfulness of the feeling tones, which is the second foundation of the practice of mindulness. First we will provide an overview of the different aspects of mindfulness. Then, we will define feeling tones and finally, we will explore how to be mindful of them. The Pali term vedana refers to the affective tone of experience.
For more information, go to https://simsara.nl/mindfulness-feeling-tone-vedana-0