Stephen Batchelor is one of the core faculty at Bodhi College, 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. He and Martine Batchelor are currently teaching two courses related to secular Buddhism.
Bodhi College Programme on the Secular Dharma
Bodhi College will be offering from November 2020 to February 2022 their second two year programme on the Secular Dharma combining study, meditation practice, and group discussions. The instructors are Martine Batchelor and Stephen Batchelor.
The purpose of the course is to enable students to recover and integrate the values, philosophy and ethics of the dharma into their lives so that they become more autonomous in their understanding and practice. To this end we encourage an on-going practice that interweaves the elements of the eightfold path into the fabric of one’s daily life as a means of flourishing fully as persons and communities in this world. The course seeks to create a peer-learning environment that will balance critical enquiry, open-minded discussion, contemplative reflection and practical application of what is taught.
The Secular Dharma Programme will be open for applications in mid-March 2020. For more information, click here.
Tricycle Online Course (in association with Bodhi College)
In partnership with the U.S. journal Tricycle and Bodhi College, Stephen and Martine Batchelor offered a six weeks online course on the secular dharma beginning in November 2019 which provides an encompassing vision for understanding and practicing dharma in the contemporary world. At its heart is an easy acronym we can all learn to apply, ELSA: Embrace, Let go, See, and Act. The course is still available to take on a self-paced basis.
Secular Dharma is a novel way of rethinking Buddhist wisdom in an age of global modernity. This online course sets forth a comprehensive philosophical, contemplative, and ethical way of life without reference to the Indian metaphysical framework common to the various schools of Buddhism. The aim of Secular Dharma is human flourishing rather than the attainment of “enlightenment.”
In six units, Martine and Stephen Batchelor present their understanding of Secular Dharma as they have been practicing it themselves and teaching it at Bodhi College. In each unit they offer meditations, talks, reflections and parables to illuminate their approach.
For more information go to https://learn.tricycle.org/courses/secular-dharma