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February 20, 2020—February 23, 2020
Secular Dharma in Theory and Practice with Stephen Batchelor
A limited number of Hemera Contemplative Fellowships are available in support of this program. For more information, please refer here.
Secular Dharma is a radical project to rethink the Buddha’s dharma from the ground up in order to address the condition of modernity. This process begins by returning to the core teachings of the dharma as found in the early texts of the Pali Canon and in the existential questions opened up afresh by the first Chan (Zen) teachers in China. Based on Stephen’s book After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age, the workshop will introduce some of the author’s current work-in-progress on this project, including reflections on the key role of the imagination and creativity in dharma practice. Through talks, discussions and meditation, we will consider how to refine our contemplative, ethical and social practice of human flourishing.
This retreat is being co-presented with Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. Tricycle is a print and digital magazine dedicated to making Buddhist teachings and practices broadly available. Tricycle also offers monthly spiritual films online, podcasts with leading Buddhist voices, weekly dharma talk videos, and a variety of online courses with expert teachers.
Stephen Batchelor is a writer, translator, teacher and artist. Born in 1953, he was ordained as a Buddhist monk at the age of twenty and spent ten years training in the Tibetan Geluk and Korean Son orders. In 2015 he co-founded Bodhi College, a European educational project dedicated to the understanding and application of early Buddhism. His most recent publications are After Buddhism and Secular Buddhism (Yale University Press). His new book The Art of Solitude will be published by Yale in February 2020. He travels worldwide to lecture and lead retreats and lives in south-west France with his wife Martine.
Marlon Barrios Solano is a Venezuelan-American Meditation Instructor, Interdisciplinary/Dance Artist, Educator, and Researcher. With a hybrid background in movement arts, performance studies, new media, and psychology, he investigates the intersections of cognition, embodiment, awareness, and social innovation in healing, care, and art practices. He is a Certified Vipassana/Mindfulness Meditation Teacher by Spirit Rock Meditation Center (USA). He studies and practices at Insight Meditation Society (USA) and Beatenberg Meditation Center (Switzerland) under the mentorship of Stephen Batchelor and Chas DiCapua. He is visiting faculty at Barre Center of Buddhist Studies. Since March 2017, he works and lives at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA in the US.
Martine Batchelor lived in Korea as a Zen nun under the guidance of Master Kusan for ten years. She is the author of Meditation for Life, The Path of Compassion, Women in Korean Zen and Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits. She is a member of the Gaia House Teacher Council. She teaches meditation retreats worldwide and lives in France. Her latest works are the The Spirit of the Buddha, What is this? and The Definition, Practice and Psychology of Vedana. Recently she has been involved with the Silver Sante Study, teaching meditation, mindfulness, and compassion to seniors in France to see if this could prevent aging decline.
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