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February 20, 2020—February 23, 2020

Secular Dharma in Theory and Practice with Stephen Batchelor

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.

Teacher Bio:

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. 

Pricing Information

Commuter Rate (no bedroom)
Dorm Room
Double Room
Single Room
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