Emptiness, Not-Self and Identity

Bodhi College teacher, Christoph Köck, shares his thoughts on the theme for our upcoming study retreat Emptiness, Not-Self and Identity “The Buddha was not so much interested in Absolute Truths than in providing ways of seeing and cultivating the heart.” “The...

A Question of Identity

By Martine Batchelor I am 60 years old and I have never thought that I would be able to take such a picture as above.  As someone who likes to take photos I have had two holy grails – the perfect sunset and the perfect rainbow.  I gave up on the perfect sunset when I...

Living with a sense of wonder

Bodhi College co-founder and teacher, John Peacock, on the inspiration for his new course: As we grow older and the world becomes seemingly more and more familiar to us, we often lose a vital quality that we possessed as children, and that made the world and life...

Meet our teacher – Bernat Font

Already a popular and energetic teacher, Bernat met the dharma at a very young age, and has practiced in Europe, India and Myanmar, gradually putting aside his artistic career as a jazz pianist. His first retreats with Martine and Stephen Batchelor, as well as that...

Cooking and baking as a form of practice

Our trustee Brigitte Huber shares her thoughts on cooking and baking as a form of practice: “I regularly have to prepare meals, be it for some friends, our extended family or just the two of us. I have to walk to the basement where veggies and staple foods are...

A Question of Ethics

In advance of his October online seminar series on ethics, How to live, what to do? Buddhism and Five Ethical Dilemmas, John Peacock reflects on some of the key questions of the course: Is there a big current ethical issue that particularly occupies your attention? I...

Jaya Rudgard – an introduction to chanting

With our first home chanting retreat taking place this December, teacher Jaya Rudgard gives us an insight into this ancient and supportive practice: What do you feel that a chanting practice gives you? “Chanting gives me a sense of direct connection to a...

Recommended summer reading from the faculty 2023

Books in English: bell hooks: All About Love, New Vision 2016 This book is an essential inspiration towards cultivating the dharma of relationships.  It is filled with striking passages relevant to a life of practice: “Knowing how to be solitary is central to...

In Memory of Gary Born

Gary Born, a Trustee of Bodhi College, passed away suddenly on 21st April 2022.  Gary’s love of the dharma was a passion in his life, to which he brought boundless enthusiasm and generosity. Gary was a tremendous contributor to so many groups of people, as a very...

Recommended Summer Reading 2022

      Bhikkhu Anālayo: Developments in Buddhist Meditation Traditions. The Interplay Between Theory & Practice, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies: Barre, Massachusetts, 2022. Pdf available here. This is a great, scholarly book for those who are curious to...

Teacher Training Programme – completion announcement

In January, 2022, 29 experienced practitioners from around the world completed the Bodhi College Teacher Training Programme. These are people who were invited into the programme by senior teachers who, through personal contact with them, acknowledged their potential...

Samsara: Teachers’ thoughts

Two of our Samsara – or How to Stop Going Around in Circles course teachers, Yuka Nakamura and Stephen Batchelor, share some of the thoughts behind the course, which starts on 3 March 2022. You can read more about the course and register here.   Why did you...