What Supports Personal Integrity?

By Christina Feldman and Willem Kuyken Excerpt from Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology When we live with integrity we are able to ask the question “How does this state of mind and action (speech and bodily action) affect me and others?” We can use the...

Early Buddhism and Epicureanism

Any philosopher’s argument which does not therapeutically treat human suffering is worthless; for just as there is no profit in medicine when it does not expel diseases of the body, so there is no profit in philosophy when it doesn’t expel the sufferings of the mind....

Suggested summer reading from the faculty

Hoping to spend time reading in the sunshine this summer? Here are some recent book recommendations from our faculty (scroll down for German suggestions): Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Amaro: The Island: An Anthology of the Buddha’s Teachings of Nibbana, available for...

Secular Dharma by Stephen Batchelor

“Secular Dharma” is the name of a two-year modular course taught at Bodhi College that I teach with Martine Batchelor, Renate Seifarth and Jenny Wilks.  In February this year, we began the second of these courses with twenty-three students from Europe, America and...

Reflections on the first CPP – Study Programme

By Christina Feldman, Bodhi College Teacher Akincano and I recently launched the first of the CPP modules in the Netherlands with an engaged and lively group from six countries. I am reminded again of what a rich and valuable programme this is with participants...

Māra: The Genesis of an Opera

by Stephen Batchelor My interest in Māra – the Buddhist equivalent of Satan in the Abrahamic religions – began after the publication of Buddhism without Beliefs in 1997. The success of that book led to my being offered a contract by my publisher to write a sequel on...

Boundless Heart by Christina Feldman

The Boundless Heart by Christina Feldman was published in April 2017. It explores the Brahma Viharas of Kindness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity as pathways of awakening. These ennobling qualities of the heart are virtues, seed of potentiality that live in every human...

Reflections on the four noble truths

by Jake Dartington The four noble (or ennobling) truths have always been a central to my understanding of Dharma practice. However, over the years, my interpretation of the truths has changed many times. While at first sight they feel very simple, as we reflect on...

Valuable learnings from The Mindfulness Course

“A wonderful development opportunity for established mindfulness-based teachers…” “Attending the Mindfulness Teacher Development Programme has been an invaluable experience. It offered me a structure and supportive community within which to...

Forget about being a Buddhist. Be a human.

By Ken McLeod Over the last few weeks, I’ve received a few emails with questions about a Buddhist response to the 2016 election. Here is one: What does Buddhism have to say about how to respond to the behavior and rhetoric of Donald Trump? And just as important, what...

A Word from the Board – Spring 2017

by Brigitte Huber-Jordi, Herrliberg Sitting in the middle of Europe in pre-spring Switzerland I am happy to share some information with you about the Bodhi College. As you may know, BC – as an educational charity – is governed by a board of trustees. The...

The Facebook Sutta (SN 57.1)

by Bernat Font Thus have I imagined. At one time, the Fortunate One was staying in Silicon Valley. There, he addressed the bhikkhus thus: “Bhikkhus.” “Venerable sir,” they replied. “These things should not be cultivated with regards to Facebook by one gone forth....