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...

Uposatha Sangha interview

Building our practice community – fortnightly ritual with the lunar cycle The Bodhi College Uposatha Sangha begins in January 2022. This new offering for 2022 will be led by Chris Cullen, Yuka Nakamura and Jaya Rudgard. We checked in with Jaya to hear what inspired...

Recommended summer reading 2021

  Christoph Köck Susan Blackmore: Consciousness, A very short Introduction, Oxford University Press 2005 “This – I wouldn’t call ‘short’ – book, is a fine introduction to a subject that has been discussed for a very long time. Susan Blackmore herself...

Sustaining ourselves in 2020

A reflection on the Covid19 pandemic by Martine Batchelor   In March 2020 when the virus struck the world and confinement started in France, I felt that all the years of practice we did prepared us for such a strange time. It seemed it could become a time for...

Suggested summer reading from the faculty 2020

Hoping to spend time reading in the sunshine this summer? Here are some recent book recommendations from our faculty:   Stephen Batchelor: The Art of Solitude, Yale University Press, 2020 Stephens lovely and moving book reminds us of the freedom and sufficiency...

An extract from Embracing Extinction

An essay by Stephen Batchelor Being in lockdown during this pandemic allows us a breathing space to consider the tragic absurdity of our existence. By letting the chatter of our fears and anxieties subside, we can hear the inner silence of our soul. As we breathe more...

Coronavirus (COVID-19) response from Bodhi College

Bodhi College is here to serve the wellbeing of all through the particular contribution we can make through our programme. We hope you are keeping safe and well through the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). We are monitoring the advice of the WHO, the NHS and other...

Generosity: On the Economics of Bodhi College

By Stephen Batchelor Bodhi College is a small-scale European educational initiative that offers study and training programmes in Early Buddhism for those with an established dharma or mindfulness practice. The college came into being in 2014 through the imagination of...

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....