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....

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...