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...

Study and Practice

by Stephen Batchelor There is a tendency within the Buddhist world, particularly in the West, to see study as merely an inessential adjunct to “practice.” This reflects how much of the Western Buddhist community is still carrying the legacy of the 1960s, which was an...

Practice in Action – a Trustee’s Perspective

by Sean Williams How does one pursue a practice that asks you to let go in a world that demands you to hold on? It’s been a constant challenge for me. I have been developing my practice for about ten years. For nearly all that time, I have worked as a senior executive...

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....

A Buddhist Brexit – A Response

by Michael Hoey I am grateful to Stephen for the opportunity to respond to his Tricycle article on the UK ‘Brexit’ referendum, now that it has been translated for Buddhismus Aktuell . I would like here firstly to outline some of the reasons why a British Buddhist like...

A Buddhist Brexit

by Stephen Batchelor The world changed in the early morning of June 24th, 2016. I woke up in an airport hotel in Bordeaux. After a few hazy minutes I remembered that I should check my iPad for the result of the British referendum on membership of the European Union...

Secular Mindfulness – potential and pitfalls

Jenny Wilks based on an article in Insight Journal, (Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, September 2014), originally presented at the 2013 BCBS colloquium on Secular Buddhism Introduction Imagine for a moment that you are a health & fitness trainer. You work with...

Singing the Dharma?

by Andrew Olendzki Ambapali was a courtesan living in the city of Vesali, and is portrayed in the Pali literature as a woman of considerable wealth and influence. She had been left to die as a baby in a mango (amba) grove, no doubt the illegitimate offspring of...

Why *Early* Buddhism?

Letizia Baglioni What follows is part of an ongoing attempt at articulating what is it about the early teachings that makes them unique and relevant, and why it is worthwhile taking the time to undo (or at least relax) some of the meanings and methods we may have...

Beyond scientific materialism and religious belief

Akincano M. Weber Secular Buddhism, a concept still somewhat vague yet emotive, is being exalted or vilified across net and media – and so are its users occasionally. We need to be clear: secular Buddhism is neither Stephen Batchelor’s invention nor the final triumph...

The Secularisation of Buddhism

Stephen Batchelor As someone immersed in the practice of Buddhism for the past forty years – as a student, translator, writer, interpreter and teacher – I may not be best placed to appreciate the impact of this tradition on the wider British society of which I am a...