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Complete online at your own pace (Self-paced)
- £99.00 excl.
This self-study course will offer a comprehensive series of lectures, reflections, and discussions on the theme of Secular Dharma.
Secular Dharma is a way of radically reconfiguring the dharma to address the conditions of modernity and the crises facing the survival of life on earth. It is founded on an ethics of uncertainty, which seeks an appropriate response to the suffering of our times without any appeal to metaphysical or religious beliefs.
For the first part of the course, based on selected passages from his book After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age, Stephen will consider the emergence of Secular Dharma within the history of Buddhism, offer a humanistic account of Gotama, the Buddha, and examine the key ideas that inform a skeptical, agnostic, therapeutic and pragmatic understanding of Gotama’s teachings.
In the second half, Stephen will explore how the project of imagining a Secular Dharma is evolving as a practical philosophy to engage with the existential crises of our time.
The course material consists of videos with talks and Q&As, Stephen’s notes, questions for self reflection as well as numerous references and link to resources plus a guide suggesting how to make the most out of your self study experience.
If you are unable to afford the rate please let us know. We will make sure that no one is turned away because of lack of funds.
Suitable both for beginners and those who are already familiar with Stephen’s work.
Participants are encouraged to borrow or purchase Stephen's book After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age.
STEPHEN BATCHELOR is a translator, teacher, artist and writer known for his secular approach to the Dharma. A co-founder of Bodhi College, his books include Buddhism Without Beliefs, Living with the Devil, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist and After Buddhism. His most recent publication, The Art of Solitude, was published by Yale University Press in 2020. He lives in southwest France with his wife Martine.