Following the publication of his book The Buddha’s Middle Way, Robert M. Ellis will be leading an exploration of its key themes. Its central focus is an understanding of the Middle Way as a principle of judgment, navigating between opposed absolutes – one that can be discovered and applied in any context. The criteria for the Middle Way need to be practical – not historical or traditional – but that doesn’t stop us from turning to the Buddha as a rich source of inspiration for following it.
In this course, we’ll be asking: what does the Middle Way look like when stripped down to a universal practical form? How can it help us to reach a practical and integrative interpretation of the Buddha’s life and teachings? Robert offers his vision based on some of the Buddha’s key metaphors – which he groups into five principles in his analysis of the Middle Way: scepticism, provisionality, incrementality, agnosticism and integration.
The retreat will include time for discussion of the issues and implications, alongside practice and reflection.
Open to all
This retreat is offered on a dana basis – you will be asked to make an additional monetary donation at the end of the course to support the livelihood of the teacher.
- Non-residential course
- Suitable for new and experienced Dharma practitioners
- Accommodation must be booked independently by participants
- A vegetarian lunch, and daytime tea and coffee, are included
- Full Payment required on booking (Deposits cannot be taken for weekend courses)
- A limited number of Bursary places are available for this course.
ROBERT M. ELLIS is the founder of the Middle Way Society and the author of a number of books on Middle Way Philosophy – including the introductory Migglism and the more detailed Middle Way Philosophy series. His most recent book, The Buddha’s Middle Way: Experiential Judgement in his Life and Teaching was published by Equinox in 2019, with a foreword by Stephen Batchelor. He has a Ph.D. in Philosophy, is an experienced teacher, and was formerly a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order. He now regularly leads retreats for the Middle Way Society.