After Buddhism and Beyond

  • Feb 13

    Saturday Feb 13, 2021 - Saturday Jun 26, 2021

    (Start time Sat 15:00 CET - End time Sat 18:00 CEST)
    Online
    Stephen Batchelor
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    Price includes a fee for the teacher.
    Session information
    Sessions
    Seminar 1 - Semester 1: After Buddhism
    Sat 13 Feb 15:00 CET - Sat 13 Feb 18:00 CET
    Online
    Seminar 2 - Semester 1: After Buddhism
    Sat 20 Feb 15:00 CET - Sat 20 Feb 18:00 CET
    Online
    Seminar 3 - Semester 1: After Buddhism
    Sat 27 Feb 15:00 CET - Sat 27 Feb 18:00 CET
    Online
    Seminar 4 - Semester 1: After Buddhism
    Sat 06 Mar 15:00 CET - Sat 06 Mar 18:00 CET
    Online
    Seminar 5 - Semester 1: After Buddhism
    Sat 13 Mar 15:00 CET - Sat 13 Mar 18:00 CET
    Online
    Seminar 6 - Semester 1: After Buddhism
    Sat 20 Mar 15:00 CET - Sat 20 Mar 18:00 CET
    Online
    Seminar 7 - Semester 2: The Ethics of Uncertainty
    Sat 15 May 15:00 CEST - Sat 15 May 18:00 CEST
    Online
    Seminar 8 - Semester 2: The Ethics of Uncertainty
    Sat 22 May 15:00 CEST - Sat 22 May 18:00 CEST
    Online
    Seminar 9 - Semester 2: The Ethics of Uncertainty
    Sat 05 Jun 15:00 CEST - Sat 05 Jun 18:00 CEST
    Online
    Seminar 10 - Semester 2: The Ethics of Uncertainty
    Sat 12 Jun 15:00 CEST - Sat 12 Jun 18:00 CEST
    Online
    Seminar 11 - Semester 2: The Ethics of Uncertainty
    Sat 19 Jun 15:00 CEST - Sat 19 Jun 18:00 CEST
    Online
    Seminar 12 - Semester 2: The Ethics of Uncertainty
    Sat 26 Jun 15:00 CEST - Sat 26 Jun 18:00 CEST
    Online
    Description

    This online 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.

    Semester One: 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.

    Semester Two: In preparation for these sessions, participants will be sent passages from Stephen’s work-in-progress, provisionally titled The Ethics of Uncertainty: A Post-Buddhist Odyssey. During this semester, 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. 

    Each session will include talks, breakout groups, short meditations, and a question and answer period with the entire group. 

    Participants are invited to join home groups, which we suggest meet at 18:00 local time on Tuesdays between the sessions of each semester, to continue their explorations of the topics introduced in the course (unless the group itself decides a different meeting time).  The home groups will be formed of students in the same time zones. We will also try to create groups according to different languages.

    A reading list and links to relevant audio and video recordings will be provided. 

    Each seminar will be recorded and made available for participants as soon as possible after the event.

    A public launch of After Buddhism and Beyond, hosted by Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, will take place at the end of January 2021 (time and date to be confirmed).  Stephen Batchelor will discuss the seminar series in dialogue with Tricycle editor James Shaheen.

    Event Details

    Dates and time: 

    Semester One: After Buddhism

    February 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20.

    Semester Two: The Ethics of Uncertainty

    May 15, 22, June 5, 12, 19, 26.

    Time: 09:00 – 12:00 EST/ 14:00 – 17:00 GMT / 15:00 – 18:00 CET

    Cost:

    • This course is offered on a tiered fee basis – please choose the fee which is the most appropriate for your given your current circumstances.
    • The price includes a fee for the teacher, no additional dana will be requested. 
    • 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.

    Additional Information:

    • Suitable both for beginners and those who are already familiar with Stephen’s work.

    Teacher: 

    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 BeliefsLiving 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.