A Cure for the Soul: Early Buddhism and the Philosophy of Epicurus

Non-residential weekend course

  • Nov 02
    Saturday Nov 2 - Sunday Nov 3, 2019
    • VAT-Free
    Stephen Batchelor, John Peacock
    • £160.00

For both Gotama and ancient Greek Epicurus, philosophy was not an academic discipline but a therapy for curing the sickness of the soul.

Born in Greece sixty years after the Buddha died, Epicurus developed a practical philosophy that was founded on an atomic theory of reality, aimed at optimizing human happiness, and which considered friendship the most important virtue.

During this course we will examine surviving fragments of Epicurus’ own writings as well as passages from the poem On the Nature of Thingsby his Roman follower Lucretius.

We’ll explore the many striking parallels between Epicureanism and Early Buddhism, and also look at where the traditions appear to diverge.

Time will include meditation sessions, discussions and talk


Event Details


This course 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

Additional information:

  • Suitable for those new to Dharma teachings
  • Overnight accommodation is not included. Should you need to stay overnight please contact the Bodhi College Coordinator for details of nearby hotels
  • A vegetarian lunch and daytime tea and coffee are included
  • Full payment required on booking (Deposits cannot be taken for retreats under 5 days in length)
  • A limited number of Bursary places are available for this course.
  • Please read the Booking Conditions before booking


STEPHEN BATCHELOR is a Buddhist teacher and writer known for his secular or agnostic approach to the Dharma. Formerly a Buddhist monk in the Tibetan and Zen traditions, he is the translator and author of several books including Buddhism Without Beliefs, Living with the Devil and Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist. His most recent book, After Buddhism, was published by Yale University Press in 2015. He lives in southwest France with his wife Martine.


John PeacockJOHN PEACOCK is both an academic and a Buddhist practitioner of nearly forty years. Trained initially in the Tibetan Gelugpa tradition in India, he subsequently spent time in Sri Lanka studying Theravada. He lectured in Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol, is Associate Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and teaches on the Master of Studies programme in MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) at Oxford University. John has been teaching meditation for more than twenty five years and is a Gaia House guiding teacher.


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