Depth and Embodiment: An Integral Path

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From March to June 2021 Bodhi College will be offering an extended study programme, focussed on integrating the early teachings of the Buddha into our understanding and way of living. This programme is an opportunity to explore the early texts, develop our experiential understanding of the teaching and investigate how that understanding can be woven into our meditation practice and daily life.
There will be two modules offered in an online format followed by a one week online retreat in Switzerland. Each module will be followed by a later session for questions and reflections. We will offer some ongoing investigations for after the modules. We would ask for people to commit to the entire programme to support a sense of community. To participate we ask that you have attended a minimum of three insight meditation retreats and have at least three years of practice.


Event Details

Programme details: 

Module 1: Untangling the Mind
With Christina Feldman and Chris Cullen
7th to 9th March 2021 (3 to 6pm GMT/4 to 7pm CET)
Follow up Session 16th March 2021 (6:30 to 8pm GMT/7.30 to 9pm CET)

Early Buddhist teachings provide practical and profound guidance for investigating and understanding the ways in which psychological distress is created moment-to-moment, and how this same distress can be brought to an end.   

As the Buddha points out, it is possible for a person possessed of mindfulness, investigation and insight to "untangle the tangle". In this module we will explore a few key discourses from the Majjhima Nikāya in which he outlines ways in which this can be done, so as to cultivate a heart-mind that is clear, friendly, trustworthy, responsive, and increasingly free from entangling proliferation and confusion. 

Module 2: The Ennobling Eight Fold Path
With Christina Feldman and Christoph Köck
9th to 11th May 2021 (3 to 6pm GMT/4 to 7pm CET)
Follow up Session: 25th May 2021 (6:30 to 8pm GMT/7.30 to 9 CET)

Central to the Buddha’s teaching are the Four Ennobling Truths. They describe the existential human dilemma of distress, present a diagnosis of the roots of distress and offer a prognosis of the ending of distress. The treatment or response lies within the cultivation of the Ennobling Eight Fold Path.  During this module we will reflect on each of the factors held within the path and explore the ways that they function together to bring about liberation or nibbana. The 8 fold path is a path of cultivation that investigates our inner world of experience and all of the ways we interface and interact with the world around us.  It is a deeply ethical and practical path concerned with what we understand and how we live.  We will draw upon the Buddha’s early teachings and reflect on how they can be lived and embodied today.  There will be time for questions and questions to explore after the ending of the module.

Retreat: Dependent Origination
With Christina Feldman, Yuka Nakamura & Jaya Rudgard
19th-26th June 2021, Meditation Center Beatenberg / Online

The teaching of dependent origination is referred to as being the landscape of the Buddha’s awakening. Passionate about understanding both the architecture of distress and the architecture of liberation, his genius lay in providing a detailed map of the ways in which our world of experience is created on a moment to moment level that is accessible to us experientially, offering the key to our freedom. In this silent retreat there will be some extended periods of teaching and group investigation that can then be cultivated experientially in our sitting and walking practices.

If conditions allow it will be possible to attend this retreat in person by booking a space directly with the Swiss retreat centre Beatenberg.


  • This course is offered on a tiered fee basis – please choose the fee which is the most appropriate for you given your current circumstances.
  • The price includes a teacher fee for the two online modules only. This means that for those two modules no additional dana will be requested.
  • The retreat is offered on a dāna-basis. This means that for the retreat our teachers receive no compensation other than that which is offered by the students. There will be opportunity to make your contribution at the end of the retreat.
  • The price includes participation in the online version of the retreat. Places for the in-person retreat at Beatenberg must be booked separately with Beatenberg. Please visit their website for more information.
  • Full Payment required on booking.
  • 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.


CHRISTINA FELDMAN is a co-founder of Gaia House and a guiding teacher at Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachussetts. The author of a number of books, she has been teaching insight meditation retreats internationally since 1976. She is one of the teaching faculty of the CPP programme, dedicated to the study and application of the early teachings of the Buddha and is engaged in teaching the Buddhist psychological foundations of mindfulness to those training to teach mindfulness-based applications in England, Belgium and the Netherlands. Her most recent book Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology, written with Willem Kuyken, was published in the summer of 2019. 

Chris CullenCHRIS CULLEN has practised and studied the Buddha's teachings since 1994 and has been teaching Insight Meditation retreats since 2010. He is also on the teaching team of the University of Oxford’s Mindfulness Centre, teaching Buddhist Psychology on the Masters course in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and running the mindfulness programme in the UK Parliament. He has a psychotherapy practice in Oxford.



CHRISTOPH KÖCK was born in Vienna, Austria, and spent 17 years of his life as a Buddhist monk in the Theravadin tradition. He lived mainly in monasteries connected with Ajahn Chah in Thailand and the West. Currently he lives in Vienna, working as a psychotherapist in a private practice. He teaches Buddhism and meditation internationally, and is trained to teach MBSR and MBCT. 



YUKA NAKAMURA has practised Buddhist meditation in different traditions since 1993, has a PhD in Developmental Psychology and is a certified MBSR-teacher. Trained as a Buddhist meditation teacher by Fred von Allmen she teaches meditation at Beatenberg (Switzerland), Gaia House (UK), Insight Meditation Society (Barre, MA) and other places. Yuka offers MBSR-courses and MBI-trainings at the CFM Zentrum für Achtsamkeit (CH).

JAYA RUDGARD began meditating in the 1980s and practised for eight years as a nun in the Thai Forest tradition in England with Ven. Ajahn Sumedho as her teacher. She is a graduate of the Insight Meditation Society/Spirit Rock Teacher Training and teaches Insight Meditation and mindfulness in the UK and internationally. Jaya is a qualified yoga teacher and a certified Holden Qigong instructor.