Philosophy as a Way of Life: The Buddha, Sceptics, Epicureans and Stoics

Non-residential weekend course with John Peacock and Stephen Batchelor

26-27 October 2019, Centrum voor Mindfulness, Amsterdam, Holland

From India to Greece, since ancient times, philosophy has been understood as a way of life – to be practiced through rigorous self-examination and ethical living.

This weekend will explore some of the striking parallels between the practices of early Buddhism, and those of Hellenistic philosophy. Comparing the discourses of the Pali Canon with the teachings of the Sceptics, Epicureans and Stoics, we’ll look at the historical and intellectual background of these traditions, and ask:

‘How did the doctrines of thinkers such as Democritus, Pyrrho, Epicurus, Epictetus and Seneca resonate with Gotama and his followers?’

Time will include seminars, discussions and spiritual exercises.

As an introduction to Hellenistic philosophy before the course, we recommend Pierre Hadot’s Philosophy as a Way of Life.

This event is run in collaboration with the Centrum voor Mindfulness in Amsterdam.


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.


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 Confession 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.

Event Details

  • Non-residential course
  • All teachings are offered on a dana basis
  • Suitable for new and experienced Dharma practitioners as well as anyone interested in philosophy as a way of life
  • The weekend will include periods of practice and times for discussion.
  • Accommodation for the Saturday night 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.
  • Please read the Booking Conditions before booking

If you cannot pay by Credit Card or Paypal, please contact our Coordinator here to register. 

  • Philosophy as a Way of Life: The Buddha, Sceptics, Epicureans and Stoics
    October 26, 2019 - October 27, 2019
    10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Venue Website:

Raadhuisstraat 15, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, 1016, Netherlands


The Centrum voor Mindfulness (CVM) is located in the heart of the beautiful city of Amsterdam, providing quiet, contemplative and teaching space in the midst of a busy city. The CVM’s mission is to support people to live in a more mindful and compassionate society.

It does so by offering courses and workshops, by teacher training and by providing information on mindfulness and the value it can have for a mindful and compassionate society.

Should you need to stay overnight please contact the Bodhi College Coordinator for details of nearby hotels.

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