A groundbreaking new educational centre which will be offering residential courses and study programmes across Europe, Bodhi College will integrate early Buddhist theory with practice, with a view to understanding and applying these teachings in a contemporary context.
As an educational centre for meditative learning, critical examination and practical cultivation of the dharma as found in the early strata of Buddhist texts primarily focused on the sutta (discourses) and vinaya (monastic training) sections of the Pali Canon, Bodhi College will give equal significance to comparable materials recorded in prakrits, Sanskrit, Chinese, Tibetan and other Asian languages.
Bodhi College will aspire to recover core insights of early Buddhist teachings so as to develop fresh ways of understanding the dharma today. The intention is to provide a contemplative education which inspires students to realise the values of the dharma in the context of this secular age and culture.
In the spirit of Buddha’s middle teaching (majjhena dhammadesanā) and his middle approach (majjhimā paṭipadā), Bodhi College will be committed to a middle way of human awakening that integrates theory with practice, encouraging both personal fulfilment and social engagement.
With this in mind, the College will offer a year-round programme of courses, workshops, lectures and colloquia which enables students to access the rich and often untapped resources of the early texts and acquire the linguistic, hermeneutic, psychological and historical skills to understand them in ways that can be applied to contemporary needs.
The curriculum at Bodhi College will be built around the Committed Dharma Practitioners’ Programme (CDPP), a mentored two-year course of seminar and retreat modules which has been running since 2009. The College will be formally launched in 2016 and in addition to the CDPP will initially offer courses in:
- Buddhist Psychology
- Training for Mindfulness Teachers (MBI)
- Textual Studies
- Contemporary Culture
- Classical Languages (Pali)
The Institute’s courses are intended for those with an established dharma practice and those who use mindfulness-based approaches in their professional work, such as therapists and educators.
Akincano Weber, Christine Feldman, John Peacock and Stephen Batchelor make up the core faculty of Bodhi College. They are responsible for designing and planning the curriculum, teaching courses and modules, mentoring students, training prospective teachers, and inviting visiting faculty to contribute to the programme.
Bodhi College will operate under the Bodhi Trust, an educational charity that will be established in the UK. While the College may ultimately acquire its own property, its programme will initially be offered in rented venues.
To find out more about Bodhi College go to bodhi-college.org.