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Did Gotama intend to start a religion?

These two questions were posted to an online interactive session with Stephen Batchelor during a Bodhi College course in December 2016.

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Noah Rasheta interviews Stephen Batchelor

A lightly edited transcript of an interview given by Stephen Batchelor to Noah Rasheta for his podcast ‘Secular Buddhism’ which was published on 14 September 2017, their conversation makes an excellent introduction to secular Buddhism.

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Introduction to secular dharma – a study group

What is secular Buddhism, or a secular dharma? Recently, Wellington’s secular dharma practice community, One Mindful Breath, ran a successful study group which investigated this question. This is what we did.

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What if I’m doing it wrong?

Have you ever thought ‘What if I’m doing it wrong?’ We’ve all had that feeling when learning something new. This is no less true when the new activity is meditation.

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Being Completely Human – a study course in secular Buddhism

A group of people from Simply Meditation will shortly be holding the first of eight discussions around a series of talks by Stephen Batchelor and Roshi Joan Halifax from a retreat titled Being Completely Human, Secular Buddhism and Beyond.

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Good snowflakes

Using the koan ‘Good snowflakes: they don’t fall anywhere else’, Stephen Batchelor goes on to expand on it – trying to resist attempts at explaining it – using examples from modern, Western culture, specifically from the natural sciences.

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3 useful articles

The March 2016 Bodhi College newsletter contains links to longer articles by three of the four core members of the college faculty, Ancincano M. Weber, John Peacock and Stephen Batchelor. As there’s no facility to discuss them on the Bodhi College website, feel free to comment on them here.

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Free Thinking – Rana Mitter in conversation with Stephen Batchelor

In February 2016, BBC radio presenter Rana Mitter had a wide-ranging discussion with Stephen Batchelor for the BBC Radio 3 flagship arts and ideas programme ‘Free Thinking’.

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Review of Steven Batchelor’s After Buddhism

After Buddhism: Rethinking the dharma for a secular age by Stephen Batchelor (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015. 381 pp.) will focus discussion around a secular Buddhism and dharma renewal for years to come. Anyone with an interest in these subjects will need to know it.

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Ten theses of secular dharma

The ten theses that appear here constitute the final part of the last chapter of After Buddhism: Rethinking the dharma from the ground up, A Culture of Awakening.

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