exploring a secular dharma
The Tuwhiri Project and secularbuddhist.network have created an online course which explores the key ideas and practices of secular Buddhism, an important trend that has emerged in western Buddhism in recent years. The course is currently being tested by an initial group of students and is expected to go live in the second half of 2019.
This online course is mainly based on Stephen Batchelor’s recent book, After Buddhism: rethinking the dharma for a secular age, and the companion book published by The Tuwhiri Project, After Buddhism: a workbook, by Winton Higgins.
It provides an opportunity for secular Buddhists and those curious about secular Buddhism to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of a secular approach to the dharma. Its key objectives are to:
identify and explain the key concepts of secular Buddhism;
compare secular Buddhism with traditional, institutional forms of Buddhism;
sketch a vision of secular Buddhist practice for individuals and communities.
The course will be available through www.secularbuddhist.network (this website has yet to go live) for individual self-study, and we encourage communities to enrol groups of people to enrol in the course, giving them opportunities to exchange views and experiences together.
The course is presented by Mike Slott. A part-time lecturer in labor history at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA, Mike is a long-time political and labor movement activist who began a meditation practice in 2010. He is a member of and practice leader at New York Insight.
One of the stretch goals that The Tuwhiri Project set during the Kickstarter for After Buddhism: a workbook, we hope you find it useful and look forward to getting your feedback.