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. After Buddhism: exploring a secular dharma is offered without a fixed fee; when you have completed it, you will be invited to make a donation that will ensure that others can go through the course also.
This course is based on Stephen Batchelor’s recent book, After Buddhism: rethinking the dharma for a secular age, and its companion book, After Buddhism: a workbook, by Winton Higgins which was published by The Tuwhiri Project.
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.
It will be available through the secularbuddhist.network website (there is a holding page here for now) for individual self-study and for people to go through in a group. We will also be encouraging communities to enrol groups of their members in the course together, allowing them the opportunity to exchange views and experiences.
The three ways the course will be accessible are:
AVAILABLE NOW: Self-paced – for individuals to go through it on their own
Community – for people to go through with a group of friends
Group – for individuals to go through at the same time with a cohort of others
The course is presented by Mike Slott, who is a practice leader at New York Insight. 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 his meditation practice in 2010.
One of the stretch goals that The Tuwhiri Project set during the Kickstarter for After Buddhism: a workbook, we hope you find this course useful, and we look forward to getting your feedback.