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Summer greetings from Bodhi College

Summer is upon us, and for many we will be out and about, enjoying the light and warmer climate. It's also a time when our lives get busier, as we book in holidays, children are around more and there are more opportunities to socialise.

As schedules fill up, it can be harder to make the time for practice and Dharma study, but keeping this commitment over these busy months is essential.
In today's newsletter, our teachers give their recommendations for summer reading, and Stephen Batchelor shares his thoughts on practicing a secular Dharma. Summer can also be a good time to revisit previous course or retreat materials, and with that in mind, don't forget that our online course this Autumn gives you lifetime access to teaching videos and discussions from four of the core faculty members here at Bodhi College.

So, however your summer shapes up, we hope to continue sharing the Dharma with you in some shape or form.

Best wishes from the team at Bodhi College

See the 2018 programme here
Mindfulness: Its Origins, Purpose and Transformational Power 
With Stephen Batchelor, Christina Feldman, John Peacock & Akincano Weber

6 Week online course in collaboration with Tricycle: The Buddhist Review
Begins September 24th  Sign up 
Early Buddhism and the Existential Dilemma
3 - 4 November 2018 – Goodenough College, London

Non-residential weekend course exploring the parallels – and differences – between approaches to questions of human existence as found in the teachings of Gotama in the discourses of the Pali Canon and the works of Western philosophers from the ancient Greeks until modern times.

With Stephen Batchelor and John Peacock. Find out more and book here

Also coming up
21-28 Sept, Holland: Dependent Origination - 7 day residential retreat
With Christina Feldman & John Peacock

1-5 Oct, UK: The Existential Challenge - 5 day residential retreat
With Christina Feldman & Chris Cullen

18-23 Feb, Switzerland: The Big Picture  - 5 day residential retreat
With John Peacock, Akincano Weber & Yuka Nakamura
Reflections on....
Secular Buddhism

'For practitioners of Secular Dharma, the sole criterion to judge a teaching is whether or not it facilitates your flourishing as an ethical being. Whether or not it is “true” in some way that corresponds to the nature of “reality” is irrelevant.' 

Stephen Batchelor on why he is re-configuring the Four Noble Truths
as The Four Tasks. See the full article here
Summer reading - book reviews from our teachers
The Buddhist Literature of Ancient Gandhāra: An Introduction with Selected Translations
by Richard Salomon

'A wonderful book that provides tantalizing glimpses of a forgotten Buddhist civilization, which flourished at the geographical crossroads of Indian, Persian, Hellenistic and Central Asian cultures around the time of Christ'. Stephen Batchelor

The Island: An Anthology of the Buddha's Teachings of Nibbana
by Ajhan Passaro and Ajhan Amaro

'An anthology of the Buddha’s teachings on Nibbana - a wonderful compilation of the ways that the Buddha described awakening.' Christina Feldman

More reviews in English & German here
What is it like on a Bodhi College course?

Katherine, one of the participants on our Committed Practitioners Programme (CPP), shares what the atmosphere is like on the course.

You can see other reflections from participants in the full video here

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