Mindfulness: Its Origins, Purpose, and Transformational Power

in collaboration with Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

Starts 24 September 2018

Join Stephen Batchelor, Christina Feldman, John Peacock, and Akincano Weber of Bodhi College for a comprehensive understanding of mindfulness practice. Over six weeks, we will explore the religious, philosophical, and psychological dimensions of mindfulness within the context of early Buddhism. We’ll see how the practice is central in the path of liberation and Buddhism’s eightfold path as well as its applications as a therapeutic tool.


It’s easy to lose sight of what mindfulness actually is amid all the hype and noise. This course offers clarity about what mindfulness is from four renowned teachers, each with their own viewpoints and expertise to share. Perhaps most importantly, Mindfulness offers a solid footing for those looking to establish a meditation practice or deepen an existing practice.

We begin by looking at mindfulness in its historical and religious context as part of the Buddha’s four noble truths. We’ll examine mindfulness—and how to be mindful—in light of Buddhist contemplative teachings. At each stage, you’ll be expected to think critically and test these practices in your own experience. We will draw connections between the traditional conception of mindfulness to contemporary psychology and explore its benefits and therapeutic applications. We will consider the place of mindfulness in secular society. Finally, we’ll explore the ethical realities of mindfulness in a world that seems more complex than ever. Can mindfulness help us make moral decisions? Can it help us to lead a good life? How will it inform art, economics, and culture?

This is an essential program for anyone with an interest in mindfulness, its Buddhist roots, and its role in the contemporary world. Meditators, practitioners, and therapists will benefit from the deeper practical, psychological, ethical, and contemplative understanding of mindfulness available here.

Beginners will find an authoritative starting place in this course, while with an established meditation practice will find many points of deep and subtle inquiry to work with.


STEPHEN BATCHELOR is a Buddhist teacher and writer known for his secular or agnostic approach to the Dharma. Formerly a Buddhist monk in the Tibetan and Zen traditions, he is the translator and author of several books including Buddhism Without Beliefs, Living with the Devil and Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist. His most recent book, After Buddhism, was published by Yale University Press in 2015. He lives in southwest France with his wife Martine.

CHRISTINA FELDMAN is a co-founder of Gaia House and a guiding teacher at Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachussetts. The author of a number of books, she has been teaching insight meditation retreats internationally since 1976. She is one of the teaching faculty of the CPP programme, dedicated to the study and application of the early teachings of the Buddha and is engaged in teaching the Buddhist psychological foundations of mindfulness to those training to teach mindfulness-based applications in England, Belgium and the Netherlands. Christina's outside schedule


John PeacockJOHN PEACOCK is both an academic and a Buddhist practitioner of nearly forty years. Trained initially in the Tibetan Gelugpa tradition in India, he subsequently spent time in Sri Lanka studying Theravada. He lectured in Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol, is Associate Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and teaches on the Master of Studies programme in MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) at Oxford University. John has been teaching meditation for more than twenty five years and is a Gaia House guiding teacher.


AkincanoAKINCANO M. WEBER is a Swiss Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist (MA). A former monk, he has lived and practiced for 20 years in European and Thai Forest monasteries. Particular interests are early Buddhist texts, stillness and contemplative psychology. He is guiding teacher of Atammaya Cologne, Germany, part of the CPP programme and of several Mindfulness teacher trainings and teaches meditation and Buddhist Psychology in secular and traditional contexts in Europe and overseas. www.akincano.net

Booking details

The cost for this course is $199, but you can enroll now for $159 by following the registration link below.

  • September 24, 2018 - November 2, 2018
    6:00 pm
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