Early Buddhism: Theory and Practice

Bodhi College Launch Event:
7 pm October 30th 2015 – Friends House, Euston, London UK

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The recording is available here free of charge until 6th November 2015

“Early Buddhism” refers to the teachings given by the historical Buddha (Gotama) before they became codified into the various orthodoxies of the Buddhist religion. During this evening of conversation, John, Stephen and Akincano will explore what was distinctive in these teachings that distinguished them from the Indian culture of Gotama’s time. Moreover, we will argue for a return to his original vision as an effective means to address the range of issues that confront people living in today’s world. The evening will conclude with a presentation about the newly formed Bodhi College, which will begin offering study courses on Early Buddhism in 2016.


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.

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

Event Details

Cost £20 advance | £25 sponsor or door rate | £13 supported
+ Dana: Optional contribution to the teachers’ livelihood

  • October 30, 2015
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ, United Kingdom


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