Book Study Group: After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age

After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age by Stephen Batchelor

A Desert Insight Meditation Buddhist Book Study Group

Some twenty-five centuries after the Buddha started teaching, his message continues to inspire people across the globe, including those living in predominantly secular societies. What does it mean to adapt religious practices to secular contexts?

Stephen Batchelor, an internationally known author and teacher, is committed to a secularized version of the Buddha’s teachings. The time has come, he feels, to articulate a coherent ethical, contemplative, and philosophical vision of Buddhism for our age. After Buddhism, the culmination of four decades of study and practice in the Tibetan, Zen, and Theravada traditions is his attempt to set the record straight about who the Buddha was and what he was trying to teach. Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five members of the Buddha’s inner circle.

Please purchase the book prior to beginning the class.

When: Begins Tuesday, September 14, 2016, 6:30–8:30pm; classes are ongoing / weekly

Fee: Sliding scale $5–7 per class for TCMC plus a Dana donation to the teacher. The teachings of the Buddha have been sustained by the 2,600-year-old tradition of Dana, a Pali word meaning “generosity.” This supports Lhasha in continuing her teachings. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Where: TCMC, 1231 E. Edison, Tucson

Directions: One block S. of Grant, 2 houses west of Mountain Ave. Please park a block away from the center. If you can’t walk that far, feel free to park in the driveway.

To register: Visit or send your name, e-mail address, and phone number to TCMC c/o Essential, PO Box 43415, Tucson, AZ, 85717.