Bodhi College: Early Buddhist Teaching for Today plus Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

Bodhi College is a learning institution which offers the opportunity to explore the early teachings of the Buddha before they were coded into different traditions. Their emphasis is on how these teachings are useful in our modern day lives. Courses are led by down-to-earth teachers who are highly experienced, practical and approachable.

Tricycle and Bodhi College have partnered on the following online course offerings, which are available for study anytime, at your own pace.

The Spiral to Freedom

with John Peacock and Akincano Weber

Around 16 Buddhist discourses describe a pattern of wholesome qualities that build upon each other. These qualities create a path that spirals upwards toward spiritual and psychological freedom. We call these discourses the spiral texts. They are not hidden but somehow Buddhist traditions have overlooked them.

The spiral to freedom is a progression that starts amidst the struggles, joys, and disappointments of everyday life. In fact, there are different entry points into the spiral that will suit different practitioners. Guided by Akincano Weber and John Peacock, two of the founding teachers of Bodhi College, this course is suitable for beginners and experienced meditators alike.

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Akincano Weber, Christina Feldman, John Peacock, and Stephen Batchelor.

Dependent Arising

with Stephen Batchelor, Christina Feldman, John Peacock, and Akincano Weber

Dependent arising means that everything is conditioned by other factors. A flower needs the conditions of sunlight, soil, and water to grow. Or collectedness of mind may be conditioned by relaxation, as a meditative example. All things arise dependent on conditions. They don't appear out of nowhere. This is common sense but if we follow this teaching all the way the view becomes deeply profound.

Guided by the four founding teachers of Bodhi College, this course looks beyond dogmatic interpretations of dependent arising to unearth that which is of real value for our lives in the world today—including understanding how mental states arise and evolve, and how we can shift our mental processes in the direction of peace and happiness. 

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Stephen Batchelor, Jake Dartington, Martine Batchelor and Christoph Köck.

Reimagining the Eightfold Path

with Martine Batchelor, Stephen Batchelor, Jake Dartington and Christoph Köck.

The eightfold path is the Buddha's prescription for ending suffering. It outlines eight aspects of a contemplative life. Each aspect reinforces the others, creating a compound effect that elevates our meditation, ethical behavior, and wise understanding of life. This is the practice of appropriate view, intention, speech, action, livelihood, effort, mindfulness, and mental collectedness.

Led by Bodhi College faculty members Martine, Stephen, Jake, and Christoph, whose experience encompasses the forests of Thailand, Korean Sōn monasteries, Insight Meditation centers in the US and Europe, and teaching on MBCT courses. In this course, we look beyond fixed interpretations and understand what the practice of the eightfold path really might be in our world today.

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Stephen Batchelor, Christina Feldman, John Peacock, and Akincano Weber.

The Four Noble Truths

with Stephen Batchelor, Christina Feldman, John Peacock, and Akincano Weber

Where does suffering come from? What is it that makes us happy? How can we live ethically in a way that supports personal and collective well-being? 

Join Stephen Batchelor, Christina Feldman, John Peacock and Akincano Weber in an innovative and contemporary exploration of the earliest teachings of the Buddha.

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Christina Feldman and Jaya Rudgard

The Seven Factors of Awakening

with Christina Feldman and Jaya Rudgard

The seven factors of awakening are mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, tranquility, unification, and equanimity. It is the development and enjoyment of these deeply wholesome qualities that gives our hearts the strength to let go.

Many Buddhist teachings and practices focus on difficult states of mind such as anger, craving, or jealousy. Yet it's also extremely important to acknowledge and cultivate positive mental qualities, and there is no need to wait. We can start developing the awakening factors in this very moment.

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Teachers Christina Feldman and Stephen Batchelor seated on a bench outdoors in conversation with John Peacock and Akincano Weber standing beside them.

Mindfulness: Its Origins, Purpose, and Transformational Power

with Stephen Batchelor, Christina Feldman, John Peacock, and Akincano Weber

It's easy to lose sight of what mindfulness actually is amid 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.

We invite you to explore the religious, philosophical, and psychological dimensions of mindfulness within the context of early Buddhism with Stephen Batchelor, Christina Feldman, John Peacock, and Akincano Weber.

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Christina Feldman and Chris Cullen

Universal Empathy

with Chris Cullen and Christina Feldman

Cultivate four transformative qualities of the heart as pathways of insight and awakening. Kindness, appreciative joy, compassion, and equanimity enrich our lives and allow us to be flourishing, creative, dynamic people. Known in the Buddha's teaching as the brahma-viharas, these qualities also imbue us with the resiliency to meet life's challenges.

Join Christina Feldman and Chris Cullen for a deeply practical online course exploring the brahma-viharas as complete paths to the awakening of the heart.

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Stephen Batchelor and Martine Batchelor

Secular Dharma

with Stephen and Martine Batchelor

The Buddha's teachings—the dharma—arose in a very different world from the one we live in today. This pragmatic online course sets out an encompassing vision for understanding and practicing dharma in the contemporary world. At its heart is an easy acronym we can all learn to apply, ELSA: Embrace, Let go, See, and Act.

Join Stephen and Martine Batchelor as they clarify the core elements of Buddhist thought and meditation practice for the way we live today.

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Martine Batchelor

Knowing How It Feels: Creatively Engaging with Habits

with Martine Batchelor

What's the secret to changing our habits? The Buddha taught meditators to be mindful of "feeling tones." Now, the latest neuroscience is discovering that these sensations of pleasantness, unpleasantness, and neutrality play a pivotal role in conditioning our habitual reactions.

Join Martine Batchelor for an online course in which we develop mindfulness of feeling tones and find the freedom to creatively engage with our lives.

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