The Four Great Tasks
Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age
9 November – 11 December, 2016
Some twenty-five centuries after the Buddha first “turned the wheel of the Dharma,” his message continues to inspire people across the globe, including those living in predominantly secular societies. This course will seek to articulate a coherent ethical, contemplative, and philosophical vision of Buddhism for our times. Based on the earliest canonical sources, Stephen will explore how one might re-imagine the Dharma from the ground up. By presenting the “four noble truths” as four great tasks to be practiced in each life situation, he will lay out the foundations of a contemporary culture of awakening that is no longer rooted in the traditional beliefs of the Buddhist religion.
Video teachings, live Q&A sessions with Stephen online, and discussion forums with other participants will all illuminate the course.
ABOUT STEPHEN: Born in Scotland in 1953, Stephen was ordained as a novice Buddhist monk in the Tibetan Geluk tradition in 1974. In 1981 he went to South Korea to train in Sŏn (Zen) Buddhism in the Choggye order. He disrobed in 1985 and returned to Europe. From 1990 he has been a Teacher at Gaia House meditation centre in Devon, England, and since 1992 a contributing editor of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.
He is the translator and author of several books includingBuddhism Without Beliefs, Living with the Devil andConfession of a Buddhist Atheist. His latest book, After Buddhism, was published by Yale University Press in 2015.
He currently lives in south-west France with his wife Martine.