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Faith and Imagination in Dharma Practice: A Seminar with Stephen Batchelor
Dates: Jan 16, 2021 - Jan 23, 2021
Online Course

Instructor(s): Stephen Batchelor

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In the course of these two online seminars, Stephen will explore how faith in the Dharma serves to empower the imagination. By disentangling faith from belief and imagination from fantasy, we will consider how their creative tension is a necessary and dynamic feature of the middle way itself. Drawing on a wide range of sources, we will look at faith both in its secular and religious forms, while the imagination will be treated as a crucial dimension of an ethical as well as an artistic life. Each session will include two talks, breakout groups, plenary discussions and periods of meditative reflection. 


Online Course: Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and teachers in our online courses. When registering for an online course, please note that you should plan to commit to attending all scheduled sessions. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this course (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:


Meeting Schedule: Saturdays, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm 

Meeting Dates: January 16, 23

Please check the time of the group meetings in your timezone here.


Registration fees for online courses are nonrefundable after the course start date. Cancellations prior to the start date of the course will incur a $50 admin fee. Thank you for your understanding.


  • Stephen Batchelor is a writer, teacher, translator, and artist known for his secular approach to the Dharma. A co-founder of Bodhi College, his books include Buddhism Without BeliefsLiving with the Devil, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist, and After Buddhism. His most recent publication, The Art of Solitude, was published by Yale University Press in 2020. He lives in southwest France with his wife Martine.


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