Special Events

Stephen & Martine Batchelor: Towards a Secular Buddhism

We are no longer taking registrations for this class/event.
Date(s):
Nov 12 (Sat) - Nov 13 (Sun)
Time:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Description:
WALK-UP REGISTRATION IS NOW AVAILABLE AS SPACES OPEN. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE RETREAT, PLEASE COME TO 1430 OLYMPIC, SANTA MONICA, ON SATURDAY MORNING AT 9:30 WHERE NUMBER OF SEATS LEFT WILL BE ASSESSED. WE WILL LET NEW REGISTRANTS IN ON A SPACE-AVAILABLE BASIS. THANK YOU!

Join us for a rare appearance together of Stephen & Martine Batchelor, who will teach a special weekend retreat at InsightLA.

As Buddhist ideas and techniques of meditation are adopted in modern thought and psychotherapy by people who would not consider themselves "Buddhists," the traditional identity of Buddhism as a belief-based religion is thrown into question. During this weekend retreat of meditation, talks and discussion we will explore the meaning and implications of this secularization of the Dharma, and ask what might be gained and lost in this process.

Schedule for the weekend (subject to change):

Friday, November 11, 7:30pm - 9:00pm -- PUBLIC TALK
Saturday, November 12, 10:00am - 4:00pm -- DAY 1
Sunday, November 13, 10:00am - 4:00pm -- DAY 2

Stephen & Martine:




MARTINE BATCHELOR lived in Korea as a Zen nun under the guidance of Master Kusan for ten years. She is the author of Meditation for Life, The Path of Compassion, Women in Korean Zen and Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits. She is a member of the Gaia House Teacher Council. She teaches meditation retreats worldwide and lives in France. Her latest work is The Spirit of the Buddha.

STEPHEN BATCHELOR was a Buddhist monk in the Tibetan and Zen traditions for ten years. Known for his agnostic and secular approach to the Buddhadharma, he has authored several books, including the bestselling Buddhism Without Beliefs. His latest book is Confession of a Buddhist Atheist. He lives in France with his wife Martine and teaches seminars and leads meditation retreats worldwide.

This retreat is being offered on a sliding scale, which is currently set to "early bird" registration fees. The current amounts given on the sliding scale are subject to change.
Location Details:
InsightLA Olympic
1430 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Please note: Parking is metered every day from 9AM - 6PM, except on Sunday.
*This site is equipped with a chair lift for persons with limited mobility.
Directions:
Contact teacher:
Contact by email (expect responses Monday - Friday, only)
Cost:

Sliding scale from $125 to $200 per person.

Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This helps us make sure those who pay less can attend.

Whatever you pay above the lowest end of the sliding scale is a tax-deductible donation to InsightLA.

Please note: There are many ways to attend InsightLA classes and events. If you are unable to pay the suggested registration price, please contact us by emailing programs@insightla.org.

Enrollment Limit:
64 | This event is full. To be placed on the waiting list, please register.
Contact Information:
or 310-450-1821
We are no longer taking registrations for this class/event.