From Enlightenment to Human Flourishing: How I Became a Secular Buddhist

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With Stephen Batchelor

After 10 years in Asia as a Buddhist monk, Stephen Batchelor disrobed, married and returned to Europe. For the past 35 years he has sought to find a contemporary voice to articulate the core values of the dharma in our secular world. 

Stephen Batchelor is a writer, translator, teacher and artist. Born in 1953, he was ordained as a Buddhist monk at the age of 20 and spent 10 years training in the Tibetan Geluk and Korean Sŏn orders. In 2015 he co-founded Bodhi College, a European educational project dedicated to the understanding and application of early Buddhism. He is the author of the bestselling Buddhism Without Beliefs (Riverhead) and Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist. His most recent publications are After Buddhism and Secular Buddhism (Yale University Press). His new book The Art of Solitude will be published by Yale in February 2020. He travels worldwide to lecture and lead retreats and lives in south-west France with his wife Martine.

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Name: From Enlightenment to Human Flourishing: How I Became a Secular Buddhist
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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