Episode 9: Stephen Batchelor is a Buddhist teacher and writer, known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism. Stephen’s work has earned him both condemnation as a heretic and praise as a reformer. He was ordained as a novice Buddhist monk in 1974 and served 11 years within multiple traditions before disrobing and returning from South Korea 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 and articles on Buddhism including the bestselling, Buddhism Without Beliefs [Amazon link] and, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist [Amazon link]. His most recent book is, After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age [Amazon link]. Stephen Batchelor is also on the Advisory Board of the Spiritual Naturalist Society.
The Spiritual Naturalist Society works to spread awareness of spiritual naturalism as a way of life, develop its thought and practice, and help bring together like-minded practitioners in fellowship.