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Given October/November 2017


To become more flexible with the Explorative Dialogue by modifying your listening and questioning according to different teaching venues

To expand your teaching options with new students

To gain confidence in this orientation

Materials Relevant to this Module:
The Explorative Dialogue / Interview “Light”


SBN – Glossary / A Glossary

A work in progress, this selective glossary sets out to explain terms commonly used in Dharma (aka ‘Buddhist’) circles in plain English, in particular those which newcomers may find difficult to grasp.

Found in: Secular Buddhism in New Zealand / now SBN


Context Matters: Interview with Buddhist scholar David McMahan

David McMahan studies the role of social and cultural context in meditation. There is a prevalent misconception especially among Western practitioners that what they are practicing is the same thing Buddhists have practiced since the time of the Buddha. They seldom recognize how contemporary forms of Buddhism have been re-contextualized by Western assumptions and understanding.

Found in: Tricycle


Study and Practice, from Secular Buddhism: Integrating the Dharma in an Uncertain World. Yale University Press.  Pp. 182-189

Stephen Batchelor

Study is integral to Buddhist practice. It enables us to enter into a closer relationship with the tradition. It provides us with a much clearer sense of where its ideas are coming from and how they are expressed. And modern scholarship, with its emphasis on historical criticism, helps us understand how the teachings attributed to the Buddha are often only intelligible as a critical response to the issues, ideas, and philosophical views of his time.

Found in: Bodhi College, Early Buddhist Teaching for Today


The Teaching of Paticcasamuppada

Linda Modaro

Also known as: Conditionality / Dependent Arising / Co-Dependent Arising / Dependent Co-Arising / Dependent CoOrigination / Conditionality / Independent Co-Arising / Constructed / Interconnectedness / Interbeing

This Buddhist teaching shifted us from ontology to epistemology, the nature of being to the nature of knowing experience. The terms used to describe these teaching show contradictions; hence, learning how to hold contradictions is an important aspect of our practice.  Includes: 1 pg


Formerly: Teaching The Explorative Dialogue

Linda Modaro

Suggestions for new teachers when facilitating an explorative dialogue group

Before and while listening: Listening to people’s meditation sittings, with the intent of inquiring into their meditation experience

Starting and continuing the dialogue: Choosing an initial question or comment, inquiring with gentleness, permission, and curiosity

After the dialogue: Marking the end of the interview and going into a group recollection