Core Texts of Secular Buddhism: Essential Writings from the Pali Canon to Contemporary Buddhist Teachers

A Nine Week Series


The Interdependence Project
302 Bowery 3rd Floor / Middle buzzer
New York, NY 10012
United States
Phone: 917.675.7151


Wed, 4/2/2014, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed, 4/9/2014, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed, 4/16/2014, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed, 4/23/2014, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed, 4/30/2014, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed, 5/7/2014, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed, 5/14/2014, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed, 5/21/2014, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed, 5/28/2014, 7:00pm - 9:00pm




Register for Online Study at this link.

Wednesday Nights, 7-9pm - April 2 - May 28

Note: All IDP courses are available to drop-in for a single class, but purchasing the entire series offers a discounted per-class rate.  Full series registration includes access to readings, audio, and discussion board. 
Buddhism is a cumulative tradition, its practices and philosophies developed and expanded upon by generation after generation of teachers from all traditions. This unique, multi-lineage course offers an understanding of the development of Buddhist philosophy and psychology to the present day.   We will explore the core teachings throughout Buddhist history, from the Pali Canon, to the Prajnaparamitta Sutras, the Tathagathagarba teachings, to contemporary interpretations for modern day lives.

Readings are optional for participating in this course, as each class will include discussion of the book's significance and an examination of its major themes. You can attend any or all of the classes, and they are arranged chronologically, based on the time in which they were written.

We will practice 30 minutes of sitting meditation at each class, and will encourage and support all students to commit to sitting everyday.  This new series is designed for beginners as well as more experienced students, and will be taught by the IDP Teaching Staff.  We invite students to commit to meditation practice during this series, and registration for the full six weeks will provide daily support via our discussion board as well as audio access to all classes.  We also encourage students to connect with us via Insight Timer by joining the IDP Secular Buddhist group.

First Turning
April 2 - Dhammacakkapavattana Sutta / Setting Rolling the Wheel of Dhamma - Lawrence and Kate

April 9 - Satipatthana Sutta / The Discourse on Establishing - Lawrence & Kate

Second Turning
April 16 - The Heart Sutra (609 CE) Lani & Lawrence
Commentary: Thich Nhat Hanh’s Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching

April 23 - The Diamond Sutra Lani & Lawrence
Commentary: The Diamond that Cuts Through Illusion (Thich Nhat Hanh)

April 30 - A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (Shanitideva) Lani & Kim
Commentary - HHDL, For the Benefit of All Beings

Third Turning
May 7 - The Lion's Roar of Queen Shrimala - Kim & Lani
Commentary: Diane Paul, Concept of the Tatagathagarba - PDF

May 14 - Tatagathagarba Sutra - Kim & Lawrence

Contemporary Texts
May 21 -Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind (Shunryu Suzuki, 1970)- Kim & Lawrence

May 28 - Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (1997) (Sharon Salzberg) - Kate & Lawrence


Kimberly Brown, Executive Director & Teacher


Kimberly is a graduate of the first year-long IDP Training Immersion Program, studies Tibetan and American Buddhism and Kriya yoga.  Prior to meeting the dharma, she studied in many fields, including physics and literature, spent several years in post-graduate training as a psychodynamic psychotherapist, and worked at a marketing consultancy for more than a decade. She is very grateful to everyone in the IDP community and especially its founder, Ethan Nichtern.



Ven. Lawrence Dō'an Grecco, Teacher

Lawrence is a Zen Buddhist monk, Buddhist teacher, and certified Zen teacher. He was ordained in the Korean Zen tradition as represented by the Five Mountain Zen Order and the Vietnamese lineage of Ven. Dr. Thich Thien-An. Lawrence is a senior teacher at the Interdependence Project and holds a certificate in Foundations in Buddhist Chaplaincy from the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. He writes for The Interdependence Project in addition to his own blog Open Sky Zen, and works with individuals and couples as a life coach and wedding officiant. Lawrence is the Founding Director of Open Sky Zen Meditation & Buddhist Studies Group and Queer Sangha, which both meet regularly in Manhattan. He can be reached at

Kate Johnson, Teacher

A lifelong dancer and longtime yogi, Kate finally learned to sit still at The Interdependence Project, where she completed the year-long Training Immersion Program in December 2011.  A student in the Insight (Vipassana) meditation tradition, she graduated from the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation teacher training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and returned from a three-month retreat at Insight Meditation Society in 2013. Kate  teaches yoga and mindfulness meditation to high school students in public schools throughout NYC, and is a co-owner of Third Root Community Health Center (, a radically accessible holistic health care cooperative in Brooklyn, NY.  You can see her interviewed about her three month retreat experience on Huffington Post Live here:


Lani Feinberg-Rowe, Teacher

Lani holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University and was the founding student coordinator of the MacMillan Center Initiative on Religion, Politics and Society. Her dissertation was entitled Love and War in the Writings of St. Augustine. She is currently a business and technology consultant for small businesses and non-profits and serves as Membership Director on the Board of IDP. A dedicated yoga practitioner and athlete who can often be found experimenting in music composition and oil painting, Lani is committed to embodied and artful mindfulness/awareness training.

Having been transformed by meditation practice, her enthusiasm and curiosity for all things Buddhist inspired her to finish the 2012 IDP Yearlong Immersion and Instructor Training. Although she claims no lineage, she is profoundly grateful for the community and home she’s found at IDP and is particularly influenced by the legacy and teachings of the late Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, as well as the living Zen luminary Thich Nhat Hanh.

Audio Lectures are available a few days following the class session in mp3 format, and may be streamed from the website or downloaded and listened to at your convenience.

Interested Home Study? Register here

Drop-in Prices

$12 Full Price
$10 Membership of any level

Nine-Week Series Prices
$70 Early Bird Price - Register by March 18th
$90 Full Price (Non-Members)
$72 Basic Members
$63 Sustaining Members
$45 Fearless Members
Free for Endowing Members - contact to register

As a not-for-profit organization, IDP is supported by the generosity of our community.   Please become a Member today!

IDP strives to meet the financial needs of our community while facing the financial challenges of a not-for-profit in NYC. Reduced-payment options and Work-Study can be arranged by contacting to make prior payment arrangements.

The Secular Buddhist Studies Program at the Interdependence Project offers a strong and accessible foundation in Buddhist meditation, psychology, philosophy, and ethics from a secular perspective, inclusive of multiple traditions and bodies of teaching. Interested in the Secular Buddhist Studies Program? Learn more here.



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