Spirituality for Nonbelievers
Welcome to DhammaTime.org, home of rational and pragmatic spirituality.
Everyone wants basically the same thing: to be happy. Spirituality offers paths to happiness that do not rely on your personal circumstances, so that you can be at ease even during challenging phases of your life. “Rational” means that a given spiritual path is logical and does not require faith, and “pragmatic” means that it enables you to put that knowledge into practice and actually get results. You can read up on the details for free right here in the online book. read the book
A Community to Support You
Sometimes we run into trouble on our spiritual paths. We may need some clarification on a teaching or an explanation for an unusual experience. Or maybe we experience doubt that we could ever attain the goal. We may also have beliefs that make it difficult to practice, e.g. the belief that we don’t have enough time. It is very helpful to have good friends who support us in overcoming such obstacles and staying the course. Often all we need is to know that we are not alone. You are kindly invited to join the DhammaTime community. learn more about the community
The DhammaTime project was founded in 2015 by Markus Echterhoff, a German meditation teacher currently residing in Austria.
The “Dhamma” in DhammaTime is a Pali word that, among other things, means truth and is used here to acknowledge the truth at the heart of the early Buddhist teachings. To be clear, DhammaTime does not teach Buddhism. If spirituality were food, the Dhamma would be the nutrients, and each Buddhist tradition would add their distinct flavor. Practicing Buddhism without Dhamma, then, would be akin to eating flavored paper: It gives the impression of being nourishing, when really it is not. Contrarily, practicing Dhamma without Buddhism can be quite a bland experience, but it provides you with all you truly need. Here at DhammaTime, the Dhamma is seasoned with a dash of science and scholastic exploration of ancient wisdom traditions, but it is still rather plain. Not to worry though, because much like plain but nutritious food, you may find that the Dhamma tastes better the longer you chew on it.
DhammaTime went through several phases that reflect Markus’ spiritual development. In version 1.0 (2015), the Dhamma he taught was largely a rational distillate of early Buddhist concepts and terminology, taught in the form of a series of white-board animation videos. In version 2.0 (2016), he replaced this course with a more practical one. Details from tradition and science were offered as accompanying text notes. Version 3.0 (2017/2018) was about letting go, and allowing his Dhamma to flow naturally. As a consequence, the video course was replaced by the online book. The current version 4.0 (2019) brought a new vision for the DhammaTime online community that uses modern technologies for communication and is financially sustainable.