Buddhism

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    Stephen Batchelor’s “Deconstructing Buddhism” Paid Member

    These “Deconstructing Buddhism” talks by Batchelor at the Insight Meditation Center are pretty good. Even if you don’t agree with what he is saying, at least he presents his case clearly. In dismissing the ideas of karma and rebirth as features of ancient Indian civilization not intrinsic to what the Buddha taught, Batchelor points out that Buddhism has reinvented itself everywhere that it’s gone (from Japan to the Himalayas) to suit the needs of the new host culture. Buddhism is not a fixed, static thing, Batchelor argues—it’s more like a living organism. The question now is, what shape will Buddhist teachings take in the West? More »
  • “The Tree of Enlightenment” Paid Member

    As a Buddhist in the West, whether by my close non-Buddhist friends, semi-familiar acquaintances, or complete strangers, I have been asked many times to give a quick “general overview of Buddhism”. People often ask this very casually, as if they expect me to snap my fingers and summarize such a massive body of teachings, traditions, and histories, and voila, now you now about the Dharma! Personally, I find this task to be impossible. More »
  • 'Lama, Patron, Artist' at the Smithsonian Paid Member

    As reported by the Washington Post, There are two things most Westerners think they know about Buddhism: It's the one religion that can accommodate atheists, and one of its goals is to escape the material cycles of this world in favor of an immaterial enlightenment. That's why "Lama, Patron, Artist: The Great Situ Panchen," newly opened at the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, may come as a surprise. This landmark show, which was organized by the Rubin Museum for Himalayan art in New York, seems to have a fully religious, god-filled sensibility -- no atheistic doubt in sight -- as expressed through the most deluxe of material goods. More »
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    Stephen Batchelor on ABC Paid Member

    Stephen Batchelor, who—as you can see from the comments thread on the last post—clearly hasn't lost his touch at provoking angry and immoderate responses from partisans, appeared on the ABC News program "Beliefs" with Dan Harris to discuss his new book, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist. Click the image to view. More »
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    Batchelor’s "Confession of a Buddhist Atheist" examined by Mark Vernon Paid Member

    Here’s a review of Stephen Batchelor’s Confession of a Buddhist Atheist from The Guardian's Mark Vernon. Since publishing his best-selling Buddhism Without Beliefs, Stephen has become somewhat controversial in Buddhist circles for his Western approach to the Buddha’s teachings. More »
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    On uprising anniversary, Dalai Lama says China wants to "annihilate Buddhism" Paid Member

    Using stronger words than he usually does, the Dalai Lama accused Beijing of persecuting monastics in Chinese-occupied Tibet: "They are putting the monks and nuns in prison-like conditions, depriving them the opportunity to study and practice in peace," he said, accusing Chinese of working to "deliberately annihilate Buddhism." The Dalai Lama's remarks reflect frequent complaints by Tibetan monks that required political study sessions and visitor demands are depriving them of time for religious study. More »