‘Classical’ vs ‘Secular’ Buddhism – Bhikkhu Bodhi faces a great divide

‘The contrast between Classical Buddhism and Secular Buddhism stems primarily from different ways of understanding the human condition,’ writes Pali translator Bhikkhu Bodhi in this article from the U.S. magazine Inquiring Mind.

‘Classical Buddhism sees human existence as embedded in the condition called sāmsara, understood literally as the beginningless chain of rebirths… Secular Buddhism, in contrast, starts from our immediate existential situation, understood without bringing in non-naturalist assumptions.’

A fruitful start for meaningful discussion, perhaps? Read Bhikku Bodhi’s article and share your thoughts on it here.

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