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Buddhism in a nutshell

I’m supposed to take a risk and say in 25 words or less what Buddhism is. That of course is a very arrogant presumption on one level. But what I have concluded tentatively in recent years is to identify four points that the Buddha taught that cannot be derived from the socio-historical context of his time, in other words that are distinctively and non-controversially his own ideas.

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Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism

This video is well worth watching again and again for those interested in grasping a bit more of both “Buddhism” (a misnomer as Stephen Batchelor points out) and “Secular Buddhism” (the latter is actually perfectly possible and does seem to get back to the roots of authentic “Buddhism”).

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Buddhism Before the Theravada

The Buddha did not teach in a vacuum, John Peacock tells us in a series of talks given at the Sati Center in Redwood City, California. His teachings were directed to those who shared the social world in which he lived. A British scholar who studies and translates in more than a dozen languages John […]

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