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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  1. Posted December 15, 2013 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    Agreed, it’s excellent.

    A member of the audience asked the speakers to describe Buddhism in 25 words. I transcribed Stephen Batchelor’s response and added it to the latest In This Moment. Titled ‘Buddhism in a nutshell’. It can be seen at http://www.secularbuddhism.org.nz/newsletter.

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  2. Rod MacKenzie
    Posted December 15, 2013 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Thanks Ramsey, if I get round to it (well I am sure I will) I want to write a response to SB’s “philosophy”, to clarify for myself what he’s saying and where I am perhaps at odds.

    Oh and I find SB wonderful, unputdownable. Just started The Awakening of the West. Another great. Some Buddhist literature I have read is a bit coffee table-ish, some not. SB stands head and shoulders above them.

    I heard wonderful things about Matthieu Ricard, the French monk, but have found his book Happiness well…..a bit waffly. I get that it is translated from the French and therein perhaps lies part of the problem, I get too that the French, particularly Parisians, do not see happiness as a worthwhile goal or state to pursue…. perhaps they read the book (in the original French) rather differently to what I do.

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