After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age by Stephen Batchelor

By Stephen Batchelor

Some twenty-five centuries after the Buddha begun educating, his message maintains to motivate humans around the globe, together with these residing in predominantly secular societies. What does it suggest to conform spiritual practices to secular contexts?
 
Stephen Batchelor, an across the world recognized writer and instructor, is dedicated to a secularized model of the Buddha’s teachings. The time has come, he feels, to articulate a coherent moral, contemplative, and philosophical imaginative and prescient of Buddhism for our age. After Buddhism, the fruits of 4 many years of analysis and perform within the Tibetan, Zen, and Theravada traditions, is his try to set the checklist instantly approximately who the Buddha was once and what he was once attempting to train. Combining severe readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative money owed of 5 individuals of the Buddha’s internal circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a practical ethicist instead of a dogmatic metaphysician. He envisions Buddhism as a consistently evolving tradition of awakening whose lengthy survival is because of its skill to reinvent itself and engage creatively with each one society it encounters.
 
This unique and provocative publication offers a brand new framework for knowing the striking unfold of Buddhism in today’s globalized international. It additionally reminds us of what was once so startling in regards to the Buddha’s imaginative and prescient of human flourishing.

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