Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism

| November 14, 2011 | 3 Comments

Stephen Batchelor and John Peacock address the challenges of Buddhism in the west, how it differs from traditions, how Buddhism was misunderstood from the very start, partly because it was viewed through the filter of Christianity.

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Dana is Technical Director of the Secular Buddhist Association. She learned Buddhism through a DVD course on Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism, followed by a two-year course in person. She then studied Theravada Buddhism through the Insight Meditation South Bay with teacher Shaila Catherine. She has been a practitioner now for over a decade. Dana has been working in the internet industry since 1992, has held the positions of web developer, technical writer, and online community manager. She is a geek girl with a passion for science and computing.

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  1. Dana Nourie Dana Nourie says:

    I found this video fascinating. A point John makes is that early translators viewed Buddhism through their own Christian world view, so they naturally made interpreted more religiously. Interesting that the word “meditation” is not used anywhere in the suttas. Instead the suttas speak of cultivating, growing, and lots of metaphors around agriculture. The meditation on dogma was a Christian model, and not a Buddhist one.

    I like this quote from John in the video: “The further back you go in the early Buddhist texts [suttas], the farther you get away from religion.” John Peacock

  2. Ron Stillman Ron Stillman says:

    Wow…what a superb succinct presentation about what Gotama really taught and why. Batchelor and Peacock are pioneers in reconnecting us to the intent of the original teachings.

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