What is the Middle Way in Early Buddhism?

| August 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

What is the Buddhist Middle Way? We’ll take a look at early Buddhism in particular, and some of the material found in suttas of the Pāli Canon. There we’ll see there are a few related approaches to this topic, some immediate and down-to-earth, others more conceptual and philosophical.

Suttas mentioned:

Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta (SN 56.11)

Cūḷadukkhakkhanda Sutta (MN 14)

The Discourse About the Courtesan (Ud 6.8)

Kaccayanagotta Sutta (SN 12.15)

A Cosmologist (SN 12.48)

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Doug is Study Director of the Secular Buddhist Association. He has a PhD in Philosophy, with a minor in Buddhist philosophy and Sanskrit. In 2013 he completed the year-long Integrated Study and Practice Program with the BCBS and NYIMC. A long time scientific skeptic, he pursues a naturalized approach to practice. He is also interested in scholarship about the Tipiṭaka, and the theoretical and historical origins of the dhamma. He posts videos at Doug's Secular Dharma on YouTube. Some of his writing can be found at academia.edu.

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