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Is Buddhism Pessimistic?

| September 17, 2018 | 0 Comments
Is Buddhism Pessimistic?

Is Buddhism pessimistic? We’ll talk about why one might think of Buddhism in that way, and whether or not that’s really accurate. We’ll also look at how Buddhism approaches difficulties that we find in the world, and why it’s necessary to look at these difficulties with open eyes, no matter how happy and successful one […]

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Buddhism on Anxiety and Fear

| September 10, 2018 | 0 Comments
Buddhism on Anxiety and Fear

What does early Buddhism have to say about our fears and anxieties? We will look at some passages from the early texts and their commentaries to get insights into one particular practice that can help to alleviate anxiety and gain confidence. Suttas mentioned: Metta Sutta (Snp. 1.8) Snakes (AN 4.67) A Spear (SN 20.5): Other […]

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History of Zen Buddhism: Paradox and Tension

| September 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
History of Zen Buddhism: Paradox and Tension

Many people come to Buddhist belief and practice through Zen, but not many people have an appreciation for its history. In this video we’ll take a look at both its more and less legendary history, as well as the internal strains that led to the development of the two major schools of Zen. Books: Bashō, […]

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Chronic Stress: Problems and Solutions

| August 27, 2018 | 0 Comments
Chronic Stress: Problems and Solutions

Chronic stress causes us many problems in daily life. We’ll look at seven ways it can impact us, and then turn to nine potential solutions to the syndrome of chronic stress. We’ll find that many of the solutions supported by contemporary research mirror those found in early Buddhism. Check out my Patreon page! If you’re […]

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What is the Middle Way in Early Buddhism?

| August 20, 2018 | 0 Comments
What is the Middle Way in Early Buddhism?

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 […]

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History of Vajrayana or Tantric Buddhism: Power and Transgression

| August 13, 2018 | 0 Comments
History of Vajrayana or Tantric Buddhism: Power and Transgression

We’ll go over the history of tantric Buddhism, its origins as well as its differences from other forms of Buddhist belief and practice. Then we’ll give an overall characterization of what constitutes this somewhat transgressive form of Buddhism. It’s a huge topic so this video should only be seen as an intro! Suggested readings: Ronald […]

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History of Mahāyāna Buddhism: Innovation and Perfection

| August 6, 2018 | 0 Comments
History of Mahāyāna Buddhism: Innovation and Perfection

We’ll take a quick overview of the history of Mahāyāna Buddhism, beginning with its earliest developments and how it separated from the rest of mainstream Buddhism. Then we’ll look at a few of its later developments that came to define the Mahāyāna approach. It’s a huge topic so this video only can provide an introduction! […]

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