History of Theravada Buddhism: Very Old and Very New

| July 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Theravāda Buddhism can be seen both as very old and very new. We’ll go over the ways Theravāda has roots in the earliest forms of Buddhism, as well as the way it may be a very recent form of religious identity. This is a huge topic and so the video should only be seen as the barest introduction!

Some source material that may be of interest for further reference:

Rupert Gethin, “Was Buddhaghosa a Theravādin?” In How Theravāda is Theravāda? Peter Skilling et al. (eds.) (Silkworm, 2012).

Richard Gombrich, Theravāda Buddhism, 2nd ed. (Routledge, 2006).

Todd LeRoy Perreira, “Whence Theravāda? The Modern Genealogy of an Ancient Term.” In How Theravāda is Theravāda? Peter Skilling et al. (eds.) (Silkworm, 2012).

What is Theravāda? (2012)

Buddhism Series: What is Theravada Buddhism?


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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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