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Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism

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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  1. Dana Nourie on November 14, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    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 on November 15, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    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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