An essential collection of Stephen Batchelors most probing and important work on secular Buddhism As the practice of mindfulness permeates mainstream Western culture, more and more people are engaging in a traditional form of Buddhist meditation. However, many of these people have little interest in the religious aspects of Buddhism, and the practice occurs within secular contexts such as hospitals, schools, and the workplace. Is it possible to recover from the Buddhist teachings a vision of human flourishing that is secular rather than religious without compromising the integrity of the tradition? Is there an ethical framework that can underpin and contextualize these practices in a rapidly changing world? In this collected volume of Stephen Batchelors writings on these themes, the author explores the complex implications of Buddhisms secularization. Ranging widelyfrom reincarnation, religious belief, and agnosticism to the role of the arts in Buddhist practicehe offers a detailed pi...
|Title||:||Secular Buddhism: Imagining the Dharma in an Uncertain World|
|Number of Pages||:||285 pages|
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Secular Buddhism: Imagining the Dharma in an Uncertain World Reviews
An excellent anthology of Batchelor's writings on secular buddhism, with the heart of the book being the section on buddhism 2.0, imagining the dharma for modern times.
While I was perhaps a little disappointed by the brevity of this collection (~250 pages) it was wonderful to see Batchelor develop his secular vision of the Dhamma, and engaging to follow his interests and influences through interviews and research.
Batchelor's essays were just the tonic I needed at this juncture in what was becoming a somewhat lapsing practice. I think his notion that study can be a sustaining palliative to sitting is something I needed to hear, and his framing from the perspective of western culture clarifies some subtleties I might have missed or forgotten along the way.
I think I won’t finish this. It’s fascinating, and I learned a lot about what a secular Buddhism might look like, and I like it. I’m very attracted to Buddhism. But I’ve lived my entire life in a Christian world. I think it will be more fruitful for me to begin working on what my version of a secular Christianity might look like, rather than try to jump ship to an entirely foreign practice system. I will find a way to incorporate mindfulness work into my secular Christianity, though, for sure. M ...more