Entries in Secular Buddhist Association (18)

Monday
Jun122017

Secular Buddhism's Roots in South Asia

 

Secular Buddhism has roots that go well back into 19th c. South Asia. We will look at some of that history here.
For more on this general topic, see my related essay.
Erik Braun's book "The Birth of Insight" is a wonderful resource for the history of Insight or Vipassana Buddhism.

 

 

Monday
Jun052017

Thought and Practice

 

How important is thought, reasoning, and cognition to our practice? Or is it just a kind of impediment? We'll look at some material from early Buddhism for answers to this question.

 

Monday
May222017

Is Buddhism Atheist?

Was the Buddha an atheist? Does one need to believe in God or gods to follow his system? This is a question with an interesting answer I think we can all learn from.

 

Monday
May152017

Loving Kindness Meditation: History and Practice

 

What is Loving Kindness (mettā) meditation and how did it develop? Many people today practice a form that probably originated centuries after the Buddha's day.

Monday
May082017

Secular Buddhism and Early Buddhism

 Folks interested in a secular approach to Buddhism will find many forms of Buddhism congenial. Why is early Buddhism particularly so? We will look at the Kevaddha Sutta (DN 11) and some material from Richard Gombrich, eminent scholar of early Buddhism, to help illuminate the discussion.

Monday
May012017

Antidotes to the "Three Poisons" of Buddhism

Monday
Apr242017

What is the Eightfold Path?

Monday
Apr172017

Secular Buddhism and Secular Humanism

Monday
Apr102017

Mindfulness and Concentration Meditation

 

Now with better quality video!

Monday
Apr032017

What is Buddhist Awakening?

a/k/a enlightenment, nirvāṇa, nibbāna, etc.