Description of how Buddhism became a religion. It expanded into 3 branches, Therevada, Mahayana, and Vajranyana.
In this episode we examine the nature and meaning of Buddhism. Buddhism is a religion started by the Buddha that teaches a philosophy and a way of life that frees one from attachment and thereby frees one from suffering. The older term for Buddhism is the Buddha Dharma.
Podcast Outline Introduction A. What does the term Buddhism mean? B. There are many ways to understand Buddhism. C. Buddhism can also be divided into its three vehicles or branches. Conclusion
THINKING ABOUT RELIGION, BELIEF, AND POLITICS
Talal Asad, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, City University of New York Graduate Center
October 02, 2008 Toll Room, Alumni House, UC Berkeley Campus
Talal Asad is a socio-cultural anthropologist, renowned for his contributions and research on the phenomenon of religion and secularism, and the religious revival in the Middle East. He discusses the attempts to define religion, the shifting place of "belief" in that endeavor, and some of its implications for politics.
ABOUT TALAL ASAD Talal Asad is a socio-cultural anthropologist, renowned for his contributions and research on the phenomenon of religion and secularism, and the religious revival in the Middle East. In his work, Asad attempts to identify the historical shifts that have constructed the modern concept of religion. He focuses on the effects of modernization on religion, as well as the idea that liberalism and democracy are intricately linked with secularism. Asad’s work encourages an interdisciplinary study of anthropology. His current research continues to focus on religion and the secular, and explores the genealogy of human rights in Egypt.
Episode 238 :: Ken McLeod :: A Trackless Path
Ted Meissner |
January 11, 2016
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Ken McLeod joins us to speak about A Trackless Path, a translation of one of a key poem of the 18th century Tibetan mystic Jigme Lingpa.
As we read, reflect, practice, and eventually embody the words and practices of our forebears in the tradition, it’s interesting how much of what they taught sounds amazingly like contemporary teaching.
As I read through the book we’re discussing in today’s episode, I was constantly reassessing my views as passage after beautiful passage spoke to my own direct experience, and how consonant it is with the attitudes in the modern mindfulness movement.
Having the insights of a teacher with a deep understanding of the original text, language, and tradition, can make it come alive.
Ken McLeod is well known as a translator of texts, practices, rituals, and structures into forms suitable for this culture. He was among the first westerners to complete the traditional three-year retreat training in Tibetan Buddhism, and then assisted in teaching during a second three-year retreat.
Authorized to teach by the late Kalu Rinpoche, he has successfully pioneered a private practice model for teaching, made the esoteric traditions of Tibetan Buddhism practical and accessible in his book Wake Up to Your Life, and mentored teachers from various traditions of Buddhism.
So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Darjeeling White tea.
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Music for This Episode Courtesy of Rodrigo Rodriguez
The music heard in the middle of the podcast is from Rodrigo Rodriguez.
The track used in this episode is “Beneath High Cliffs” from his CD, Traditional and Modern Pieces: Shakuhachi.
Category: The Secular Buddhist Podcast
Definition of Buddhism and a description of how it began and its present status as a world religion.
The Voice of Dissent Part 1
I. The Emergence of Buddhism (part 1) A. Introduction 1. Buddhism as a World Religion a. Context of the course b. Statistical overview of 21st century Buddhism 2. Defining Buddhism A religious and intellectual movement founded in N. India by Śākyamuni Gautama Siddhārtha in the 6th C. B.C.E. which teaches the Dharma - ‘eternal truth about reality’ - and whose followers believe provides complete liberation from all suffering. B. Historical Emergence of the Buddhist Dissent 1. The Early Life of Siddhārtha Gautama a. Birth in Lumbini, Nepal Hinduism background #1: “caste” system Hinduism background #2: Four Stages of Life
Terms to know from lecture #1:
Buddhism Śākyamuni Gautama Siddhārtha Brāhmin / Kshatriya / Vaiśya / Śūdra
Four Important Places of Pilgrimage (the first is in Nepal, the rest are in N. India):
Lumbini (birth site) Bodhgaya (enlightenment beneath Bodhi tree) Saranath (turn the wheel of Dharma, first sermon, taught four noble truths, first monastery) Kushinagar (death, entry into Nirvana, cremation site)
Robert Wright, author of Why Buddhism Is True, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the psychotherapeutic insights of Buddhism and the benefits of meditation and mindfulness. Wright argues our evolutionary past has endowed us with a mind that can be ill-suited to the stress of the present. He argues that meditation and the non-religious aspects of Buddhism can reduce suffering and are consistent with recent psychological research.
Experiences in Siddhartha Gautama’s life, and how they led the teachings that resulted in the formation of Buddhism.
Jundo and Kirk discuss whether you can practice Zen Buddhism if you are a Christian, Jew, Muslim, or believer in another religion.