Sunday, May 7, 2017

Secular Buddhism

In a recent article, "Facing the Great Divide," the eminent American scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi suggests that Buddhism "has arrived as a major watershed from which two distinct streams have emerged, which for convenience we may call 'Classical Buddhism' and 'Secular Buddhism.' " Bodhi explains how the former largely perpetuates the heritage of Asian Buddhism, be that of the Theravada, Tibetan, Zen, Nichiren, or Pure Land schools, while the latter "marks a rupture with Buddhist tradition, a re-visioning of the ancient teaching intended to fit the secular culture of the West."

~Stephen Batchelor, in Secular Buddhism

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