978: Stephen Batchelor: Simplifying Buddhism and the nature of Meditation (R)
Stephen Batchelor is a contemporary Buddhist teacher and writer, best known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism. Stephen considers Buddhism to be a constantly evolving culture of awakening rather than a religious system based on immutable dogmas and beliefs. In particular, he regards the doctrines of karma and rebirth to be features of ancient Indian civilisation and not intrinsic to what the Buddha taught. Through his writings, translations and teaching, Stephen engages in a critical exploration of Buddhism's role in the modern world, which has earned him both condemnation as a heretic and praise as a reformer. I am honored and delighted to have him on ZEN commuter to help me understand Buddhism.
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What you will learn in this episode:
- What led Stephen to study Buddhism
- How current society is embracing Buddhism
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