Download e-book for kindle: After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age by Stephen Batchelor

By Stephen Batchelor

ISBN-10: 030021622X

ISBN-13: 9780300216226

A few twenty-five centuries after the Buddha began educating, his message maintains to motivate humans around the globe, together with these dwelling in predominantly secular societies. What does it suggest to evolve non secular practices to secular contexts?

Stephen Batchelor, an across the world identified writer and instructor, is dedicated to a secularized model of the Buddha's teachings. The time has come, he feels, to articulate a coherent moral, contemplative, and philosophical imaginative and prescient of Buddhism for our age. After Buddhism, the fruits of 4 a long time of research and perform within the Tibetan, Zen, and Theravada traditions, is his try and set the list directly approximately who the Buddha was once and what he used to be attempting to train. Combining serious readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative debts of 5 individuals of the Buddha's internal circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a practical ethicist instead of a dogmatic metaphysician. He envisions Buddhism as a consistently evolving tradition of awakening whose lengthy survival is because of its skill to reinvent itself and engage creatively with every one society it encounters.

This unique and provocative e-book provides a brand new framework for figuring out the extraordinary unfold of Buddhism in today's globalized international. It additionally reminds us of what was once so startling concerning the Buddha's imaginative and prescient of human flourishing.

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The Origin O f The Dhyana School The Dhyana School has for over a thousand years been one of the most popular schools m China and has played a great part in the development of Chinese philosophy and art, as well as giving a peculiar impression of the psycho­ logy of the Chinese people. The Chinese claim that the school originated in the following way, though the story is not recorded in any known Chinese text or even Pali or Sanskrit. This, how­ ever, is in keeping with the claim that Dhyana School whose teachings were handed down orally or by silent understanding between teacher and pupil and not commit­ ted to "writing.

II ] THE DHYANA FOR BECOMING BUDDHA 33 4. Mui-neng and His Disciples After Hung-jen's death, the Dhyana Sect was divided into two schools, Northern and Southern. Shen-hsil, who had written the first stanza, founded a school in North and obtained royal patronage at the time, while Hui-neng also established a rival school in the South which spread as far as Japan and Korea. I have already mentioned in the previous sub-chapter that Hui-neng was called upon by the 5th Patriarch in his room in the mid-night for religious instructions.

Emperor Hsien,tsung conferred on him the Posthuinous title “Ta Chien Ch'an Ssu" or “ the Great Mirror Dhyana Master” and wrote the epigraph ^Harmonious spirit shines forth divinely/3 on the pagoda where Hui-neng was buried. ^There are 33 persons who under Hui-neng^ guidance have attained the great truth of Dhyana. Among them Hsinssu of Ch^ng-yuan and Huai-jen ot Nan-yueh are the most prominent. As they have created new Dhyana system,w e shall discuss it in the following sub-chapter. There was Dhyana Master named Fa-hai, a disciple of Hui-neng.

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