4 thoughts on “Buddhism in Motion, University of Alabama, November 1st

  1. (Source: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/desilva/wheel337.html#sens)

    Can Buddhism Help?
    Buddhism has been a great civilizing force and a guiding principle for millions of people during the last twenty-five centuries. It would be useful to see what light Buddhism sheds on the present chaotic situation, and what wisdom it offers for self-adjustment under modern conditions and for healthy family and interpersonal relations. Though criticism is often levelled that Buddhism is a life-denying ascetic ideal, and that it is antisocial and antipolitical, it should be remembered that Buddhism embraces in its dispensation not only monks (bhikkhu) and nuns (bhikkhuni), but also male and female lay followers (upasaka, upasika). The intellectual and disciplinary training of the laity is as important a concern in Buddhism as that of the monks. Therefore Buddhism offers a social and a political philosophy, the goal of which is the creation of a society where human rights are safeguarded, human enterprise is the key to success, resources are well distributed and justice reigns supreme. As Trevor Ling too maintains, Buddhism is not just a religion or a philosophy, it is in fact a whole civilization, a full fledged multi-faceted philosophy of life designed to meet the secular and spiritual needs of man.[4]

  2. Dear Bhante,

    On another topic, but something I think you might find quite interesting (especially if you’re getting a taste of “mindfulness” practice/modern Vipassana practice as it’s generally taught in the U.S.), here’s an excellent lecture on the “definition(s)” and interpretations of “mindfulness” by Prof. John Dunne (Emory University) which he gave in Nepal :
    http://www.shedrub.org/videoplayback.php?vid=19

    I don’t have time at the moment to give a proper summary but it’s well worth listening to.

  3. Oops… sorry Bhante, I missed doing this. And now you’re probably back and can watch it when you have a chance.

    I liked his discussion of the differences between what he called the technical definitions (textual) vs. the operational definitions (as employed by various meditation teachers, as well as some scholars) of “mindfulness” (sati). He covered a lot in an hour or so, but unfortunately if I’m remembering correctly, there was only one brief mention of samadhi… he needs to read your work (assuming he hasn’t).

    You may be familiar with some of his other work. He wrote a book on Dharmakirti (http://www.amazon.com/Foundations-Dharmakirtis-Philosophy-John-Dunne/dp/086171184X/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1290025489&sr=1-4)

    Sorry you didn’t have more time to explore the States. Would have loved to have met you and offered dana (in NM). And there’s many people here who I think would love to hear about your work. Maybe next time…

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