Stephen Schettini talks with Stephen Batchelor on the question, “Does Buddhism Matter?”
Stephen Batchelor is a contemporary Buddhist teacher and writer 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 beliefs. His critical exploration of Buddhism’s role in the modern world has earned him both condemnation as a heretic and praise as a reformer.
Stephen is also one of my earliest friends in Buddhism. We studied together under Geshe Rabten in the scholastic Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism in the 1970s and Stephen was my very first teacher of scriptural Tibetan. We had many conversations about the meaning of what we were studying and how it applied to the present day. That conversation continues today.
In this talk we discuss why we should or shouldn’t call ourselves Buddhists and about the mainstreaming of mindfulness. We also discuss his recasting of the Four Truths into the Four Tasks and the difficulty we have digesting this fundamental change in the way we see Buddhism.
Episode 1 – Stephen Batchelor (46 minutes)
Or, download as MP3: 001-StephenBatchelor – 43.6 MB
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