A Buddhist Brexit – A Response

by Michael Hoey I am grateful to Stephen for the opportunity to respond to his Tricycle article on the UK ‘Brexit’ referendum, now that it has been translated for Buddhismus Aktuell . I would like here firstly to outline some of the reasons why a British Buddhist like...

A Buddhist Brexit

by Stephen Batchelor The world changed in the early morning of June 24th, 2016. I woke up in an airport hotel in Bordeaux. After a few hazy minutes I remembered that I should check my iPad for the result of the British referendum on membership of the European Union...

Secular Mindfulness – potential and pitfalls

Jenny Wilks based on an article in Insight Journal, (Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, September 2014), originally presented at the 2013 BCBS colloquium on Secular Buddhism Introduction Imagine for a moment that you are a health & fitness trainer. You work with...

Singing the Dharma?

by Andrew Olendzki Ambapali was a courtesan living in the city of Vesali, and is portrayed in the Pali literature as a woman of considerable wealth and influence. She had been left to die as a baby in a mango (amba) grove, no doubt the illegitimate offspring of...

Why *Early* Buddhism?

Letizia Baglioni What follows is part of an ongoing attempt at articulating what is it about the early teachings that makes them unique and relevant, and why it is worthwhile taking the time to undo (or at least relax) some of the meanings and methods we may have...

Beyond scientific materialism and religious belief

Akincano M. Weber Secular Buddhism, a concept still somewhat vague yet emotive, is being exalted or vilified across net and media – and so are its users occasionally. We need to be clear: secular Buddhism is neither Stephen Batchelor’s invention nor the final triumph...

The Secularisation of Buddhism

Stephen Batchelor As someone immersed in the practice of Buddhism for the past forty years – as a student, translator, writer, interpreter and teacher – I may not be best placed to appreciate the impact of this tradition on the wider British society of which I am a...

Reflections on language, culture and social identity

John Peacock The Buddha repeatedly points out in the course of his teaching career that all languages are cultural constructs and that the relationship between the signs that constitute a language, and what is signified by those signs is purely conventional. He also...

Reading lists

Below you will find a series of bibliographies (pdf) with recommended reading, grouped according to topics: Essentials – for students of Mindfulness and Buddhist Psychology 12 titles: Buddhist Background – Buddhist Psychology – Four Establishments of mindfulness Early...