Thoughts on Western Buddhism, 50 Years On

Posted by lokabandhu on Wed, 28/03/2012 - 11:24
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Vishvapani is a long-standing member of the Triratna Buddhist Order and well-known for his regular appearances on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’.

He’s also a thoughtful commentator on Western Buddhism, and readers of Triratna News may be interested in a recent column of his, written for the UK Guardian newspaper’s ‘Comment is Free’ column. In it he, as a Western Buddhist, shares 10 insights into how Buddhism and its followers have moved on since its arrival in the West 50 years ago. Top of the list is the intriguing statement “It’s not all about enlightenment” - followed by the (possibly) more contentious opinions that “It doesn’t focus on monks” and “Tibetan Buddhism has baggage”.

You can read the others, and the full column here - plus the nearly 100 comments the article has generated since its publication.

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