In a customary gesture in books like this one,  Jan Westerhoff asks in his introduction what the purpose might be in his writing another history of Buddhist philosophy, given that those already available were written by such eminent scholars. In this case, the eminent scholars are Volker Zotz (writing in...
Bhikkhu Anālayo has garnered a distinguished reputation as an authoritative scholar of the Pali Canon and early Buddhism. His mastery not only of Pāli sources but also of parallels in Chinese translation has enabled him to produce a growing corpus of...
Posted by dhivan thomas jones on Sun, 23 Sep, 2018 - 15:12
About an event coming up at Adhiṣṭhāna that should be of interest to readers of the Western Buddhist Review:
‘From here to the beyond…’: Studying the ‘Spiral Path’ in Early Buddhist Discourses
Led by Dhīvan and Sāgaramati
9–16 Dec 2018
This study retreat marks the first led by the newly-initiated Triratna Scholars’ Network and will offer an opportunity to go behind the scenes, as it were, of Sangharakshita’s presentation of the Dharma, to look at the sources and texts connected with the ’Spiral Path’. We will examine closely the sources of...
review by Dhīvan, with a contribution by Kulamitra
In 1994, a clay pot containing ancient birch-bark scrolls appeared on the antiquities market in Pakistan, and was acquired by the British Library. Richard Salomon was one of the first scholars to inspect these fragile scrolls,...
Posted by dhivan thomas jones on Sat, 8 Sep, 2018 - 11:32
We’re delighted to present a review by Akasapriya of an important new book of philosophical reflection on the effects of contemporary social media:
James Williams, Stand Out of our Light
Cambridge University Press, 2018, pb £13, or available as a free ebook
Readers of Vaddhaka’s book The Buddha on Wall Street (reviewed here) may recall that he dedicated a chapter to the attention economy. The term refers to the various ways in which internet-based companies make money, often indirectly, from the users of their services. Stand...
Posted by dhivan thomas jones on Sat, 12 May, 2018 - 13:22
We present here a review of a new book exploring common ground between Buddhism and the philosophical tradition of Stoicism:
More Than Happiness: Buddhist and Stoic Wisdom for a Sceptical Age
by Antonia Macaro
Icon Books, London, 2018. £12.99 hb
review by Dhīvan
I met the author of More Than Happiness, Antonia Macaro, at a mindfulness retreat in 2016 led by Ven Anālayo,[i] and then again in November 2017 at a Bodhi College weekend on ‘Philosophy as a Way of Life’. An encouragingly large number of us listened to Stephen...
Vajragupta, a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order and writer, has had published a new book based on his long and deep immersion in the practice of solitary retreat. He attempts, for the most part remarkably successfully, to convey his sense of intimacy with the natural world, and tries to suggest just what it...
Posted by dhivan thomas jones on Mon, 21 Aug, 2017 - 11:36
We are pleased to present a review ofa new book from Windhorse Publications on the therapeutic use of mettā or kindness by Paramabandhu and Jed Shamel – reviewed by Paul Wielgus, himself a mindfulness teacher.
Posted by dhivan thomas jones on Sat, 21 Jan, 2017 - 17:29
Gil Fronsdal, The Buddha Before Buddhism: Wisdom from the Early Teachings, Shambhala, Boulder, 2016, paperback £15, 180 pages.
reviewed by Dhivan Thomas Jones
Gil Fronsdal’s new book is a translation of and commentary on ‘The Chapter of the Eights’ (Aṭṭhakavagga), the fourth chapter of the Sutta-nipāta, itself a miscellaneous collection of Pāli Buddhist verses (including such classics as the Karaṇīya-metta sutta and the Ratana sutta). I was excited when I heard about this new translation, because The Chapter of the Eights is a fascinating...