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Creating a Better Tomorrow

Module 15 of An Introduction to Buddhism.

Buddhism offers a fresh perspective on how to address the problems of modernity.

Photo by Kate Davidson, CC BY 2.0

Readings

Biography of Shakyamuni Buddha – Ven Master Hsing Yun (.pdf) (.epub) (.pdf) (.epub)

We finish the Buddha’s Biography with Chapters 47–48: his final teachings.

Chapter 13 sees this final chapter, not as an “end” but as “A New Beginning”

Buddhism and Modernity – Douglas Powers (.pdf)

Individualism, science, freedom and morality are four big, contemporary conversations which Buddhism has much to contribute to.

The Science Delusion – Curtis White (.pdf) (.pdf)

This excellent article confronts directly the dogmatic belief in materialism that modern science has fallen into.

And in this essay, Peter Harvey responds to a few, common misgivings from Westerners new to Buddhism.

While this course has been almost-entirely from the Theravada perspective, I would like to give the final word to Atiśa Dīpaṃkara.

Lecture

This video is kinda “out there”, but I think it serves well as a humorous capstone to the course:

Homework

Your homework for this module is to take what you’ve learned and make the world a better place! Wherever and however you can 😊

Further Reading

Articles

Audio/Video

The text jumps inside me to help me out.

So, when you’re studying Buddhism, what are you studying?
I know the answer. I’m studying me.
I’m studying me.

I have arrived, I am home
In the here, in the now
I am solid, I am free
In the ultimate, I dwell

Booklets

When we adopt a Buddhist perspective on the wounds that afflict our world today, we soon realize that these wounds are symptomatic: a warning signal that something is fundamentally awry with the way we lead our lives.

To be female is to have the dukkha of a female. To be male is to have the dukkha of a male. […] If we deludedly think ‘I am happy’ then we must suffer accordingly.

My most highly recommended introduction to Buddhist meditation.

This book is intended to provide an introduction to the teachings of the Buddha which will shed some light on a subject that, to non-Buddhists, can appear both unexpectedly rational and exotically strange.

Canonical Works

Essays

Monographs

The classic introduction to Buddhist meditation.

Zen practice is the direct expression of our true nature. Strictly speaking, for a human being, there is no other practice than this

Papers

Advanced Courses

The Buddha's Words
Dig deeper into the Buddha’s teachings in his own words.
Buddhism as a Religion
A history of the Sangha and what it is to be a Buddhist.
The Practice of Buddhism
A guide into the heart of the Dhamma, Buddhist philosophy and its transformative purpose.
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