Future Primitive

May 17th, 2013

Buddhism: A Changing, Living Organism

an interview with Stephen Batchelor

This is a new episode in our monthly podcast series, Upaya Conversations, a collaboration with Upaya Zen Center.
Stephen Batchelor is a contemporary Buddhist teacher and writer, best 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 dogmas and beliefs. Through his writings, translations and teaching, Stephen engages in a critical exploration of Buddhism’s role in the modern world.
He is the translator and author of various books and articles on Buddhism, including the bestselling “Buddhism Without Beliefs” (Riverhead 1997) and “Living with the Devil: A Meditation on Good and Evil” (Riverhead, 2004). His most recent publication is “Confession of a Buddhist Atheist” (Spiegel&Grau, 2010).


Stephen speaks with Joanna about “confession of a Buddhist atheist”; a Buddhist way of life; a middle road between religion and secularism; ethics & contemplation without metaphysical beliefs; the Dharma in a global culture; “Buddhism 2.0”; a plurality of discourses: the mythical and the historical; Keats and Zen…


”I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik

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