||A Western Approach to Buddhism
- How can Buddhism speak to Westerners?
How can we appropriately adapt Buddhism to Western culture?
- Two pieces by James Ishmael Ford:
- Good Medicine for This World - in a conversation about tonglen with Alice Walker and Judith Lief, Pema Chödrön mentions a couple of things Western Buddhist teachers do differently:
- they "simply don't buy" the notion that homosexuality is an obstacle to spiritual growth (any more than they'll perpetuate judging women as inferior)
- they have to take extra pains to address the strong tendency of Western Practitioners to hear dharma teaching "with a filter of turning it against themselves."
- Sit Down and Shut Up! Brad Warner's approach to Zen is irreverent and debunking, but seems nevertheless authentic to me.
- Being Creative with Tradition: Rooting Theravaada Buddhism in Britain- by Sandra Bell.
- Buddhism without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening, by Stephen Batchelor, is about using the methods of Buddhism without the mythology or metaphysics. I haven't read it yet, but it's on my shelf waiting. Here are two critiques of it:
What is the relationship between Buddhism & meditation, and psychology or psychotherapy?
- Consciousness Studies:
- Meditation and Psychotherapy a review of the literature, by Greg Bogart, Ph.D. Originally published in The American Journal of Psychotherapy, 1991.
- Psychotherapy / Buddhist Meditation ten essays from the Buddha Dharma Education association, and information on courses in Buddhist Psychotherapy and Counselling.
- ToDo Institute - Zen-based life skills, sometimes called therapies: Morita and Naikan
What other aspects of Western culture resonate with Buddhism?
What other aspects of Western culture need greater development in Buddhism?
- Family, Childrearing, Relationship, and Community as Practice
- 14 June 2003