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An Ambedkarite Mass Conversion and a Political Storm

…Dr Ambedkar concluded that caste and Hinduism were inseparable and that the dalits must help themselves. In 1956, at a vast meeting in Nagpur, Dr Ambedkar took the Refuges and precepts, and then initiated 500,000 others into Buddhism. Millions more followed them in the following months. Dr Ambedkar was far more than a politician. In the hutments and shantytowns of his native Maharashtra, Ambedkar’s picture sits on a million shrines…

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Secular Buddhist Reviews ‘Gautama Buddha’

…secular biography of the Buddha, I dare say such a thing would be indigestible. We urgently need a philological approach to the Pali Canon, but that’s a separate issue. The point of this book is that if you’re interested in Buddhism, Gautama is as unavoidable as he is elusive. What he taught was pragmatic. Who he was — whether he existed or not as man or god — is and always will be mythic. His life is invaluably inspiring. To go looking for…

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Shakespeare’s Wisdom: The Buddha and Richard II

…hakespeare’s Richard II as a play about belief and identity, which are core concerns of Buddhism, and suggest parallels between Shakespeare’s insights and those of the Buddha   Although I usually write about Buddhism, the subject that interests me most is ‘wisdom’. It’s the core of Buddhism, but not its exclusive preserve and when I read or watch Shakespeare’s plays I sometimes feel drawn, as I am drawn to the Dharma. The wisdom…

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Gateways to the Imaginal: an Interview With Harold Bloom

…ne about this. A historical imposture that has lasted for 1,800 years will not be undone, just as the imposture of what absurdly calls itself Christianity, and has lasted 1,900 years, is not going to be undone. It seems that Buddhism is not so contaminated among most of its adherents by a false reading of its original texts as every variety of Christianity that I know. V: In looking for viable spiritual alternatives you draw on the esoteric…

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The Buddha’s Vision

…sts celebrate the Buddha’s Awakening or Enlightenment. According to the traditional dating that took place in 538 BC, and the spiritual tradition he founded eventually inspired a vast civilisation. So we can agree that Buddhism deserves a place in a museum. But in a world that’s hurtling towards post-modernity and faces unprecedented challenges, we can justifiably ask if an ancient tradition like Buddhism has any continuing…

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