Each time the teachings of the Buddha entered a new culture outside their Indian birthplace, they have had to undergo renewal and reinterpretation so as to gain traction in the new host society.
Stephen Batchelor’s work represents a landmark in Buddhism’s sinking roots in the modern west, and his After Buddhism is his most systematic contribution to the process. What is being left behind, he suggests, by the ‘after’ in the title is a set of received, conventional misrepresentations of the teachings, not their true beating heart.
Jim Champion’s astute questions encourage readers to use Batchelor’s reissue of the Buddha’s teachings to reflect more deeply on the lives they’re leading, the individuals they’re becoming, and the world we inhabit.
Use this workbook to run a course for your community or sangha, or to deepen your own understanding of After Buddhism.