Stephen Batchelor

Magazine History & Philosophy

Lessons of History

Stephen Batchelor, proponent of “Buddhism without beliefs,” investigates the historical development of Buddhism across different cultures—and uncovers a difference in the conception of history itself.   Nearly thirty years have passed since I first became involved in Buddhism. I was nineteen at the time, dizzy with the optimism of the 1960s and the thrill of having […]

By Stephen Batchelor

Magazine Teachings

Nagarjuna’s Verses from the Center

Although Nagarjuna is arguably the most important figure in Buddhism after the Buddha himself, very little is known about him. All that can be said with any certainty is that he lived at some time around the second century C.E. in India and is the author of a Sanskrit work of 448 verses, divided into […]

By Stephen Batchelor

Magazine History & Philosophy

Creating Sangha

Few would disagree that monasticism, with its vows and disciplines, provides the time and freedom to reflect on the dharma and a conducive framework for cultivation of concentration and insight. For this reason, since the time of the Buddha, the survival of the dharma has been seen as dependent upon the survival of a monastic community. […]

By Stephen Batchelor
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