Robert Thurman’s ideas about the organic evolution of Buddha dharma in Asia allow us to understand the relationships among the various Buddhist cultures and schools of thought.
Stephen Batchelor has practiced Tibetan Buddhism, Korean Zen, and South Asian Theravada Buddhism. He tells us some of the essential differences he has found on these three paths.
Western Teachers Forum on the Schools of Buddhism
Teachers of Zen, Tibetan and Theravada Buddhism respond to questions about their practices. An introduction by Jack Kornfield provides historical context for their commonalities and distinctions.
Reflecting on his spiritual map, Patrick McMahon hears one note repeated over and over in minute variations: that of repetition itself. Each path brings “the wearing of routine” into his heart.
Tensho David Schneider didn’t choose to practice tantra because he particularly liked it; rather it was because he wanted to work with Trungpa Rinpoche, an authentic Vajrayana master who, for all his outrageous behavior and notorious reputation, was probably the strictest of the Tibetan teachers in the West.
Wes Nisker speculates that in America today, as in India during the time of the Buddha, a special combination of circumstances may have precipitated the sudden growth of interest in dharma.