Workshop 1 : History of Early Buddhism
The very idea of Buddhism implies an “original” or “pure” teaching that is grounded in the ultimate truth of experience. But such a teaching does not exist in any simple or obvious way, and must be carefully reconstructed from historical sources, with all the uncertainties that this implies. This workshop considers how the search for Early Buddhism was developed in the West, and how Buddhist traditions have responded to it. Our ideals of Buddhist thought and practice have been conditioned by this search, which has been a fruitful source of inspiration and spiritual renewal.
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