Teachings of The Buddha with Buddhist Scholar Etan Boritzer

 

We are pleased to announce the return of Etan Boritzer to Buddha for You for another one of his stimulating talks on the direct teachings of the Buddha.

Because of the great variety of Buddhist traditions currently practiced (Tibetan, Tantric, Zen, etc) there is some confusion as to the basic tenets which Siddatha Gotama (563 BC to 480 BC) the Buddha himself taught to the order of monks, nuns and laity in Northern India for 45 years after his 'awakening.'

Our talk presents the Buddha’s basic tenets and their conceptual bearings as taught directly by the Buddha and redacted in the canonical discourses (suttas) as derived from the oldest extant Pali manuscripts (Sinahlese).  The teachings are placed in the context of the Buddha’s times and the backdrop of the ancient Vedic philosophy against which the Buddha argued.

We follow the Buddha's path to his 'awakening' as related in the discourses, and we review the Buddha's most important teachings: The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, annica (impermanence), anata (non-self), silas (moralities), samadhi (concentration and the eight stages of meditation), panna (wisdom) and vipassana (insight), the dhamma (doctrine), paticca samupadha (causal genesis) and nibbana (extinction).

Etan Boritzer is a yoga/meditation teacher in Santa Monica, CA who has studied Eastern philosophy, practiced yoga & meditation since 1969 with teachers in India, Japan and the US. He also is the best selling children’s book author of What Is God? and 11 other titles, published in 15 languages.

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