Trust in the Buddha as Methodological Imperative in the Academy
Posted December 29, 2014 7:52 PM
Trust in God was the Methodological Imperative that guided the hand of Western Scientists from the Greek times up to the time of Darwin and Einstein. In this paper, the author argues that Trust in the Buddha be the  Methodological Imperative in the study of Buddhism. It points out how Buddha encourages a diehard empiricism,  the Foundations of Mindfulness Meditation helping achieve it, to a level that would be the envy of the Seculareligionist scholar. The Buddha can be emulate for his superior knowledge from the micro (the mind) to the macro (to the Universe, as eg in the Aggañña Sutta). It invites Buddhist  scholars in particular to 'come out' to own up to their Buddhism, engaging in an Academically Engaged Buddhism. Read more...

Born Sri Lanka in 1936, and coming to the US on a Fulbright-Smith Mundt Scholarship in 1964, he has been in Canada since 1967, except for a brief stay of 2 years, on the faculty of Vidyodaya University, Sri Lanka. Earning his doctorate in Canada, he has taught at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at University of Toronto, the Faculty of Education of University of Toronto, Trinity College and in Continuing Education. Founder of Nalanda College of Buddhist Studies (Canada) (1999), and of the Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies (2005), he has been a spokesperson for Buddhism in Canada.

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