A Living Dharma: The FWBO and ‘Protestant Buddhism’

Led by Mahamati + Silavadin

Part of the Study Convention: A Living Dharma.

In February 1986 Bhante was contacted by Phillip Mellor who was working on a Ph.D on the cultural transference of Buddhism into the West. Five years later, Mellor published an article ‘Protestant Buddhism? The Cultural Translation of Buddhism in England’.

Bhante: ‘I decided to write a response of my own to Mellor’s article. Not a reply but a response. I would look at some of the theoretical and methodological questions raised by his article, either explicitly or by implication. I would look at them in my own way, that is, I would look at them as a (Western) Buddhist, without any pretence of adopting an ‘objective’ approach to Buddhism and without allowing myself to be restrained by considerations of academic propriety’.

His response was a book called ‘‘The FWBO and ‘Protestant Buddhism’ An affirmation and a Protest’’ and it is this text that we will study during this retreat, exploring themes such as ‘the burden of self; Protestantism; modernism; and culture.

Reception is from 4pm on the day of arrival, with the retreat beginning with supper at 6pm.

The retreat will finish in the morning after the clear-up. If traveling on public transport, please book a train after 11am.

This retreat is for members of the Triratna Buddhist Order

Start Date: 1st Apr 2022
End Date: 8th Apr 2022
Event Type: Residential
Deposit: £70
Price: £270 (Waged/Supported (including deposit)) / £195 (Unwaged/Unsupported (including deposit))

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