Does Secular Buddhism Exist? (Hybrid)

Thursday, February 2, 7:00 p.m.  

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Does Secular Buddhism Exist with Ajahn Brahmal 2 2 23Spiritual and secular values are often regarded as opposed to each other. In this talk, Ajahn Brahmāli will discuss whether this is really the case. If undogmatic spiritual practice is simply a search for truth, then spirituality is not only compatible with secular values, but complementary to them. Ajahn Brahmāli will discuss certain accepted spiritual truths, such as karma and rebirth, and how to make sense of them from a secular perspective. He will then show how Buddhism as proclaimed by the Buddha, and indeed all sincere spiritual practice, is in fact secular in nature.

Ajahn BrahmāliAjahn Brahmāli was born in Norway in 1964. He first became interested in Buddhism and meditation in his early 20s while on a visit to Japan. After hearing teachings from Ajahn Brahm, he decided to travel to Australia to train at Bodhinyana Monastery, where he took full ordination as a Buddhist monk in 1996. Ajahn Brahmāli is renowned for his excellent knowledge of the Pali language and his enthusiasm for teaching the suttas. He is also well known as a scholar of the Vinaya—the monastic rules and procedures—which he is currently translating into English.  Ajahn Brahmāli’s clear and insightful talks help make the Buddha’s teachings accessible to all. He is regularly invited to conduct retreats in Australia, South-East Asia, Sri Lanka, and Europe.

Ajahn Brahmāli has also published numerous essays on important points of Dhamma, including the legitimacy of bhikkhuni ordination, of which he is a supporter.

This program will be streamed live on YouTubeFacebook, and our website. You can also attend in person at 1926 N. Main Street in Wheaton, IL.

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