These lectures were presented in the Michaelmas term of 2023 by Dr. Alexander Wynne, as a collaboration between the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, and the Dhammachai Internationsl Research Institute
Suicide, Meditation and Anti-realism: Three Problems in the Study of Early Buddhism
This lecture series will consider three apparently distinct problems in the study of early Buddhism: one ethical (suicide), one spiritual (meditation) and one metaphysical (anti-realism). By bringing out underlying connections and discontinuities between these subjects, the lectures will show how early Buddhism was decisively shaped by two forces: an ascetic spirituality based on the practice of mindfulness, and rooted in metaphysical anti-realism; and a heterodox Brahminic tradition of renunciation, stemming from the early Upaniṣads, and transmitting a tradition of calm meditation. Understanding early Buddhism in its historical context, and trying to draw out the implicit meaning of obscure canonical Suttas, these lectures will present the nascent Buddhist movement afresh as a creative fusion of two distinct streams of speculation.
1. Suicide https://youtube.com/live/b_YT8mjMNdI
2. Meditation https://youtu.be/MrIJBTM-2Xo
3. Anti-realism https://youtube.com/live/lfO5am9Cvkk
Given for the OCBS by Dr. Alex Wynne.
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A talk given by Dr. Alex Wynne for the OCBS on 20th November 2017. A pdf to accompany the talk is provided below.
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A talk given by Nawang Jinpa for the OCBS on 18 January 2016.
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A lecture given by Dr. Alex Wynne for the OCBS on 26 October 2015.
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A lecture given by Dr Tatsuma Padoan for the OCBS on 27 April 2015.
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A talk given by Professor Timothy Barrett for the OCBS on 24 November, 2014.
A talk given by Dr Mattia Salvini for the OCBS on 10 November, 2014.
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Given by Mr Charles Allen for the OCBS on 13th February 2012.
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