I'm a Mahayana Buddhist in the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. This tradition has many features that baffle my scientifically trained mind. Unfortunately, some are at the heart of the tradition. Navigating my skepticism is part of the challenge of being a modern Buddhist. However, I'm not quite as much a skeptic as the Bachelor's. I do [...]
Meditation in Contemporary Buddhism
Buddhism in the West is often seen as consisting mostly of meditation. The experience is what counts, not doctrine, ritual or culture. This is rather a postmodern and very untraditional way of looking at Buddhism. Up until recent times it was always a minority, even among monks, who meditated.
Of course there is good reason why meditation is so popular: it’s a powerful tool for self-transformation.