These recordings are taken from the talk and discussion from the first day of the Middle Way Study Retreat, which took place in August 2013. A single longer recording has been split into sections. The day as a whole is concerned with the Buddha and the Middle Way, the conflicts between the Middle Way and elements of traditional Buddhism, and with an overall sketch of the Middle Way as a universal principle beyond Buddhism.
Part 1: The Buddha and the Middle Way: this discusses the Middle Way in the life story of the Buddha, and some of his parables and teachings. It also discusses how the Middle Way is required to succeed in Buddhist practices.
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Part 2: The Middle Way versus Buddhist Tradition: This discusses alternative principles that are used by many traditional Buddhists, such as the Four Noble Truths, Conditionality and the Three Jewels. It is argued that all of these require the Middle Way to be interpreted in a way relevant to our experience.
Part 2 as audio only:
Part 3: Problems with the Buddhist Middle Way: This looks at the traditional Buddhist understanding of the Middle Way, and argues that a more universal interpretation is needed, less stuck in the specific concerns of the Buddha’s time.
Part 3 as audio only: