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history of buddhism

While many practitioners of Buddhism have a general knowledge about the history of Buddhism, specifically about the biography of the Buddha (the moment the Buddha left the palace, his path as an ascetic, his awakening, etc.), it is true that there are important gaps regarding the evolution of this tradition and, at the same time, very partial approximations according to the tradition of the practitioner.

That is why some Buddhism scholars claim the need to know how Buddhism developed historically, as well as an honest explanation of the different narratives through which this evolution has been explained.  

As the great scholar and practitioner Rita Gross said , "The study of history, which includes the study of legends and sacred stories and how they serve Buddhist practitioners, can be helpful in reducing sectarianism and avoiding fundamentalist doctrinal fights. When legend and history are not confused, each can take its proper place for an accurate understanding of the whole of Buddhism and of one's lineage and practice. Instead of promoting doubt, this foundation can provide support for a trust in the dharma. "

With this desire to generate a more rigorous knowledge regarding the development of Buddhism, and to strengthen our relationship as practitioners, we propose  a course that will be broken down into three different sessions.


In them we will see, in the first place, the history of Buddhism of the origins, which Bernat Font (Secular Buddhism) will teach; second, the history of Mahayana Buddhism, by Lama Norbu; and finally the history of Vajrayana Buddhism, by Lama Norbu as well.

Session 1. The Buddhism of the origins | Saturday December 19 | ON-LINE

With Bernat Font (Secular Buddhism)

Buddhism teaches that everything arises due to causes and conditions, including Buddhism itself, that it was not born in a vacuum. So we can ask ourselves: what was the "dependent origination" of Buddhism? We are going to meet the historical Buddha (we don't really know his name) and explore the context in which he grew up and developed his teachings. Because your ideas are better understood when we know what influenced you and what you were responding to. Then, after his death, his teachings began to spread, from southern India to Greek territories, and the early schools of Buddhism were born.

Who teaches:

Schedule Saturday, December 19

First meeting: 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

Second meeting: 12 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.

Third meeting: 4.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Bernat Font is the author of the blog . Fascinated by dharma since adolescence, he has practiced in Europe, India, and Burma for the past decade. He is part of the Bodhi College 'teacher training' program, as well as pursuing a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol. For years he has been guiding the Secular Sangha in Barcelona.

Economic contribution:

€ 60 regular contribution.

€ 45 members of Casa Virupa

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