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Religion Without God

a series of talks by Candradasa

A four-part series looking at how you can have a full spiritual life as a 21st Century person without recourse to blind faith or setting yourself against the rational world we find ourselves in. The Buddha faced some of the same dilemmas as us in India in 500 BCE, and we face some new challenges with 2500 years of changed culture and experience in between his time and our own.

Throughout this series Candradasa explores the basic propositions of the Buddha: about the nature of reality and about the effects of Dharma practice, especially the practice of mindfulness. He touches on the dangers of both atheistic and theistic 'positions', the radical possibilities in seeing yourself as part of a community, and the tricky area of human desire and its consequences. He also goes into what the Buddha really says about dying and death in relationship to consciousness, and finally evokes the transformative effect of compassionate awareness on the world as we experience it and on ourselves.

Series given at Portsmouth Buddhist Center, New Hampshire, in 2012.