Ajahn Brahm offers a broad overview of the history of Buddhism.
Ajahn Brahmali and Ajahn Sujato are not just forest monks but authoritative scholars actively researching early Buddhist history trying to get an authentic understanding of who the Buddha was and the events surrounding his life by investigating multiple sources, including the discourses of all major Buddhist traditions. This course won’t just enlighten the listener about the early Buddhist world and who the real historical Buddha was, but will cast these events in a fresh light free from the dogma of any one Buddhist school.
Ajahn Brahmali discusses how the Buddha’s core teachings have given rise to the numerous traditions and teachings of Buddhism that exist today.
Through textual comparison scholars can today point to those core teachings of the Buddha that are common across the early existent canons of the various Buddhist schools.
These early teachings are where Ajahn Brahmali believes we should focus our attention if we are to uncover the Buddha’s original teachings.
Many people – even many Buddhists – know very little about, or have mistaken ideas, about who the historical Buddha really is. Ajahn Brahmali sets aside the myths and legends and gives an historical account of the life of Siddhartha Gautama – the Buddha, and connects this to how it can enhance our practice in the here and now.
Bhante Sujato gives us a perspective on the present via Buddhist history, and addresses the often-made assertion that the Buddha was a Hindu.