Vidyamala explores two opposite positions that can be taken in response to this question
One can be ‘liberal’ and try to change Buddhism to align with popular values in society, or ‘conservative’ and try to change society to align with traditional Buddhist values.
Is there a middle way between these two extremes, where Buddhism is dynamic, accessible and attractive and yet remains true to the uncompromising and radical teachings of the Buddha?
Vidyamala draws on her experience of teaching both ‘hard core’ Buddhism on the one hand and secular mindfulness on the other, in various countries and cultural contexts,
Talk given at Manchester Buddhist Centre on 28th May 2011, as part of a series of free public talks: Buddhism and the Big Questions