Thirteen of us turned out to hear a very nice lecture from Jim Z. on Buddhist beliefs and history, including several newbies. Huzzah to Jim. Also, it was good to see a few regulars we had added during the summer months come back, like Joan and Mike.
For follow-up, here are some links to more details on early Buddhist history that Jim briefly outlined, plus the recent poll that Pete alluded to on Americans’ views towards the worlds’ major religions.
- The Foundation [historical origin] Of Buddhism, from the International World History Project, a great resource for history buffs BTW!
- The Buddha and his basic teachings, from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Oops! I can’t find the survey that ranked Americans’ attitudes towards the major world religions. I looked all over: Google, Pew, Think Progress, Religion Dispatches, etc. Pete: Any ideas where to look?