Ven. Anālayo: Early Buddhist Oral Tradition (#143)


This episode of the Wisdom Podcast features Wisdom author Venerable Bhikkhu Anālayo: scholar, author, and meditation teacher. Born in Germany in 1962 and ordained in Sri Lanka in 1995, Ven. Bhikkhu Anālayo completed a PhD thesis on the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta at the University of Peradeniya in 2000, and is faculty member and scholar at several academic institutions. Ven. Bhikkhu Anālayo has authored several books on meditation and early Buddhism, such as Satipatthāna: The Direct Path to Realization, Superiority Conceit in Buddhist Traditions, Rebirth in Early Buddhism and Current Research, and his most recent book Early Buddhist Oral Tradition. He also teaches the Wisdom Academy online course Foundations of Mindfulness.  

In this episode, host Daniel Aitken and Ven. Bhikkhu Anālayo celebrate the launch of Early Buddhist Oral Traditions, and discuss 

  • understanding self-reliance and the Buddha’s tradition;
  • the records of the Buddha’s teachings and their transmission through time;
  • structural elements and meaning in the memorization process of the Suttas;
  • biases and confidence when studying early Buddhist texts;
  • identity and memory in the modern digital environment;
  • and much more!


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About the Interviewee

Bhikkhu Anālayo is a bhikkhu (Buddhist monk), scholar, and meditation teacher. He was born in Germany in 1962 and went forth in 1995 in Sri Lanka. He is best known for his comparative studies of early Buddhist texts as preserved by the various early Buddhist traditions.

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