Lama Jampa Thaye’s Wisdom in Exile examines how best the Buddha’s teachings might be understood and practised today – and argues that unless we discriminate between authentic and fake presentations and resist the temptation to assimilate it to contemporary ideologies, the opportunity for it to shape our lives will be lost and Buddhism itself is likely to remain in cultural memory as nothing more than a temporary fad.
“Wisdom in Exile proposes a fresh approach to Buddhism, one in which the fundamental tenets of the Buddha’s teachings are rediscovered.” (His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin, head of the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism).
As Buddha pointed out, suffering afflicts all beings and hence is undoubtedly present in all cultures. However, maybe our culture is unique in selling the promise of happiness so strongly but delivering only disappointment and bewilderment. According to Buddha, liberation from suffering is always possible, through the transformation of our error into understanding. Thus, despite its ancient origins, Buddhism would seem to be uniquely well-suited to the modern world.”