Theravada (pronounced “terraVAHduh”), the “Doctrine of the Elders,” is the only survivor among the early schools of Buddhism, and is generally regarded as the oldest, most orthodox, and most conservative form of Buddhism. It is relatively uninfluenced by other indigenous belief systems. It is believed to have survived intact from the 500 Elders, who followed in the tradition of the monks of the first Buddhist Council. Theravada has no hierarchical authority structure, though seniority is respected in the sangha. It accepts the Pali canon (see Tripitaka) as the authoritative scripture that contains the complete teachings of the Buddha. Within four centuries after the Buddha there were 18 schools of Buddhism. All of those traditions are now extinct except for the Theravada. The Mahayana doctrine began around 50 BC but it was not taught by the Buddha and it contradicts the Buddha’s teachings. Tibetan and Zen Buddhism are a part of the Mahayana. Today Theravadin monks feel that they represent the Buddha as He would have wished. In order for you to best follow the Buddha’s teachings as the Buddha would have wanted you to, you should study and practice the Theravada path which is a living tradition with an unbroken lineage going back to the historical Buddha himself. Mahayana Buddhism contains much of the Buddha’s teachings but it is mixed with other philosophical beliefs so that it has a different view leading to a different goal. Theravadins revere the historical Buddha but do not recognize the various celestial buddhas and ancillary gods associated with Mahayana Buddhism. For many centuries, Theravada Buddhism has been the predominant religion of continental Southeast Asia (Thailand, Myanmar/Burma, Cambodia, and Laos) and Sri Lanka; today...Read More
Brian leads many weekend meditation retreats around BC and elsewhere each year. Weekend residential retreats are held about once a month, as well as single-day retreats and workshops. Most retreats are silent which help to build meditative peace and concentration but talking is allowed during lecture periods. The retreats do not involve the long hours of meditation typical for Vipassana boot camps and we ensure that meditation schedules and duration fit with the interests and needs of the group. Saturday nights are often the most lively and engaged open discussion sessions. If you would like more information about the retreats or workshops, or you would like to schedule Brian to lead a retreat in your area, please use the Contact Form....Read More
Brian has created numerous meditation training videos, guided meditation CDs and has written books on Buddhism and mindfulness practices. Many of Brian’s videos and guided meditations are available at no cost and can be found on the Multimedia Page. Brian has also created YouTube videos on various aspects of Buddhism, meditation, mindfulness and recently, videos exploring some of Brian’s political...Read More
Brian Ruhe is available for consultation on any matter for $50/ hour, in person, by Skype or phone. This includes counselling, meditation instruction, or information on truth search themes, revisionist history and activism. Skype address: brianaruhe . Tel. 604-738-8475.
Brian offers classes, workshops and retreats around the lower mainland on many aspects of Buddhist philosophy, meditation, mindfulness and other topics.
Brian leads many weekend meditation retreats around BC and elsewhere each year.
Brian has created numerous meditation training videos, guided meditation CDs and has written books on Buddhism and mindfulness practices.