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What Is Buddhism, Anyway? An overview of its ideas and traditions

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society 1516 W. 3rd Street Little Rock, AR 72201 United States (map)

Saturday December 7th, 1pm to 4pm

An introductory overview of Buddhism, using Huston Smith’s Buddhism: A Concise Introduction as a springboard.  Led by Dr. Jay McDaniel, emeritus professor of world religions, Hendrix College, the workshop is offered for the curious, for newcomers to Buddhism, and for old hands who might enjoy a refresher.  Topics include:

  • Four Noble Truths

  • Dependent Arising

  • No-Self

  • Eightfold Path

  • Nirvana

  • Three lineages of Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana (Tibetan) traditions, including Zen and Vipassana, as practiced in America..

There is no cost to attend these events. Donations are gratefully accepted. (

Registration: Your advance registration helps to secure your space in the class. Click here for registration.

Questions? Contact Doug Holmes (

About the Teacher:

Jay McDaniel, PhD, is an interfaith leader in central Arkansas.  He taught the world’s religions at Hendrix College from 1979 to 2019, including semester-long courses in Buddhism.  The workshop he offers will draw upon his experience teaching Buddhism to college undergraduates.

Known for his work in an area called “process philosophy,” he works closely with people in different parts of the world on developing ways of thinking and living in the world which are just, sustainable, and joyful. Jay identifies himself a Christian influenced by Buddhism and is active in interfaith circles in central Arkansas under the auspices of the Greater Arkansas Interfaith Network.

While Zen Buddhism shapes Jay’s personal understanding of Buddhism, he is equally interested in, and knowledgeable of the many forms of Buddhism that can help enrich people’s lives and the broader world.

Earlier Event: October 5
EBS Community Potluck