Maps of the Buddhist Path

Buddhism is often spoken of as a path of practice. To follow any path it’s helpful to have a map. Unfortunately most of the traditional maps – the positive nidanas (sometimes referred to as the Spiral Path) or the ten bhumis or stages of the bodhisattva path are pretty idealized. Westerners trying to plot their progress on these traditional Buddhist maps may well conclude that they are completely off course. That may not be true at all.

So I am very interested in creating maps of the Buddhist Path based on the actual experience of Buddhist practitioners in the West. One fruit of my thinking about this subject is my talk Here Be Dragons. I plan to add more material here as time goes on.

In the meantime, I’m interested to hear from other people who have thoughts about this topic. You’re very welcome to contact me about it.