36. What is the Role of Preaching in Buddhism?
Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris
Mahinda Deegalle [+]
Bath Spa University
Mahinda Deegalle is Professor of Religions, Philosophies and Ethics, Bath Spa University, UK. He publishes primarily on Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka, and his research concentrates on Buddhism, Conflict, Violence, and the Ethics of War.
Preaching was an ancient method of teaching within Buddhism. The Buddha himself used and displayed abundant skill in preaching his message effectively. Yet, after two and a half millennia, preaching remains vital in Buddhism, making Buddhism one of the most significant Asian contributions to human civilization, holding the attention of large gatherings, influencing their thought and practice, and taking a prominent place in ritual and festivals.