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Buddhist Activism and Quietism

| February 6, 2017 | 9 Comments
Buddhist Activism and Quietism

Many of us are looking for the right way to engage with contemporary political concerns. What does Buddhism have to teach us? A couple of recent articles have taken this question in opposite directions. In “Let’s Stand Up Together”, Bhikkhu Bodhi argues that Buddhism has a number of important ethical lessons to teach that rise above simple notions […]

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What Is Dependent Arising?

| January 29, 2017 | 3 Comments
What Is Dependent Arising?

I said that dependent arising is both very simple, and very complex, but always helpful, and worth the effort to understand. Let me start with the very simple. It Really Is Simple Dependent arising says that we come into the world with certain drives that cause us to build a view of the world and […]

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Yes, Dependent Origination Can Be Saved

| January 28, 2017 | 6 Comments
Yes, Dependent Origination Can Be Saved

This post is going to get personal. It can’t be helped. I’ve looked for some other way to write it, but there isn’t one in which I can be straightforward and tell the truth. I’m not going to attack anyone. I might — oh, okay, I will — argue against methods and conclusions, though. But […]

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A Camera Vipassana – Essential Buddhist Insights Through Photography

| January 28, 2017 | 2 Comments
A Camera Vipassana – Essential Buddhist Insights Through Photography

For some years I have been deepening my understanding of certain Buddhist principles through the practice of photography. These realisations have happened very slowly but deepened over time. The core tenets of Buddhist reality are not easy to realise, especially when they have to do with the way we see & experience the world. But […]

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Practice Circle: The Antidote to Hatred

| January 19, 2017 | 3 Comments
Practice Circle: The Antidote to Hatred

In this world Hate never yet dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate. This is the law, Ancient and inexhaustible. Dhammapada As a mother watches over her child, willing to risk her own life to protect her only child, so with a boundless heart should one cherish all living beings, suffusing the whole world with unobstructed […]

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Strong Views and Skillful Action

| January 15, 2017 | 22 Comments
Strong Views and Skillful Action

Western Buddhists tend to be wary of strongly-held views. Holding and asserting views with strong emotion or passion is often seen as a form of unskillful clinging, based on an egoic need to be recognized as right, a competitive struggle over who has the best views, or an aversion to another person’s ideas. Strong views […]

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The Buddha Before Buddhism: Review of Fronsdal

| January 9, 2017 | 11 Comments
The Buddha Before Buddhism: Review of Fronsdal

In his new book The Buddha Before Buddhism, Gil Fronsdal undertakes a translation of the Aṭṭhakavagga or Book of Eights, one of the Buddha’s most profound and enigmatic teachings, also widely considered one of his earliest. As is to be expected from his previous translation of the Dhammapada (2005), Fronsdal’s book is lucid and readable, one that should […]

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