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Service is Worth More than Money

Public fury at politicians are on the make shows that we want them to serve, not profit. Thats an inkling of the Buddhist practice of dedicating one’s whole life to serving all beings

Remembering Marshall Rosenberg

Marshall Rosenberg died on Saturday 7 February, 2015. He was the originator of Nonviolent Communication, a creative approach that is used in education, conflict resolution and mediation. In 2002 Vishvapani met him to discuss his work to promote tolerance and understanding worldwide

Restoring Criminal Justice

Our Criminal Justice System is under pressure and failing to stop reoffending. As Vishvapani is learning through working in this field, mindfulness and Buddhist principles offer the basis of an alternative approach

Professionalising Mindfulness

Mindfulness teaching is becoming a profession. As interest grows exponentially, much is being asked of a grass-roots movement. How can mindfulness teaching retain its integrity, avoid the pitfalls of professionalisation?

Launch of Mindful Nation UK : Interim Report of the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group (MAPPG)

The Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group (MAPPG) launched its interim report in the UK’s Westminster parliament, proposing how public policy can help make us a more ‘Mindful Nation’.

Appreciating Vajraloka

Vajraloka Meditation Retreat Centre is a wonderful resource for anyone who wants to meditate in beautiful and deeply tranquil surroundings. Little known outside The Triratna Buddhist Community, Vajraloka is one of the UK’s longest-established Buddhist retreat centres.

The Pakistan Massacre and the Spiral of Violence

What are the ultimate causes of the Pakistan school massacre, and how can we how can we stop violence proliferating – in our minds and in the world?

The Mindfulness Initiative & the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group

The Mindfulness Initiative & the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG). How mindfulness can benefit British society, and how public policy can support its development

Kisagotami

Kisagotami lost her child and went mad. The Buddha’s skilful teaching helped her see a wider truth

The Obesity Crisis: What are the Roots of Good Health?

The UK faces an obesity crisis. But what are the underlying causes of poor health and what conduces to flourishing?

A Mindful Christmas Survival Guide

Sad to say, for many of us, the season of peace and goodwill has become a time of stress and indulgence. Here’s a mindful survival kit

Execution Videos: the Medium and the Message

Following the execution of journalist James Foley by ISIS the video was posted online. Foley is the victim, but not the target. We are. The horror and revulsion most of us naturally feel at these images has been calculated and prompted. How can we engage responsibly with the world of images?

When We Suffer We Need Calm, Perspective and Kind Words

In the wake of Robin Williams’ suicide, we’re talking more about mental illness and distress. Here’s how mindfulness can help in working with difficult mental states.

Playing is a Serious Business

Play is important for children and adults too. What would it be like if everything you did felt like play?

Learning the Harsh Way at the Croydon Buddhist Centre

This is a personal reflection on my involvement with a Buddhist Centre that went wrong in the 1980s: a cautionary tale about the complexities of ‘spiritual communities’ and how good intentions produce harmful results