Thought for the Day


The Skill of Ethics

Education focuses more and more on learning skills. The Buddhist idea of ethics as skilfulness...



Buddhism in the Modern World

Buddhist World


Rediscovering the Buddha in Thailand

What did the Buddha look like? And why does it matter? At the Rediscovering the Buddha Seminar in Bangkok Vishvapani joined leading scholars to advise a Thai artist  on the Buddha’s appearance.   23-28 November 2017...

Buddhism in the West


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


Welcome to Wise Attention: exploring what it means to practice Buddhism, mindfulness and ethics in the modern world. You'll find reviews, talks, Thought for the Day broadcasts, interviews and reflections on the arts and current events as well as background material to my book on the Buddha and discussions of mindfulness and Buddhism in the modern world.

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