Author: Vishvapani

Fire, Ice and Darkness

Greed and hatred are evident in the world. But behind them is the most powerful force of all: ignorance Prophetic statements can be simple and understated, and none is simpler and more cooly accurate than Robert Frost’s poem Fire and Ice.  Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favour fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice. It resonates for Buddhists who are used...

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Engaging Politically as a Buddhist

The UK is experiencing political turmoil in the wake of the EU referendum and, judging by my Facebook feed, many British Buddhists are following events closely. Here are some reflections on how we can do so most effectively. Engaging as Buddhists When Buddhists engage with politics, I suggest that we think first of our Buddhism and only secondly of the issues. Political debate is compelling, but it’s often tribal and reactive, more concerned with winning than with truth and likely to prompt unskillful reactions such as indignation, animosity and obsessiveness. If, as Buddhists, we hold that states of mind are...

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