Author: Vishvapani

Keeping Perspective in the Brexit Crisis

On Thursday night, many of us in Britain went to bed hoping and expecting that Remain would win the EU referendum. We woke up to learn of the opposite result. Now we’re in the midst of financial and political crisis that is spreading in all directions. I share the disappointment that others are expressing and their concerns for the UK’s future; but I would like to sound a different note and consider what’s happening from the perspective of Buddhist teachings. I start by observing my own responses. I notice how strongly I’m drawn to turning on the news or checking the internet to...

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The Historical Buddha and the Eternal Buddha

On Buddha Day Buddhists ask what the Buddha means today, so long after his death.  Is he an historical figure or an eternal principle? Thought for the Day 21.6. 2016 hen Gautama, the man history knows as The Buddha, died two-and-a-half thousand years ago his followers faced a question. Was he really dead and gone – this person who had transformed their lives and seemed to embody a reality so much greater than ordinary existence? They knew that his influence lived on in his teaching; but was there some other sense in which he continue to exist? A similar question...

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