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Children’s Mental Health: the Big Perspective

…friendliness helps, rather than, for example, one of impatience and grumpiness. The next step is learning to guide the mind in a more helpful direction. This is the broader meaning of mindfulness-based approaches drawn from Buddhism. Breathing meditation and slowing down to better pay attention are techniques that can help you work with the mind; but Buddhism itself follows a holistic approach in which beliefs and behaviour are also important….

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Engaging Politically as a Buddhist

…problem that can ever be fixed? There’s no single Buddhist Political Stance Although I think we should endeavour to bring the Dharma to politics, I have come to the conclusion that (notwithstanding the most books on Engaged Buddhism), in most areas no single political stance can definitively represent Buddhism. The Dharma has much to say about the nature of existence, the dynamics of mental states and the views that shape our perceptions….

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Bowie’s Dharma

…watch the ripples change their size, but never leave the stream of warm impermanence,’ sings Bowie. I can’t help hearing in that the Buddhist idea that everything we experience is shifting and transient. Change, Buddhism teaches, is a characteristic of life itself and you only heap further sufferings on yourself when you look for security where it can’t be found, or nestle into your comfort zone. But the alternative is…

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Learning From Mindfulness Based Approaches: the State We’re In

…people face. (1 of two posts) In my last post I said why I think the mindfulness boom is the most significant development in Buddhism’s encounter with the West for many years. However, the secular mindfulness movement isn’t Buddhism; it’s the discovery within healthcare, psychology and the broader culture that certain Buddhist practices and attitudes can help them achieve their goals: good physical and mental health and general wellbeing….

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About

…sm, mindfulness and meditation. This site includes lots of my past material as well as new writing and current activities. I live in Cardiff, UK, with my wife and son and most of my work as a teacher and writer is focused on Buddhism. I recently published a biography of the Buddha with Quercus: Gautama Buddha: the Life and Teachings of the Awakened One. I discovered meditation and Buddhism when I was fourteen and became a Buddhist soon after. My…

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