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Buddhism and Drugs

…ly want to chill out, escape stress and access a state of mellow relaxation. Some say it’s natural: a herb, not a drug and an alternative to harried modern living. In fact, some believe, it’s rather like meditation. However, Buddhism has five main ethical precepts and the last is ‘abstaining from intoxicants’. This isn’t a rigorous prohibition, and Buddhists aren’t always strictly teetotal or drug-free. It’s a ‘principle of training’, as we say,…

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Review: An End to Suffering by Pankaj Mishra

…ts of modernisation with religious slogans; the Moslem youths radicalised by the humiliating discovery of their exclusion from global modernity. He responds with disdain to the political activist western friend who becomes a Tibetan nun – her Buddhism seems to him more like vanity than an authentic fulfilment of her ideals. But as Mishra matures, both as a person and in his understanding of Buddhism, his appreciation grows and he sees its…

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Buddhist Terror

…sense; but he counseled that actions motivated by hatred would always produce suffering. Many Asian Buddhists follow those teachings; but we can’t just dismiss monks like Wirathu as non-Buddhist, maintaining the fiction that Buddhism is a pure, uncontaminated religion of peace and tolerance. That may be good PR, but the truth is that Buddhism includes men like Wirathu and that Buddhists have frequently supported wars, and even led them. I…

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Burmese Atrocities: The Problem With A Buddhist State

…rtuous ends are used to justify repressive means. Worse still, the association with Buddhist spirituality bathes the state and its violence in a saffron-tinged glow. I can’t do justice here to the complexity of Burmese Buddhism or that of similar Buddhist states. But the qualities Buddhism upholds, such as loving-kindness, must extend to everyone, including minorities and political opponents. That implies a democratic and multicultural…

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