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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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An Ambedkarite Mass Conversion and a Political Storm

…Dr Ambedkar concluded that caste and Hinduism were inseparable and that the dalits must help themselves. In 1956, at a vast meeting in Nagpur, Dr Ambedkar took the Refuges and precepts, and then initiated 500,000 others into Buddhism. Millions more followed them in the following months. Dr Ambedkar was far more than a politician. In the hutments and shantytowns of his native Maharashtra, Ambedkar’s picture sits on a million shrines…

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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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