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Secular Buddhist Reviews ‘Gautama Buddha’

…secular biography of the Buddha, I dare say such a thing would be indigestible. We urgently need a philological approach to the Pali Canon, but that’s a separate issue. The point of this book is that if you’re interested in Buddhism, Gautama is as unavoidable as he is elusive. What he taught was pragmatic. Who he was — whether he existed or not as man or god — is and always will be mythic. His life is invaluably inspiring. To go looking for…

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Gateways to the Imaginal: an Interview With Harold Bloom

…ne about this. A historical imposture that has lasted for 1,800 years will not be undone, just as the imposture of what absurdly calls itself Christianity, and has lasted 1,900 years, is not going to be undone. It seems that Buddhism is not so contaminated among most of its adherents by a false reading of its original texts as every variety of Christianity that I know. V: In looking for viable spiritual alternatives you draw on the esoteric…

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Shakespeare’s Wisdom: The Buddha and Richard II

…hakespeare’s Richard II as a play about belief and identity, which are core concerns of Buddhism, and suggest parallels between Shakespeare’s insights and those of the Buddha   Although I usually write about Buddhism, the subject that interests me most is ‘wisdom’. It’s the core of Buddhism, but not its exclusive preserve and when I read or watch Shakespeare’s plays I sometimes feel drawn, as I am drawn to the Dharma. The wisdom…

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NKT, Succession and ‘The Rules’

…ness of the contingency, as opposed to the uncontaminated purity, of our beliefs. Sangha – the Buddhist practice of creating spiritual community – requires faith and harmony between individuals, but, for me, a mature engagement with sangha requires space for dialogue, debate, exploration and uncertainty. Read more Wise Attention Posts on Tibetan Buddhism

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Anders Behring Breivik used meditation to kill – he’s not the first

…ar a group of Japanese Zen scholar-priests (the Critical Buddhism school) investigated how their branch of a seemingly pacifist tradition had ended up affirming war. They concluded that Zen’s reinterpretations of early Buddhism had obscured its fundamental tenets. The first Buddhist precept is not killing living beings. As the Buddha says: “All men tremble at punishment, all men fear death; remembering that you are like them, do not…

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