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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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The Dharma of Children’s Wellbeing

…doesn’t just benefit the recipient; it also helps us. A generous act encourages a more generous state of mind. That inclines us to act generously in the future, and brings a sense of satisfaction. That’s why for Buddhism generosity, truthfulness, kindness and so on, are practices; qualities or skills that we can cultivate and refine. The increasing pressures on young people and the signs of their growing unhappiness must mean that…

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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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The Deeper Significance of Democracy

…opting views and ideologies and then seeing the world through their prism. These views meet our emotional needs and serve our self-interest while dressing them up as something much grander. That distances us from reality and Buddhism teaches that this inevitably brings suffering. It may seem ironic that I am offering a religious perspective on how we form ideologies and use them to oppress others when religion has been used to do just that….

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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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