Category: Spirituality

Spiritual Development

Being Too Buddhist: A Teacher-Student Dialogue

Being Too Buddhist: A Teacher-Student Dialogue Student: Are you busy? Teacher: Why? S: May I talk with you for a short while? T: Yes. S: I’ve been practising meditation for over ten years. I’ve studied the scriptures and received teachings from great meditation masters….

Is Buddhism One or Many?

Is Buddhism One or Many? In our experience, most individuals who assert that ‘Buddhism is one’ are generally not well informed or are secret (or in some cases open) advocates of ‘hippyism’! Accordingly, the preferred scholarly position appears to be that there are ‘many…

Can a Buddha become Angry?

Can a Buddha become Angry?       Given that Buddhahood is frequently described as a state of limitless compassion that is completely free of negative and afflictive emotions, it might seem strange that we have decided to write a post addressing the question…

Deconstructing the Self: A Buddhist perspective on addiction and psychotherapeutic treatment

Deconstructing the Self: A Buddhist perspective on addiction and psychotherapeutic treatment (By Ven. Edo Shonin, Ven. William Van Gordon, and Dr. Mark Griffiths) Psychological approaches to treating mental illness or improving psychological wellbeing are invariably based on the explicit or implicit acceptance that there…

Does God Exist? A Buddhist Perspective

Does God Exist? A Buddhist Perspective The question of whether God exists is arguably one of the most debated questions of all time. Nonetheless, given that it is common knowledge that Buddhism does not assert the existence of a supreme being or creator, it…

An Alternative Approach to Defining Mindfulness

An Alternative Approach to Defining Mindfulness It seems that nearly every academic paper concerning mindfulness includes a statement to the effect that ‘there is currently a lack of consensus amongst Western psychologists in terms of how to define mindfulness’. However, we’re not sure whether…

Do We Really Exist

Do We Really Exist? A truly fascinating question, don’t you think? In order to investigate this question effectively, we need to plunge into and explore some slightly taxing concepts. When we want to examine the question of whether or not things truly exist, we…

Suffering Exists

The Pali word for suffering is Dukkha and is translated as dissatisfactoriness or dissatisfaction. In our most recent post entitled “How to become enlightened in 30 days”, we made reference to the Buddha’s teaching that ‘suffering exists’. We have since received a number of…

How to Become Enlightened in 30 Days

How to Become Enlightened in 30 Days If you had dedicated yourself to spiritual practice for many decades and had reached a level of realisation that meant you were only one month away from attaining full enlightenment, then it would definitely be possible to…

The Practice of Impermanence: Learning how to be Alive

The Practice of Impermanence: Learning how to be Alive  In our most recent blog entitled “The Top Ten Mistakes made by Meditation Practitioners”, at fourth place was the mistake of “Forgetting about death”. This section provoked some interesting comments and questions which we would…

Mindwithness

Mindwithness! The Pali word for mindfulness is sati (Sanskrit: smrti). Although the term ‘mindfulness’ is the most popular rendition of sati, the word sati actually means ‘to remember’ (i.e., ‘to remember’ to be aware of the present moment). In fact, the term mindfulness doesn’t…

A Close Truth

A Close Truth Like the repose that follows, When waking from a nightmare. Like the reprieve of an isolated General, Who recognizes the encroaching soldiers as his own troops Like the relief that arises, when realizing that the snake, Was, all along, just a…

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