Tag: Buddhism

The Winds of Change

The Winds of Change Gone, all is gone. Nothing remains. Completely alone. Silence abounds.   Nothing to fight for. No more doing. No more being. The path has been discarded.   How sublime to abide in nothingness. Seeing beyond the reach of time and…

Letting Go

Letting Go The following post is from a friend in Thailand. Roughly, the words translate as: ‘If you let go, time will heal’. This is sound advice. However, better still is not to hold on in the first place! This is the path of…

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….

When Does Mindfulness Become Addictive?

When Does Mindfulness Become Addictive? Mindfulness is growing in popularity and is increasingly being used by healthcare professionals for treating mental health problems. There has also been a gradual uptake of mindfulness by a range of organisations including schools, universities, large corporations, and the…

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…

The Spiritual Fence Sitter

The Spiritual Fence Sitter When people are practising a spiritual path it is normal that, to a certain extent, their interest and commitment to the path waxes and wanes. For example, they may feel fully on-board one day but then later during the same…

Mindfulness for Treating Addiction: A Clinician’s Guide

Mindfulness for Treating Addiction: A Clinician’s Guide An aspect of our scientific work relating to mindfulness involves investigating its applications for treating addiction. In this respect, we have a longstanding collaboration with Dr. Mark Griffiths who is Professor of Behavioural Addiction at Nottingham Trent…

Thupten Jingpa on Compassion and Mindfulness

Thupten Jingpa on Compassion and Mindfulness We recently had the pleasure of talking with Thupten Jingpa, who has been the principal English translator of the Dalia Lama for the past 30 years. The theme of the conversation was the interrelated practices of compassion and…

Calling a Spade a Spade: The Need for Authentic Meditation Teachers

Calling a Spade a Spade: The Need for Authentic Meditation Teachers Some time ago, we uploaded a post that featured a vajragiti that we wrote called ‘Hearken to the Dharma’. A vajragiti is a type of spiritual song or poem. The Sanskrit word vajra…

“Keeping Your Shit Together”: A Perspective on the Buddhist Middle-Way Approach

“Keeping Your Shit Together”: A Perspective on the Buddhist Middle-Way Approach Some people like fast cars, some people like fine dining, and some people like expensive clothes. Some people are partial towards liquor, some towards gambling, and some towards tobacco. Some people like men…

Mindfulness in Mental Health: A Critical Reflection

Mindfulness in Mental Health: A Critical Reflection We were recently invited to write a paper for the inaugural issue of the Journal of Psychology, Neuropsychiatric Disorders and Brain Stimulation. Our contribution (which was co-authored with our friend and colleague Professor Mark Griffiths) was entitled…

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