Tag: Enlightenment

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…

The Hidden Aspects of the Five Precepts

The Hidden Aspects of the Five Precepts The five precepts (Pāli: pañca-sīlāni) provide a basic code for living a life that is in-keeping with Buddhist ethical ideals. They are recited by lay and monastic Buddhist practitioners all over the world and a great deal has been written…

Do You Know Who I Am?

Do You Know Who I Am? I am not interested in where you have been or what you have done. I care not who you are, but I care deeply how you are. If you are happy – truly happy – then so am…

Can a Person Attain Enlightenment Just by Practicing Mindfulness?

Can a Person Attain Enlightenment Just by Practicing Mindfulness? The answer to the question of whether a person can attain enlightenment by only practicing mindfulness (obviously) depends on what definition of mindfulness and enlightenment one chooses to work with. Let’s start by establishing what…

Can a Person be Ignorant and Intelligent at the Same Time?

Can a Person be Ignorant and Intelligent at the Same Time? A few years ago, we made the decision to add a new dimension to our role as Buddhist monks by immersing ourselves in Western academia and undertaking research into the health benefits of…

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…

Predicting Your Enlightenment

Predicting Your Enlightenment It is not uncommon in Mahayana Buddhist sutras for the Buddha to prophesize the future enlightenment of his disciples. Probably the best example is the Lotus sutra where the Buddha makes such proclamations on several different occasions. Here is an example…

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