Tag: Ignorance

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…

A Buddhist Perspective on Suffering

A Buddhist Perspective on Suffering In western culture, suffering is generally defined as the experience of either somatic or psychological pain. Therefore, in the absence of such pain and whilst experiencing favourable socio-environmental conditions, individuals are generally not categorised as ‘suffering’ or ‘ill’ according…

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…

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…

Searching for Happiness

Searching for Happiness It is probably fair to say that most people want to be happy. Indeed, the 1776 US Declaration of Independence refers to happiness as an ‘unalienable right’. However, given the rising prevalence of mental illness, and given the amount of general…

Forgive them Father

Forgive them Father Clicca qui per l’Italiano “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”. These are the words that Jesus Christ is believed to have cried out approximately 2,000 years ago during his crucifixion at Golgotha. We were recently reminded of…

The Binds of Ignorance

The Binds of Ignorance The Buddhas who realize the illusory nature of all phenomena, Have limitless compassion for even an insect. Yet the ignorant beings believing all things to be ‘real’, Slaughter, maim, and harm without a care in the world. How Amazing! The…

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