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Your television is the Buddha

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Buddhism |

I watched TV for a few hours recently. This may not sound like a big deal, but actually I don’t have a TV so I never do this. It was an eye opener. I haven’t seen an advert in months. I wanted to buy everything. Every single advert seemed to be created just for me. […]

Moving goal posts and Buddhist practice

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Buddhism | One Comment

I read an article recently about a study that seems to prove how some plants have enough consciousness to respond defensively to the sound of caterpillars eating them. Some vegans may find this uncomfortable reading! It made me think about the Buddhist approach to ethics, and why I think it’s so useful. The ‘first precept’ of Buddhism […]

The science behind meditation

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Buddhism |

A couple of days ago I posted an Tricycle article on Facebook. It questions the validity of some of the claims made about meditation based on ‘scientific research’. It’s a very good article. I recommend having a read. I’m not going to re-hash it here. Instead, I’d like to talk about the idea that some […]

Unconditional love doesn’t mean being a doormat

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Buddhism | 2 Comments

I taught the metta bhavana in my meditation class at work this week. Metta bhavana means ‘cultivation of loving-kindness’ or ‘development of unconditional friendliness’. Something like that. Cultivating unconditional love towards all beings in your place of work can be a bit of a challenge. But then let’s face it, cultivating unconditional love anywhere can be […]

How to practice Buddhism (in 3 words)

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Buddhism |

Someone asked me on my Facebook page the other day how to practice Buddhism. My first thought was that it’s impossible to say anything useful about this in the space of a Facebook comment. But then I thought more. Buddhism was an oral tradition for the first few hundred years of its life. One of […]

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