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...Read More »
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...Read More »
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...Read More »
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...Read More »
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...Read More »
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...Read More »
When you find a spiritual tradition that you really connect with and that changes your life, you revere it. Especially when you’re told that it’s worthy of reverence and that it was started (or rediscovered) by a dude who...Read More »
I was listening to a podcast the other day. I quite enjoyed it. Except that one of the presenters said that mindfulness is ‘quite trendy now’.
I had a little shudder at that, even though it’s sort of true.
One of the metaphors used to describe the state of ‘jhana’ or absorption in meditation is that it’s like paying off a huge debt. The relief is incredible. Another way it’s described is that it’s like putting down a...Read More »
This is a cautionary tale.
Last week I was at a conference where a Buddhist gave a workshop.
All the words were the right ones, and they were in the right place. He listened to people ‘mindfully’ and even took his...Read More »
The ‘Dharma’ or ‘Dhamma’ or sometimes ‘Buddhadhamma’ is what Buddhists usually say when they’re talking about Buddhism.
Buddhism was a word developed by westerners – and non-Buddhist westerners at that.
It’s not a very good word really. Firstly it suggests that...Read More »
This morning I decided to spend my meditation time writing about meditation instead of actually meditating. I’m working hard to make sure The Meditator’s Handbook is as good as it can possibly be by the...Read More »
Update: The Meditator’s Handbook is now available!
Over the last year or so, many people have been in touch to ask me questions about meditation, or joined my mailing list to be kept informed of...Read More »
Happy new year!
I’m guessing many of you have decided to meditate regularly as one of your new year resolutions. So figured I’d give you a helping hand by sharing a few tips to setting up a regular meditation practice.
If...Read More »
Someone asked me last week what Buddhists do for Christmas.
My answer was “Whatever they bloody well like!”
But to expand on that a little…
Some Buddhists go on retreat for Christmas. They avoid all the shopping madness, the excesses of food...Read More »
Tomorrow night I will host the first Dharma Hangout in Brighton. I’ll lead some meditation and then discuss an aspect of meditation or Buddhism. This is going to be a regular thing.
Not surprisingly, this has got me thinking...Read More »
What if I told you you’re not reading my words right now? What if I told you you’ve never met another human being?
You’ve never smelt the fresh air, never heard good music, never enjoyed a nice cup of coffee.
What if...Read More »
Something’s not quite right, is it?
You like your job but your boss is a pain. You like your house but it’s in the wrong street.
Or maybe everything’s fine and still you can’t quite enjoy it. You know you should...Read More »
On Friday night I went to a zazen (zen meditation) class in Brighton.
I used to go to zazen for a while when I lived in Vancouver, Canada, but this was quite different.
There were the same black robes around the...Read More »
Last weekend was a tough one. I got a call from my kidney specialist on Friday saying I needed an urgent scan as the previous scan suggested my kidney may have a dodgy artery in it that was in...Read More »
Someone on the My Buddhist Life Facebook page suggested I write something on what Buddhists can learn from other spiritual traditions. I thought that was a great idea, so here goes!
The first point...Read More »
A little while ago I asked people on my Facebook page what they’d like me to write about. I got some challenging responses! I wrote the
My old friend and teacher had a whole bunch of health issues. He had a whole bunch of physical disabilities and other conditions that all combined to make his life tough.
He could easily have sat around doing nothing. No...Read More »
Yep, Brad Warner is coming to town!
As regular readers will know, I’ve been helping zen priest, author and punk rock bass player Brad Warner organise his UK tour. He’ll be talking about zen, meditation, Dogen and...Read More »
I just spent a while in hospital (hence the lack of posting). I had internal bleeding after a fall and was under close observation as there was a danger I’d need emergency surgery.
While I was in there I was...Read More »
I just booked to go and see Eckhart Tolle in London later this year. I’m quite looking forward to it.
I’ve seen a bunch of teachers and gurus in my time. The Dalai Lama, the Karmapa, Sai...Read More »
I’m often asked questions like:
I’ve always thought of Buddhism as something to do, rather than something to believe. A set of practices that support a positive experience...Read More »
I listened...Read More »
Someone asked me to write something about devotion. It’s a difficult one to write about because, perhaps more than any other aspect of Buddhist practice, the sense it makes is beyond language.
It lives in its own world. It’s easy...Read More »
We each have our own approaches to life. Some of the things that I find riveting you might find less so. (As a web writer, I have had hour-long conversations with colleagues about the relative merits of the colon...Read More »
Someone got in touch with me asking how you stay positive when you’re surrounded by negativity. This is a tough one.
Buddhism argues that we are as we are because of the interplay of conditions. Those conditions are both internal...Read More »
One thing I’ve noticed about life – it rarely moves at the right speed for you.
It’s either going too slow and you’re bored, or too fast and you’re stressed out.
Recently I have been in headless chicken mode. I’ve got...Read More »
What’s so good about enlightenment? Why do Buddhists spend so much time talking about it, and practising in the hope that they might one day achieve it?
One word. Dukkha.
It’s a Pali word, so I’ll need some other words to...Read More »
Before science happened, people used to look up at the stars and see gods. They saw signs. They saw the future and the past.
Then scientists showed that stars are just big lumps of rock.
Comets are big lumps of rock...Read More »
One of the first things I wrote when I did my MA in Buddhist Studies was about the significance of the images of the lotus (padma) and the thunderbolt (vajra) in Buddhism.
I see them as two different approaches to...Read More »
We all have a desire for escape. ‘Running off to join the circus’ was the Victorian version. Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’ was the 1950s version. Buddhists run off to join the sangha. Even the Buddha did that. Kind of.
The...Read More »
Yes it’s true. After many years of wanting to be vegan and feeling that I ought to be vegan, I’ve finally taken the plunge.
I’m several days in now and it feels a bit like giving up smoking. I’m a...Read More »
In its most basic form, the Buddhist theory of ‘dependent origination’ means simply this:
Stuff leads to other stuff.
When you’re young, you don’t realise that stuff leads to other stuff. You’re living pretty much for the moment. You do things...Read More »
When people contact me about the blog, one thing they often say is that they like what Buddhism has to say, but they don’t like ‘all the religion stuff’ that goes with it.
I generally agree. I’m not much of...Read More »
Recently I listened to a fantastic motivational speaker. He gets paid a ridiculous amount of money for doing what he does and speaks to tens of thousands of people at a time.
I felt really pumped after listening to him. Yes,...Read More »
Buddhism argues that all phenomena are related to other phenomena. They come into and out of being based on conditions we tend to being ‘outside’ of ‘themselves’.
(I put all the quotation marks in because those concepts are only provisionally...Read More »
As you may know, I’m currently trying to help Brad Warner come to the UK to do some speaking events later in the year to promote his new book. (So new it’s not even out yet).
Today he wrote an...Read More »
I was listening to a podcast recently about how people make decision. One of the points that caught my attention was the confirmation bias.
This is the idea that we actively search out evidence and opinions that confirm what we...Read More »
I had a question about ‘right intention’ from someone who read the free download I just released.
It was something like “How can we love everybody if no one exists?” (I may be paraphrasing slightly –...Read More »
I stayed up till 4am on Friday night. Alas, I wasn’t partying.
Instead, I was finishing off writing a free download I’ve been working on for a couple of months – Buddhism: The Basics.
It’s been almost...Read More »
One of the key ideas in Buddhism is that change is possible. Not only is it possible, it’s inevitable.
Change is what makes Buddhahood possible. For anyone.
It doesn’t matter who you’ve been up to now, you have the embryo of...Read More »
The passing of Margaret Thatcher last week has had me reflecting on my youth.
I think I was 20 years old when she got kicked out of Downing Street and I was studying politics at university. I’d...Read More »
I just got back from a few days in Spain. (This is why the blog has been a little quiet).
I had an awesome time, walking in the mountains, catching up with old friends and paying off my sleep overdraft...Read More »
A couple of people have asked me recently about what Buddhism has to say about God. There are a couple of different ways to answer this.
The most important thing from my perspective is the practice of Buddhism....Read More »
One thing about this world, it’s unreliable. They say if you want to make God laugh, tell her your plans.
Being in such a shaky reality is painful. Actually, it’s not inherently painful. Our inability to deal with the shakiness...Read More »
I just had an evening with Jon Kabat-Zinn by accident.
In case you don’t know, he’s the guy who turned mindfulness from a weird cult thing that only Buddhists did into something that gets taught in the...Read More »
Someone recently asked me about violence and Buddhism. This was after the recent violence by Buddhists in Burma against the Islamic minority.
Buddhism has historically managed to be less...Read More »
We all know how setting goals is vital if you want to get something done. It’s easy really:
About a week ago I attended a lecture at SOAS by Dr Alexander Studholme on the meaning and origin of the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum. I thought I’d share my notes with you.
Unlike most of my posts, this...Read More »
I was sitting this morning when a sentence popped into my head:
Meditation isn’t magic. But meditation is magic.
In the cold light of day such things can sound a bit, well, daft.
But in meditation the full depth of meaning wraps around...Read More »
Word seems to have got out in Australia that I’m available to help with Religious Studies school assignments. Or at least it’s got out around a bunch of 16-year-old classmates!
I’ve had a number of requests to answer the following...Read More »
When I was first getting interested in Buddhism, I read a couple of books.
That left me with some questions. All this ‘karma’ and whatnot. Seriously?
There was no internet in those days so if you wanted to get the answer...Read More »
The real me. Underneath it all.
You just don’t get me.
I’m trying to tell you who I really am here!
I guess I can’t communicate myself.
I used to spend my entire life...Read More »
I tend to discuss Buddhism from the perspective of early Buddhist thought. I sometimes talk a bit of Zen, Tibetan or general Mahayana, but I know the Theravada stuff the best.
Sometimes people from different Buddhist traditions get...Read More »
Someone contacted me recently to say that when they think of a Buddhist teacher, they think of someone like Pema Chodron (a nun in the Tibetan tradition, with a shaved head and the standard Tibetan monastic robes).
But she’s also...Read More »
Feeling overwhelmed when first getting interested in Buddhist ideas is a common problem.
We have 2500 years worth of Buddhist thought so far. There are currently an estimated 500 million Buddhists on the planet.
They’re not all as mouthy as me,...Read More »
This morning I was writing my latest mail-out that goes out to subscribers (it will go out on Tuesday – if you want it, subscribe here).
This mail-out discusses the concept of stream entry – a...Read More »
I was recently in touch with the Reverend Danny Fisher.
He wanted to read my MA dissertation – which is about how Buddhism sees humanity in relation to nature and what implications that...Read More »
Someone asked me earlier in the week whether I’d ever taken a vow of silence and, if so, what it entails.
I’ve practised silence on a number of occasions over the years. The longest is I think 11 days.
There are...Read More »
The subject of karma is always a difficult one to talk about.
For a start, it requires you to believe something that you can’t know one way or another.
I didn’t get into Buddhism to believe stuff blindly, so that’s a...Read More »
When I first started practising Buddhism, 20 years or so ago now, I figured if I practised really hard I’d be a Buddha in five years. It didn’t quite happen like that!
My experience of life is certainly different from...Read More »
If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that I just finished hosting the 28 Day Meditation Challenge.
I posted everyday for 28 days straight, introducing different aspects of meditation to help people set up...Read More »
The great thing about the web is that every man and his dog can publish their thoughts.
The bad thing about the web is that every man and his dog can publish their thoughts.
It’s tough to find the good stuff....Read More »
One thing I was reflecting on during the 28 Day Meditation Challenge: momentum isn’t just important – it’s vital.
With meditation, yoga, and many other things in life, if you don’t keep a regular drip, drip, drip happening, the benefits...Read More »
Since we’re soon to begin the 28 day meditation challenge, I’ve been reflecting on why I meditate.
The answer changes every few years. Here’s the story so far…
It occurred to me a...Read More »
Today I’ve been preparing for the 28 day meditation challenge. I’ve got enough post ideas about meditation to keep going through the whole period and I’m pretty excited to get going.
Want to get in on the most awesome way to kick-start your meditation practice this side of Nirvana? I thought so.
I’m guessing that some of you don’t have a meditation practice and want one. Others have an irregular meditation...Read More »
The time has come once again to let go of all last year’s nonsense, do a little dance, shake out the sillies, and write a list of ways to be bigger, faster and more (or smaller, slower and less)...Read More »
Hello again! It’s been a while. I was ill for about three weeks. Then it was Christmas.
And now we are about to emerge once again into a new year. The world didn’t end (this is not a huge surprise...Read More »
Apologies for the radio silence. For the last week or so I have been a great example of one of the four sights that caused the young Siddhartha to head out on the path to Buddhahood.
1. Old person
2....Read More »
Yesterday I posted the Metta Sutta. Today I’m going to talk a bit about it.
‘Metta’ can simply be translated as ‘love’. It’s not the kind of love you find in Hollywood teen...Read More »
Here is a very popular Buddhist Sutta called the Karaniya Metta Sutta, but often just referred to as the Metta Sutta. This translation was borrowed from here.
I’ll talk a little about this tomorrow. For today I just...Read More »
Spiritual practice is an unusual way to live your life. While your friends are running around trying to satisfy their various urges, you have an inkling that there might be a different way to live.
You do some research and...Read More »
It seems that humans (and probably all animals) like to get into a rut. We like to do the same thing again and again until we have a well-worn path. Until we become that well-worn path.
I’m sure there are...Read More »
I just had my first post published on the Elephant Journal! It’s about the role of Buddhist ritual in personal transformation and includes some tips on how to bring this practice into your life.
And those beings set to and fed on those creepers. And as they did so, their bodies became even coarser, and the difference in their looks increased still more (Agganna Sutta)
The story of the beginning of the universe in...Read More »
When we think of Buddhism, the first thing a lot of people think of is compassion.
The Buddha taught, not out of a personal need or desire to teach, but out of compassion for all beings. HH the Dalai Lama...Read More »
One of the phrases used to describe someone who has developed enough momentum in their practice to make awakening inevitable is ‘stream entrant’.
A stream entrant isn’t enlightened yet, but they’ve broken through the first three of Read More »
When I first started meditating I figured if I gave it a solid five years I’d be a Buddha.
I pushed and pushed, taking it very seriously. Alas, it seems there’s more to it than that.
The weird thing about Buddhism...Read More »
Today on Twitter, someone challenged me about something I said in one of my blog posts.
They said: ‘”Suspend thinking” is not a Buddhist approach to cultivating awareness’
I didn’t actually suggest suspending thinking. I suggested...Read More »
I’ve heard people say it of blues, country and rock n roll. To make great music, all it takes is three chords and the truth.
I can play three chords. I’m halfway there.
But what on earth is the truth?
In a...Read More »
If you buy a book on bikes, you can learn all about them.
You can learn about why they have spokes, the different types of gears, and the benefits of drop handlebars. You can learn about the importance of balance...Read More »
During the lifetime of the Buddha, when you got to the point where you thought that what he was teaching was so good you wanted to become a full-time disciple, it was called ‘going forth’.
You ‘went forth’ from the...Read More »
My old friend and teacher Devapriya reduced the teachings of Buddhism into one line: “Death is certain. Its time is not. What to do?”
He died two weeks ago. Up until that point he lived with this question as a...Read More »
We live in a world of status updates, soundbites and ‘inspirational’ quotes. Life in 140 characters or less.
Where is the room for genuine wisdom teachings in this world of throw-away cleverness? How do we spot it?
It’s difficult, that’s for...Read More »
When Buddhism arrived in China, it experienced something new. China already had an established, sophisticated culture. If Buddhism was to make any mark at all, it would have to pull its (highly realised) finger out.
What happened was that Buddhism...Read More »
Yesterday I didn’t write a blog post. Very naughty I know. I wrote a mail-out on the practice of rejoicing in merits and then I kind of ran out of steam and decided to chill out instead.
Fortunately, this ties...Read More »
Continuing on from yesterday’s post about the nature of self in Buddhism, today I’m going to talk about another way Buddhism carves us up.
Whereas in the Western (Cartesian) model, we tend...Read More »
The Buddha lived in ancient India during a time of great philosophical exploration. There wasn’t just him at it. They were all at it.
India was so prosperous at the time that up to one third of the population were...Read More »
I was stuck on a train for two hours without my computer yesterday. So I didn’t have any time to write a proper blog post.
While I was sitting there, the train stopping for ages, then crawling for a while,...Read More »
In my experience, people in their late teens and early twenties have quite often got it pretty sorted. Sure, they have their insecurities and aren’t particularly formed as individuals. But essentially, they’re often in touch with their interests and...Read More »
If you accept that Buddhahood is possible, and that not everyone has attained it, you believe in hierarchy. If you believe in wisdom, and that different people are wise to different degrees, you believe in hierarchy.
Some people are dafter...Read More »
My good friend and teacher died today. His name was Devapriya.
I don’t know what to say about him. It would take a long time to explain exactly how special this guy was, and I don’t feel...Read More »
Part of the ‘noble eightfold path’ (which is one of the oldest formulations of the Buddhist path of practice) is ‘right effort’.
The kind of effort being talked about here is mental effort. Making choices, applying one’s will, meditation, stuff...Read More »
One thing I find interesting about the Buddhist perspective is the acknowledgement that we don’t have much of a clue what’s actually going on.
As far as we can tell, impressions come in through our senses. What we experience is...Read More »
I heard today about a musician called Pauline Oliveros. Check out this Guardian article for more background.
I’ve not heard her music yet, and I can’t believe I haven’t heard of her until now.
Apparently she’s about...Read More »
I’m going to continue with the discussion of the Tibetan Book of the Dead and related gubbins today.
I mentioned last week that the main point of the book is to help the dying/recently deceased person to recognise what is...Read More »
Today I got an email from a subscriber to the blog asking me to write something about the Tibetan Book of the Dead and how we can use meditation to prepare for death and what comes after it.
This is...Read More »
When we’re born we’re on autopilot, more or less.
We like some things (pleasure = giggling, super-cute baby). We don’t like other things (pain = screaming totally-not-cute baby, especially at 4am).
As we get older, most of us learn about how...Read More »
I wanted to follow up yesterday’s post with a post about taking responsibility for your own practice.
Sure you can take guidance, advice, inspiration and ideas from other people, but in the end, it’s you who has to walk the...Read More »
One set of meditation practices in the Buddhist tradition are the ‘Brahmaviharas’. This can be translated as ‘sublime abodes’ or ‘dwelling places of the gods’ or something like that.
There are four practices:
A quick announcement before I start on today’s topic. If you’re receiving this post by email, and you’d like to keep getting it, please head back to my website and re-subscribe.
Sorry for the inconvenience. Apparently Google is closing Feedburner....Read More »
Many people think there is no god in Buddhism. This isn’t true.
There are, in fact, loads of gods in the Buddhist cosmological view.
One of them in each ‘world period’ even thinks they created the universe.
There’s heaven too. Seven of...Read More »
In Buddhism, desire often gets a bad rap.
For example, it’s seen as what leads to rebirth.
Rebirth in Buddhism is seen as a bad thing. We want to avoid it because rebirth means more pain and...Read More »
This weekend I watched a really cool documentary about the guy who inspired the book and film The Horse Whisperer. The film was called ‘Buck‘.
One thing that particularly struck me was when he was teaching people...Read More »
Kamalashila has been an ordained Buddhist since 1974. His new book Buddhist Meditation: Tranquility, Imagination, Insight was published earlier this year. You can read his life story on his website.
MBL:...Read More »
It says in one of the texts (can’t remember which) that when the Buddha first got enlightened, he stood up and looked in gratitude for seven days at the tree that had sheltered him while he meditated. That’s before...Read More »
Some people see Buddhist practice as a way to self-mastery. The Buddha as Superman.
Others see it as a path of letting go and submission to the will of the universe. There is no self. You can’t control impermanent phenomena....Read More »
I travelled to lots of amazing places, met so many amazing people, lived so many amazing lives. And after all that living, I still think life is fundamentally boring.
Many people find such a statement blasphemous. After all, life is...Read More »
Update: I just saw an article about a teenager in the Vancouver area who killed herself a few weeks ago because of cyberbullying. Her video is so moving. I wish she was still alive. People...Read More »
Words are powerful. Advertisers and politicians use them them to massage perception and change people’s behaviour. Hypnotists use them to move us into trance states and break habits we’ve had for years, sometimes in a matter of minutes.
One of the mental habits we can get into, and one of the most difficult to spot, is doubt and indecision. Buddhism calls this one of the five ‘hindrances’.
I’m not talking about the legitimate hesitation while you consider an...Read More »
OK, so it’s not quite as cool as ‘wax on, wax off’, but we’re not trying to learn karate here, we’re trying to master the art of living.
Most days, I put on socks. Most evenings, I take them off...Read More »
A friend of mine at work said today that he’d like to see a blog post by an angry Buddhist. He thought that would be refreshing and entertaining. So I decided to satisfy his craving. Sort of. 😉
This morning...Read More »
How many Buddhists does it take to change a light bulb?
One and not one.
That’s the essence of the Buddhist take on reality. It’s non-dualistic. This is what ‘transcendental’ means.
Much of the later development of Buddhism (the Mahayana and Vajrayana...Read More »
What should you do with your life? This is a question that doesn’t seem to go away. I’ve got friends in their 60s who still ponder it.
Life, it seems, it not something you ever get sorted. It’s an unfolding,...Read More »
For the first few years of practising Buddhism, I was of the impression that, because of karma and stuff, it was extremely important to remain in a positive mental state at all times.
Ironically, that kind of stressed me out.
Then...Read More »
I’ve just been writing some questions for an interview I’ll be doing with Kamalashila – a senior member of the Triratna Order who has recently published a significant update of his book on...Read More »
The other night I was hanging out with some friends (after the meditation flash mob) and we got talking about ethics. Why do we think something’s right or wrong?
People have different ideas, from ‘because it says so in the...Read More »
On Friday evening I went to the meditation flash mob outside the town hall in central London.
It’s a beautiful setting, right by the Thames, with the Tower of London in the distance. Boris has a nice office.
And lucky him!...Read More »
Formal walking meditation is done fairly slowly. You maintain awareness of each part of your foot, the sensation as each part touches the ground, your breathing, the touch of your clothes as your body moves, etc. It’s often used...Read More »
Personal development is a fairly popular concept these days. And, contrary to what many ‘spiritual’ people say, it’s not just a western thing. Improving oneself and getting better at stuff is a global phenomenon. Perhaps it always has been....Read More »
I’m trying to write this while my dog is keen to play. She keeps on bringing various things up for me to throw for her, or she wants to wrestle, or just generally get in my face and stop...Read More »
When I first got interested in Buddhism, I was keen to know what was ‘traditional’ Buddhism. I’d been to a beginners meditation course, then to an introduction to Buddhism course. It all seemed fairly reasonable stuff. But was it...Read More »
They don’t call them Crackberries for nothing.
These days, especially if you live in a city and have a smartphone, it’s easy to be consuming content of one kind or another from the moment you wake up to the moment...Read More »
The title of this post came from an email I got from a friend of mine today. He says he’s stopped recommending Buddhism to people because on balance he feels it gets in the way more than it helps.
I...Read More »
My day job is in the web. One thing I hear bandied around is the idea of ‘perpetual beta’. This is closely tied in with the idea of ‘release early, release often’.
Essentially, the idea is that with web stuff,...Read More »
Are you a Buddhist? Do you suffer from low self esteem? Confusing, huh? I mean, didn’t you get into Buddhism so you wouldn’t feel like that anymore?
Strangely, your Buddhist practice could be part of the problem. In this post,...Read More »
Since mindfulness is central to the practice of Buddhism, and a key meditation practice from the tradition, it’s bound to feature in the interview I’ll soon be doing with senior meditation teacher from the Triratna Order and author of ‘
Got a friend coming round to watch Donnie Darko tomorrow (he’s never seen it and I am a fan and keen to share its awesomeness) so I’m posting this slightly earlier than normal.
My post for this...Read More »
Unfortunately, in the UK, USA, Canada and many other places I’ve spent time, spiritual seekers don’t get fed just for being spiritual seekers. In the west, you need a day job.
I know, awful isn’t it.
Actually, it’s not so awful....Read More »
Well, I’m pretty pleased. This blog has been going for a couple of months now. I’ve managed to keep up the weekly posting, I’ve been getting some nice feedback, and people are subscribing to the Read More »
The Olympics has arrived London.
Roads and pedestrian crossings (crosswalks) are closed off. People are arriving daily, and they don’t often know how to get where they’re going. Today there was a fire on the central line – a key...Read More »
You’re sitting comfortably, eyes closed, following the breath entering and leaving the body.
It goes great for, say, 3 seconds or so. But then there’s a problem.
You’re mind keeps wandering off! Following the breath should be easy, but it turns...Read More »
News that a Buddhist temple in China is planning on floating itself on the stock exchange is causing some controversy at the moment. The way Buddhist organisations operate in the real world is a big...Read More »
From the Kalama Sutta:
“Come, Kalamas. Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumor; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon an...Read More »
How many blog posts start with that question???
There are a million blogs out there telling you what an amazing life you can have if only you can come up with a great business idea, quit your day job and...Read More »
Every morning and every evening, those of us doing the commute into an office in a big city go on an epic journey. Or at least that’s how it feels to me.
Rush hour requires stamina, persistence, flexibility, one-pointedness of...Read More »