Interlude to meditation series: Humanity or Human or Humane or what?

Bear with me please. This post goes in a number of directions but each is linked and important. It is also representative of an Italian rhetorical style which begins with a good deal of preamble before making the central point at the end. This is a writing style that requires a degree of faith on … Continue reading Interlude to meditation series: Humanity or Human or Humane or what?

Post-traditional Buddhism: getting practical

A common request from those travelling around the Buddhist periphery looking for alternatives to traditional Buddhism is for innovators and critics to provide practical solutions and responses to the theoretical critique being made. I myself have been one of those who at various times in the past has asked for something practical to be done … Continue reading Post-traditional Buddhism: getting practical

Collapse and Awaken: submission for the Dark Mountain (Final)

This is the last part of the Dark Mountain piece, which as I read it again after so long, appears rather forced. It reminds me of how much further I need to go in developing my writing skills and I am afraid to say that I am guilty of letting enthusiasm get the better of … Continue reading Collapse and Awaken: submission for the Dark Mountain (Final)

Compassionate action: documentary on the how

Often a question arises, what does it actually look like, to enact compassion, to express and live Buddhist principles in a human life? Stories come down to us from historical sources, tales repeated and retold that illustrate miraculous events in a far off land in even further time periods. These stories were most likely put … Continue reading Compassionate action: documentary on the how

The Eightfold Path: Right Effort

Getting started Getting away from the computer screen, unplugging our ears from an iPad, putting the beer back in the fridge, and settling in for twenty or thirty minutes meditation requires effort. There‚Äôs no getting away from it. Modern technology, and in particular the internet, promises instant gratification, satisfaction and stimulation. Meditation does not. Perhaps … Continue reading The Eightfold Path: Right Effort