4.1 Imperfect Buddha Podcast: cults, cultish shennanigans & Buddhist groups

Episode 3.1 at Soundcloud. Here it is, finally, after a long wait, episode 3.1 of the Imperfect Buddha Podcast. We get ‘culty’ in this one, discussing Buddhists cults, cultish behaviour in Buddhist groups and the reasons why people join. We look at the NKT, Rigpa, Shambhala, Michael Roach and H.H Maitreya, otherwise known as Ronny … Continue reading 4.1 Imperfect Buddha Podcast: cults, cultish shennanigans & Buddhist groups

Critical thinking, creativity & the problem with beliefs: The NKT, Rigpa and SGI

(Manjushri, the archetypal manifestation of wisdom) ‘Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.’ Albert Einstein ‘The NKT is a pure tradition free from politics.’ Kelsang Jangdom Belief n. 1. An acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof 1.1. Something one accepts as true or real; a firmly held … Continue reading Critical thinking, creativity & the problem with beliefs: The NKT, Rigpa and SGI

Post-Traditional Buddhism Redux

Post = after in time or sequence; following; subsequent Traditional = 1. of or pertaining to tradition. 2. handed down by tradition. 3. in accordance with tradition. Buddhism = 1. a religion represented by the many groups (especially in Asia) that profess various forms of the Buddhist doctrine and that venerate Buddha. 2. a religion … Continue reading Post-Traditional Buddhism Redux

Buddhist Bullshit

I generally avoid getting political on this blog. Not because I am apolitical, or think it too messy a subject to broach, but because I have used this blog primarily as an exercise in exploring ideas and experiences I personally find curious and interesting so it’s been a primarily personal affair. Although I have been … Continue reading Buddhist Bullshit

Considering enlightenment: a project in reconfiguration (1)

A post-traditional reconfiguration of Enlightenment By Matthew O’Connell "If you are too well connected, you stop thinking. The clamour, the immediacy, the tendency to absorb other people’s thoughts, interrupt the deep abstraction required to find your own way." George Monbiot Introduction This piece was written to fill a void. One that I see as being … Continue reading Considering enlightenment: a project in reconfiguration (1)