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?

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

Reconsidering enlightenment: A post-traditional reconfiguration (1)

  ‘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 the denial of the more ambitious aims … Continue reading Reconsidering enlightenment: A post-traditional reconfiguration (1)

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

Free Speech and Buddhism

The recent events in Paris have stimulated a lot of discussion regarding free speech in the press, blogs and across social networks and the issue of whether free speech equals having the right to insult others has been centre stage in discussion taking place in the UK. I wanted to say a few words on … Continue reading Free Speech and Buddhism