Reconsidering enlightenment: a project in reconfiguration (End)

Closing Thoughts  To be awakened is to participate in creative acts of engagement with the world in which we exist, including its historical and symbolic structures. If anything, that is the game we are called to engage with, if we awaken as human-beings and not as transcendent super-humans. These creative acts of engagement are ultimately … Continue reading Reconsidering enlightenment: a project in reconfiguration (End)

The Eightfold Path: Concentration and Closing

Concentration is the last element of the Eightfold Path. Practising all of the eight factors of the path pretty much guarantees us a powerful and transformative journey of discovery, growth and change. If we go far enough down this path, it ought to lead to some sort of liberation from suffering and confusion and awakening … Continue reading The Eightfold Path: Concentration and Closing

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’s 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

Eightfold Path – Right Speech (2)

Some thoughts to start off with Speech is energy in motion and it feeds movement. When we are mindless in our speech, it tends to go out and feed ongoing patterns of fixed referencing that define the roles we end up in, and identify with. These roles are multiple; an interwoven network of positions that … Continue reading Eightfold Path – Right Speech (2)

Eightfold Path – Right Speech (1)

‘Buddhist ethics are based on the notion of harmony’   Introduction; intent and view Falsification and fabrication lie at the heart of wrong speech. Together with destructiveness and cruelty they make up the dark edges that mark unmindful and unhelpful speech. Truth and authenticity instead are integral features of Right Speech along with modes of … Continue reading Eightfold Path – Right Speech (1)