6.1 Imperfect Buddha Podcast: Engaged Buddhism & the apolitical trend

  Latest Episode: click here We’re back! The Imperfect Buddha Podcast’s new episode arrives just in time for the New Year. This time out, we’re exploring Engaged Buddhism and the question of whether to engage or disengage. We discuss how Buddhism could provide tools and practices to support those engaging with the political landscape and … Continue reading 6.1 Imperfect Buddha Podcast: Engaged Buddhism & the apolitical trend

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

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

Radical Identity and Non-Duality

(Michael O'Connell, Syncromesh, 1957) The following is my first attempt to define, describe and put together a view of the world from a non-dual perspective. It's an experiment, so don't expect too much. The language may be complicated for those readers with little background in Buddhist meditation, for others it may be inspirational or resonant … Continue reading Radical Identity and Non-Duality