Reconsidering enlightenment: a project in reconfiguration (5)

Stage Two: once returner These stages are positional anchors, representing markers on an evolutionary line: they are not fixed in stone. The second and third stages could be considered as a single stage as new fetters are not dissolved but weakened before being thoroughly abandoned at the end of stage three. At the second stage, … Continue reading Reconsidering enlightenment: a project in reconfiguration (5)

The Eightfold Path: Right Action (2)

Part two continues by exploring the themes of theft, sexual misconduct, and cruelty as the basic elements of unethical behaviour. In exploring these three areas of unethical behaviour we might reach the conclusion that actively practising their opposites could be a good idea. Instead of killing, that is taking life, we might see that preserving … Continue reading The Eightfold Path: Right Action (2)

Mindfulness of Phenomena (2)

  '(An) unchanging, unitary, autonomous self is non-existent. Our existence is nominal. Devoid of an owned, inherent nature.’ Allan Wallace. ‘All our anxieties and difficulties come from our inability to see the true face, or true sign of things.’ Thich Nhat Hanh If Buddhism denies a permanent self, then how do we deal with the … Continue reading Mindfulness of Phenomena (2)

Mindfulness of the feelings

Mindfulness of the feelings ‘Feeling is present at every moment of experience.’ Bikkhu Bodhi What does it mean to feel? We often take feeling for granted, never really taking the time to investigate what is really going on when we say we feel this or that. We often fail to appreciate the richness, complexity, and … Continue reading Mindfulness of the feelings

Mindfulness: Introduction

For this section I have taken inspiration from Thich Nhat Hanh. Hanh is a spokesman and elder of mindfulness; a Vietnamese Zen monk, and international figure in promoting world-peace and civil rights. He was also nominated for the Nobel Peace prize by Martin Luther King and he is probably the world’s most famous Buddhist after … Continue reading Mindfulness: Introduction