Insights through Disruption: Buddhemes and Charism

Insight through questioning: assumptions & buddhemes To question is to disrupt. To challenge what is deemed as normal is to initiate dissention. Questioning pre-established positions, assumed knowledge and social constructs with questions that are both personally relevant and timely is one of the central elements of a fresh and independent engagement. Owen Flannigan in his … Continue reading Insights through Disruption: Buddhemes and Charism

Considering enlightenment: a project in reconfiguration (2)

The Wording of the Thing Buddhism is full of abstractions, terms that lend themselves to multiple translations, conceptual reformulations and biases. Ridding ourselves of the temptation to indulge in intangibles and absolutes is essential for an honest revaluation of Buddhism in the West and this is especially so when considering enlightenment. The way we talk … Continue reading Considering enlightenment: a project in reconfiguration (2)

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)

Post-Traditional Buddhism: the quiet revolution?

(This is part one of an article on Post-Traditional Buddhism written for the Elephant Journal. Part.2 can be found here: Big Up Post-Traditional Buddhism) Intro to the act Imagine a giant golden Buddha statue sat in front of you right now. The Buddha’s golden gaze stares out onto an invisible horizon, expressing an out of … Continue reading Post-Traditional Buddhism: the quiet revolution?

The Eightfold Path: Right Livelihood (2)

Looking at our working lives As most of us do not work in the aforementioned unethical trades, the question of right livelihood will primarily concern the way we work. It can be useful to start by looking at whether our relationship to our job, workplace and colleagues contributes to the creation or maintenance of forms … Continue reading The Eightfold Path: Right Livelihood (2)