Considering enlightenment: a project in reconfiguration (3)

Removing the exotic: English alternatives The terms explored so far have been foreign to the English language and even when such words gain coinage in English, they cannot help but carry added flavour and nuances that obstruct a more neutral reading. I also expressed my dissatisfaction with awakening and have proposed two categorical labels to … Continue reading Considering enlightenment: a project in reconfiguration (3)

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‚Äôs 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

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)

The Eightfold Path: Right livelihood (1)

In this blog post I explore right livelihood in its typical Buddhist format, and then I look at the relationship between affecting change on our lives and dealing with life circumstances as they are, and in particular how this plays out in the world of work. The first part then will cover the Buddhist issues … Continue reading The Eightfold Path: Right livelihood (1)