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

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

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

Reconsidering enlightenment: a project in reconfiguration (6)

Stage three: non-returner The third stage of this model points to the elimination of desire and ill will, although frankly the idea that a human can exist without desire in some form appears deluded. If a human-animal had an absolute absence of desire, wouldn’t they be reduced to functioning as a human automaton? Isn’t desire … Continue reading Reconsidering enlightenment: a project in reconfiguration (6)

Considering enlightenment: a project in reconfiguration (4)

Fetters n. A device, usually one of a pair of rings connected to a chain that is attached to the ankles or feet to restrict movement. Something that serves to restrict; a restraint: the fetters of tyranny. tr.v. fet·tered, fet·ter·ing, fet·ters To put fetters on; shackle. To restrict or restrain: thinking that is fettered by … Continue reading Considering enlightenment: a project in reconfiguration (4)