Buddhist Anarchism in Burma? — Engage!

Editor: The following is an investigation into the ongoing political crisis and movement for democracy in Myanmar through the reportage of a blog, InsightMyanmar.org, written by an American Buddhist in Myanmar. I don’t know the identity of all the owners of this blog and podcast. Their names are not published anywhere on the site that […]Continue reading “Buddhist Anarchism in Burma? — Engage!”

‘Requiem for a Faith’ Huston Smith

Originally posted on Buddhism now:
Film: Requiem for a Faith, shot in the late 1960s examines the customs and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Though dated, it stands the test of time. Huston Smith the religious philosopher and author (The World’s Religions), provides a very moving and insightful narration. He explains the tenets of Tibets unique brand…

Must-read PNAS article about COVID-19

Humans and viruses have been coevolving for millennia. Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19) has been particularly successful in evading our evolved defenses. The outcome has been tragic—across the globe, millions have been sickened and hundreds of thousands have died. Moreover, the quarantine has radically changed the structure ofContinue reading “Must-read PNAS article about COVID-19”

Homeostasis (Damasio)

Both basic homeostasis (which is non-consciously guided) and sociocultural homeostasis (which is created and guided by reflective conscious minds) operate as curators of biological value. Basic and sociocultural varieties of homeostasis are separated by billions of years of evolution, and yet they promote the same goal – the survival of living organisms – albeit inContinue reading “Homeostasis (Damasio)”

Lockdown (Stephen Batchelor)

Lockdown allows a breathing space to consider the tragic absurdity of our existence. By letting the chatter of our fears and anxieties subside, we can hear the inner silence of our soul. As we breathe more easily, we can re-examine our lives from a space of nonreactive awareness. Do we really want to be complicitContinue reading “Lockdown (Stephen Batchelor)”

Free thinking in secret — Voltaire Foundation

We all have secret thoughts which are occasionally betrayed by an unexpected gesture, an uncontrolled facial expression, a peculiar lapsus… which express at an awkward moment precisely what we wanted, or were supposed, to hide. All the secret services of all political regimes rely on that kind of clue to detect clandestine dissidents. But even […]Continue reading “Free thinking in secret — Voltaire Foundation”

Devoid of Self (nissvabhava)

Whether or not there is the arising of Tathagatas, this property stands — this steadfastness of the Dharma, this orderliness of the Dharma: All phenomena are devoid of self. The Tathagata directly awakens to that, breaks through to that. Directly awakening and breaking through to that, he declares it, teaches it, describes it, sets it […]Continue reading “Devoid of Self (nissvabhava)”

Advayavada Buddhism Explained

question You speak of progress but make little mention of evolution. Is the Fourth Sign of Being you speak of not evolution? answer Evolution is an ontological fact and progress is an epistemological concept. What we say in Advayavada Buddhism is that human beings experience as progress what accords with the overall course of Nature,Continue reading “Advayavada Buddhism Explained”

We Don’t Understand Ourselves — Great Middle Way

From the Buddhist point of view our suffering originates from the limitations of our ordinary, unenlightened mind. Firstly, we are unaware of the basic truths of existence. Through ignorance, we have misunderstood our true nature and the nature of reality. Secondly, confused and easily agitated, we are unable to control our minds. We do not […]Continue reading “We Don’t Understand Ourselves — Great Middle Way”