06/30/13

Vegetarianism, Minimal Impact Living & Buddhist Ethics

The issue of minimal impact living has been spinning my mind for years and still interests me.  An answer to the question of whether or not eating meat is a violation of Buddhist ethics is not easily arrived at, since clearly there are differences between the various Buddhist schools on what is and isn’t acceptable with regard to this and other important issues of moral conduct.  In this post I explain where my Buddhist practice has led me to currently stand…

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06/16/13

Fundamentals of Fundamentalism

Religious fundamentalists have been grabbing news broadcasters’ attention rather a lot since 9/11.  However, religious fundamentalism is not a new phenomenon and Buddhism itself is not immune from it, or so it seems. In this post I outline what sociologists have to say about the apparent rise of religious-inspired hatred…

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06/9/13

Reality

After what I said last time about ‘faith’ it was perhaps inevitable that someone would ask me what my conclusions are regarding ‘reality’.  The short answer is of course, I’ve no fixed conclusions – I’m still investigating through meditation and study. Nevertheless, in this post I briefly outline three main philosophical perspectives and where I currently stand with regard to knowing reality

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