05/30/15

Meditation Dangers & Risk Reduction

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One may be forgiven for thinking that meditation is a risk-free activity. In the rush to sell Buddhist-style meditation as a scientifically proven, healthy lifestyle choice for the modern consumerist, the dangers are rarely mentioned.  There are dangers, however. Wrong motivation, attachment, and emotional disturbance are the dangers most likely to ensnare unwary meditators…

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03/5/14

Attached Or Unattached?

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Hopefully most meditators will at least be aware of the Five Precepts and doing their best to refrain from killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, unwholesome speech and intoxication.  However, it is also recommended for lay practitioners to observe the Eight Precepts on Uposatha days or days when one is free from work or household commitments. Observing the Eight Precepts strictly for just one day is a great test of one’s attachment to material comforts…

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03/28/13

Desire

Virtually everything we do in life revolves around satisfying our desire for whatever it is that we believe will make us happy right now or in the future.  Following our dream is actively encouraged by parents, teachers, employers, governors and sales people, for example.  In actual fact the entire socio-economic structure depends upon us all chasing our desires. In this post I challenge the commonly held assumption that desire is a good thing…

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02/24/13

Is Buddhism Compatible With Modern Science?

The compatibility of Buddhism and science was being argued during the Victorian period. More recently this idea has been popularised by writers like Fritjoff Capra (who wrote a book – The Tao of Physics – on how Western science and Eastern religions were apparently converging), and former monk Stephen Batchelor (who argued the case for a socially engaged, secular western Buddhism free from its cultural and religious accretions in Buddhism Without Beliefs.) In this post I explain why I no longer regard Buddhism and western science as compatible…

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