08/19/13

Is Anything Truly ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’?

As a Buddhist practitioner I reckon I need to be very clear on what is ‘good’ or ‘bad’.   In this post I explain how Buddhist morality is more to do with the effects of one’s own wilful actions (kamma) upon one’s own state of mind and less about the consequences for others. Nothing in this world is inherently good or inherently bad, but the Buddha’s doctrine of anicca, dukkha, anatta should not be understood as some kind of nihilism where ‘anything goes’…

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07/27/13

Anger

In this post I suggest that anger is a deluded person’s emotional response to the existential facts of impermanence, dissatisfaction and insubstantiality.  Anger serves no useful purpose whatsoever, and through meditation and mindfulness practice one gets better at dealing with this destructive emotion…

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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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