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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05/9/13

Nibbana In A Nutshell

Nibbana is the ultimate goal of the Buddha’s teachings.¬†Among Theravadins it’s generally accepted that nibbana is beyond words and the Buddha himself appears reluctant to give us a detailed description. Nevertheless, in this post I suggest that contemplating what the scriptures say about nibbana serves to reminds us what the ultimate spiritual goal is and can motivate us to strive harder in attaining it…

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