Apramāda

Buddhist perspectives on society and culture

Policymaking in the shadow of the pandemic
The concluding part of the series on wise policymaking introduces the fifth principle: ‘hone your truth-seeking ability’. This far-reaching and challenging principle includes some concrete suggestions as to how policymakers can free themselves of groupthink
Achara
12 September 2022
Posted in: Culture, Politics

Latest Articles

Red Pill Blue Pill concept. The right choice the concept of the movie matrix. The choice of tablets
The concluding part of the series on wise policymaking introduces the fifth principle: ‘hone your truth-seeking ability’. This far-reaching and challenging principle includes some concrete suggestions as to how policymakers can free themselves of groupthink
Achara
Posted in: Culture, Politics
mole3
Another short Dharma essay, Gotama, Mole, and the Wild Wood
Ratnaguna
Posted in: Buddhism
Vaccination
Policy creation is an important activity, rich with possibilities for beneficial action. But how to bring a clear head, as well as a good heart? This second part introduces two further principles of wise policymaking.
Achara
Posted in: Culture, Politics
A Good Heart
Wise policymaking is a beneficial activity for the world, and hence can be a spiritual practice for leaders of faith communities. But how to bring a wise head, as well as a loving heart?
Achara
Posted in: Culture, Politics

Politics

Red Pill Blue Pill concept. The right choice the concept of the movie matrix. The choice of tablets
The concluding part of the series on wise policymaking introduces the fifth principle: ‘hone your truth-seeking ability’. This far-reaching and challenging principle includes some concrete suggestions as to how policymakers can free themselves of groupthink
Achara
Posted in: Culture, Politics
Vaccination
Policy creation is an important activity, rich with possibilities for beneficial action. But how to bring a clear head, as well as a good heart? This second part introduces two further principles of wise policymaking.
Achara
Posted in: Culture, Politics
A Good Heart
Wise policymaking is a beneficial activity for the world, and hence can be a spiritual practice for leaders of faith communities. But how to bring a wise head, as well as a loving heart?
Achara
Posted in: Culture, Politics
Ratnaguna and Advayacitta discuss the book ‘Despised: Why the Modern Left Loathes the Working Class’ by Paul Embery, and the important issues it raises.
Advayacitta
Posted in: Politics

Psychology

Individuals
Part 2 of the series Breaking Free of Tribalism and Becoming an Individual
Ratnaguna
Posted in: Psychology
Tribe
In this article - the first of a 3 part series - Ratnaguna examines the nature of tribes.
Ratnaguna
Posted in: Psychology
Anywheres
As unenlightened human beings, we all have predispositions – patterns of desire, perception and feeling – that often lead us astray and generate suffering. Whole societies can split into mutually unintelligible ‘tribes’, blind to one another’s pain or anger.
Vaddhaka
Posted in: Politics, Psychology
Head in Hands
Advayacitta, a clinical psychologist, explores how political ideologies can undermine psychological functioning, thereby harming individuals and whole societies.
Advayacitta
Posted in: Psychology

Science

Einstein
In this second article on Buddhism and physics, Advayacitta explores an important parallel between Relativity Theory and the Buddhist doctrine of śunyata.
Advayacitta
Posted in: Science
A Burning House?
In ‘The Burning House’, a Buddhist shares his Dharma insights, promising practical resources for those moved to respond to a perceived climate emergency. This review explores the author’s depiction of the problem, and his solutions.
Achara
Posted in: Science
In this interview Silavadin discusses the materialist view of evolution and, following the philosopher Thomas Nagel, proposes a different paradigm: that there is a cosmic predisposition to the formation of life, consciousness and value.
Posted in: Science
Popper
Karl Popper is arguably one of the foremost philosophers of the 20th century. Here, Vidyaruchi considers his theory of scientific method, and attempts to formulate a Buddhist response.
Vidyaruchi
Posted in: Philosophy, Science

Culture

Red Pill Blue Pill concept. The right choice the concept of the movie matrix. The choice of tablets
The concluding part of the series on wise policymaking introduces the fifth principle: ‘hone your truth-seeking ability’. This far-reaching and challenging principle includes some concrete suggestions as to how policymakers can free themselves of groupthink
Achara
Posted in: Culture, Politics
Vaccination
Policy creation is an important activity, rich with possibilities for beneficial action. But how to bring a clear head, as well as a good heart? This second part introduces two further principles of wise policymaking.
Achara
Posted in: Culture, Politics
A Good Heart
Wise policymaking is a beneficial activity for the world, and hence can be a spiritual practice for leaders of faith communities. But how to bring a wise head, as well as a loving heart?
Achara
Posted in: Culture, Politics
ascent of beauty
In this first of two articles based on his celebrated 'Eros and Beauty' talks given in 2014, Subhuti explores the pursuit of beauty as a spiritual path.
Subhuti
Posted in: Buddhism, Culture

Philosophy

Popper-3
In this third of three articles about Karl Popper, Vidyaruchi considers the limitations of Popper's political thought, and argues that the liberalism which he espoused needs a framework of higher values such as is found in Buddhism.
Vidyaruchi
Posted in: Philosophy
In this interview - the first in the new series Books Worth Reading - Ratnaguna interviews Jñanavaca on The Master and His Emissary by Iain McGilchrist, and finds out why he thinks it is a book well worth reading.
Jnanavaca
Posted in: Philosophy
The Lovers Whirlwind
In this second article in a series of three, Vidyaruchi examines some of Popper's thinking on politics, including his critique of 'historicism', his demolition of Marxism, and his own theory of how to bring about social change.
Vidyaruchi
Posted in: Philosophy
Popper
Karl Popper is arguably one of the foremost philosophers of the 20th century. Here, Vidyaruchi considers his theory of scientific method, and attempts to formulate a Buddhist response.
Vidyaruchi
Posted in: Philosophy, Science

Buddhism

mole3
Another short Dharma essay, Gotama, Mole, and the Wild Wood
Ratnaguna
Posted in: Buddhism
Harbour
In this second article based on his celebrated 'Eros and Beauty' talks, Subhuti examines the nature of aesthetic experience using the language of 'imagination'.
Subhuti
Posted in: Buddhism
A Binocular Vision
In this second part of the series 'Themes from the Survey', Vidyaruchi examines Sangharakshita's teaching on the progressive trend within reality, especially as regards its implications for the doctrinal unity of the Buddhist tradition.
Vidyaruchi
Posted in: Buddhism
pink lotus
This is the second in our series Thus Have I Heard: Brief Essays on Buddhism. We aim to keep them short enough to be read in five minutes or less. This one is 4 minutes of unadulterated Dharma.
Ratnaguna
Posted in: Buddhism

Articles

Advayacitta interviewed about the importance and meaning of music in general, and in particular of the chanting of mantras.
Part 2 of Achara's series on wise policy making.
This review explores ‘The Burning House’, a response to a perceived climate emergency.
Silavadin discusses the materialist view of evolution and, following the philosopher Thomas Nagel.
Devamitra's account of his treatment of prostate cancer. Inspiring, and thought-provoking.
If you are a Buddhist, are you bound to be a Remainer?
Is unconscious bias training free from bias?
Part 1 of Achara's series on wise policy making.
What is the root of our suffering and how can it be quenched? What did the Buddha discover?
Part 2 of the series Breaking Free of Tribalism and Becoming an Individual.
The Buddha was aware of the dangers of engaging in debates, and he had some observations about how to conduct discussions.
Why the Modern Left Loathes the Working Class
Subhuti explores the pursuit of beauty as a spiritual path. Part 1 of 2 parts.
Cass Sunstein argues that groups, and society, need dissenters to prevent them from making bad decisions.
Advayacitta begins to explore interesting parallels between two core Buddhist principles, and modern physics.
Political ideologies can undermine psychological functioning.
Apramāda has been accused of trying to 'delegitimize and derail racial justice work'.
Ratnaguna marks Apramda’s first year by discussing why the objective truth is crucial for the health of society
Ratnaguna asks guitarist Nick Gauntlett about his love of progressive rock, and what it has to do with his Dharma practice.
Vidyaruchi argues Popper's political thought needs a framework of higher values such as is found in Buddhism.
In this article - the first of a three part series - Ratnaguna examines the nature of tribe.
Ratnaguna looks at instances from ancient texts of the Buddha debating, and draws out lessons that we can learn from him.
Ratnaguna interviews Advayacitta about the nature of consciousness, and how this relates to the question of rebirth.
The importance of Buddhists transcending political ideologies.
Ratnaguna and Advayacitta discuss aspects of Buddhism and psychological therapy - their similarities and differences.
The first article in a series on Sangharakshita's magnum opus A Survey of Buddhism.
Thomas Hamilton-Shaw talks about two books: The Road to Somewhere and Head Hand Head Hand Heart.
Another short Dharma essay, Gotama, Mole, and the Wild Wood.
Sravaniya says why he thinks classical music is important.
In this second article based on his celebrated 'Eros and Beauty' talks, Subhuti examines the nature of aesthetic experience.
The second part of Vidayaruchi's series on A Survey of Buddhism.
This is the first in a new series we're calling Thus Have I Heard: Brief Essays on Buddhism.
An investigation into truth, delusion, justice and race in the USA.
Jñanavaca on The Master and His Emissary.
Vidyaruchi examines Popper's thinking on politics, his critique of 'historicism' and his demolition of Marxism.
A Buddhist response to Karl Popper’s theory of scientific method.
Whole societies can split into mutually unintelligible ‘tribes’.
Part 3 of Achara's series on wise policy making.
The parallel between Relativity Theory and śunyata.
What is ‘racial equality’? What should Buddhists make of it?
Subhamati takes a closer look at Stephen Batchelor's Tricycle article on Brexit.
This article is intended for those who are curious about Buddhism but as yet knows little about it.
How we can really know anything, and how often are our opinions are often associated with a lack of real knowledge?
Aryajit interviews Ratnaguna on Walking with the Wind by the Civil Rights activist John Lewis
Maitreyabandhu's latest volume of poetry, After Cézanne.

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