Apramāda

Buddhist perspectives on society and culture

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
3 August 2022
Posted in: Buddhism

Latest Articles

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
Ratnaguna and Advayacitta discuss the book ‘Despised: Why the Modern Left Loathes the Working Class’ by Paul Embery, and the important issues it raises.
Posted in: Politics
Bias
Unconscious Bias Training is a growing industry and is currently highly fashionable among corporations. But is it effective? And in actual use, how free is it from bias? Taking as his starting point the Buddhist notion of avidya, Thomas Hamilton-Shaw casts a critical eye upon UBT.
Hamilton-Shaw
Posted in: Politics

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.
Posted in: Politics
Bias
Unconscious Bias Training is a growing industry and is currently highly fashionable among corporations. But is it effective? And in actual use, how free is it from bias? Taking as his starting point the Buddhist notion of avidya, Thomas Hamilton-Shaw casts a critical eye upon UBT.
Hamilton-Shaw
Posted in: Politics
White people
An American professor of religion and culture has recently published an article in which she accuses Apramāda of trying to 'delegitimize and derail racial justice work'. In this article Ratnaguna responds to her criticisms.
Ratnaguna
Posted in: Politics
Abhaya Mudra
How should we define ‘racial equality’? Calls for equality of socio-economic outcomes between racial groups are getting louder. But how coherent are such demands? Or feasible? And what should Buddhists make of them?
Was the Buddha an Antiracist?
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

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
Road to somewhere
In this very stimulating interview Thomas Hamilton-Shaw talks about two books by David Goodhart: The Road to Somewhere and Head Hand Heart. Tom is a friend of David and was his research assistant for the second book.
Posted in: Culture
Ratnaguna asks guitarist Nick Gauntlett about his love of progressive rock music, and what it has to do with his Dharma practice. We also hear some of the music he has recorded, including a song he wrote as part of a concept album on the Buddha.
Posted in: Culture
Maitreyabandhu is an award-winning poet, and in this illuminating interview he tells Ratnaguna about his latest volume of poetry, After Cézanne.
Posted in: 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.
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

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
Cake
Apramāda is now one year old. In this editorial, Ratnaguna marks the occasion by discussing why loyalty to the notion of objective truth is crucial for the health of society
Ratnaguna
Posted in: Buddhism

Articles

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

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