A Good Heart is not Enough – part 3

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

A Good Heart is not Enough – part 2

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.

A Good Heart is not Enough – part 1

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?

The Aesthetic Moment

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’.

A Binocular Vision of Reality

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.

The Buddha’s Reasons for Being Ethical

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.

The One-Sided War on Bias

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.

One Year of Apramāda

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

The Ascent of Beauty

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.

Reactionary White Buddhists?

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.

Contemplations on Dukkha

Buddha

The Buddha brought his spiritual genius to two questions: what is the root of our suffering and how can it be quenched? This short article points us to the Buddha’s discoveries and his prescribed training scheme.

Was the Buddha an Antiracist?

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?

Practising the Dharma in Adversity

Devamitra

Ratnaguna finds much to admire in Devamitra’s account of his diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. Inspiring, challenging, humorous, and thought-provoking, it’s well worth reading, regardless of your health condition or religion.

Individuals

Individuals

Part 2 of the series Breaking Free of Tribalism and Becoming an Individual

Buddhism and Physics, Part Two

Einstein

In this second article on Buddhism and physics, Advayacitta explores an important parallel between Relativity Theory and the Buddhist doctrine of śunyata.

The Heart’s Release by Love

The Buddha

This is the first in a new series we’re calling Thus Have I Heard: Brief Essays on Buddhism. They should be short enough to be read in five minutes or less!

An Immoral Panic

An Immoral Panic

An investigation into truth, delusion, justice and race in the USA

A Burning House?

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.

Karl Popper and the Crisis of Liberalism

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.

Resisting the Tyranny of the Tribe

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.

Politics as Cognitive Anti-Therapy

Head in Hands

Advayacitta, a clinical psychologist, explores how political ideologies can undermine psychological functioning, thereby harming individuals and whole societies.

Karl Popper vs The Laws of History

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.

Arguing with the Buddha Part Two

Arguing with the Buddha

In this, the second part of the article, Ratnaguna continues to look at instances from the ancient texts of the Buddha debating, and draws out lessons that we can learn from him.

Arguing with the Buddha Part One

Argument

The Buddha was well aware of the dangers and pitfalls of engaging in debates, and he had some interesting observations about how to conduct oneself in a discussion.

An Inward Grace

Stairway to EU Heaven

In Part Two of this series, Subhamati takes a closer look at Stephen Batchelor’s Tricycle article on Brexit, and asks whether it inadvertently reveals a significant weakness in the way Western Buddhists think about political matters.

Karl Popper: A Buddhist Response

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.

Buddhism and Physics, Part One

Newton

In this article Advayacitta begins to explore interesting parallels between two core Buddhist principles, and modern physics.

In Praise of Uncertainty

Uncertainty

Ratnaguna discusses the vitally important questions of how we can really know anything, and how our opinions are often associated with a lack of real knowledge.

Buddhism and Brexit

If you are a Buddhist, are you bound to be a Remainer? Many seem to think so, including one of Britain’s best-known writers on Buddhism. But why do they take a ‘tragic and prophetic’ view of Brexit?

What is Buddhism?

The Buddha

This article is intended for you if you have come to this website as someone who is curious about Buddhism but as yet knows little about it.