Apramāda

Buddhist perspectives on society and culture

Checking the Maths Behind the Police Racism Panic
Many people, including some Buddhists, now believe that black lives are 'systematically and intentionally targeted for demise' by the police. In the second instalment of 'An Immoral Panic', Subhamati examines the evidence.
Subhamati[1]
22 January 2023
Posted in: Politics

Quote of the week

"Only too often, human beings’ enjoyment of the infliction of pain '...' is associated with a definite ideology"

Latest Articles

the destructivits
This article is taken from chapter 2 of The Destructivists by William Collins, in which he ascribes the divisions in our society to a form of moral corruption which must be countered in moral terms.
Rick Bradford
Posted in: Culture, Politics
Ratnaguna interviews Advayacitta about how recognising and transcending various patterns from the past is an important aspect of psychological and spiritual development.
Advayacitta
Posted in: Psychology
Prajnanandi read ‘a good heart is not enough’, and wrote to the author to say, 'I absolutely agree with the principles you outlined, but when I applied the principles, I came to the opposite conclusions. Can we talk?’
Achara
Posted in: Culture, Politics
Command-and-Control
Advayacitta explores how decision making in health care has been increasingly taken away from clinicians and their patients, and replaced by authoritarian control by governments and bureaucracies.
Advayacitta
Posted in: Politics

Politics

Command-and-Control
Advayacitta explores how decision making in health care has been increasingly taken away from clinicians and their patients, and replaced by authoritarian control by governments and bureaucracies.
Advayacitta
Posted in: 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
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

Psychology

Ratnaguna interviews Advayacitta about how recognising and transcending various patterns from the past is an important aspect of psychological and spiritual development.
Advayacitta
Posted in: Psychology
selwa
In this article Ratnaguna makes a case for spiritual communities changing the world for the better.
Ratnaguna
Posted in: 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

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.
Hamilton-Shaw
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.
Nick
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.
Maitreyabandhu
Posted in: Culture
Director and conductor of the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra, and member of the Triratna Buddhist Order Sravaniya (Mark Latham), tells Ratnaguna why he thinks classical music is important.
Sravaniya
Posted in: Culture

Philosophy

Popper-3
Vidyaruchi considers the limitations of Popper's political thought, and argues that the liberalism that 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
An account 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

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
Newton
In this article Advayacitta begins to explore interesting parallels between two core Buddhist principles, and modern physics.
Advayacitta
Posted in: Science

Buddhism

the impartite dharma
An exploration of the crucial twofold distinction of the Dharma into doctrine and method, as found in A Survey of Buddhism and Sangharakshita's later thought.
Vidyaruchi
Posted in: 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
An examination of 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

Articles

Subhuti explores the pursuit of beauty as a spiritual path. Part 1 of 2 parts.
Ratnaguna interviews Advayacitta about the nature of consciousness, and how this relates to the question of rebirth.
The Buddha was aware of the dangers of engaging in debates, and he had some observations about how to conduct discussions.
The second part of Vidyaruchi's series on A Survey of Buddhism.
The importance of Buddhists transcending political ideologies.
Thomas Hamilton-Shaw talks about two books: The Road to Somewhere and Head Hand Head Hand Heart.
Ratnaguna and Advayacitta discuss aspects of Buddhism and psychological therapy - their similarities and differences.
Subhamati takes a closer look at Stephen Batchelor's Tricycle article on Brexit.
Ratnaguna asks guitarist Nick Gauntlett about his love of progressive rock, and what it has to do with his Dharma practice.
Ratnaguna marks Apramda’s first year by discussing why the objective truth is crucial for the health of society
This is the first in a new series we're calling Thus Have I Heard: Brief Essays on Buddhism.
Sravaniya says why he thinks classical music is important.
Vidyaruchi argues Popper's political thought needs a framework of higher values such as is found in Buddhism.
What is the root of our suffering and how can it be quenched? What did the Buddha discover?
Part 1 of Achara's series on wise policy making.
Another short Dharma essay, Gotama, Mole, and the Wild Wood.
If you are a Buddhist, are you bound to be a Remainer?
In this article Ratnaguna makes a case for spiritual communities changing the world for the better.
Whole societies can split into mutually unintelligible ‘tribes’.
In this article - the first of a three part series - Ratnaguna examines the nature of tribe.
This article is intended for those who are curious about Buddhism but as yet knows little about it.
The first article in a series on Sangharakshita's magnum opus A Survey of Buddhism.
Why the Modern Left Loathes the Working Class
Part 2 of Achara's series on wise policy making.
Is unconscious bias training free from bias?
An investigation into truth, delusion, justice and race in the USA.
Ratnaguna looks at instances from ancient texts of the Buddha debating, and draws out lessons that we can learn from him.
Political ideologies can undermine psychological functioning.
This review explores ‘The Burning House’, a response to a perceived climate emergency.
Part 2 of the series Breaking Free of Tribalism and Becoming an Individual.
Advayacitta interviewed about the importance and meaning of music in general, and in particular of the chanting of mantras.
Jñanavaca on The Master and His Emissary.
Silavadin discusses the materialist view of evolution and, following the philosopher Thomas Nagel.
Part 3 of Achara's series on wise policy making.
Maitreyabandhu's latest volume of poetry, After Cézanne.
A Buddhist response to Karl Popper’s theory of scientific method.
Aryajit interviews Ratnaguna on Walking with the Wind by the Civil Rights activist John Lewis
What is ‘racial equality’? What should Buddhists make of it?
A conversation on the series 'A Good Heart is not enough'.
Apramāda has been accused of trying to 'delegitimize and derail racial justice work'.
Advayacitta begins to explore interesting parallels between two core Buddhist principles, and modern physics.
How can we really know anything, and how often are our opinions based on a lack of real knowledge?
Cass Sunstein argues that groups, and society, need dissenters to prevent them from making bad decisions.
Devamitra's account of his treatment of prostate cancer. Inspiring, and thought-provoking.
The parallel between Relativity Theory and śunyata.
In this second article based on his celebrated 'Eros and Beauty' talks, Subhuti examines the nature of aesthetic experience.
Vidyaruchi examines Popper's thinking on politics, his critique of 'historicism' and his demolition of Marxism.

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