Apramāda

Buddhist perspectives on society and culture

A personal journey through the science of climate change
In this article Advayacitta describes the process of how he came to alter his opinion about climate change.
Advayacitta
15 March 2023
Posted in: Science

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moralinfant
This article is taken from chapter 7 of The Destructivists by William Collins, in which he explains how supposed moral rectitude functions as a form of power.
Rick Bradford
Posted in: Politics
budhakingbimbasara
Another in our series Thus Have I Heard: Brief Essays on Buddhism, this one explores an apparent contradiction in the Buddha's teaching
Ratnaguna
Posted in: Buddhism
defund
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]
Posted in: Politics
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

Politics

moralinfant
This article is taken from chapter 7 of The Destructivists by William Collins, in which he explains how supposed moral rectitude functions as a form of power.
Rick Bradford
Posted in: Politics
defund
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]
Posted in: Politics
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
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

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

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
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
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

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

sun over trees
In this article Advayacitta describes the process of how he came to alter his opinion about climate change.
Advayacitta
Posted in: 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

Buddhism

budhakingbimbasara
Another in our series Thus Have I Heard: Brief Essays on Buddhism, this one explores an apparent contradiction in the Buddha's teaching
Ratnaguna
Posted in: 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

Articles

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

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