1. The mental roots of prejudice 1.1 Overview and method The Buddha adopted a radically pragmatic, down-to-earth methodology, in investigating the possible solutions to any psychological problem: He insisted that the root cause of that problem must be discerned. Otherwise, we end up engaging with this problem only on a symptomatic level. And while in … Continue reading A Buddhist Perspective on the Psychology of Prejudice
What's unique about the Theravada tradition, in my understanding, is the devotion to the way things were in the earliest times, this is what the word "Thera" very much indicates in this context. But contrary to that devotion, there are the challenges of living in a complex monetary economy that did not exist in the … Continue reading Why & How the Vinaya!
Do not be cruel-hearted, Do not be so stingy! Why not try be humble, Kind and friendly and generous?! It costs nothing to give a “like”, And there is an infinity of likes In your possession to give! You will never run out of “likes”! But you might run out of “friends”! And you surely … Continue reading Give a Bloody “Like”! (the poem).
Concerning Degenerate Behavioural Standards on Social Media I remember when I was still on Facebook, a number of years ago now, I would frequently come across the situation where the author of a post or "status", receives no likes at all although he or she may have many “friends”, and although the post, however much … Continue reading Give a Bloody “Like”! (the essay)
________________ All day long Bliss is upon me. I am free and joyful because nothing exists that fetters my conscience or exposes me to blame. I have nothing to lose or to gain. The past is relinquished, The future is ever welcome. Mara is out of sight, And the profound fortitude of Dhamma pervades my … Continue reading Son of Buddha
1. "All men are born free" they say! The truth? All that is born is conditioned, all that is conditioned is unfree! It is not true that all men are born free, rather, all men are born slaves, to their kamma. The Dhamma is needed to make free that which is unfree, pure that which … Continue reading Saccānubodha