Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh (A summary)

This post is just a  summary of this excellent book in which Thich Nhat Hanh does a wonderful job of reminding us just how simple Zen is. This post summarises Part One – Breathe: You Are Alive. Editor’s introduction Peace is every step. The shining red sun is my heart. Each flower smiles with me. How […]

On Not watching TV and Meditating Instead (a lifestyle experiment)

  The Dalai Lama of Tibet practices meditation four hours a day, the same length of time the average American spends watching TV. Now it’s obvious I’m not the Dalai Lama, and I’m reasonably certain I’m not his reincarnation born 40 odd years too early either, but like the DL I have recently tried to […]

Buddhism Plain and Simple by Steve Hagan – A Summary

This post is simply a summary of (aspects of) Steve Hagen’s ‘Buddhism Plain and Simple’ This book aims to present The Buddha’s teaching in an accessible and uncluttered way. To my mind it succeeds, and here’s my summary. Introduction (pp1-5) As the millennium draws to a close we have lost faith with our storybook versions of […]

A few of my favourite Buddhist stories

Below are a few stories and passages which illustrate some of the key aspects of Buddhism. These provide an immediate feeling for Buddhism (in no particular order), important since Buddhism stresses the importance of whole-being engagement and conscious practise rather than just mere intellectualism. I’ve selected these stories because they’ve helped with my own understanding […]

‘Buddhist Sociology’ by Inge Bell – A summary

Summary of Bell, I.P (1979) “Buddhist Sociology: Some Thoughts on the Convergence of Sociology and Eastern Paths of Liberation” in Scott G. McNall, ed. Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology. New York: St Martin’s Press. I haven’t done any commentary on this yet, but I thought I’d get this summary out anyway… The first explicit call for […]

Who are you? (Laughter)

The video below shows a number of people laughing when asked the question ‘who are you’? (1.55)   These people are all highly respected, typically well- educated (in the formal sense of the word) teachers from a range of different spiritual traditions (most, if not all wiill be in attendance at the Science and Nonduality […]

Summary of Zygmunt Bauman’s Liquid Modernity – Chapter One

  Chapter One – Emancipation The chapter begins with Marcuse’s complaint that, by the mid 1970s, most people didn’t see the need to be liberated from society, fewer were prepared to act on that wish, and in any case no one was certain how that liberation might differ from the then current social situation. Next […]

Why our obsession with self-expression is ridiculous

As a society we are obsessed with expressing ourselves, thinking that our happiness depends on our ability to do so. Here’s why I think ‘playing the game of self-expression’ won’t make you happy. Self expression is closely related to self-construction, and by this I mean the reflexive process of actively picking, choosing and attaching myself […]