This is my blog about meditation, philosophy and awakening. I wear many hats in my life—my living is as a computer geek, but I have been interested in meditation and insight for the past twenty-five years, and studied Buddhism and awakening in several traditions before turning to modern research on the topic. I write quite a bit about this topic in various places around the Internet; this blog is a place for me to gather some of the things I've written and share them with my friends. Welcome! I hope that what I've written here is of some value to you.
Buddhism talks a lot about sexual misconduct, but I haven’t found the teachings offered by Buddhism to be all that practical. This is an attempt to unpack that and think about how we might change. I offer no conclusions, but hopefully a little useful insight on the problem.
Which is a more effective way of engaging with the world, of changing the world? Should we undertake to fight evil where it is seen, to crush those who cause it? Is there any hope for a pacifist approach? Or is that frame backward? Should we instead ask, is there any hope for a warlike approach? Rather than imagining that pacifism might be at all effective, perhaps we should wonder if perhaps it can be more effective.
It can be difficult to notice and correct when you are meditating in a place of spaciousness. I’ve been having that problem for a while, and this is my latest attempt to describe how I deal with it.
What is awakening? Why is it such a big deal? Why do people describe it in so many different ways?
What if the way to become happy is not to avoid the problems of the world, but to learn to overcome our fear and act freely?
You did good.
The concept of dana, making offerings at teachings, is customary in Buddhist cultures, but a bit fraught in non-Buddhist cultures. This article goes into some detail on my own thoughts about the practice, and how to approach it in a non-Buddhist culture. I don’t claim that I’m right, but I hope that this is at least food for thought.
Until you become an adept meditator, meditation is as much training as it is meditating. Don’t be discouraged—you can have a lot of fun and get a lot of benefit while you are still training. This article talks about a common theme in the training process: the loop of intending to do something, releasing that intention to see if it worked, and then noticing what happened.
Which is more important: leaders, or followers? What makes a good leader? These are questions that are often asked, but it’s hard to get any clarity by asking these questions.
So suppose I allow myself to see things clearly. What do I do with this to help others, to help the world?