Mortification of the flesh, with some thoughts on Buddhist logic and the consumption of cake: Sunday July 11, 2010

Cake, Empress Dowagers and a visit to the Temple of Longevity.

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Saltwater Buddha: Tuesday July 14, 2009

A review of Jaimal Yogis’s “Saltwater Buddha”.

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Cosmopolitanism: Tuesday June 30, 2009

Thought’s on Anthony Appiah’s Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers.

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Kluginess: Wednesday June 3, 2009

Thought’s on Gary Marcus’s book “Kluge”

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The Wisdom of the Ancients?: Friday May 29, 2009

Golden ages, and the magnificence of the past.

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Loopiness, and not Taking Oneself too Seriously: Wednesday April 22, 2009

Am I a strange loop?

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Written on the Water: Friday March 6, 2009

Thoughts on the the clamorousness of the traditions of Buddhism.

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Darwin's Dharma?: Tuesday February 17, 2009

Darwin the crypto-Buddhist?

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Not: Thursday February 5, 2009

Thoughts on the Heart Sutra.

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Fluidity and Thought: Tuesday January 6, 2009

The snagging of thoughts

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Slippery truths: Wednesday December 10, 2008

Toughts on Mark Siderits’s Empty Persons.

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Rebirth? No. Rebecoming? Yes.: Wednesday December 3, 2008

The incoherence of rebirth

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Virtuosi: Monday November 24, 2008

Thoughts on meditation and virtuosity.

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Texts, Bones and Early Buddhists: Monday October 27, 2008

Life and literature in accounts of early Buddhism.

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Dragons and Levitating Monks: Tuesday October 21, 2008

On the elusiveness of the miraculous.

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The Transitive Theory of Weirdness: Monday October 6, 2008

Johnny Wilkinson and quantum physics

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The Poetry of Death: Wednesday September 24, 2008

Japanese Death poems

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Lightness of Touch: Friday September 5, 2008

Governing oneself the way one cooks a small fish.

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Finding Peace in the Eye of the Storm: Thursday August 7, 2008

One must cultivate one’s garden.

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The Ocean of Existence: Wednesday May 7, 2008

On life out of sight of dry land.

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Without Illumination: Thursday April 24, 2008

The fog of philosophy

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Kindness and Philosophy: Monday March 10, 2008

Where are our philosophies of kindness?

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Vain, Deluded, Pigheaded, Secretive, Bigoted...: Thursday February 14, 2008

That’s the trouble with the mind – it has a mind of it’s own.

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The View from the Chariot: Wednesday January 30, 2008

The Buddha: bad psychologist?

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Studying Happiness: Thursday January 10, 2008

The metta bhavana, and meditation on happiness.

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Buddhists in Bars with Balloons: Monday December 31, 2007

Who’s that over there making balloon sculptures? It must be a Buddhist monk.

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The Middle Way?: Saturday December 15, 2007

A snippet of overheard conversation.

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Real Magic: Monday November 19, 2007

Where is the real magic?

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A few brief thoughts on reductionism: Wednesday October 10, 2007

Numskulls, reductionism and the human mind.

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Informed Ignorance, Spinoza and Science: Sunday September 2, 2007

Spionza, ignorance, understanding – all that, and I’m still two hundred miles from the nearest decent cappuccino.

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Thinking Out Loud: Wednesday August 1, 2007

Blogging as a practice.

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My New Brain: Friday July 13, 2007

A note on the pleasures of having a new brain.

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Knowledge, Wisdom and Ignorance: Friday June 22, 2007

There is no such thing as esoteric wisdom.

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The Worst Type of Buddhist: Saturday June 16, 2007

Damn those ignorant Buddhists…

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Ouch!: Wednesday June 13, 2007

Reflections upon pain.

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Open Source Religion: Thursday June 7, 2007

Religion goes Open Source

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What Attention Lays Bare: Sunday May 27, 2007

Husserl, meditation and the quest for certainty.

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Violence and the Mind's Climate: Monday May 14, 2007

Does media violence unbalance the mind’s delicate climate?

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Murals Found in Mustang, Nepal: Monday May 7, 2007

Archaeology? Boring? Never!

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The Inferno of the Living: Thursday April 5, 2007

Catholicism, Calvino and life in the inferno.

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Miscommunication: Tuesday March 20, 2007

The Buddha’s first, failed teaching.

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Uncertain Times?: Friday March 16, 2007

We are living in uncertain times, but is this sufficient justification for renewing Trident?

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Are You Buddhish?: Saturday March 10, 2007

Buddhish. Adjective: Not quite Buddhist; Spuriously or falsely claiming to be Buddhist;

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Oi! Are You Looking at My Triangle?: Tuesday March 6, 2007

Attachment to triangles.

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The Path to Earthly Riches: Saturday March 3, 2007

Temple loyalty cards for kids.

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Self Evident Experience?: Friday February 23, 2007

What’s going on… and what we think is going on…

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A Little Knowledge...: Monday February 5, 2007

Knowledge, ignorance and scepticism.

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Insulting the Buddha: Wednesday January 24, 2007

Sri Lanka’s draconian new legislation.

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A Grammar of Hypothesis: Thursday January 4, 2007

Thoughts on scepticism and knowledge.

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A Global Christmas?: Saturday December 23, 2006

Santa training academies in Vietnam? Elephants dressed as Santa in Thailand? Confucius with reindeer?

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Religious Offences: Thursday December 21, 2006

Religion, offence and public life.

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Reconciliation: Friday December 15, 2006

Making friends with the world again…

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Interfaith Dialogue: Tuesday December 12, 2006

Religion, identity and dialogue and why I am not a Buddhist.

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The Woal of It: Friday December 8, 2006

Hiedegger, Riddley Walker, and how to make friends with your own head.

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The Problem of Life: Friday December 1, 2006

Solving and dissolving the problems of life.

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Yes: Wednesday November 29, 2006

Thoughts on the affirmation of life.

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Doing the Right Thing: Friday November 24, 2006

We want to do the right thing. But what is the right thing to do?

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Dennett's Modest Proposal: Tuesday November 14, 2006

Dan Dennett, religion and science.

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Lest We Forget: Saturday November 11, 2006

Thoughts on Armistice day.

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The Wind That Blows Through Me: Thursday November 9, 2006

Reflections on an evening meditation.

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In Praise of Emmanuel Levinas: Thursday November 2, 2006

The 100th anniversary of the philosopher of ethics and responsibility, Emmanuel Levinas.

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Nothing but...?: Sunday October 22, 2006

The world is enough…

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Buddhist Conversions: Wednesday October 18, 2006

Caste, untouchability and conversion in India.

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The Meaning of the Meaning of Life: Saturday October 14, 2006

Life has no meaning; but that doesn’t mean it is meaningless…

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Mindfulness and the Enigma of Life: Wednesday October 4, 2006

There’s more to mindfulness than washing the dishes very slowly…

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Lose Weight: Convert to Buddhism: Tuesday September 26, 2006

Forget that diet – change your religion instead!

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What is This Thing?: Thursday September 21, 2006

The myth of authenticity.

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What do Buddhists Look Like?: Tuesday September 19, 2006

This post includes a handy field-guide for identifying Buddhists…

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Awakening to Awakening: Friday September 15, 2006

Slippery metaphors and debased coinage…

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Cutting off Our Heads: Monday September 11, 2006

Thinking, feeling and Buddhist practice.

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Life Without Free Will: Friday September 1, 2006

The lights are on, but there’s nobody at home…

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Dramatic Enchantments: Tuesday August 29, 2006

On being a drama queen…

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History as Natural History: Tuesday August 15, 2006

From the social contract to the natural contract.

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Shiny Buddha: Thursday August 3, 2006

Sri Lankan Buddha images have bene recently reported to be emanating golden light…

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Unpacking the Self: Tuesday August 1, 2006

Thoughts on selfhood and its absence.

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Purity? What purity?: Friday July 28, 2006

On the virtues of being mixed-up!

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On Moral Evolutionism: Wednesday July 26, 2006

Are we better than we used to be? Are we worse? Thoughts on morality and history.

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A Shortcut to Nirvana?: Monday July 24, 2006

Research from the frontline of the discipline that is becoming known as neurotheology

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Today at Noon: Friday July 7, 2006

Two minutes of silence.

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The Sheer Astonishing Remarkableness of it All: Wednesday July 5, 2006

In praise of David Attenborough.

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Reflections on Sociality and Solitude: Thursday June 29, 2006

Thoughts on solitude and friendship.

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Buddhism for Pets: Thursday June 15, 2006

Inspire your dog with readings from the Dhammapada… No, really…

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Football and Renunciation: Wednesday June 14, 2006

Do football and Buddhism mix?

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Mental Discontents: Monday June 12, 2006

Can we eradicate mental discontent?

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Messianic Hopes: Thursday June 1, 2006

We don’t need another messiah!

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Tintin: Wednesday May 24, 2006

The boy reporter and the Dalai Lama.

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Idleness: Sunday May 21, 2006

The virtues of laziness.

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Buddhists in Bikinis: Thursday May 18, 2006

Looking for something to wear on the beach this summer?

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Muddling Through: Wednesday May 10, 2006

Gary Snyder, attentiveness and knowledge

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Conditions...: Wednesday March 15, 2006

On conditionality and the four noble truths…

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Easy Does It...: Sunday February 19, 2006

What if ethics was easy?

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Wild Geese: Wednesday January 18, 2006

Imperfect Buddhists…

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Final Thoughts: Tuesday January 10, 2006

On planning your own funeral…

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Pathfinding: Tuesday January 3, 2006

What does it mean to tread the Buddhist path? Where is the path to be found?

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Buddhism and Philosophy Part IV - Practices of Attention: Friday December 30, 2005

Philosophy, language and the practice of attention.

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Buddhism and Philosophy Part III - Practices of Wisdom and Love: Friday December 16, 2005

Philosophy: the love of wisdom… or the wisdom of love???

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Buddhism and Philosophy Part II - Practices of Freedom: Tuesday December 6, 2005

Philosophy and Buddhism as practices of freedom.

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Buddhism and Philosophy Part I: Friday December 2, 2005

What has philosophy got to do with Buddhism? Practice, that is what!

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The Machineries of Anxiety: Monday November 28, 2005

Does our 24-hour news society merely fuel anxiety? But don’t we also have a responsibility to know what is happening in the world to which we are so intimately connected?

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On Going Without Food.: Saturday November 26, 2005

Ram Bomjon, the Buddha and the virtues of a good, hearty breakfast.

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Ram Bomjon - the New Buddha?: Tuesday November 22, 2005

Is the fifteen year old Nepalese boy, Ram Bomjon, the new Buddha, or is there more afoot?

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Open Investigation: Wednesday November 16, 2005

More on the Dalai Lama and Brain Science.

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This Material Frame...: Tuesday November 8, 2005

More on materialism!

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Peace: Monday November 7, 2005

Is it true that non-violence cannot deal with the crises in the present-day world?

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Fixing It.: Thursday November 3, 2005

The world is beyond fixing, and perfection forever out of reach. Why should such a thought be liberating?

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A Retreat Haiku: Tuesday November 1, 2005

A short retreat haiku

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A Handful of Simsapa Leaves: Monday October 31, 2005

How much do we need to know for the liberation of heart and mind?

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Buddhist Soldiers?: Wednesday October 19, 2005

The MoD has just appointed an army chaplain? But should Buddhists be involved in the business of warfare?

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The Dancing Buddhist Bear: Wednesday October 12, 2005

A Buddhist dancing bear? Surely that’s cruel?

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Buddhism and Science: Sunday October 9, 2005

Why Buddhism needs science.

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Holding Back: Monday October 3, 2005

Ethics begins in holding back…

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The Buddha and the Sahibs: Review: Monday August 1, 2005

Charles Allen goes in pursuit of the British orientalists

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Buddhism Without Buddhism?: Friday July 29, 2005

From Buddhism without Beliefs to Buddhism without Buddhism…

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