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Now published: The Integration of Desire

The second volume of the Middle Way Philosophy series, The Integration of Desire, is now published. Click here for more details and to purchase. An ebook will also be available soon. Also see my previous blog post on this book. We like to think of ourselves as single selves, but when we examine our experience, it … Continue reading

Aggravating aggregates

In traditional Buddhism, the 5 skandhas or ‘aggregates’ are a common way of analysing the limitations of our view of self, but I have been reminded again recently of the ways that I find them unhelpful and indeed counter-productive. The reminder came from reading Francisco Varela – a writer who is interesting in many other … Continue reading

Five sorts of Secular Buddhism?

Are there five sorts of Secular Buddhism? A new blog on Secular Buddhism UK

Coddington Court

A few days ago I was able to take advantage of an open day to look around Coddington Court – the large property recently acquired by the Triratna Buddhist Community (formerly FWBO). This place lies in Herefordshire, England, only a few miles away from where I live. It is certainly impressive, when thought of as a Buddhist retreat centre rather than … Continue reading

The trouble with paradox

God is both everywhere in the universe and beyond it. I am both the same and different from how I was two minutes ago. The set containing all sets that are not members of themselves is a member of itself. All of these are paradoxes – apparent contradictions that may possibly allow of solutions when considered … Continue reading

Secular Buddhist ethics – the elephant in the room

Secular Buddhist ethics – the elephant in the room This is a new blog post on the Secular Buddhism UK site: please follow this link for a discussion of the importance of ethics in Secular Buddhism, and how the Middle Way can help.

What is the Middle Way then? A question for Buddhists

When I first started my work on the Middle Way, more than ten years ago now, I always wished to engage Buddhists in debate about it, and possibly learn from what they had to say. I have an account of what I think the Middle Way seems to be and why I think it is important, … Continue reading

Why I am not an academic

What has impelled me to think again recently about the limitations of academic life is the scathing review of my book ‘A New Buddhist Ethics’ by James Stewart in The Journal of Buddhist Ethics. Perhaps I should be grateful for it, and perhaps there really is no such thing as a bad review, given that … Continue reading