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Waiting for the Barbarians

‘Waiting for the Barbarians’ was first written by J.M. Coetzee in 1980, but it is only in recent years that I have started to read Coetzee. Most of Coetzee’s books that I have read so far are searingly honest explorations of self-identity, but this earlier book is quite different. Often described as an ‘allegory’, it … Continue reading

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

David and Goliath reversed

One thing sticks in my mind particularly from the various news reports I have read recently about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: the unequal casualty figures. No doubt these keep changing, but one figure I heard was 5 Israeli deaths and 150 Palestinian deaths. No doubt this is because the Israelis are better armed and protected, with … 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.

Meaty dogmas

There is probably no better illustration of the radical nature of the Middle Way than the question of meat. For meat, at least in the West, is conventional, it is often regarded as middle-of-the-road, and, despite much recent progress, it is still vegetarians and vegans who are taken to be the antisocial extremists making a fuss … Continue reading

Jim unfixed

When I was a child in the 1970’s, Jimmy Savile was about as near as you could get on TV to God. For he ran a TV show on the BBC called Jim’ll Fix It, where he granted the wishes of those who wrote to him asking him to ‘fix’ this or that desire. Only … Continue reading


Some people see evil as a supernatural force, whilst others deny its existence or seek to ignore it. I want to avoid either of these approaches and to account for evil, with all its power, in human experience. Just as God can be supremely meaningful without being an object of belief (see Jung and the Meaning of … 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