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Buddhism and the LGBT+ Community

Is being lesbian, gay or bisexual forbidden in Buddhism? Is it sexual misconduct? Let’s look at what Gautama Buddha and Tibetan Buddhism say. Gautama Buddha stated in one of the five precepts that lay-people should refrain from sexual misconduct. He never really...

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Chasing Happiness

Searching for happiness seems to be one of the most important things in people’s lives today. Here in India, we've got the ‘Art of Happiness’ program, in Bhutan they've got their gross national happiness, and if you look online there's websites called Berkeley's...

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The Illusion of Permanence

This is a guest blog post from Stan B. Martin and is taken from his latest book entitled ‘Illusions on the Path.’ It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live - Marcus Aurelius Our inability to face the fundamental truth of our...

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How to Practice Self-Restraint

A good way to train ourselves in self-restraint is to have a day of observance. This is when you make a promise to yourself to observe the eight precepts. You can observe them for one day, a week, a month, a year or even for the rest of your life. However, most people...

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Five misunderstandings about meditation

Even though you know how amazing meditation is supposed to make you feel, when you think about starting a practice it seems too difficult or too time consuming. You feel you will do it when you have more time or when the kids are grown or when you retire. We think...

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Ten Ways to be Mindful in the Workplace

All these simple practices will make you more focused, less tense, more responsive to other’s needs, calmer, peaceful and more productive. 1. Set a daily intention Every morning set yourself an intention for the day, such as be calm, watch your breath, don’t get...

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Understanding Consciousness

The Yogacara school of Buddhism states that there are eight consciousnesses, and these teach us how to understand consciousness, so we can free ourselves from afflictive emotions, such as anger, selfishness and so on. Personally, I have always found this school of...

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Can we be reborn?

I want to start with a question I received recently. I get asked this type of question all the time. So, I thought I would post my understanding in a blog to help everyone who has doubts about rebirth. The question is, ‘Could you explain how it is possible for me to...

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Seven Ingredients for a Good Meditation

I suppose, I should firstly say that we should not be characterising our meditation practice as good and bad, even though comparisons come easy to us. What I am actually talking about here are seven ingredients that will make your practice more productive and make it...

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Hello and welcome to my blog!

This blog will be about Buddhism. ‘Oh! not another one,’ I hear you say. Well, yes but…

There are many great blogs on Buddhism as a religion and even more on Buddhism as a philosophy. I am writing about Buddhism as a way of life, which means there is no Buddhist jargon or dogma. It is not based in the metaphysical world, but has its feet planted firmly on this planet. It is easy to follow and practical. I use the Buddha’s early teachings as the blogs foundation, and explain them in a way that is relevant to your life today. You will find some of what I am going to write about in my books, ‘The Best Way To Catch A Snake’ and ‘Life’s Meandering Path.’ You may also follow Buddhism Guide on Facebook and Twitter. I hope you enjoy the blog. Feel free to give me feedback, as I love to hear other people’s views.