Buddhism Guide Blog

Separating love from attachment

Gautama Buddha stated attachment to loved ones are causing us to suffer. When some people hear this they say things like, ‘so I can’t love my family, friends or children?’ They this because they are getting attachment and love confused. They really are not the same...

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Inner Questioning

It's not the answers you get from others, but the questions you ask yourself that will help you reduce your suffering. Give this statement some thought. Is it true? I believe so. The answers from other people come from their take on the world, which is coloured by...

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Just sitting and letting our thoughts be

I wrote the following in February, 2013, 'Truth is found in silence and stillness. It is not found in activity. Doing ritual practice, reciting mantra, studying Buddhist philosophy and participating in voluntary work are all good things to do, and are very helpful in...

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Buddhism and Euthanasia

Euthanasia, taken from a Greek word meaning a good death, refers to the practice of intentionally ending a life to relieve pain and suffering. There are two different types of euthanasia, namely voluntary and involuntary. Voluntary euthanasia is when death is hastened...

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Why Meditate?

This is an age old question and one I am asked a lot. So why should we make time to meditate? Hopefully, I will be able to give you some answers to this question in this article. I am not going to fill it with scientific proof, that you can find for yourselves on the...

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Buddhism and Homosexuality

Is homosexuality 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 elaborated on this...

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What are the fruits of being generous?

At this time of year our thoughts turn towards giving and so I thought I would write today on the art of giving. What I am talking about here is generosity. This played a big part in Gautama Buddha's teachings, as it was mentioned on numerous occasions. In the...

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Worldly Conditions

Nobody's life is perfect, we all have good and bad days. This is part and parcel of worldly conditions. Sometimes the world is like a rose, all beautiful and fragrant. Other times, it is like the stem of the rose, all thorny and prickly. An optimist will see the world...

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Soldiers and Buddhism

Recently, whilst teaching university students, I was asked on numerous occasions if a Buddhist can become a solider. At first glance you would think not, because one of the five precepts states that we should refrain from killing. Also one of the five inappropriate...

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The power of words

The misuse of Buddhist terminology seems to be spreading, so I feel it is time to get a few things straight. Gautama Buddha taught for a reason, and that reason was to help reduce our suffering. It wasn't for us to be dismissive of what is happening around us. This is...

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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.