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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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Why Become a Buddha?

The other day a student asked me, “Why should I what to become a Buddha?” This question made me think about what our goal should be whilst practising the words of Gautama Buddha. It seems to me that becoming a Buddha or trying to reach enlightenment or nirvana is such...

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The Art of Letting Go

If you talk to some people they will tell you to just let your destructive emotions out, other people will advise you to keep them locked inside. However, Gautama Buddha stated that emotions aren't things to be dealt with, they are things to let go of. So how do we...

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Dismissing Impermanence

Recently I was watching a short video on the last days of Mes Aynak (http://buddhismnow.com/2013/09/01/the-last-days-of-mes-aynak/) the ancient Buddhist site in Afghanistan that will shortly be destroyed, because it is sitting on a vast copper deposit, and I started...

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Dancing in the rain

Buddhism is not about suppressing our thoughts, feelings and emotions. It isn't about stopping them from appearing either. If we could do that we would all end up as cabbages. Buddhism, through meditation and a set of ethics, helps us get in touch with our thoughts,...

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Silence of the Moment

People are often burdened by work, family and social responsibilities. There mind is plagued by fear, anger, doubt and uncertainty. All of which are not good for their mental health, which in turn is not good for their physical health. So what is the answer?...

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Equanimity

Before we can cultivate compassion, goodwill towards others or rejoice in other's happiness, we have to first build equanimity towards all beings. This means we have to see everyone as equal and the same as us. We tend to divide the world into the people we like, the...

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Achieving peace and happiness

I do not want to mislead you here, so I will say at the outset that I do not think permanent peace and happiness are achievable. Of course, we can gain peace of mind, but as we know from experience, it isn't going to last forever – nothing is permanent and this...

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Unawareness

Unawareness is a lack of understanding of the true nature of things, which leads us into wrong views. In the Avatamsaka Sutra, Gautama Buddha stated: ‘Because of their unawareness, people are always thinking wrong thoughts and always losing the right viewpoint and,...

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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.