The Zen of Boundaries

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In Buddhism we learn to respect boundaries in at least two ways. One of them is equanimity (1): the treating of all beings and phenomena with a calm and equal respect. Another is the principle of loving-kindness. The Karaniya-Metta (Loving-kindness) Sutta says: Wishing in gladness and safety may all beings be at ease…Let none deceive…

Wisdom, and “Wise People”

The nature of wisdom is usually misunderstood. One urge is to attach it to a person. (She’s wise. They’re good. I don’t rate him so much. His guru nights are rubbish. On the other hand did you watch that TV program the other day? Oh my God! It was amazing.) This is a mistake. A…

Space Unicorns: What Enlightenment, and Zen, Is Not.

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Last month I promised a lighter topic and space unicorns. Taoism has an Epic Fail Moment The surviving texts of Taoism are mainly profound and achingly beautiful poetry, so what’s not to like about that? If I do have a gripe it’s that (in my humble opinion and all its tongue-twisting finery) it’s inaccessible and…

Blasting Gay Male Stereotypes

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I was born just eight years after partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. Mr Humphries, Kenny Everett and Larry Grayson were among the kind of TV personalities people probably recollected back then whenever the topic of men who are gay came around. As a pre-teen kid I couldn't relate - and I still couldn't…

Hashtag Me Too: Victimhood, Abuse, and Being Buddha

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There’s a sutta* where Buddha says “Whatever harm an enemy may do to an enemy, or a hater to a hater, an ill-directed mind inflicts on oneself a greater harm.” He also says nothing can do “greater good than one’s own well-directed mind.” Earlier * he claims victimhood can’t still our hatred. How can hatred still…

2018: The Year Climate Chaos Showed

2018 is, world-over and hands-down, the year anthropological climate change began to actually show. The thought of people in New Delhi facing 50°C got me revisiting my personal carbon footprint. According to carbonfootprint.com, and including my own personal calculation, the annual average carbon footprints at the level of individuals are as follows: Industrial-world: 11 tonnes Me: 9.6…

Tracking-free Internet is Possible

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Update: Watch Tim Cook's Keynote where he mentions the "data industrial complex". Searching for tracking-free, track free, cookie free, no-track Internet didn't bring up a strong list of useful websites. What it did bring up, when I searched, was advice from big Internet companies on how to track customers! So I've decided to create my…