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Meditation originates and culminates in the everyday sublime. I have little interest in achieving states of sustained concentration in which the sensory richness of experience is replaced by pure introspective rapture.
You may have tried to study Pali on your own at home, using one of the grammars available on the internet. It’s not easy, right? Well, there are currently two online course offers that will give you a better shot at it.
Once upon a time, over a hundred years ago, there was a little boy born in the county of Dublin. An alcoholic, homeless tramp, he made his way as a beachcomber all the way from Japan to Burma where he was taken in by local Buddhist monks, he dried out, shaved his head and became a monk, making him the first ever white man in the world to do so.
So did you believe that secular Buddhism originated in the USA, or perhaps in the southwest of France where Stephen Batchelor writes his books? Winton Higgins, in a brand new article, proposes some German roots of secular Buddhism. Accepted for publication in the journal Buddhismus aktuell, immediately before publication date major changes were requested which couldn’t be made in time.
In a talk to the University of New South Wales Buddhist Society and Queer Dharma, Winton Higgins outlined his view of a Buddhist approach to sexual ethics. Comments are open on this page, which can be found here. Your thoughts?