Buddha’s words; #2 Already dead?

The second chapter of the Dhammapada is often headed as Attention, Awakened, or Awareness. The more I read its verses the more I see it as guidance and direction on Mindfulness, and this has become my overall interpretation. Awareness is the place of the deathless; Unawareness is the place of death. The aware do not... Continue Reading →

Buddha’s words: #1 All states of being

There is no Buddhist bible. The closest written work is The Dhammapada, a collection of sayings and teachings from Buddha passed on in the oral tradition of the time and then subsequently written down. The first "section/chapter" of the Dhammapada is usually labelled as PAIRS or TWINS and shows the dualistic nature of Buddha’s thinking... Continue Reading →

Religious Impermanence

Religion is the third of my examples of how impermanence is much more widespread than one might generally think; but no major connection to Buddhism until my 4th post, just maybe a hint or two! Whatever your religious beliefs or faith, a moment’s thought will reveal that your own religion has changed AND has changed... Continue Reading →

Metallic Impermanence

In a previous age, iron was the element and material of progress that underpinned the great Industrial Revolution. Beam engines, boilers, cart wheels, flywheels, railway tracks, pistons, hammer mills, ocean going ships, cannons, all made from varying forms of iron, cast iron, wrought iron, and steel. And now so much of it abandoned, non functional,... Continue Reading →

Fungi & No-self

When our children were very young they started to develop a keen interest in the natural world; flowers, grasses, birds, insects, butterflies, trees, and ………. fungi. Our home was littered with books on each item, some large "coffee table" books but many were pocketbooks that were essential to day trips and summer holidays.  Over time... Continue Reading →

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