• Buddhism Guide

    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 want to write about Buddhism as a way of life, which means there will be no Buddhist jargon or dogma. It will not be based in the metaphysical world, but will have its feet planted firmly on this planet. I want it to be easy to follow and practical. I will use the Buddha’s early teachings as the blogs foundation, and I will 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 book, ‘The Best Way To Catch A Snake.’ You may also follow Buddhism Guide Facebook and Twitter. I hope you enjoy the blog.

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The power of words

The miss use 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 not kind, caring […]

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 learn to let our destructive […]

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? Personally, I believe the answer lies in silence.   […]

Achieving peace and happiness

I do not want to mislead you here, so I will say at the outset that I do not think lasting peace and true 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 includes peace. […]

Women in Tibetan Buddhism

There has been a lot in the Western press this week about 27 Tibetan nuns taking the Tibetan Buddhist Geshe exam. This is sort of equivalent to a Ph.D. Geshe is the name given to Buddhist teachers in the Gelug and Sakya traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. This is big news because up until now there […]

Five Qualities of a Teacher

In the Anguttara Nikaya, Gautama Buddha stated the five qualities we should look for in a teacher:  ‘Gautama Buddha’s teachings should be taught with the thought, ‘I will speak step-by-step’… ‘I will speak explaining the sequence’… ‘I will speak out of compassion’… ‘I will speak not for the purpose of material reward’…’I will speak without […]

What is your goal?

Recently I had an opportunity to speak to a group of Western Buddhists and I asked them why they practice and what is their end game. A good 90% of them said enlightenment. I always find it a bit disconcerting when people offer up this as a goal. I pushed them a little further and […]

A Balanced Lifestyle

It is very important for us to have a balanced lifestyle. This means we have to live within our means. In the sutra named, Dighajanu or ‘Conditions of Welfare’ Gautama Buddha stated this: “……. a householder knowing his income and expenses leads a balanced life, neither extravagant nor miserly, knowing that thus his income will stand […]

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