Originally posted on Video Interviews for Philosophy & Religion Students:
In this video, Dr David Webster asks Knut Melvær about the notion of Spirituality – and Knut gives us some of the historical context: ——- See the Religion, Philosophy & Ethics course blog at http://r-p-e.blogspot.co.uk/

I’ve just had a piece go up at http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/04/anger-bad-for-health-has-uses  From early comments maybe I should have been clearer that my goal was, by the end of the short piece, to distinguish between types of anger. The Buddhist typology I spoke of is clearly not about anger – but the way things like Abhidhamma texts examine cittas such as chanda – […]

For more of these, you’ll need to go to my tumblr at http://dispirited-dave.tumblr.com/  

Over at the Religion News Service, Chris Stedman has been exploring whether atheists can be spiritual.. The article is at: http://chrisstedman.religionnews.com/2014/01/30/can-atheists-spiritual-sam-harris-reignites-long-running-debate/  – and I am delighted to be quoted. Of course, atheists can enjoy sunsets, marvel at our place in the cosmos, reflect deeply on ethics and our interconnectedness – but I argue that we can do […]

The people at Tricycle put this on their Facebook page this week.. On his page, Dan Fisher featured the image with the phrase: How “the Mindfulness Movement Uses Buddhism to Prop Up the White-Supremacist-Capitalist-Cishet Patriarchy” – a phrase he borrows from Josh Eaton. I think there is a seed (grain?) of truth here. Like many others, […]

Originally posted on Dr Paul Fuller: Buddhist Studies:
In 1963 Thich Nhat Hanh coined the term Engaged Buddhism.  This type of Buddhism asks certain question, for example, should the layman simply acquire merit and seek a better rebirth? Should the monk simply be a field of merit? Should not the layperson also meditate? Should the…

So, I read this morning a  piece on The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies website about ‘Life Extension’. The piece itself (Don’t Drag Me Along into Your Grave, Daniel Callahan) by Maria Konovalenko is quite normal in regards of life-extension arguments. It makes ethical claims that failing to ‘treat’/look for a ‘cure’ to death is like being […]

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