Seeking freedom

Whatever feeling is felt (pleasant, unpleasant or neutral), do not indulge in craving for the pleasant, or in aversion for the...

A relational turn

In most standard presentations of the Buddha's teachings, the emphasis lies on the idea that an individual can achieve freedom by relying...

A day worth living

The term 'awakening' (and even more 'enlightenment') is commonly used in relation to a wide range of diverse experiences, usually...

Mental disobedience

Meditation is a training in mental disobedience, based on four main points: (1) Keep the context in mind. Don't focus on things, don't...

Dispassion or dispassion*?

The discourses of the Buddha are fond of emphasising attitudes of dispassion, weariness, absence of desire and craving, equanimity,...

Integrating practice in daily life

A common worry that arises in the beginning of practice is how to best integrate it within one's life and circumstances. There are...

Safety is the intention

All living beings are afraid of death, they all seek to protect themselves and their life. Safety can be physical, but it can encompass...

Right Activism: a checklist

Actions can be based on greed, aversion, and ignorance. Or they can be based on the absence of greed (generosity), on the absence of...

(Un)sustainable happiness

Almost two years into the COVID-19 pandemic. These days a new opening. Back to normal? When it started, it seemed a short-term crisis. It...

Teachings, no brands

Buddhism is often seen as a religion, or better a family of religions, more or less directly connected with the teachings of an ancient...