The Mindfulness of the Buddha

  The Buddha’s mindfulness has one purpose—the end of suffering. Do secular programs do the same thing? By Phillip Moffitt As secular mindfulness continues to expand into many layers of our society, from psychotherapy offices and schools to corporations and the military, I welcome its spread. Regardless of the context in which it is learned, mindfulness reduces suffering when practiced diligently and ethically. Moreover, applying mindfulness to daily life situations is a fundamental dharma teaching. So I experience mudita[sympathetic joy] when I see that mindfulness has become available to many more people. But do secular programs teach the same mindfulness that the Buddha offered? … Continue reading The Mindfulness of the Buddha

The anger of Achilles

Sublime and terrible; a bronze helmet of Corinthian type, c 450 BCE, inscribed as dedicated to Zeus. Courtesy the Trustees of the British Museum Homer’s warrior is no mere tragic human figure: fuelled by anger, he is at once a man of honour and a sword of the gods by C D C Reeve is distinguished professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has written, edited and translated many books and volumes, his latest being a translation of Aristotle’s Metaphysics (2016). He lives in Chapel Hill.  A warrior hero such as Ajax, Hector or Achilles must be willing to … Continue reading The anger of Achilles

WHAT THE FUCK ?

Bald Men in Mozambique Are Being Hunted Down for the Gold in Their Heads by C. Brian Smith Mozambique has issued a unique travel advisory to bald men: Pack a hat. While this may seem like a joke, the police chief reasons it’s the simplest means of protection in a place where five bald men have been killed in the previous two months alone. “Their motivations come from superstition and culture,” a police spokesman said at an early June press conference. “The local community thinks bald individuals are rich.” Specifically, local witch doctors and healers believe the heads of bald men contain gold, and … Continue reading WHAT THE FUCK ?