Category: buddhism

  • Breath by Breath

    Breath by Breath

    Being in the world, this world, is an undeniable reality for each and every one of us. For without it, I wouldn’t be writing; nor you, reading; or anybody else who potentially comes across this essay (no matter how remotely). Each of us living, having lived; breathing, having breathed. Thinking and tinkering about the days…

  • Rewriting the Significance of Your Being

    Rewriting the Significance of Your Being

    1. The Problem of Anxiety Red pill, blue pill? Such were the options that Neo received from Morpheus in the hugely acclaimed film The Matrix, as Neo grew bothered with the irregularities that he recently noticed in his life. Taking the blue pill is promised to instantly relieve him of all anxieties, after which he…

  • Is the Buddha’s Teaching theistic, atheistic or agnostic?

    Is the Buddha’s Teaching theistic, atheistic or agnostic?

    Man is free to act and to affirm God is to voluntarily limit one’s freedom of action for the sake of a “common good” or a “public truth”. However, this implies a denial of full accountability with regard to one’s actions and choices and is unfortunately necessarily rooted in fear and avoidance of life’s discomfort.…

  • Reflection on MN 9: Sammādiṭṭhisutta translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi (with Excerpts)

    Reflection on MN 9: Sammādiṭṭhisutta translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi (with Excerpts)

    Last updated 18 August 2022: On the section of the four nutriments as #3 is actually manosañcetanā instead of sankhāra. Link to Sutta: Majjhima Nikāya 9 translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi *Bolds, italics and square brackets in excerpts are my own “‘One of right view, one of right view,’ is said, friends. In what way is…

  • Phenomenological Reflection – On Life

    Phenomenological Reflection – On Life

    Before I start sharing on my reflection, I’d like to warn you as a reader that this essay is first and foremost written for myself, as something sort of a journal. (P.S. I have done some restructuring and inserted a few paragraphs on the existentialist perspective as a bridge for this post to be less…