My early experiences with the New Age Before I heard the term New Age, my mother introduced me to many … Continue reading From Alternative Medicine to New Age Spirituality: A Few of My Experiences
In English atman is usually translated as self and anatman as no-self. However these definitions are problematic. Unfortunately, there are … Continue reading In Buddhism, how can you make the choice to free yourself from samsara if no fundamental “you” exists?
Dissociation is a defense. It is a retreat from reality to protect oneself from an overwhelming threat. It is the … Continue reading Is the Experience of No-Self Healthy? Wouldn’t It Lead to Some Kind of Dissociative Disorder?
Convicted serial killer Ted Bundy sits in the electric chair awaiting execution. He opens his heart to accept Jesus Christ … Continue reading As an atheist, how do you deal with the idea that good people and bad people all have the same fate in the end?
In Buddhism, they mean the same thing. The word Buddha comes from the Sanskrit root budh which means to be … Continue reading Is there a difference between “Enlightened” and “Awake”?
Religion in India can be divided into several periods. The important ones for this discussion are: The Vedic period (1750 to 500 BCE) … Continue reading Is Buddhism a Reinterpretation of Hinduism?
The Sanskrit word alobha is often translated into English as detachment or non-attachment. In English, we tend to misunderstand this … Continue reading Do people who become Buddhist lose their drive to succeed or their passion?
In Buddhism, one does not avoid suffering. One becomes aware of it, investigates it and ultimately develops insight into it. … Continue reading Is it the goal of Buddhism to live your life avoiding suffering until you die?
First, we must look at the word Self. The Sanskrit word that gets translated to Self in English is atman. … Continue reading If there is no Self in Buddhism, what continues after death?
When Buddhist and Hindu texts talk about non-duality, it is often misunderstood as never making judgments. Non-duality points to a … Continue reading Do the enlightened see a difference between good and evil?