By Dhivan Thomas Jones on Mon, 15 Jul, 2019 - 09:41
Some information on two scholarly and philosophical events coming up in our Triratna Buddhist community:
Triratna Scholars Network study retreatSunday 15 Dec–Thursday 19 Dec 2019 at Adhisthana (ending after lunch on the Thursday), led by Sāgaramati, Dhīvan and Śraddhāpa. Please book through the Adhisthana website, or contact Dhivan (thomas [at] dhivan.net) with questions. Open to Order members and mitras. The theme will be: Early Perfection of Wisdom. The Aṭṭhakavagga or Chapter of the Eights, from the Sutta Nipāta of the Pāli canon, presents an early version of...
In Sanskrit or Pali, there’s no word that corresponds with the word ‘philosophy.’ There is one word that is sometimes translated as philosophy, the word darshana, which means ‘to see, a sight, a view, a vision.’
Dharsana represents direct experience, not something mediated by concepts. In Buddhism, the term is ‘drsti’ - which means a sight,...
By Dhivan Thomas Jones on Sat, 12 May, 2018 - 13:22
We present here a review of a new book exploring common ground between Buddhism and the philosophical tradition of Stoicism:
More Than Happiness: Buddhist and Stoic Wisdom for a Sceptical Age
by Antonia Macaro
Icon Books, London, 2018. £12.99 hb
review by Dhīvan
I met the author of More Than Happiness, Antonia Macaro, at a mindfulness retreat in 2016 led by Ven Anālayo,[i] and then again in November 2017 at a Bodhi College weekend on ‘Philosophy as a Way of Life’. An encouragingly large number of us listened to Stephen...
By Rijupatha on Mon, 18 Aug, 2014 - 14:00Words are not adequate to describe things as they are, and yet Ratnaguna does a remarkable job! This week’s FBA Podcast, “The Buddhas Two Great Gifts to the World” Ratnaguna explores the gifts of discourse and practice. This talk was given to to promote a new buddhist centre in Stockholm.
By Dhivan Thomas Jones on Tue, 16 Jul, 2013 - 20:28Thomas Nagel Mind and Cosmos:Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False Oxford University Press, 2012, 130pp.
Review by Dhivan Thomas Jones
Thomas Nagel is an American professor of philosophy, perhaps best known for his 1974 article, ‘What is it like to be a bat?’, in which he argued that consciousness, as is occurs in creatures like bats and human beings, means having a point of view on things....