Why on earth would a Buddhist recommend reading Ayn Rand, whose philosophy expounds the Virtue Of Selfishness, for whom thought is the only tool we have to know reality and who views achievement as the sole purpose of our lives?
Rick Bateman explores how the human propensity to live in a world of “What Should Be” instead of “What Is” is a recipe for suffering. So how do we free ourselves?
Rick Bateman reflects on Buddhism and Romantic poetry and the connection to the Beloved through mindfulness and meditation.
Not all problems, personal or global, can be resolved through thinking. As individuals and as a species, we would be wise to remember that there is another way of being. A way that existed long before the guards took over the castle.
When Rick Bateman discovers a tumor in his leg and faces the prospect of cancer and possibly death, he explores the nature of his suffering and is reunited with the premise of Buddhism.
If you try to learn Buddhism with a purely Western philosophical mindset, you are using the same rigid frame approach as the physicists. As Rick Bateman explains, Buddhism is both an art and a science and can’t be approached a purely rational mindset.
It is often heard from Buddhist teachers that this life is nothing more than a dream and awakening, no different in either case. Having studied lucid dreaming in a dedicated way for about two years Rick Bateman would have to agree. So if we can become lucid in our dreams, can we awaken to the dream of so-called real life?
Aren’t Buddhists all supposed to be sitting alone in caves or lined up like shrubs in some monastery? Rick Bateman explores friendship and communication as a vital aspect of the spiritual life.
Secular Buddhism does not embrace any form of spirituality, including a belief in God, deities or souls, but it does not deny that there are forms and forces of nature beyond our five senses or our ability to comprehend them. To quote one of my earliest heroes, Arthur C. Clarke, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
Many people believe Buddhism is just another belief-based religion but our newest author Rick Bateman says there is nothing spiritual about Buddhism. Buddhism, he asserts, is concerned only with the here and now.