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The Nirvana Debate – Joseph Goldstein extract.

INTRODUCTION In this article Joseph Goldstein, a very experienced and influential Insight meditation teacher, explores his confusion about the apparent difference of opinion between different schools of Theravada Buddhism, Korean Ch’an and Dzogchen on the status of consciousness / awareness. His own tradition teaches consciousness is something transitory whilst Ch’an and Dzogchen believe awareness – […]


Buddist Holy Wars

Introduction This short essay is about how even within Buddhism, with its peaceful public persona, truly appaling acts of human violence can and have been justified. I ask here whether these justifications, exemplfied by ‘Imperial Way Buddhism”, have any legitamacy or whether they are a distortion of the Buddha’s Dharma? I also take a rather […]