A right-wing case study – Opting Out

The purpose of this blog is to illustrate intended consequences of right-wing policies such as choice. This is the forerunner of the internet confusion symbolised by Trump. Back in the late 80s I was in a school where the issue of opting-out came up. The teachers were completely against opting-out across all unions, and I … Continue reading A right-wing case study – Opting Out


Natural Law

With the recent investigation of mindfulness and how Kabat-Zinn has got mindfulness into science, I have been looking at how Matriellez might get Buddhism in the mainstream - without calling it such. Much of this has been discussed on the mindfulness meditation page. I have recently restarted the Mandtao blog about what is knowledge and … Continue reading Natural Law

Phassa – The Conditioning Moment

On the mindfulness meditation page, I have described a thought process summarised as This is a limited version of a much more profound teaching paticcasamuppada discussed by Ajaan Buddhadasa on p10 of Idappaccayata – download here. Here are the detailed stages he uses in his discussion of dependent origination (paticcasamuppada):- “Then he realized that it … Continue reading Phassa – The Conditioning Moment

Mindful activism – A Fusion of Activisms

When I was active in politics I had as my underlying principle or mission the idea that I was working for political equality to enable wider spiritual involvement. By this I meant that people were unable to follow the spiritual path because they were wage-slaves. I still feel that. Throughout my life I have been … Continue reading Mindful activism – A Fusion of Activisms

Mindfulness – a Brianblog

30 seconds on mindfulness meditation:- Mindfulness meditation can help agitated minds including teenagers. Mindfulness is a tool and its usefulness is limited by the framework in which it is taught – helps corporations repress, helped the Buddha to enlightenment. Coercive teaching methodologies, even with the best of intentions, can add to mental agitation. A quiet … Continue reading Mindfulness – a Brianblog

The Agitated Mind of Sankhara

Sankhara is one of the 5 khandas that is included in the psyche part of the Buddhadasa model:- Sankhara is most important in considering the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation especially as to whether to introduce it into schools. Sankhara is often translated as mental operations, so let me describe in part these mental operations with … Continue reading The Agitated Mind of Sankhara