Vishvapani (formerly Simon Blomfield), member of the Triratna Order (formerly the Western Buddhist Order)

Now that the virus has been fixed, it’s time to fix all of the world’s other problems. The solution is mindfulness.

You’re welcome.

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6 thoughts on “Vishvapani (formerly Simon Blomfield), member of the Triratna Order (formerly the Western Buddhist Order)

  1. “Everything we experience is impermanent…. because things change they’re elusive and insubstantial…. the root of our suffering…is our yearning for things to be permanent, substantial and satisfactory when the world just isn’t made that way…” And Vishvapani knows this to be true because his permanent, established, unchanging religious faith tells him so. Or have I got that wrong?

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    1. There’s a long tradition of religions using old philosophical concepts to discuss the world around us. The RCC does it with transubstantiation, and it seems that Vishvapani is trying a similar tack. When the concepts that they are founded on were themselves formed, science was in its infancy. So ideas developed around “stuff” that made some sense at the time, but that now makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

      I am in my house. It was here yesterday, it will very likely be here tomorrow. I am not experiencing any impermanence of my house. Theoretically, I know it won’t be here for ever. But then again, neither will I. I am expecting my house to be permanent for as long as I need it to be.

      At a deeper level, the stuff of the world is even more permanent. Things are not elusive, and they are especially not insubstantial. It is only if we retreat into a wilful philosophical doubt that these things are even vaguely true. For sure I can be an idealist, believing that at heart everything is a construct of my mind. But if I do want to argue this, who or what do I think I am arguing with? Oh yes, that would be just another part of my mind.

      The world is absolutely made in a permanent way, on the timescales that are available to us. Quite how this is the root of our suffering is confusing me.

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  2. Unfortunately for today’s speaker, his slot was preceded by Arthur Smith reporting from the imaginary “Two Jab Arms”, a pub only open to the over-65’s who have been vaccinated. In it was one Stanley, who comes in every day at opening time, and sits quietly by himself staring at the wall and sipping his pints until closing time. Arthur Smith adds,”I think, these days, young people call it ”mindfulness'”.

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  3. See Paul T’s comment on 15.2.21: “ I think this was a deliberate editing decision by the Today team to embarrass poor Jayne.”…

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  4. Given a choice of sitting in a pub with a pint and staring at the wall or having to learn the mind-warping supernatural bolleaux required to follow a religion, I would take the former every time – especially as I haven’t been in a pub for months.

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