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

And in the Big News today from a Faith Perspective, there’s a Big Buddhist Festival today. Happy Dharma Day everyone!

How to be happy in an unhappy world. Just stop trying to be happy. (And don’t listen to the news.)

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

  1. ‘And in the news today… it’s just more news! There’s just so much of it, and it’s never ending – and most of it is distressing and bad, and my religious faith acknowledges that the world is a distressing and bad place. With that in mind, here’s part 389 in my series ‘Why Buddhism is so great.’ Today it’s because the fundamental concern of Buddhist teachings is how we can live creatively and happily in an imperfect world. You’ll have to take it from me that the world IS imperfect – but all the other religions will concur with me. We have to accept that the world is imperfect, and that we (and by we I do mean you) are all flawed, otherwise there wouldn’t be any point in religions existing; mine or anybody else’s.

    ‘Only rational, thinking people, who keep up to date with science and philosophy, and who trust their own experiences of life would be so misguided as to accept that the world is simply what it is, that there is no Big Plan, and not want to accept spurious concepts such as imperfection, on which religious woo-woo depends.’


  2. Can’t add to that, Liverpudlian. My initial reaction was that it wasn’t too bad a Thought, but of course his diagnosis of the world as ‘imperfect’ begs some significant questions. He did at least acknowledge quite cheerfully that his worldview doesn’t need to involve any IMFs. I sometimes think that if Buddhists – those at the more rational end of the spectrum, at least – didn’t insist on using language like ‘dharma’ to bamboozle the unwary, we might find that we have a lot more in common than we suspect.


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