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

“The mistake is to regard something like the food system as a machine we can control. Perhaps it’s more like a living organism. From a Buddhist perspective, approaching it with wisdom and care, means recognising its complexity and patiently fostering the conditions that will make it strong and resilient.”

And that is the solution to world hunger.


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

  1. Lots of jargon being sprayed around with gay abandon this morning, often with not much precision. For instance, according to Vishvapani, Buddhism tells us that if we create the right conditions for real happiness, it will arise as an “emergent property”. That’s not what most people would understand as an emergent property, which is when a system displays features that are not predictable from the properties of the simpler entities that it contains. It rather suggests that Vishvapani doesn’t really understand the concept of “systems biology” that he was on about.

    Indeed, he seemed to be groping towards something like James Lovelock’s “Gaia” hypothesis, that the Earth is a self-contained system that modifies itself by responding to feedback mechanisms. This is all very well as a descriptive metaphor, but doesn’t actually help us that much in practical ways. Certainly, believing that the world’s food system is part of this mechanism isn’t going to do much for world hunger.

    And judging by the fiasco of Sri Lanka’s “organic” food policies over the past year or so, the influence of Buddhism in government is no help either.


    1. The Daily Mail seems to be getting quite upset that Suella Braverman belongs to a Buddhist sect where there was child sex abuse. No mention of Tom Tugendhat, a Catholic, who belongs to a Christian sect that covered up worldwide child sex abuse for centuries.

      Odd that.


  2. To be fair to the Daily Fail (not a phrase often to be written), the story has emerged before, eg: The Fail piece was the only recent one I could find that wasn’t behind a paywall.

    Our Vishi makes a cameo appearance in the Fail article, described as “the order’s one-time communications officer, Vishvapani Blomfield”. There’s glory for you.


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