Tag Archives: Buddhism

Maitri: the Buddhist practice of self-acceptance

What is maitri?  The Buddhist conception of compassion is profound. On one level there is a strong drive to let go of ‘self’ and put others first. But, before we can truly do that we need profound self-acceptance. Otherwise we might waste our life-energy in self-hatred. Or worse still,  our ‘compassion’ will be eaten up […]

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Worried Minds, Peaceful Bodies: working with anxiety and panic

The importance of working with anxiety and panic  So many modern people live in an almost constant state of anxiety. We might be conscious of it: in panic attacks, anxious moods, obsessive worry or phobias. Or we might be unconscious of it: compulsive busyness, addictions, self-criticism or grandiosity. Anxiety and the avoidance of anxiety is […]

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Heart to Heart – solving relationship problems, the embodied way

The first of Alistair’s London meditation courses this year is looking at relationship problems. This March,  Alistair is looking at how we can use embodied meditation to help us relate better. How can we connect heart-to-heart and avoid relationship problems? The answer is to be more embodied. All Alistair’s courses point to the importance of […]

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PUBLIC TALK: Can you be a Buddhist and have a Self?

A fund-raising public talk at the Cardiff Buddhist Centre Alistair is back in 2019 to give a public lecture at the Cardiff Centre on Cowbridge Road. And he’s tackling one of the most fascinating and mind-boggling issues of Buddhism. If there is no self what is existing in the here-and-now? Buddhist “no-self” and the neural […]

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Leaving the Toddler Mind at the Porch of the Church

An art historian with a spooky and potentially kinky relationship I was just reading a lovely article by the New York composer Nico Muhly in the London Review of Books. He was describing his method of composition – which seems to involve a dizzying array of folders and layers and copies and projects which he […]

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The Morning Dread: Shaking Hands with Anxiety

A horrible year of anxiety  completely ruined my sleep cycle. I used to sleep like a log. Like my father in fact, who falls asleep instantly and wakes early each morning. I used to sleep like that. A satisfying black-out with no consequences that I can remember. I simply got up and started my day.  […]

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Football and Buddhism: A post-match analysis

England 1-Croatia 2: how football and Buddhism mix Like great swathes of the UK I was watching the football World Cup Semi-Final this Wednesday.  I’m not a huge soccer fan. I sometimes get swept up in the World Cup fever but, to be honest, I prefer Rugby for that. (More points scored, bigger thighs.) But […]

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Between retreat. 

Moving from field to field It is a week since we packed up and left Croydon Hall in Somerset. That was the location of Reggie and Caroline’s UK retreat for Dharma Ocean. A 10-day experience of blistering intensity and also beauty. It was called “Fields of enlightenment”.  The day after tomorrow I head up to […]

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Surviving Family Christmas – the mindful way

Christmas is the space to observe the effect the family can have on our wellbeing Meditation practice does have some good pointers for surviving family Christmas. And most of them revolve around how potent families can be for showing up our foibles.  Ram Dass, faced by a rather smug bunch of his students, once said: […]

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