Solitude and Loneliness: A modern Buddhist view

Solitude and Loneliness: A modern Buddhist view

Human societies throughout history and all over the world have organized themselves around living with others. Yet in the last 15 years, there has been an 80% global increase in people living alone. We’re wealthier than our ancestors and the cultures we live in value individualism and independence – we have the freedom to house … [ Read More ]

Introducing our 2012 ‘A Buddhist View’ Series

Introducing our 2012 ‘A Buddhist View’ Series

Our 2012 A Buddhist View series examines key issues from a Buddhist perspective and offers practical guidance for living in the 21st century. In Solitude and Loneliness, Sarvananda explores the themes of isolation and loneliness and how a Buddhist might deal with these problematic emotions. He looks at in what way time spent in solitude … [ Read More ]

‘Whatever you frequently think and ponder upon, that will become the inclination of your mind’ – the Buddha

The Buddha spoke about the powerful ability of our thoughts to shape the people we become. Yet unlike meditation or mindfulness, reflection is not widely put forward as an essential Buddhist practice. Ratnaguna writes, “Reading some books, you’d think that Buddhists aren’t supposed to think at all, as if thinking somehow contaminates the mind. Of … [ Read More ]