Author interviews

An interview with Subhadramati, author of ‘Not About Being Good’

An interview with Subhadramati, author of ‘Not About Being Good’

What do you find so inspiring about Buddhist ethics? Firstly, what I love about Buddhist ethics is that it’s so practical; it’s something that you can actually do, and you can start straight away. But what I’m also drawn to is the fact that the Buddhist principles in their positive formulation (the principles of kindness, … [ Read More ]

An interview with Valerie Mason-John, co-author of ‘Eight Step Recovery’

An interview with Valerie Mason-John, co-author of ‘Eight Step Recovery’

Last month, Valerie Mason-John, co-author of ‘Eight Step Recovery‘, was interviewed by Canada’s Talk Recovery Radio. Here’s an edited excerpt from the interview: Most of us either know someone who has suffered from some form of addiction or have suffered from addiction ourselves. Why do you think it is so common? I would say that the main … [ Read More ]

An interview with Anālayo, author of ‘Satipaṭṭhāna: The Direct Path to Realization’ and ‘Perspectives on Satipaṭṭhāna’

An interview with Anālayo, author of ‘Satipaṭṭhāna: The Direct Path to Realization’ and ‘Perspectives on Satipaṭṭhāna’

Perspectives on Satipaṭṭhāna is a companion volume to your earlier publication, Satipaṭṭhāna: The Direct Path to Realization. How are the two books distinct and how do they work together? My first book, Satipaṭṭhāna: The Direct Path to Realization, came out of a PhD I did in Sri Lanka. It was the product of my academic … [ Read More ]

An interview with Dhivan Thomas Jones, author of ‘This Being, That Becomes: The Buddha’s Teaching on Conditionality’

An interview with Dhivan Thomas Jones, author of ‘This Being, That Becomes: The Buddha’s Teaching on Conditionality’

What is the Buddha’s teaching on conditionality? Why is this teaching so important? Conditionality is the basic principle of understanding reality, according to the Buddha’s teaching. This sounds very grand, but actually what it amounts to is something very practical: how suffering arises in human experience and how we can bring about the ceasing of … [ Read More ]

An interview with Sangharakshita, author of ‘Living Wisely: Further Advice from Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland’

An interview with Sangharakshita, author of ‘Living Wisely: Further Advice from Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland’

Is Living Wisely a book for those new to Buddhism or for advanced practitioners? The book is for all serious students of Buddhist thought, especially those interested in Mahayana philosophy. You write that you do not need to be old to be wise. Where does wisdom come from if not from life experience? The wisdom … [ Read More ]

An interview with Sangharakshita, author of ‘Living Ethically: Advice from Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland’

An interview with Sangharakshita, author of ‘Living Ethically: Advice from Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland’

Nagarjuna lived in the second or third century AD. Does living ethically in the 2nd century mean the same thing as living ethically in the 21st century or are there new ethical dilemmas facing humanity today? The basic principles of ethics remain the same throughout the centuries. In modern times, however, life is much more … [ Read More ]

An interview with Vessantara, author of ‘A Guide to the Buddhas’ and ‘A Guide to the Bodhisattvas”

How would you introduce your two books in just a few words? They’re about our deep potential as human beings. They describe a number of different Buddhas and Bodhisattvas that have been meditated on in the Buddhist tradition over hundreds and hundreds of years. But all these figures are just mirrors showing us what we … [ Read More ]