Independent Buddhist counsellor, teacher & writer.

Sceptical spirituality

Doing your spiritual homework #1

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Picture by Author

Learning to do your spiritual homework

Homework ? You mean like sitting at a table and studying? And using your ‘brain’? ‘And thinking’? Surely this is for kids, and not for adults.

Well, if only people did their spiritual homework when they were younger, they wouldn’t have to do it in middle and old age. But…

Book: Sceptical spirituality

Classics of spiritual misdirection #8

Photo of Jon Kabat-Zinn introducing his Masterclass series.
Jon Kabat-Zinn introducing his Masterclass series.

Introductory remarks:

If any of the books, videos or teachings in this series are essential to your life, and if you love them and depend on them, then please don’t read what follows. It’s not for you. Honestly — stay away ! My intention is not to hurt the feelings of devotees…

Sceptical spirituality

Classics of spiritual misdirection #6

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The full text.

Introductory remarks:

If any of the books in this series are essential to your life, and if you love them and depend on them, then please don’t read what follows. It’s not for you. Honestly — stay away ! My intention is not to hurt the feelings of devotees and believers. …

Book: Sceptical Spirituality

Wittgenstein, Moore, & the rest of them

Antique print of spirit manifestation in a churchyard.
(Internet archive — public domain)

The topic under discussion here is a philosophical approach to the concept of ‘certainty’. And rather than analyse and argue against the conceptions proposed by some of the ‘big names’ — like Wittgenstein or G.E Moore — we will simply observe and describe the phenomenon of certainty/uncertainty as it is…

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It’s unavoidable. Find out why.

A disciple receiving ‘spiritual transmission’ from a guru.
A disciple receiving ‘spiritual transmission’ from a guru.

The topic in question here is the idea of the traditional guru/disciple relationship, especially as found in Hinduism, and now also, thanks to the way New Age sentimentality has spread throughout the world, more or less everywhere.

(We are not criticising here the everyday concept of a ‘guru’ referring —…

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For hardened sceptics

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Artwork by the author.

Disclaimer: if you’re looking for soft sentimental slop about love, goodness, self-improvement, mindful positivity, kumbaya, and the rest, this is not the place to be. Rather go to Deepak, or Tolle, or similar.

(Definition of ‘spirituality’ for the purposes of this article: ‘Spirituality’ is defined here as that which relates…

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Does it eliminate ‘spirituality’? Scientists think so.

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Artwork by author.

Basics:

There is now a vast and ever-increasing expanse of writings on neuroscience and ‘the brain’, much of it quasi-scientific. But in this article we are restricting ourselves to a simple and straightforward intellectual analysis of one or two key elemental principles of ‘brain theory’, in the hope of achieving some…

Peter Eastman

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