The Naked Monk is about mindful reflection: how we practice mindfulness, the thoughts it triggers and the way we integrate it into everyday life. It’s about using Buddhism without dogmas and formulas. We can’t wrap ourselves in anything any more, whether it’s consumerism, religion or the shiny new age. We have no way to hide our anxieties, no beliefs to dress up in. We respect science but feel that life is an art. We know that all truths are small-t, that life’s purpose is only what we make it. We’re reflective. We feel the ground constantly shifting beneath our feet. We care passionately about life and want to pursue more than just fame and fortune. The more connected we are, the more we need to reflect. That means exposing ourselves to doubt.
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January 23, 2015
If you’ve spent any time around Buddhists you’ll surely have heard someone declare that there is no ’I,’ that the self is an illusion, and that the way to nirvāṇa is to realize the deep and hidden truth of egolessness. Does this mean that Buddhists don’t exist, or that they’re trying to not exist? The…continue …