I just had a look at the dashboard of my blog and found that it is linked to by another blog. This blog (Enlightenment Ward) put my blog here under the category of a Buddhist blog by a male practitioner. Some classification indeed. There are also categories of blogs by women practitioners, blogs by monks, … Continue reading Fellow Bloggers
Those who study Mahayana Buddhism perhaps know about Bhavaviveka as one who espouses the position known as "Svatantrika Madhyamika", and that this is opposed by Candrakirti, whose position is "Prasangika Madhayamika". All schools of Tibetan Buddhism follow Candrakirti, and the Svatantrika school is kind of denigrated by the Tibetan schools as being incomplete or as … Continue reading Bhavaviveka and Candrakirti
A perennial issue in the minds of students of Buddhism is what it means for one to "see" nirvana. There are so many different teachings about this very important topic, and the student is understandably baffled by the many interpretations and teachings here. One teaching is that nirvana is similar to a place where one … Continue reading Seeing Nirvana
Talking about karma and empitness, Nagarjuna says that ultimately speaking there is no karma -- no perpetrator, no action, no recipient of action. So karma is empty. This is one of the most difficult teachings in the Fundamental Verses on the Middly Way. But we can unpack the difficulty as follows: First of all, for … Continue reading Emptiness of Karma
I am fascinated with language. Well, this is mainly what I do for a living. What else would you expect a university lecturer in an arts faculty to do? Teaching philosophy has a lot to do with language. J. L. Austin has a book on "How to Do Things with Words," and teachers of philosophy, … Continue reading Politics of Translation
In writing the blogs I have had a kind of dilemma in deciding whether to write in Thai or English. There are advantages on both sides. Writing in Thai enables audience in Thailand who are not that fond of reading English posts to read my views and ideas, but English posts certainly carry wider. So … Continue reading Thai or English?