One of the questions I got from my paper on Spinoza and Buddhism on the Self that I gave at the symposium on "Philosophies in Dialog" the other day was that how could I compare Spinoza's Substance and Nagarjuna's Emptiness. The issue is a very large one and by itself it deserves a whole project … Continue reading Substance and Emptiness
Recently somebody asked me three questions about what I think about the future. I thought it's interesting so I am posting the questions and answers here. * QUESTION 1: What is your greatest hope for 2021? My hope is that people will come to their senses and seriously start to trust one another and open … Continue reading Three Questions about the Future
This Tuesday the class on Spinoza was resumed again. It was cancelled last week because I had to prepare for an international workshop (so we have to move the final exam one week further to allow for a make up). Today we talked about one of the most serious problems in philosophy, that is the … Continue reading Spinoza and the Problem of Evil
Right now I am writing this post from the Royal Cliff Hotel in Pattaya. It's a very upscale place, and the Commission on Higher Education spared no money at all in organizing this huge conference for its grantees. I'll talk about this later on, but here is a video on a very philosophical and religious … Continue reading When Will Time End?
Last Saturday my son Ken and I went to see the movie Avatar together. It was Children's Day in Thailand, and I first thought of taking Ken to the newly opened "Thailand Knowledge Park" at the Central World Shopping Mall. We did spend some time there but in the end we went to see the … Continue reading Avatar and Spirituality
Here is a very beautiful and moving video on the Mantra of Bodhisattva Tara - "Om Tare Tuttare Ture Svaha" (or "Soha" in Tibetan pronunciation). The basic color of Tara is green, as Green Tara is the original form of the Bodhisattva, who has a large number of emanations in different shapes, colors and forms … Continue reading Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha
This is a very good video introduction of Zen and of Buddhist thought in general. I like the part saying that the white cloud and the blue mountain exists "dependently" on each other without one being "dependent" on each other. This is a nice way of putting the Middle Way teaching: