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Vishvapani Blomfield
Attended Clare College, Cambridge
Lives in Cardiff, UK
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Here's my Thought for the Day from Friday
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New research shows that teenage cannabis use causes lasting damage. As well as the physiological damage, Buddhism suggests that drugs are  about avoiding experience rather than engaging with mindfully with it 
Thought for the Day on Radio 4 this morning
http://www.wiseattention.org/2012/08/buddhism-and-drugs/
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Here's an article by me on the Guardian Comment his Free blog today. Interesting discussion too.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2012/may/22/anders-behring-breivik-meditation
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I didn't find the "no true Scotsman" discussion very enlightening. I wouldn't want to get into the "real meditation" debate, because I don't think there's a valid distinction to be made there. All I said was that we didn't know what he was doing or whether it even vaguely resembled any traditional form of Buddhist meditation. It's possible he was doing some kind of "bare attention" which can sometimes deaden the emotions, but we just don't know. It's more likely that he was simply cultivating hatred and slapping the label "meditation" on it, in which case his actions really say nothing about meditation as practiced by non-psychopaths.
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A good overview of mindfulness, featuring me, two of my past students and others.
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I just wrote this for my Wise Attention blog:
What is Shakespeare’s Wisdom and how does it match up to the Buddha's? In this article I explore Shakespeare's Richard II as a play about belief and identity, which are core concerns of Buddhism, and suggest parallels between Shakespeare's insights and those of the Buddha

http://www.wiseattention.org/2012/07/shakespeares-wisdom-the-buddha-and-richard-ii/
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China will soon possess the world’s largest economy, and cultural influence will follow economic power. Martin Jaques argues in his book ‘When China Rules the World’ that this change will shape the next century. But what does it mean for the future of Buddhism?

http://www.wiseattention.org/2012/06/when-china-rules-the-world-and-what-it-means-for-buddhism/
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In the 1990s the American Zen teacher Bernie Glassman ditched traditional forms of practice and plunged into the poor, black community that surrounded his Center in Yonkers, New York. In 1997 I travelled there to witness this remarkable experiment in Buddhist social action and ask Bernie Glassman: is it working? and is it Buddhist?http://www.wiseattention.org/2012/05/street-wise-bernie-glassman-in-yonkers/
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  • Clare College, Cambridge
    English Literature, 1985 - 1988
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
    Drama & Theatre Studies, 1988 - 1989
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I write, I teach mindfulness, I broadcast on the radio when they'll have me. I'm a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, and I live in Cardiff, UK.
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Leo born 2009. Married Kamalagita in 2010. Gautama Buddha: the Life and Teaching of the Awakened One published in 2011.. Roll on 2012!
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