No, the world doesn’t have to make sense

In our quest for happiness, much of our suffering comes from our desire for the world to make sense and to have answers so we can feel safe. I found this myself as I struggled with social anxiety and depression. You see people rushing around trying to make sense of the world and their lives, … Read more

Is Buddhism Nihilistic?

With the idea in Buddhism of No-Self or Non-self, there is a thought and concern that Buddhism is Nihilistic, denying any existence or meaning in life. It’s sometimes criticism of Buddhist philosophy, and we have questions as we investigate Buddhism. Illusion and Non-existence One reason why such an accusation of forwards is the Buddhist idea … Read more

The Philosophy of a Jackson Pollock drip painting

This painting is not a big favourite of mine, but it’s important to me because the work is unconventional and what it symbolises.  He’s famous because he’s so hyped; the market likes controversial groundbreakers, so he’s radical in one sense. He’s part of today’s love affair with creativity, newness, breaking with tradition, and the future. … Read more

Buddhism and the quest for meaning and purpose

Man in jeans, shirt, as confident hero, with a cape

In my experience and understanding, such questions as ‘Why are we here?’ ‘What my ultimate purpose in life?” can’t be answered definitively. I don’t need the consoling beliefs offered up by other religions like theism. Such views are always metaphysical (Place your faith in God). I looked into metaphysics and concluded it’s a waste of … Read more

Buddhism is Spiritual Minimalism

One of the things I’ve noticed about Buddhism is that it doesn’t offer answers to big questions. It makes it an odd way to do religion; after all, isn’t religion about answering the big questions? Whereas other religions strut around claiming there is a truth and they have it. Why are we here? Why is … Read more