The mind is not the brain

  As far as the Buddha’s concerned, our mind, our consciousness, our capacity for cognition, is not physical, not the brain, not even a function of the brain. Nor is it the handiwork of a creator, like a soul, nor does it come from our parents. Without insulting...

Consciousness is not the brain

  If it’s the mind, our consciousness, that gets enlightened, we’d better know what Buddha means by it! What is the mind? Well, “mind” in Buddhism is used in a much broader way than we tend to use it in our own culture. It is used synonymously with the word...

For the Buddha, what is mind?

As it’s the mind that gets enlightened, we’d better know what Buddha means by it! Well, “mind” in Buddhism is used in a much broader way than we tend to use it in neuroscience and psychology. It is used synonymously with the word “consciousness.” If you’re a Christian...

How karma works

Everywhere people talk about “karma” as a vague notion that what goes around comes around. It’s not a bad way of putting it! And lots of people say they “believe in it.” Well, if we have decided to take on board Buddha’s view of the world as our working hypothesis,...