Essays

These are essays I have written on various aspects of the Buddha's teachings that intrigue me. I enjoy taking a particular theme or question and looking at what the Buddha said about it in different situations and contexts, and with regard to different aims. Usually a startlingly coherent picture emerges that I find particularly edifying for my own understanding.

I have a number of half-researched ideas ongoing, so this will be updated from time to time.

Colour and Beauty in the Buddha's Teaching

A contemplation on colour, appearance and beauty; how can we understand these things in a truly authentic way?

The Grounds of Vinaya

The Buddha laid down a lot of rules for his monks and nuns. Is there any overarching vision for these rules that can make sense of them all and the way they function together?