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Is There an Alternative to My Aimless Existence?

May 3, 2020

We asked Professor Doug Powers, "Is there an alternative to my aimless existence?" The following is his response.As long as you think your existence is who you think you are, there isn’t any answer...

Professor Doug Powers: How can I make sense of what’s going on right now?

Apr 6, 2020

We asked Professor Doug Powers for advice on the current COVID-19 situation. The following is his response:How can I make sense of what’s going on right now? For cultivators, there should be...

Professor Doug Powers: What is suffering?

Mar 2, 2020

We asked Professor Doug Powers the following questions: What is the suffering that the Buddha talks about? Do I have to ride the waves of emotions at all times in my life? The following is his...

Professor Doug Powers: Does the Buddha still have preferences?

Feb 4, 2020

We asked Professor Doug Powers about the role of personal preferences for cultivators. The following is his response:Understanding preferences from the vantage points of karma and of samadhi (i.e.,...

Professor Doug Powers: What is freedom?

Jan 7, 2020

Professor Doug Powers discusses freedom of mind in the context of our modern experience:So what did Buddha have to say about our modern experience? Our fundamental problem is our crowning achievement...

Professor Doug Powers: Why Bother Meditating?

Nov 29, 2019

We asked Professor Doug Powers for some of his insights on meditation. The following is his response:The first step to these kinds of questions is having a common description that we hold together of...

Professor Doug Powers: Three Tips for Young People Today

Oct 25, 2019

We asked Professor Doug Powers to give three tips for young people today about how to live a good life. Below is his response: In young people’s minds right now, the main issue is what they can trust...

How Do I Get Free?

Jun 17, 2014

“The capacity of the mind is vast and far-reaching; like empty space, it has no boundaries. It is neither square nor round, large nor small. Nor is it blue, yellow, red, or white. It has no above or...

Chaos and Immediacy

May 3, 2012

The following was written by Professor Doug Powers. A previous post of mine, Warning: This Post May Deterritorialize Your Symbolic Construct, was a stream of ideas inspired largely by...

Romantic Utopianism

Oct 6, 2011

The following was written by Professor Doug Powers. We are a lost generation, desperately clinging to anything that feels real, but too afraid to become it ourselves. We are a defeated...