Will Buckingham

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I was born and brought up in Norfolk in the UK, and studied art, art history and anthropology in the north-east of England, before taking a PhD in philosophy. I've been Reader in Writing and Creativity at De Montfort University, Visiting Professor of Humanities at the Parami Institute in Yangon, and visiting Associate Professor in the College of Literature and Journalism at Sichuan University.

I am now working as a freelance writer and teacher. These days — when not off travelling elsewhere — I can be found in Leicester in the Midlands of the UK, .

I'm interested in all kinds of things: philosophy, ethics, storytelling, strange fiction, Chinese language and philosophy, science...

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Thanks for the question, Justin. Sorry it has taken a few days to get back to you.

I think that I'm probably not the kind of person who thinks in terms of precepts and maxims, so I can't think of any off the top of my head. But what most of the precepts and maxims that speak to me seem to boil down to are the following two principles: understand the world as best you can; and be kind.

The Buddhists talk about wisdom and compassion. Which sounds quite grand. But I prefer the idea of understanding and kindness. It's a slightly more modest aspiration, perhaps.(less)
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Almost fifteen years ago now, I started up my first blog. At the time, I was grappling with questions of Buddhist thought and practice, and so I set up a blog called thinkBuddha. I saw the blog as a way of thinking out loud about ... Read More
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“There may indeed be more to life than a pot of cheese, a garden, a few friends; but these things, at least, may be a pretty good start.”
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“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, unless it agrees with your own reason." Siddhartha Gautama”
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“It was George Bernard Shaw who famously said that you should not do to others as you would wish to be done to - the famous 'golden rule' of moral philosophy - because they might have other tastes.”
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