The forty-odd posts in the category “facets” are short descriptions of ideas about what Gotama taught, or other ideas from philosophy, psychology & my own understanding that seem to harmonize with them. Each can be read in about a minute. As a group, they relate to each other like the facets of a jewel (a common metaphor in the Buddhist texts). They can be read in any order; most have links to other facets, suggesting topics closely related to the one you’re reading.
Together these ideas fall far short of comprising every aspect of what Gotama taught. The idea is to provide enough for a contemporary person to appreciate what seem to me to be the intentions & scope of the teachings, & how much each idea depends on the others. In a real gem, a single facet can’t exist, but together they act like a lens, refracting our experience like prism, drawing in the light & sending it out again.
(If the list of facets, starting with “avijjā” isn’t below, click here.)