Zooming in from Barcelona, Bernat Font asked us:
Why do we sit?
What motivation is there to be ethical?
How do we prevent self-compassion from turning into self-pity?’
For Bernat, one response to all these questions is self-respect. The early texts call this ‘to love the self’. But, hang on a minute … didn’t Buddhism say there is no self‽’
The energy behind the Spanish language secular Buddhist website budismosecular.org, Bernat Font runs a secular Buddhist group in Barcelona and holds an MA in Buddhist Studies from the University of South Wales. He has published a number of CDs as a jazz pianist, and these are available through his website.
Here’s the recording we made of our conversation with Bernat.