Meme: #Ritual

Meme: #Ritual. In their first issue of 2018, Adbusters proposes that, after the crash, ritual will fill the void left by 21st century network Capitalism, filling our emptiness with connection and meaning. I heartily agree, but my question is this: Who gets to do ritual? Why is Buddhist ritual reserved for ordained Lamas and Ngakpas? from Adbusters, Jan-Feb… Read More Meme: #Ritual

Get Engaged! Submit Your Beautiful Noise

ENGAGE! IS THE DHARMA OF CRITICAL ENGAGEMENT, social, scientific and spiritual. Our mission is to bring about awakening through the exploration of our deep interconnectedness, our interbeing with the phenomenal world. Engage! is looking for inspired activists to offer posts, articles, poetry, photos, videos, drawings, animations, music, song, and spoken word to the magazine. Send us your… Read More Get Engaged! Submit Your Beautiful Noise

Pathologies of Collapse, Revisited

I’ve been working on my dissertation and re-reading lots of the research I’ve done on socio-political collapse, particularly Joseph Tainter’s classic anthropological study, The Collapse of Complex Societies. Tainter did a deep historical and cross-cultural study of societies in collapse around the globe, beginning from the Roman Empire and Mayan civilizations to the present. What… Read More Pathologies of Collapse, Revisited

Quaker Bodhisattva Pt. 5

The Quaker hour of silence or ‘worship’ is a collective work of silence, not just an individual experience. This is probably the major difference between the Quaker contemplative tradition, as a collective practice, vs. Buddhist practice, which is predominantly a solitary, individual practice, even when practiced with a group. The orientation of Quaker contemplation is towards… Read More Quaker Bodhisattva Pt. 5