READ: NON + X ejournal of Post-Traditional Buddhism

X- POST-NON Buddhism—welcome to the aporetic future of ancoric loss and aporetic dissonance in Buddhist thought.

There is an explosion (pun) of great writing by multiple authors on post-traditional Buddhism at NON + X

Consult the wiki of non-buddhist terms for definitions of new and puzzling words in the x-post-non-buddhist literature. Here are a few of the most often used terms:

Aporia (Ancient Greek: “impasse, difficulty of passing, lack of resources, puzzlement”) denotes in philosophy a philosophical puzzle or state of puzzlement and in rhetoric a rhetorically useful expression of doubt.

Aporetic dissonance An affective condition. The believer’s discovery within himself or herself of a dissonant ring of perplexity, puzzlement, confusion, and loss concerning the integrity of x-buddhism’s self-presentation. It involves an apprehension that x-buddhistic rhetorics of self-display are but instances of acataleptic impassability. This ring is the signal for aporetic inquiry.

Ancoric loss An affective condition. The irreversible termination of hope that some permutations of x-buddhism, including crypto-buddhist formulations such as “mindfulness,” index the thaumaturgical refuge adduced in its rhetorics of self-display. Speculative non-buddhist investigation presupposes an attitude of having no hope in the ultimate efficacy of the x-buddhist dispensation. Interestingly, ancoric loss resembles x-buddhism’s own perquisite dispensation of “disenchantment” and echoes its trope of “leaving home.”

Thaumaturgical refuge [miraculous or magical relief of suffering, salvation, enlightenment through ‘taking refuge’ in Buddhist teaching and practice] ]The affectation of x-buddhist teachers to wonderworking community (sangha). Telling signs of thaumaturgical display among x-buddhist teachers include: masking identity with special naming, clothing, and hair styles; exalted utterance, verbal demiurgy; narratological seizure; assumption of privileged status as ritual officiate; wielding unique power objects; functioning as high pageantry eminence; serving as guardians of the sanghic axis mundi. Such displays communicate to the practitioner what the anthropologist Pascal Boyer calls “hidden causal essence.” Given the role that thaumaturgical refuge plays in ideological allurement, it will be instructive to quote Boyer at length:

More on this later after I download the dozen or more PDF articles and read a few.  Excited!

Also, I recommend this article on ancient Buddhism vs. the modern environmental movement. Elverskog argues that buddhadharma had to change and become cognizant of current environmental conditions in order to effectively advocate for environmental sanctity and protection.

The Buddha’s Footprint

Buddhism isn’t the environmental religion it’s made out to be. But the tradition’s legacy on this planet isn’t set in stone.Johan Elverskog


One thought on “READ: NON + X ejournal of Post-Traditional Buddhism

  1. This looks great, Shaun. Thanks for the heads up! I’ll forward it to my young friend, Kai Beavers. He’ll be delighted. By the way are you planning anything for the upcoming Left Forum in NY? I’ll Forward announcement just in case you aren’t–you should!

    Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:20:19 +0000 To:

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