Critical Dharma for Thinking Minds
Western Buddhism is evolving into a Network form. I predict the Network will become the dominant form of Buddhism in the West. There will still be shrines and meditation halls and retreat centers, but their membership will be small compared to the ever-growing swarm of the Network. The Network will be, structurally and by necessity, an anarchist form. As with other Networks, the power is the Platform. But the work and cost of running a platform is nothing compared with running a meditation centre. Control the platform, and you control the Network.
Network Platforms can be owned and managed by anarchist groups. The Anarchist Buddhist Network is being built right now. Check out The Dharma Realm, hosted by Yours Truly, at https://ganesha.masto.host/web/getting-started
Also please join a growing coalition of “Anarcho-Buddhists” at Trash Community, hosted by Glenn Wallis and Failed Buddhist and others from the Speculative Non-Buddhist crew, along with other marginal figures thriving outside the walls of Buddhist institutions. (I’m using “air quotes” because not everyone identifies as ‘anarchist’ or even ‘buddhist’; we’re a pretty eclectic bunch.)
The future is—