Waiting for Gudo: On the possibilities of Anarchist Buddhism
We’re kicking off a podcast series on Anarchism and Buddhism with “Waiting for Gudo”, an interview with Reed Ingalls, editor of the blog No Selves No Masters, about his research and writing on anarchism and Buddhism, where they connect and where they diverge, and about the possibilities of Anarchist Buddhism. The title of the podcast comes from Reed’s recent article, “Uchiyama Gudo: Buddhist Anarchist and Martyr. Gudo was a Zen priest who wrote about and advocated for anarchist communities and social movements in Japan at the turn of the twentieth century.
What follows are the show notes and resources provided by Reed that you can check out.
In the podcast, we start off with our mutual connection to Reed’s hometown in Olympia, Washington; then we go into his research on anarchism and Buddhism, various authors that have influenced his thinking; Reed’s and my own takes on what anarchist Buddhism would look like in practice; the introduction of Buddhism to America during a period of social upheaval; the current horizontalist trend in American Buddhism, bypassing hierarchical structures in Buddhist organizations; the lack of Buddhist social and political thought and its opportunities for anarchist praxis; the ongoing uprising in Southeast Asia in the form of the #MilkTeaAlliance and the revolution in Burma, anarchist tactics and organizations, and finish off with plans for future projects.