Critical Dharma for Thinking Minds

Political and Spiritual

I’ve discovered this fantastic collection of rare and unknown jazz gems compiled by Jazzman Records UK called ‘Spiritual Jazz.’ There are nine volumes of Spiritual Jazz compilations, and I vow … Continue reading

2019/09/22 · Leave a comment

Ditching the Raft 5: Meaning & Belonging

Previous posts on Ditching the Raft talked about the doctrine or content of Buddhism and what it offers: a unified theory of self and world that also provides an ethical … Continue reading

2019/09/17 · Leave a comment

Climate Change is Not an Event

Climate Change is not an event. Although it’s sign-posted by geologic history, and human history, it doesn’t have a fixed start-and-end-date. Although it’s measured by C02 increase over the pre-industrial … Continue reading

2019/09/11 · Leave a comment

Joan Sutherland: Radiant Darkness

Both enlightenment and endarkenment need each other, each completes the other, and without each other, awakening is not complete. —Roshi Joan Sutherland. I’m pursuing Joan Sutherland’s path of endarkenment, through … Continue reading

2019/09/05 · 1 Comment

DANCE: Active Contemplation in the Flow Space of Mass Protest Events

DANCE stands for Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement. It was coined by a group of Buddhists active in the climate justice movement in the UK, led by Thanissara. But … Continue reading

2019/08/28 · Leave a comment

Buddhist Futures: Cyborg Buddhism 2

Dig this, there’s a youtube video showing Japanese Buddhist priests (don’t know which tradition–Shingon perhaps?) bowing before the Android Kannon. Interestingly, Android Kannon has both feminine and masculine voices, like … Continue reading

2019/08/22 · Leave a comment

Another Kind of Awakening

Here’s another point to ponder. There are many kinds of awakenings, many kinds of enlightenment. The experience that the supposed Buddha had (mythical or actual) was a solitary awakening. He … Continue reading

2019/08/22 · 1 Comment

POC Experience in White Convert Buddhism

Journal article Open Access Inclusion and Exclusion in the White Space: An Investigation of the Experiences of People of Color in a Primarily White American Meditation Community Hase, Craig Nicholas; … Continue reading

2019/08/21 · Leave a comment

Jati, Rebirth and the Caste System

I’ve been reading that the word ‘Jati’, which is what is used in the Pali scriptures to mean ‘birth’ is wrongly translated as ‘rebirth’. As Thanissaro explains, there is no … Continue reading

2019/08/20 · 2 Comments

Culadasa Charged with Sexual Misconduct

John Yates, aka Culadasa, author of The Mind Illuminated, has been confronted with charges of sexual misconduct by the Board of Dharma Treasure. The incidents involve adultery with several women, … Continue reading

2019/08/19 · 15 Comments


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