Critical Dharma for Thinking Minds

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

Ditching the Raft 4: Staying Connected

Today I led a discussion with Trash Community on ‘Ditching the Raft’ (MN 22), i.e. letting go of Buddhist dharma when we no longer need it, especially when modern science … Continue reading

2019/08/18 · 3 Comments

Jem Bendell on Deep Adaptation

Prof. Jem Bendell talks about the social, emotional & existential responses to the climate crisis. Bendell talks about three R’s: Resilience or what we value most that we want to … Continue reading

2019/08/18 · Leave a comment

Haque: Three Lies of Fascism

Three Lies That are Setting Fire to the World 3. You’ll find safety by becoming a predator. It says: you will be safe if you abuse, hurt, and harm someone … Continue reading

2019/08/18 · Leave a comment

Buddhist Futures: Cyborg Buddhism

[photo of earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, 2015] Archaic Buddhism is in ruins, but we can sort through the ruins of the past to find things that we might need to … Continue reading

2019/08/18 · Leave a comment

Blast from the Past: Waste as Fashion

A Buddhist approach to fashion might include this conceptual fashion disaster: waste as fashion, modeled by a beautiful and gifted gender-ambiguous Thai fashion designer, Madaew. When the Buddha gave instructions … Continue reading

2019/08/17 · Leave a comment

The Avant Gardeners and the Ghost of Mark E. Smith

Here’s another reprise of the post-punk period by the Avant Gardeners from Adelaide Australia. So much like the Manchester post-punks that I almost thought Mark E. Smith had resuscitated The … Continue reading

2019/08/17 · Leave a comment


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