Reality As It Is

It's been nearly a year since I published my first piece on the Speculative Non-Buddhism blog. In criticizing the intellectual poverty of Western Buddhism, it is important to remain vigilant of our own ideological blind spots, and so I thought it would be interesting to return to my earlier critiques, to see how my own … Continue reading Reality As It Is

Trash Community #4

I. On Suffering I’ve spent some weeks writing and re-writing what I intended as a kind of declaration for my vision of the Trash Community project. I’ve written a lot, most of which I’ve thrown in the figurative bin. What has been difficult about writing this kind of thing is that we are stuck here … Continue reading Trash Community #4

New Blog: Revolutionary Pathology

As both a student of psychology and a psychiatrically diagnosed madman, much of my interest in Western Buddhism has been a result of my involvement with the fields of clinical psychology and psychiatry. I have, in particular, been interested in how Western Buddhism has aided in reproducing many of the errors and delusions present within … Continue reading New Blog: Revolutionary Pathology

Reflections on the First Buddhist-Marxist Retreat

As we explored the historic Hopewell Furnace at the public park where we had our first Buddhist-Marxist “retreat,” I was struck by the way in which the site—and the brochures and plaques upon which were printed particularly glamorous historical narratives about the development of Colonial industrialization—elicited a certain kind of Romantic capture with the self-congratulatory … Continue reading Reflections on the First Buddhist-Marxist Retreat

Tripping On Ideology (Part 1)

PDF version of this essay available here.Download Preface Much has been said concerning the introduction of mindfulness ideology into the psychological and cognitive ‘sciences.’ I have not, however, seen much criticism of the recent resurgence of interest in psychedelic substances (such as LSD, psilocybin, and to some extent MDMA) within psychiatry. It seems to me … Continue reading Tripping On Ideology (Part 1)

Trash Community #3

Speculative Non-Buddhism

Greetings, fellow trash theorists:

Please join us on Sunday, August 18th, 1:00-3:00pm, for the third Trash Community gathering.

This meeting will be facilitated by Shaun Bartone of Engaged Dharma. We will be discussing Shaun’s two-part essay “Ditching the Raft.” (Part 1, Part 2)

We will now be using the Zoom platform for meetings. This allows for an unlimited number of participants, so we encourage anyone with even the slightest bit of interest to join! The meeting will be accessible through the following link, which should be available on all computer operating systems, as well as iOS and Android:

Alternatively, you may dial in by phone using the following number: +1 646 876 9923

When prompted, enter the meeting ID 880 643 702. International callers may find an appropriate dial-in number by following this link and using the number corresponding to their location:


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Trash Community #2

Speculative Non-Buddhism

“Change life! Change society! These precepts mean nothing without the production of an appropriate space…New social relationships call for a new space, and vice versa.” —Henri Lefebvre,The Production of Space

Please join us this Sunday, July 14 from 2-4pm EST for our second gathering. We will meet again on Google Hangouts. Click here to go the page. Alternatively, email us at, and we’ll be in touch with information.

As Chaim Wigder wrote after our first session: We plan to kick off the first officially “directed” Trash Community with a conversation facilitated by Elizabeth Reed, who first made explicit to us the idea of a “mastery of one’s perspective.” We hope that you will join us to listen, discuss, and—ideally—be inspired by, the next instantiation of Trash Community.

To read about Trash Community, see:
…and yet: Drowning in Trash,” and
Trash Community #1.”

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