Book Review: “Indispensable Goods” by Tom Pepper

I’m publishing here my review of Tom Pepper’s (aka The Faithful Buddhist) new book, Indispensable Goods: Thoughts on Ideology, Agency, the Meaning of Life, and Other Somewhat Important Things. The book is available on Amazon. It has been some time since I’ve published anything on this blog. The reason for this has been, chiefly, that … Continue reading Book Review: “Indispensable Goods” by Tom Pepper

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

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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