On Demands For An “Alternative”

I want to briefly address a particular strain of criticism that commonly sprouts from those "critical" of critical Buddhist thought. This critique is less of an actual critique, and more of a sort of deflection, one which functions as no more than a justification for the Western Buddhist status quo. I have heard such criticism … Continue reading On Demands For An “Alternative”

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On Right View: Beware Reductionism and Postmodernism!

This is my first, somewhat embarrassing, attempt at putting Badiou’s "hypertranslation" idea into practice. I was inspired by Tom Pepper's essay The Truth of Anatman, which includes (I think) the first and only instance of this using Buddhist material. Here I'll be making use of the Kaccayanagotta Sutta. Given that I can't actually read Sanskrit or … Continue reading On Right View: Beware Reductionism and Postmodernism!

Atman Will Cure Your Smartphone Addiction

Tricycle magazine would like to inform you, dear Buddhist practitioner, that meditation can cure your smartphone addiction. Of course, we wouldn't want you to actually stop using your smartphone altogether, because that would put a dent in our mobile website traffic. Luckily, since meditation will merely cure the addictive nature of your smartphone usage, you … Continue reading Atman Will Cure Your Smartphone Addiction

Buddhism: Pessimism Before It Was Cool

This post is an informal response to an article recently published in the Buddhist magazine Tricycle, titled Buddhism According to Pessimism. I would be remiss not to point out straightway—as did Glenn Wallis, who brought this piece to my attention—the significance of such an essay even being published in what is by-and-large a fairly bland … Continue reading Buddhism: Pessimism Before It Was Cool

Reality As It’s Not

The following is an article I wrote for the Speculative Non-Buddhism blog, a project which I think offers an urgently fresh and desperately needed take on Buddhist discourse.

I highly encourage anyone who is interested in a critical discussion of Buddhism to explore the work published on this site over the last several years. If you haven’t been exposed to this project in the past, be prepared to have your conception of Buddhism challenged.

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Reality As It’s Not

by Chaim Wigder

One night in long bygone times, man awoke and ​saw himself​.

He saw that he was naked under cosmos, homeless in his own body. All things dissolved before his testing thought, wonder above wonder, horror above horror unfolded in his mind.

Then woman too awoke and said it was time to go and slay. And he fetched his bow and arrow, a fruit of the marriage of spirit and hand, and went outside beneath the stars. But as the beasts arrived at their waterholes where he expected them of habit, he felt no more the tiger’s bound in his blood, but a great psalm about the brotherhood of suffering between everything alive.

That day he did not return with prey, and when they found him by the
next new moon, he was sitting dead by the waterhole.

Whatever…

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