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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Pragmatic Dharma and Unexamined “Ends”

Speculative Non-Buddhism

Pragmatic Dharma and Unexamined “Ends”

By Chaim Wigder

I began writing this post as a direct response to the content that made up Daniel Ingram’s recent double (by now triple) appearance on Matthew O’Connell’s The Imperfect Buddha podcast. In the process of writing this, however, I was made aware of a series of posts entitled “Critique of Pragmatic Dharma,” which appeared on the blog parlêtre. These posts—which make up what I believe to be the most decisive critique of the pragmatic dharma movement to date—have led to Daniel’s somewhat neurotic, several-thousand-word-long response being published as well. I have tried to incorporate Daniel’s response here, although the thrust of my thoughts are mainly focused on the recent interviews, combined with vent up frustration at the pragmatic dharma movement in general, as well as, well… having consumed perhaps too much Marxist philosophy recently. I hope that there is something here worth engaging…

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Trash Community #1

Speculative Non-Buddhism

Join us Saturday, June 22 at 4pm EST on Google Hangouts for a gathering to discuss, well, more gathering.

I hear almost daily from people who are struggling mightily in the desert that has become the practice community. Mainly, I mean people who have found themselves exiled from the usual suspects for reasons that readers of this blog can surely predict. This isolation occurs at multiple levels. On one level, there is the shear dearth of options to gather in community with similarly-minded others. On another level, there are the many logistical difficulties attending the creation of a new community. On yet another level, even if we can get past these first two constraints, people are deeply confused about even the most basic forms or contours that such a community might take.

Chaim Wigder of The Failed Buddhistand I would like to invite you to join us as a…

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Killing the (x-)buddha(ist subject): A Review of Glenn Wallis’ A Critique of Western Buddhism

“What are we to make of Western Buddhism?” So Glenn Wallis begins the introduction of his new book A Critique of Western Buddhism: Ruins of the Buddhist Real. Semantically, this question may be viewed as asking two quite different things. The first way to view this question is to read it diagnostically or perhaps sociologically: … Continue reading Killing the (x-)buddha(ist subject): A Review of Glenn Wallis’ A Critique of Western Buddhism

Ideological Injustice in Social Justice Ideologies

In my last post, I used Kenneth Gergen's social constructionist theory to try to weave out what I see as being a crucial error so prevalent that even progressive psychologists repeatedly make it. Tom Pepper's comments on that piece were enormously helpful in clarifying some things for me, and I'm grateful for those comments because … Continue reading Ideological Injustice in Social Justice Ideologies