There are, as I write this, four full copies of my dissertation sitting on my desk. One for me, and one for each member of my committee. That’s right. I’m done. I’ve put all I can into this damned thing and it’s finally complete. The “final,” “defensible” draft, all wrapped up and ready to be […]
Gerald Ford (not the former President) over at The Level 8th Buddhist has tagged me to list my five favorite Buddhist books. It’s a little daunting, to be honest. The vast majority of books I’ve read over the past five or six years have been hard-core academic books or fluffy pulp fiction. But the more […]
Iâ€™m not sure if the fact that I (we) own the top three albums of the year, according to the New York Times, makes me still young enough to know whatâ€™s hip, or, since itâ€™s the New York Times, it makes old. Then again, I did just say â€œhip.â€
Instead of going after Clark Strand’s ideas specifically, Iâ€™m going to talk about â€œAmerican Buddhismâ€ and why Iâ€™m finding myself increasingly dissatisfied with this categorical term. Suffice to say, a lot of what follows comes directly from The Dissertation, so think of it as a little preview, a teaser movie trailer.
Damn it. Now that song’s stuck in my head. Well, happy Bodhi Day everyone! That’s right. It’s December 8th and that means it’s Bodhi Day, the Big Fat Buddhist December Holiday. It’s the day commemorating the enlightenment of the historical Buddha, and you know what means. It’s time for an entry from the front lines […]
And don’t worry. It’s not all going to long-winded, erudite postings of post-modernist Buddhist heuristics. I’ll throw in some good ol’ fashion savage chickens, music reviews, and pictures of my dog along the way.