“The well-known quip in social scientific circles, “the plural of anecdote is not data,” should caution non-social scientists against generalizing about North American Buddhists based on minimal, unsystematic, or no actual fieldwork. In my mind, insistence on empirical grounding would be the most significant social scientific contribution to an interdisciplinary field of study on this this topic, especially when dealing with questions about Buddhist identity and organizational dynamics.”
Just ask this scientician. He’ll tell you that, in nature, one creature invariably eats another creature to survive.
I’ve been reading a book lately called Selling Spirituality: the Silent Takeover of Religion by Jeremy Carrette and Richard King. I’m reading it to help collect my thoughts about a piece I’m working on about Buddhism and pop-culture, the commodification of Buddhism, and how Dharma Burgers will ultimately destroy Buddhism and take down the whole world in the process. (That’s about 75% hyperbole, by the way.)
Buddhism without Borders: Contemporary Developments in Buddhism in the West Keynote Speaker: Thomas A. Tweed The Institute of Buddhist Studies is pleased to announce the “Buddhism without Borders” conference and seeks papers that offer new, critical, and creative approaches to the study of Buddhism in the West, understood as part of a larger global religious […]
Call for papers deadline is June 1, 2009. The actual conference is scheduled for March of 2010. This isn’t an event, really. It’s a deadline. It’s a deadline for the call for papers for a conference that the Institute of Buddhist Studies is hosting and that I (along with the formidable Natalie Quli) am organizing. […]
This year’s American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting is being held in MontrÃ©al, Quebec, Canada, from November 7th through the 10th, 2009. The paper I had submitted to this conference was summarily rejected either because it was trumped by a panel proposal that was more apropos to the area or because my ideas have […]
The Fourteenth Biennial Conference of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies will be held in Kyoto, Japan, from June 12th through June 15th. While I won’t physically be there, I’ll be there in mind. A paper of mine will be included in a panel titled Shin Buddhism in the World of the Twenty-first Century […]
Thoughts on the Kalama Sutta inspired by a recent discussion on the H-Buddhism listserv.
At the risk of being permanently labeled “that guy who does nothing but bitch about what’s wrong with everyone else’s approach to Buddhism but rarely advances his own cogent ideas or practical solutions,” allow me to explain what I think multiyana would mean and how it could be put into practice and why I think it’s important or worth talking about in some sort of general way.
I have several concerns with the meditation-centric rhetoric of contemporary Buddhism in America. But itâ€™s not the â€œmeditationâ€ part of the meditation-centric rhetoric that bothers me. Itâ€™s the â€œrhetoricâ€ part.