Calling All Nerds

Dharma Nerds aims to be a hub for intellectual and creative exploration of dharma themes in Buddhism, Yoga, Advaita and related traditions. I welcome submission of your articles, photos, film and other visual art, poetry, creative writing and sound explorations. I love articles on modern and post-modern dharma scholarship, but also heterodox and counter-cultural explorations … Continue reading Calling All Nerds


Meta Buddhist Inquiry: No Final Answers

This is a test run of a new podcast I am producing called Meta Buddhist Inquiry. The podcast is actually a series of 'guided meditations' or contemplations on a theme in Meta Buddhist Inquiry. The first guided meditation is called "No Final Answer", based on an article I wrote last week called 'Meta Buddhist Inquiry'. reading Meta Buddhist Inquiry: No Final Answers

Tantra and the Buddhist Imaginary

Tantric practice involving chant, mantra, poetry, ritual and deistic images—whether Buddha, Bodhisattva or Deva—fires up the Buddhist imagination. My attraction to tantric Theravada came as a result of some "insight" experiences I had while meditating and studying Buddhism. I experienced an imaginative state, that felt physically like it was located in along the midline of … Continue reading Tantra and the Buddhist Imaginary

Esoteric Theravada in Cambodia

The following are excerpts from a four-page essay on the esoteric Theravada of Cambodia. In particular, it focuses on, kammathana, i.e. the meditation practices, in which the practitioner imagines that his body is the Bodhi Tree. Through meditation his body becomes the Dhammakaya. Theravada Buddhism of Laos and Cambodia is a different “flavor” that the … Continue reading Esoteric Theravada in Cambodia