Buddhist Modernism

I consider it my mission, my job if you will, to kick off and push forward the project of Buddhist Modernism. What is Buddhist Modernism? First, it's not the same as Modern Buddhism. Modern Buddhism is a religion of sorts, a philosophy, a spiritual practice, etc. a religion. Buddhist Modernism is an aesthetic, a [Post-, … Continue reading Buddhist Modernism

Dalai Lama: Reincarnation is not important…

Here again is the 14th Dalai Lama saying what many secular and modernist Buddhists have been saying all along--Reincarnation (rebirth) is not important. What is important are the teachings of the Buddha and the dharma and the integrity of the institutions that preserve and teach the dharma. Secular and modernist Buddhists, like myself say what … Continue reading Dalai Lama: Reincarnation is not important…

Not For Nothing: Nondualism and the Middle Way

I came across (in the usual internet algorithm way) a new young teacher of non-duality, Suzanne. I found her video talks to be intriguing because she really grapples with the full implications of the non-dual way, its paradoxes and contradictions. In this video, she talks about the seeker's longing for non-suffering, and its contradictions--that not … Continue reading Not For Nothing: Nondualism and the Middle Way

Cyberpunk Buddhism: Lo tech, Hi life

Cyberpunk's defining mantra is "high tech, low life". Neon Dystopia is probably the best cyberpunk blog on the net right now, and it has a whole page dedicated to "What is cyberpunk?" which says basically that. Androids, robots, rogue scientists, criminals and corporate agents employ high-technology for their street-life adventures. If you've seen Blade Runner … Continue reading Cyberpunk Buddhism: Lo tech, Hi life