Dharmaecology is an interweaving of dharma themes from the Buddhist tradition and ecology, which I define as natural systems theory. Dharmaecology indicates a strong focus on ecology and climate justice, dharma naturalism, and a systems ecology approach to dharma theory and practice. It’s about connectedness, networks and integration. It is neither 'religious' nor 'spiritual', and operates … Continue reading What Is Dharmaecology?
"You awakened me to be myself; for that I thank you." (B.R. Ambedkar). What kind of Buddhism did Dr. B. R. Ambedkar practice? This is a question that has puzzled me ever since I turned on to Babasaheb back in 2015. I have read his life story, watched film biographies, read several of his books, … Continue reading The Buddhism of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar
https://youtu.be/GmJLsfUnGjY This explanation of post-humanism claims that Nietzsche was the first post-humanist, I disagreed with that claim: I claim that the Buddha (Siddhartha Gotama) was the first post-humanist. Nietzsche's claim that there is no special reason or purpose for the existence of human beings is very like what the Buddha said about 'non-self' (anatman). 'Self' … Continue reading Post-Humanism: Another Stab at Anatman
Home › Mindfulness Practice › Touching the Earth-Plum Village Touching the Earth The practice of “Touching the Earth,” also known as bowing deeply or prostrating, helps us return to the Earth and to our roots, and to recognize that we are not alone but connected to a whole stream of spiritual and blood ancestors. We … Continue reading Touching the Earth Ritual
I'm intrigued by this book, Enthralled:The Guru Cult of Tibetan Buddhism, by Christine Chandler. She offers a deep look inside tantric Tibetan Buddhism and reveals what she believes to be a world-wide cult led by Tibetan lamas and gurus with ambitions to use mind control as a means to gain control over Westerners, and replace … Continue reading Enthralled: The Guru Cult of Tibetan Buddhism
I came across an excellent teaching on everyone's favorite topic, 'dukkha' by Prof. John Vervaeke. He explained that the etymology of the word 'dukkha' refers to a wheel that spins off-center from it's axis. He explained that when a wheel wobbles off its axis, the friction around the hub destroys the very structure of the … Continue reading Truing the Wheel
Update: I've decided that I have to forge my own spiritual path. I have been deeply influenced by Buddhism, and generally its been a very good influence. But I've been moving toward forging my own path for several years already. I practice Engaged Buddhist Naturalism, which I now call Dharmaecology, and there is no group … Continue reading Dharmaecology: A New Path
Today I led a discussion with Trash Community on ‘Ditching the Raft’ (MN 22), i.e. letting go of Buddhist dharma when we no longer need it, especially when modern science does a better job of explaining things than ancient Buddhists texts do. Evolution, modern psychology, quantum field theory, social science, ecology and systems theory all … Continue reading Staying Connected