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?
If I take a long step back, I can look at karma/rebirth from a distance, not as it applies to an individual life, but as it applies to human lives as a plurality. I can make sense of it as a general proposition: that we who are living today are creating the conditions for the lives … Continue reading Karma-Rebith as Intergenerational
I want to spend a lot more time and blog space focusing on dharma and culture. Why? Let me list a few reasons: Contemporary Buddhist scholarship has spent countless thousands of hours and pages drilling down on Buddhist scripture and doctrine. I now know the umpteen hundred ways to translate the word 'dukkha'. If we … Continue reading Dharma and Divergent Cultures
"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