Mandala of Sacred Activism

In one of the very first pieces I wrote for Engage!, "Outcastes as Activists: A Tantric Approach to Engaged Buddhism", I introduced the idea of activism from a tantric perspective. I am now going forward with a more fully developed model, by constructing a Mandala of Sacred Activism. The Mandala is a model of Systems … Continue reading Mandala of Sacred Activism


Calling All Nerds

Dharma Nerds aims to be a hub for intellectual and creative exploration of dharma themes in Buddhism and related Engaged Contemplative 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

Self as a Neurological Afterthought

In meditation and in the general awakened state, I try to practice awareness more so than concentration, partly because the awareness process doesn’t have a strong sense of self.  The confusion is conflating ‘thought process’ with ‘self’—I think therefore I am.  Thoughts are just thoughts—they are not the self. Awareness is not the self either. It’s … Continue reading Self as a Neurological Afterthought