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


Review: Cruel Theory-Sublime Practice

This is a review of Cruel Theory—Sublime Practice: Toward a Reevaluation of Buddhism. (2013 Eyecorner Press.) The book is three essays by Tom Pepper, Glenn Wallis, and Matthew Steingass. My review of this book is non-academic, purely from my experience as a reader and my experience with Buddhism in my own life. I have particular … Continue reading Review: Cruel Theory-Sublime Practice

Dharma as Governance

To the question, 'what is dharma?' I have a provisional answer: dharma is governance, in the Foucauldian sense. Glenn Wallis calls it 'the Magistrate." It is a potent combination of power-knowledge—dharma, scripture—with discipline— meditation and thought constraints, that produces constraints on thought, speaking and behavior. For westerners, it operates as the self-governance of the Neo-liberal … Continue reading Dharma as Governance

Samadhi, Sati and Vipassana

Josh Korda gives an excellent summary of three kinds of Buddhist practices: samadhi (concentration), sati (mindfulness) and vipassana (awareness). He distinguishes the three, which are often confused. Korda contends that the Buddha only taught samadhi (concentration) meditation, and sati (mindfulness). Korda says that sati or mindfulness is often confused with vipassana, but they are totally … Continue reading Samadhi, Sati and Vipassana

Three Turnings Course

Wisdom Publications is offering an online course in Buddhist philosophy and scripture, called the Three Turnings, featuring two excellent scholars: Jay Garfield and Guy Newland. As I said in a previous article, "Buddhism" per se, or the First Turning of the Wheel, comprises the early teachings of the Buddha, found in the Pali Canon. The Second … Continue reading Three Turnings Course