What Is Dharmaecology?

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?

Emptiness as Emptying

Most Buddhist teachers I have heard talk about Emptiness as if it were a thing, a noun. If you know anything about Buddhist cosmology, you know there are no "things", no objects. There are qualities, perhaps, but in Buddhism, Emptiness is not a quality, but an absence of qualities. Well then it's an absence—but that is … Continue reading Emptiness as Emptying

Catholic Hindu John Martin on Non-duality and Rebirth

The following article is a history of an ashram in Southern India that was founded by European Catholic missionaries, and is now directed by John Martin Sahajinanda, an Indian Catholic who is also a Hindu scholar. It's worthwhile to read the whole article, which is about non-dualism within both Christianity and Hinduism. But I wanted … Continue reading Catholic Hindu John Martin on Non-duality and Rebirth

On Whether to Identify as a Buddhist

The last and best bit of wisdom I got from Buddhism is the doctrine of Buddha Nature, which I interpret for myself thusly: your own awakened consciousness is a greater source of enlightenment than any Buddhist teaching or practice. This post is written in response to an article on Matthew O'Connell's  Post-Traditional Buddhism blog. https://imperfectbuddha.com/2019/12/01/being-buddhist-some-thoughts-on-identity/Continue reading On Whether to Identify as a Buddhist