What Is Dharmaecology?

Dharmaecology is an interweaving of dharma themes from the Buddhist Naturalist 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, social, biological and cosmic. It is neither … Continue reading What Is Dharmaecology?

Dante’s Inferno: How to Survive the Climate Crisis

I've come across several teachers and activists who enjoin us to read poetry, scripture, the works of naturalist philosophers, and many other wonderful, inspiring texts as a way to 'connect with nature'. I think this is laudable and I would recommend it as well. But here's what I would also recommend, a reading that might … Continue reading Dante’s Inferno: How to Survive the Climate Crisis

Dag Herbjørnsrud: India’s Vital Atheist Philosophy

The untold history of India’s vital atheist philosophy by Dag Herbjørnsrud June 16, 2020 A "Carvaka Ashram", founded by Boddu Ramakrishna in 1973, is dedicated to the rational, materalistic, and atheist tradition of India. In Nidamarru, close to Mangalagiri in Andhra Pradesh (south-eastern India), busts are set up in the garden to commemorate Indian rational thinkers like … Continue reading Dag Herbjørnsrud: India’s Vital Atheist Philosophy

Rebirth of the Buddhist Subject II: Rebirth without Caste

In Rebirth of the Buddhist Subject (1), I wrote about the social causes and conditions of a 'rebirth' of certain types of persons, the social reproduction of life conditions and the social reproduction of the Buddhist subject. There is another way to interpret the Buddhist teachings on karma and rebirth, or at least another way to ask … Continue reading Rebirth of the Buddhist Subject II: Rebirth without Caste

Buddhist Futures: The Rebirth of the Buddhist Subject

For the most part, twenty-first century Buddhists don't (really) believe in the Buddhist teaching on rebirth. Some like Stephen Batchelor and other leading Buddhist intellectuals reject it outright, as did mid-century modernist Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. However, there is scriptural evidence, as many traditional Buddhists claim (Bhikkhu Bodhi), which affirms that the Buddha taught on … Continue reading Buddhist Futures: The Rebirth of the Buddhist Subject

Naturalism, Further Defined II: Dual, Non-Dual, Multiple, Infinite

The debate over non-duality has been raging ever since the Mahayana began to compete with the earlier form of 'distinction' Buddhism, the dharma of making critical distinctions.  L. S. Cousins recently published a paper on the Buddhism of distinctions (On the Vibhajjavādins: The Mahiṃsāsaka, Dhammaguttaka, Kassapiya and Tambapaṇṇiya branches of the ancient Theriyas) "In these … Continue reading Naturalism, Further Defined II: Dual, Non-Dual, Multiple, Infinite

Sociology of Buddhism Reference

Researchnet | Sociology of Religion | Buddhism: http://sociology.iresearchnet.com/sociology-of-religion/buddhism/ Uttam Khobragade Buddhism as social philosophy May 24, 2016 1. Bailey G, Mabbett IW (2003) The sociology of early Buddhism. Cambridge University PressGoogle Scholar 2. Berger PL (1999) The desecularization of the world: resurgent religion and world politics. Wm. B. EerdmansGoogle Scholar 3. Buss AE (1985) Max … Continue reading Sociology of Buddhism Reference