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. What I seek … Continue reading What Is Dharmaecology?

The Unconditioned

I think I understand the Unconditioned. The Unconditioned is Shunyata. Shunyata, as I said years ago, is the possibility of things coming into existence. That possibility, or process, is Unconditioned. Nothing precedes it; it always is. The Conditioned comes out of the Unconditioned, the unitary process, the Shunyata. But the Conditioned and the Unconditioned are … Continue reading The Unconditioned

Buddhism as Myth

For the last couple of months, I have been explorimg the idea of Buddhism as myth, as literature, as narrative, as mythopoiesis. This process has liberated my mind both to be free of doctrine as a form of oppression, and yet to appreciate the wisdom that the mythical narrative unfolds. I think related to this … Continue reading Buddhism as Myth

The Anti-Modernist Myth of Pre-Contact Buddhism

The Anti-Modernists fantasize a “pre-contact” Buddhism that is not “tainted” by Western contact or Western culture. So let’s go through this. The first known contact of the European West with Asian cultures, and probably Buddhism, was the journey of Marco Polo along the Silk Road to China from 1271 to 1295. That was followed by … Continue reading The Anti-Modernist Myth of Pre-Contact Buddhism