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About the blog
This blog is a warehouse of critical tools. The tools are intended to be used for speculation on Buddhism, or, more properly, on what I call “non-buddhism.” Perhaps you will use the tools to craft new ideas concerning Buddhism’s maturation, rupture, and disruption on the current North American scene. To state it more bluntly, I hope these tools prove useful to you as you sift through the ruins of the dilapidated fortress I call x-buddhism. Who knows what treasures you may find? Remember, our ruin is ruin because of treasure.
But I am getting ahead of myself. The blog neither takes for granted the salubrity of Buddhist teachings for the contemporary world nor forecloses on the possibility of adaptation, renovation, and application. It sees, rather, in the very questioning of tradition a speculative opportunity. The approach taken here risks destruction. Why? Because I still believe in the possibility of human liberation.
About the blogger
My name is Glenn Wallis. I have been an observer of Buddhism in North America and practitioner of Buddhist-style meditation since 1975. As you will gather from the blog, however, I am not a “Buddhist” of any sort. I have written several books and articles on various aspects of Buddhism. You can find further information at my website and in this interview.
More recently, I have found the entire Buddhist project fruitlessly tedious. I’ve been asking myself this galvanizing question: what would happen if I were to take seriously the Buddha’s admonishment to “cast aside the raft” and “leave the collapsed house in shambles”? What has happened so far is that life–naked, indeterminate, raw, organic, contingent life–is enhanced to the very extent that “Buddhism” diminishes. Put in those terms, without further explanation, that sounds simplistic. This blog is, alas, the fuller explanation.
My other blog is called Ovenbird. It has posts on meditation, language, and poetry.
Since founding Speculative Non-Buddhism in 2011, I have been fortunate to be joined by (in order of appearance) Tom Pepper, Matthias Steingass, Adam S. Miller, Shyam Dodge, Richard Payne, Patricia Ivan, and Craig Neely. Please visit the Authors page for more information.
In spiritu ludi
But please, don’t take it all too goddamn seriously. A title such as “Speculative Non-Buddhism” should tip you off that I am playing, jamming, cavorting, experimenting, standing on my head, showing off, having a go, letting loose, puffing my pipe, falling on my face, making a fool of myself, and, most of all, downright just wondering about it all. Maybe you are, too?
Image: Gerhard Richter, Skizze zu Parkstück 1971.