My project at this blog is to encourage creative criticism of Buddhist material. One assumption of mine, of course, is that to engage in truly creative criticism, it is necessary to form a relationship with Buddhist material such that it is no longer “Buddhist material:” it is simply yet another colorless bulk in the heap of human possibilities. It is thus as mere bulk that “Buddhism” gains admittance to the history of ideas. That is to say, it gains admittance as a commoner, as a mere sop of us hoi polloi, akin to drinking beer or planting pansies in the summertime. It precisely does not gain admittance–as it and its custodians would have it–as a high and mighty ens sacra. Now, to deny a sacred entity its precious status is, of course, the very definition of blasphemy. So, apparently, creative criticism is a form of blasphemy, whereby certain acts–conceptual and affective in nature–are performed that are unthinkable to the devout. In the pages (upper bar), posts, and comments of this blog , I articulate some of the acts that I feel are necessary in order to commence the kind of creative reordering that I imagine.
At a minimum, I think that what I call aporetic inquiry is necessary. Let’s say that you are interested in engaging in aporetic inquiry. How might that work? Read the rest of this entry »