Since founding Speculative Non-Buddhism in 2011, I have been fortunate to be joined by others in writing posts for the blog. I hope that even more will contribute in the future. It will take some time for you to become familiar with the nature of the work we are doing here. But once you do, I hope you will consider writing something for us. Bear in mind that we are not looking for agreement or conformity. Speculative Non-Buddhism is, in the first and last instance, a critical practice, a practical criticism. It is, in other words, something that is done. So, think of yourself as a craftsman using the non-buddhism tools. Be creative, and be yourself. If you have an idea for an essay, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order of appearance, here’s who has labored in the workshop so far:
Glenn Wallis holds a Ph.D. in Buddhist studies from Harvard University. He is the author of A Critique of Western Buddhism and several other books and articles on Buddhism. For more information, visit: glennwallis.com.
Tom Pepper is an overeducated and underemployed member of the precariat class. He lives in the suburbs of Connecticut with his wife and daughters. Tom has a Ph.D. in English from Stony Brook University, and sometimes teaches British Literature and Rhetoric and Composion at local colleges. He is the author of The Faithful Buddhist . and writes unpublishable fiction in his abundant spare time. He is contemplating writing a book on ideology theory, which he will likely begin when he gets fired from another part-time teaching position. Tom can be reached at email@example.com. POSTS:
Sick Progeny? Buddhism and Psychotherapy
Samsara as the Realm of Ideology
Running from Zombie Buddhas
Nagarjuna, Hume, and the God Particle
Comfort-Food BuddhismPracticing in Delusion
On Reading Hegel as a Corrective for Meditative Malpractice
Buddhism as the Opiate of the (downwardly-mobile) Middle Class: The Case of Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Traumatized by Toast
An Attempt at Something Novelistic
No Thought, No Problem
“This is a rich disagreement!”
Reality and Retreat
Adam S. Miller is a professor of philosophy at Collin College in McKinney, Texas. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Villanova University, as well as a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Brigham Young University. His areas of specialization include contemporary French philosophy and philosophy of religion. He is the author of Badiou, Marion, and St Paul: Immanent Grace (Continuum, 2008), Rube Goldberg Machines: Essays in Mormon Theology (Kofford, 2012), and Speculative Grace: An Experiment with Bruno Latour in Object-Oriented Theology(Fordham University Press, forthcoming), the editor of An Experiment on the Word (Salt Press, 2011), and he currently serves as the director of the Mormon Theology Seminar. He contributes to the blogs The Church and Postmodern Culture and Times and Seasons. POSTS:
Shyam Dodge is a Harvard educated former monk. Raised in an ashram, he has been practicing and teaching meditation, Asian philosophy, and yoga for over 20 years. His books include a memoir, a collection of teaching stories, and a forthcoming war narrative of Hawaii. Shyam is an active critic and contributor to the understanding of contemporary Buddhism and yoga in North America. In addition to his work as a scholar and critic, he is a fiction writer, satirist, and pop culture essayist. Shyam’s blog is here. He co-founded and writes at Yoga Brains. You can also learn more in this interview. POST: Thich Nhat Hanh’s Imaginary Soul.
Richard K. Payne is Dean and Yehan Numata Professor of Japanese Buddhist Studies at the Institute of Buddhist Studies, in Berkeley, California. He is also founder of the blog “Critical Reflections on Buddhist Thought: Contemporary and Classical.” Payne is the author or co-editor of numerous books and articles on Buddhism, including, most recently, Discourse and Ideology in Medieval Japanese Buddhism (London: Routledge, 2006), and Approaching the Land of Bliss: Religious Praxis in the Cult of Amitabha (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2004). (Additional publications here.) Richard Payne is also the editor of the highly regarded journal Pacific World – Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies. Visit the journal’s site here. You can find further information at Payne’s faculty website. POST: Putting Nothing in Boxes and Selling It.
Patricia Ivan is a social worker, psychotherapist and couple/family therapist working in private practice in Montreal, Canada. She holds a social work degree from McGill University, a Master’s and DEA in philosophy from the Sorbonne in Paris, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Ottawa. She blogs at Reflections and Contractions. Patricia can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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