Another mode of convalescence (in certain situations even more to my liking) is sounding out idols. There are more idols than realities in the world: that is my “evil eye” on this world; that is also my “evil ear.” Finally to pose questions with a hammer, and sometimes to hear as a reply that famous hollow sound that can only come from bloated entrails — what a delight for one who has ears even behind his ears, for me, an old psychologist and pied piper before whom just that which would remain silent must finally speak out.
—Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, or Philosophizing with a Hammer
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. And it aims to be creative, productive of something new. It is, in a very real sense something done. So, think of yourself as a craftsman using the non-buddhism tools. 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: Ruins of the Buddhist Real and several other books and articles on Buddhism. For more information, visit: www.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 Composition 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. He blogs at The Faithful Buddhist. Tom can be reached at email@example.com.
Sick Progeny? Buddhism and Psychotherapy
Samsara as the Realm of Ideology
Running from Zombie Buddhas
Nagarjuna, Hume, and the God Particle
Practicing 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
Nirvana and Depression
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.
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.
POST: Tweet Your Own Horn: Censorship Western Buddhist Style.
Henry Blanke is a Soto Zen Buddhist and Marxian socialist. He had a nearly 30 year career as a Bataille inspired academic librarian and now counsels those struggling with substance abuse. He has written on Herbert Marcuse, the politics of information and most recently on the possible intersections between Zen practice and socialism. He lives in New York City and fancies himself a bohemian cosmopolite, a flaneur and a passionate jazz lover, poet, and home cook. POST: A Thought Experiment for X-Buddhists
Jim Lavranos has many experiences and interests, with degrees in humanities (philosophy and psychology) and science (clinical prosthetics) including postgraduate work in bioethics, an ongoing career in allied health management, prosthetics research and international aid work, a passion for film acting and music as well as a penchant for experimenting with different spiritual practices (Buddhism and Shamanism). Jim resides in Australia. POST: The Spell of Faith