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Speculative Non-Buddhism

Speculative Non-Buddhism


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About the blog

Speculative Non-Buddhism was founded in May 2011. Since then, we have published over 100 long-form essays and 7,000+ comments, many of them quite substantial in their own right. We have attracted well over half a million views and nearly 1000 subscribers…and counting. We have been discussed and criticized in scholarly journals and books and in popular podcasts and magazine articles. We have agitated or inspired several blogs and numerous blog posts. We have even catalyzed a few books. And we have had an impact, for better or worse, on the discourse (and actual vocabulary) of Western Buddhism. Why such a response? I believe that one explanation is this: we touch a nerve, or a place of emotional and institutional sensitivity, that the Buddhist culture at large is unaware even exists.

From its inception the blog has been intended as a warehouse of…

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“Indian philosophy” vs. “Buddhist ethics” — The Indian Philosophy Blog

It is not especially controversial to say that ethics is a branch of philosophy. I’ve occasionally heard people dispute that claim, but mostly on the grounds that ethics extends beyond philosophy… 1,019 more words

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Great Middle Way


Since innumerable human beings attain enlightenment at every moment, we should not sink into despair.

There are three reasons why despair is improper: because human beings attain enlightenment, because they continually attain it, and because innumerable beings attain it.

—Maitreya, Mahayanasutralamkara

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The Online Republic of Letters

Voltaire Foundation


Welcome to the Voltaire Foundation’s first blog. We are the publishers of the first critical edition of Voltaire’s Complete Works, as well as monographs in the SVEC series touching on all aspects of eighteenth-century culture, history and literature. As a publisher and research department of the university of Oxford, we are fascinated by networks. After all, if Voltaire were alive today he would no doubt be a prolific social networker, blogging incendiary material, fuelling large Facebook thread debates and over-using #infâme on twitter.

In this spirit, this first post is a gateway to the online eighteenth-century community with links to interesting blog posts, databases and projects, to further encourage a network of exchange.

Network Databases

  • Epitomising the spirit of this blog post is the Mapping the Republic of Letters project. Based at the University of Stanford, this interdisciplinary and international project has been shepherding huge amounts of data acquired…

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Digitizing Enlightenment III

Voltaire Foundation

The Voltaire Foundation, in collaboration with the Cultures of Knowledge project, the Maison Française d’Oxford, the Oxford Centre for European History and the Centre for Early Modern Studies, was pleased to host the third instalment of the Digitizing Enlightenment conference series on the 19th and 20th of July. This was the first academic event organised under the auspices of the Voltaire Lab, and was made possible by further support from the John Fell Fund.

Digitizing Enlightenment (DE) is a conference series that is establishing its domain as a major area of innovation in the Digital Humanities. The first convening of DE was in Sydney in 2016, hosted by Simon Burrows at Western Sydney University. This first meeting launched a set of discussions around a common set of problems and identified topics for collaboration in pursuit of interoperability among six distinguished, and in some cases, long-standing…

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Great Middle Way

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The human body contains roughly 30 trillion (30,000,000,000,000) human cells, 84% of them red corpuscles that transport oxygen in the blood.

In a human body, there are also, at least, 39 trillion (39,000,000,000,000) microbes. The proportion is 1.3 microbial cells for each human cell.

We are a minority in “our own” bodies.

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Necessary — Great Middle Way

If your mind is harmonious, you can attain the Way. If you are impetuous about the Way, your impetuousness will tire out your body; and if your body is tired, your mind will become afflicted. If your mind becomes afflicted, then you will retreat from your practice. If you retreat from your practice, your transgressions will certainly increase. You […]

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Behavior as a mirror

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“Behavior is a

mirror in which

every one

displays his own


~ Johann Goethe

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Not two

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To come directly into harmony with this reality
just simply say when doubt arises, “Not two.”
In this “not two” nothing is separate,
nothing is excluded.
No matter when or where,
enlightenment means entering this truth.
And this truth is beyond extension or diminution in time or space;
in it a single thought is ten thousand years.

– Sengcan

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David Bohm on Consciousness and the Concept of Actuality

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“Now, there’s one other thing that modern quantum mechanics doesn’t handle. Oddly enough, physics at present has no contact with the notion of actuality. You see, classical physics has at least some notion of actuality in saying that actuality consists of a whole collection of particles that are moving and interacting in a certain way. Now, in quantum physics, there is no concept of actuality whatsoever, because quantum physics maintains that its equations don’t describe anything actual, they merely describe the probability of what an observer could see if he had an instrument of a certain kind, and this instrument is therefore supposed to be necessary for the actuality of the phenomenon. But the instrument, in turn, is supposed to be made of similar particles, obeying the same laws, which would, in turn, require another instrument to give them actuality. That would go on an infinite regress. Wigner has…

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