Some ascetics and priests accuse me wrongly, baselessly, falsely, and groundlessly, saying that the recluse Gautama is a nihilist and preaches the annihilation, destruction, and nonexistence of an existent being.
That is what I am not and do not affirm. Both previously and now, I preach suffering and the cessation of suffering.
One who takes care of oneself takes care of others. One who takes care of others takes care of oneself. How is it that one who takes care of oneself takes care of others? It is by ethical training, ethical culture, and ethical development. And how is it that one who takes care of others […]
Herein a certain person abstains from taking life, from stealing, and so forth. This one is noble.
Herein a certain other not only abstains from taking life and so forth, but also encourages another to abstain from so doing. This one is still nobler.
Glenn Wallis should need no introduction to those who visit this site regularly and engage with the podcast, but just in case it’s your first time here, I’ll provide you with the essentials. Wallis holds a Ph.D from Harvard in Buddhist Studies and has authored several books on Buddhism including The Dhammapada: Verses on the […]
Our year long jaunt through the world of academic engagement with Buddhism continues and in this episode of the Imperfect Buddha Podcast, we talk to William Edelglass, professor of Philosophy, Environmental Studies, and Buddhist Studies at Marlboro College. William has been a teacher in a variety of settings, including a federal prison in New York, a Tibetan refugee settlement in Nepal, and for many years as a wilderness guide at Outward Bound. Before going to Marlboro, William taught Western philosophy at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, Dharamsala, India, to Tibetan monks, and Buddhist philosophy to American college students on a Tibetan studies program. William also teaches a range of fascinating courses at Barre Centre for Buddhist Studies.
William and I cover quite a bit of ground in our 2-hour long conversation spanning Buddhism, Philosophy, and our current political climate. Here are just some of the questions we tackled;
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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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