This blog is based on an experimental exploration of Buddhism. Focusing primarily on a post-traditional approach, it explores a variety of important aspects of contemporary western Buddhism. For more on what a post-traditional approach is, click here. Some of the earlier articles I wrote are divided into chapters below that you can rummage through. The work contained within each chapter represents an experimental moment in looking anew at a key Buddhist topic.
Post-traditional implies free-form exploration rather than the next –ism. In each of my attempts below, I start by freeing myself of tradition’s grasp and attempt to come at the topic from a de-enamoured yet intimate stance. This entails a shift ideologically away from copying tradition to an open and critical exploration of what lies behind presentation.
Here is the menu. Enjoy your meal.
These two articles were my original foray into discussing and describing Post-traditional Buddhism. They were originally published at the Elephant Journal.
1.Post-Traditional Buddhism: the quiet revolution? Explores my own adventures that led to a break from traditional contemporary forms of Buddhism. It’s personal, so skip to the next one if such stories bore you.
2.Big Up Post-Traditional Buddhism, gives an overview of some key figures who have dabbled in a post traditional approach and lays out some of the criteria of this style of engagement with Buddhism.
This was my first serious project written to take on a core Buddhist tenet from a fully post-traditional approach. Utilizing a no holds barred style, it strips away the mystique of so-called enlightenment and humanizes the affair. Yes, enlightenment does exist as a possibility, yes it is likely to disappoint, and sorry, I don’t believe it implies becoming a super-human. Read on if you’ve been fed the enlightenment manure.
Collapse and Awaken
This three-part series represents an evolution in my approach and my attempt to work together Buddhist non-duality and neo-Animism. I wrote it for the Dark Mountain Project. It is a slightly poetic affair aimed at a general audience and not just Buddhists.
The Four Truths
This chapter focuses on a very early attempt at reconfiguring the classic Four Noble Truths teaching found in most expressions of Buddhism. This series signals my own beginnings and attempts at a post-traditional approach.
1.The Four Noble Truths: beginnings
2.The Eightfold Path: the fourth truth
7.Mindfulness: phenomena (1)
8.Mindfulness: phenomena (2)
9.Right Speech (1)
10.Right Speech (2)
11.Right Action (1)
12.Right Action (2)
13.Right Livelihood (1)
14.Right Livelihood (2)
16.Concentration & Closing